A last week I shared our Traditional Christmas Mantel. Today I am going to share how to put the fresh greenery together to make a holiday arrangement/garland base for my other Christmas mantel decor. Not only does it look so pretty and classic, but it’s really simple to pull together.
You will need:
- Something to cover your mantel to protect it from sap and needles. I used old shelves from a broken book shelf.
- One bough. I used spruce from a tree we needed to trim back in our yard. the bough had lots of long willowy branches which hung over the edge of the mantel nicely.
- Smaller branches of varied sizes and species of tree. My father in law did some tree trimming at the farm and I got the clippings from him!
My smaller clippings consisted of red pine, cedar, and white pine. This will add texture and colour to the spruce bough.
Cover your mantel with something to protect it from sap. These old shelves did the trick for me and also extended my mantel by a couple of inches on each side.
Lay your bough across the mantel and arrange the branches as you like. I wanted to have a few hang down over the front of the fireplace.
Once your main bough is in place, fill in with the smaller branches. Fill in any space areas and add height and texture.
I then used 2 giant pine cones from Walmart as anchor pieces to act as a jumping off point for the rest of the decorations. You can see the final product here –> Our Traditional Christmas Mantel.
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