Warm and Rustic Christmas Mantel with Vintage Flair

I am so excited to share my vintage inspired Christmas decor with you this holiday season. 

Last week I shared our Very Vintage Christmas in the Family Room and Our 2019 Christmas Trees and today I’m sharing our Warm and Rustic Christmas Mantel with Vintage Flair.

Warm and Rustic Christmas Mantel with Vintage Flair

This year’s Christmas mantel has warm and rustic elements along with more elegant vintage pieces. 

I struggled with what to call this mantel and thanks to the help of Julie of My Wee Abode, came up with this title.  Hopefully it will make sense as you see the details of how I decorated our mantel this year.Warm and Rustic Christmas Mantel with Vintage Charm

Christmas Ideas Tour

I’m sharing my mantel with a talented group of blogging friends for a Christmas Ideas Tour hosted by Angie of Postcards from the Ridge.  Angie is a dear blogging friend whose style I adore.  If you’ve never visited Angie’s blog, I encourage you to do so.  Christmas Ideas Tour

On today’s Christmas Ideas Tour, you’ll find ideas for:

  • Christmas Mantels
  • Christmas Porches and Decks
  • Christmas Tablescapes
  • Handmade Gift Ideas
  • Gift Wrap Ideas

You’ll find links to all of the ideas shared today at the end of this post.  

Warm and Rustic Christmas Mantel with Vintage Flair Details

The mantel part of this year’s decor is warm and rustic while the mirror and candles hanging over the mantel have a vintage vibe.Warm and Rustic Mantel with Vintage Flair

The vintage vibe continues on the hearth with the use of an antique cooking pot that I borrowed from my mom.Warm and Rustic Christmas Mantel with Vintage Flair

This mantel wasn’t what I envisioned when I planned how to decorate, more on that in a moment, but I really like the end result.

DIY Patchwork Christmas Trees

The main element that I wanted to use for this year’s Christmas mantel was a pair of DIY Patchwork Christmas Trees that I made last year.

I took a shortcut this year and instead of using fresh greenery on the mantel, I used a garland.  To jazz up the garland, I added plaid ribbon and faux red berries.  The same plaid ribbon is also used on my family room Christmas tree as well as the one on my porch.DIY Patchwork Wooden Christmas Trees on a Mantel with a garland, plaid ribbon, and faux red berries.

Last year I had so much fun making these  wooden trees  that I made two extra ones to give as gifts.  I really like how the trees look nestled in the garland along with the pops of color from the ribbon and berries.DIY Patchwork Wooden Christmas Tree

Over the Mantel

Decorating over the mantel did not go as planned.  My idea was to make a large Magnolia wreath and decorate it with the same plaid ribbon and pine cones.

The first wreath that I made completely filled the space over the garland and was too big to be visually appealing.  I made a second one and it was still too big.  After the second failed attempt, I decided to use the antique mirror that usually hangs in this space.Warm and Rustic Christmas Mantel with Vintage Charm

Instead of making a third wreath, I found a wreath that is actually a candle ring in one of my Christmas bins that was the perfect size to hang on the mirror.Gold mirror with a Christmas wreath flanked by vintage candle holders with red candles.

I added red berries to the wreath along with a red Cardinal.  Red candles in the vintage candle holders add another pop of red to this area.Gold antique mirror with a Christmas wreath and two vintage gold candle holders.

Decorating the Hearth

Red continues to the hearth with a large Poinsettia.  I’m not much of an indoor gardener and I hope that I can keep this alive through Christmas.Warm and Rustic Christmas Mantel with Vintage Flair

George Washington is peeking through the glass to admire the Poinsettia.  Virginia Metalcrafters made many sets of George Washington andirons and they used to be quite common in homes in my area.  We found this set in an antique shop in Charlottesville.Red Poinsettia in an antique black cast iron cooking pot.

Swarovski Christmas Tree

Every year since we’ve been married, my husband gives me a Swarovski snowflake ornament.  I display them on a tree that we made that sits on a music stand that belonged to a relative.  As the light moves from one side of the room to the other as the day passes, the snowflakes create refracted light patterns on the walls and ceiling.Christmas mantel decorated in a warm and rustic style with vintage

I’ll share more details on our Swarovski tree later this week when I share the rest of the Christmas decor in this room.

