Tutorial: Creating a Cozy Christmas Mantel

Looking for an easy way to decorate a cozy Christmas Mantel? Try this tutorial to dress the mantel with faux pine swags, red berries, and bells for a traditional look that feels oh so festive.

A cozy Christmas mantel with faux pine swags, red berries, white bells, and snowflake ribbon

This is the mantel in my family room, which I decorated in an après ski theme for Christmas. It is a mix of cozy ski lodge, winter wonderland, and traditional Christmas decor. You can explore the whole look in this blog post.

Because the pair of white Christmas trees are so dramatic in this room, I choose to keep the mantel decor simple. It is still eye catching and festive with the mixed faux pine swag, white bells, and mixed ribbon bow, but I really reined myself in and didn’t add decor on the mantel itself.

This is such an easy greenery mantel piece to create, and it actually does not use a traditional garland. Instead I put two teardrop swags end to end to create this elegantly curved swag. These greenery pieces work great for mantels because they give you the fullness and height in the center of the mantel and then taper out to the ends.

I bought my teardrop pine swags from my favorite floral shop in Clinton – Hoskins in the Flat! I’ve linked to similar above, but if you are local go shop with the Hoskins ladies for the best florals!

Here’s a look at how I put this cozy Christmas mantel together:

First, I jazzed up the firebox.

Unfortunately, we are not able to light a real fire in our fireplace due to chimney damage, so to make it feel cozy I arranged pillar candles and pine cones around a stack of birch logs then I draped twinkle lights over it all. The lights are plugged into our tree lights, so they come on when we turn on the trees. Last year, S. gave me the Smart Life plugs, and they are magical because at the touch of a button on my phone, I can turn all the lights on!

view of firebox decorated with candles, pine cones, and twinkle lights for a cozy vibe

Then, on the mantel itself I screwed in a large hook to hold the faux pine swags.

hook in wall centered over mantel for faux pine swag

I used the hook already bent into the swag stem to secure it to the hook in the wall, and I also added fishing line from the midway point of the swag back to the center hook for extra security.

Katherine secures one faux pine teardrop swag to mantel

I did this for both swags to secure them on the mantel. Then I fluffed the branches to make the pine stand up and create the shape I wanted.

plain faux pine swag on mantel

Next I added my red berry sprigs to the pine. I simple poked them down in between the pine branches, spacing through out the swag with a cluster in the very center.

Katherine places red berries in pine swag

Red berries added to faux pine swag for a cozy Christmas mantel

Then I added glittered white snowflakes in between the pine and red berries. I felt like the green and red needed a pop of white to help tie in the white bells and white Christmas trees.

To hang the large metal bells, I tied a piece of fishing line around the rope hangers they came with, looping all three together. I secured this fishing line to the center hook. I have another set of 3 bells, if anyone is interested. I think they are such a joyous reminder of the reason for the season, and you could use them on a Christmas tree or as porch decor. Head here to buy!

white metal bells before hung from mantel

Finally, the pine swag needed a pretty bow to really make it feel like a cozy Christmas mantel. I created a multi-loop bow with the red and white snowflake ribbon then placed that on top of a single-loop plaid bow. My tutorial for making multi-loop bows is here. I simply attached the bow to one of the center sprigs of pine and draped the tails down over the bells.

snowflake and plaid bow for center of pine swag on cozy Christmas mantel

Christmas lodge cozy mantel decor with rustic pine garland, white bells, and candle light firebox

I adore how my cozy Christmas mantel came together. I love the rustic texture of the mixed pine and the pop of red with the berries and ribbon. The white bells add to the Christmas feel and create a central focal point for the entire fireplace area.

Creating an eye catching Christmas mantel that feels cozy and festive doesn’t have to be difficult. I created this swag decoration in about an hour.

Go check out the rest of my après ski Christmas look here.


  1. Alina on December 7, 2021 at 5:46 am

    This fireplace looks soo amazing, beautiful decor, i am in love with them dear, specially love the bells, really awesome, thanks for the share.

    • Katherine on December 7, 2021 at 9:26 am

      Thanks so much!

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