Coastal Christmas Mantel Decorating Ideas

Ellen Foord's fireplace mantel design mixes soft, natural style with coastal details. Find more of Ellen's mantel decorating ideas and how-to projects.

A Whimsical, Coastal Christmas Mantel

This fireplace mantel design uses a palette of weathered, nature-based colors and a blend of clean modern design and rustic elements for a new take on traditional holiday style. Cool coastal touches nod to its location on the Atlantic seacoast.

Focus on the Fireplace

Filled with birch logs, the fireplace becomes a lovely focal point and backdrop for Christmas gifts. The gifts are wrapped in white butcher paper, tied with twine in geometric patterns, and displayed in a wooden crate that is stained in Minwax classic gray to look weathered.

Moss-Filled Letters

To create these mossy letters spelling "Joy," pre-made Kraft letters were deconstructed and filled with reindeer moss.

Driftwood Display

Throughout the mantel design, pieces of smooth driftwood lend a natural, coastal feel.

Birch Log Screen

This natural birch log screen makes the fireplace a focal point for the holidays. The birch logs were cleaned, cut to fit and attached to stand upright.

Parchment Garland

Sheer parchment paper garland streamers evoke the soft light of falling winter snow.

Polka-Dot Burlap Stockings

Stockings are easy to make without a pattern. These handmade Christmas stockings are sewn from burlap and embellished with silver polka dots and moss trim. Get Ellen's instructions for making these rustic-modern stockings in her how-to post.

Pin-Stripe Painted Vases

Tall cylindrical glass vases add height to the fireplace mantel decor. The pin-stripe look comes from metallic paint, carefully taped off and sprayed.

Driftwood Bucket

A vintage metal bucket filled with driftwood and greenery gives a rustic contrast to the metallic vase and white garlands.

Pretty Pine Cones

A rectangular glass vase filled with pinecones and white feathers is another holiday touch in one of the bookcases flanking the fireplace.

Coastal Grass Planter

A sweet galvanized rectangular tin is filled with green beach grass, continuing the coastal holiday theme established with the driftwood.

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