Decorate the mantlepiece for Christmas, here are 3 simple ideas with items from HomeSense. The Christmas tree is definitely the thing that gets all the glory in living rooms in December, ours tends to be child focused laden with familiar baubles with associated memories, there is also the obligatory tree chocolates and the ‘made at school’ item that has to go on the tree.
The mantlepiece, which is the usual focus of our living room, is the perfect space to add Christmas decorations with simple, more grown-up styling.
3 Ideas for Christmas
Here are 3 ideas for decorating the mantle piece for Christmas. I’ve used a combination of very affordable items purchased from HomeSense Christmas range and combined them with a string of lights and some tinsel I had in our Christmas box. Who doesn’t love tinsel?
First, clear the mantle piece and give it a good clean. Store or move the objects that usually live on the mantlepiece, ready to give it a completely fresh look for Christmas.
I’ve taken three items and decorated the mantlepiece with each of them. The reindeer, Father Christmas or bauble would also work as a stand alone table centre piece on Christmas day. Wrap the base in tinsel or freshly foraged holly or both.
With a back to nature feel I picked a gold fake fern (£3.99) and a dashing gold reindeer. Gold gives a feeling a luxury and this reindeer is luxury for less at £6.99. Candles also from HomeSense, who have a range in either Christmas themed holders or scented. Add fairy lights to give an extra glow and a dose of Christmas atmosphere to a room on dark evenings. The lights are battery operated (the battery pack is tucked out of view) making them easy to drape anywhere. I like trailing lights, but they can easily be folded back on themselves and kept on top of the mantle out of the way of curious pets or small hands.
I’m a fan of Christmas figures, things that come out year after year, becoming old friends. I loved this Santa (£9.99) he is glass and is handmade in Poland. Added to the mantle is a wooden ‘believe’ sign, a little reminder of the magic of Christmas. On either end of the mantle I added vases with berries and catkins which came from the local supermarket. Leaving lots of space around Santa to display cards from close family.
Bauble and Tinsel
HomeSense has a great selection of giant baubles, in different colours, but all huge, sparkly and eye-catching, either mirrored or coloured, gold or silver. Because ‘Go large, or go home’ is a great motto for Christmas decorating. Candles on each end, for a pretty flicker of light after dark. The bauble is held in place with a little bit of bluetac and nestled in tinsel for a traditional twinkle focus. Bauble £4.99.
What will be on your mantle this Christmas?
Support The Prince’s Trust this Christmas. HomeSense have lovely limited edition sparkling baubles in jewel colours, costing £3.99, with £1.70 being donated to The Prince’s Trust, raising funds for disadvantaged young people. Alternativey, purchase a decorative paper bauble for £1. Add a festive message to it and hang it on in store HomeSense tree, a simply way to contribute to a good cause this Christmas.
Many thanks to HomeSense for collaborating with this post.