Last Look

I’m loving how my mantel looks this year and I’m going to enjoy it every day of this shorter than usual Christmas season.Warm and Rustic Christmas Mantel with Vintage Flair

Christmas Ideas Tour

Now it’s time to see all the Christmas ideas shared today by my talented friends.  I’m really looking forward to being inspired by each of these posts!

Are you ready for more ideas? Here are some great ones for your mantel, porch, table, plus handmade gift ideas and gift wrap ideas. Be sure to visit everyone to see all the details. 

Mantelsmantels decorated for Christmas

Top Row : Worthing Court  // Hearth & Vine

Porches & Decksporch and deck Christmas decor


Tablescape Ideas ideas for decorating your table for ChristmasThe Chelsea Project // DIY Beautify  // Atta Girl Says


Handmade Gift Ideas

handmade Christmas gift ideas

Gift Wrap IdeasChristmas gift wrap ideasVin’yet // Redhead Can Decorate

Christmas Ideas Tour


  1. Paula, your mantle is perfect. Those trees are amazing. I need to pop over to that post to get the full DIY. And George Washington is adorable! Ha! He just made me smile… 🙂 Happy Holidays!

    1. Thank you, Kim! George needs to be welded to some andirons but for now he and his twin just hang out in the fireplace.


  2. Love the red popping against the green. And LOVE the plaid ribbon woven on the mantel greens. Always so happy to see red poinsettias. You know just how to steal my heart. Beautiful, as always! Happy Holidays! Susie from Chelsea Project

    1. Thank you so much, Susie! I haven’t decorated with a Poinsettia for a few years and I’m glad to have one to enjoy this holiday season.


  3. Paula,
    I love your mantel, and it is definitely very warm and rustic. Those wooden patchwork trees are so fun. And I laughed out loud when I saw the little George Washington peeking our from the fireplace. So cute! Love the iron pot with the poinsettias too.

    1. Thank you, Angie! And thank you for hosting this tour. It’s definitely a good one with so many great ideas for Christmas.


  4. What a gorgeous mantel, Paula! Merry Christmas early, but it’s coming quick! So happy to be in this tour with you today. Totally pinning this to my Christmas board! XO

  5. Paula, I am beginning to believe we are sisters separated at birth! Not only do we share Christmas stockings, but my husband has gifted me Waterford ornaments since before we were married and I am setting them up with their own tree this year!

    Of course, your mantel is lovely and so classic! Like everything you do! Those patchwork trees are adorbs! What a great idea.

    Thanks for opening your beautiful home.



    1. I am looking forward to seeing your Waterford ornaments on your tree, Lynn. After seeing your stocking yesterday, I need to find mine and add it to my decor for this year.


    1. Thank you so much, Kristi! I’ve been looking forward to using those trees since I made them last year.


  6. Sometimes our hard work (like making multiple wreaths) doesn’t work out but what we use instead works out even better!. I love the candle ring idea! It’s size is perfect and looks fantastic on the mirror. And those wooden trees are beautiful too. I haven’t seen the dark ones. I think I NEED those. 😉

    1. Thank you, Cindy! The great thing about the two large wreaths that I made is that I sold both of them almost immediately on Facebook. The two ladies that bought them were thrilled to have them.


  7. Everytime I see this space, it stops me in my scroll. I just love the color combo — those blue curtains and the red plaid ribbon really complement one another. And you know I love all the vintage brass touches, but George Washington might be my favorite. What a fun hidden treasure, and a great antiquing find. Cannot wait to see more of your holiday home and to hear the stories behind your vintage treasures.

  8. Your mantel is beautiful, Paula! I love the rustic wooden trees paired with the plaid ribbon, evergreens, and berries. It all looks very warm and inviting and has that lovely old fashioned Christmas charm.

  9. Pinned those wood trees and added them to my husbands to do list. He’s gonna be mad at me before the end of the week with all the tour ideas!

    1. Ha-Ha! The wood trees really don’t take too long to make, so he shouldn’t be too unhappy. It’s great to tour with you this week!


  10. Paula, your mantle is absolutely stunning! I have always dreamed of a story book vintage holiday mantel, but currently, my mantle houses the television and is ensconced between book shelves covered with kids’ stuff! One day, however, when I live in an empty nest, I will follow suit and recreate a similar idea! Thanks for sharing and linking up with me!


  11. Paula,
    The patchwork trees are so eye catching. I just know whoever was lucky enough to receive one as a gift was thrilled with it. Pinned to my Christmas Decor board.

    Merry Christmas,

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