Rustic Winter Wonderland Christmas Mantel by Kim Byers

christmas mantel with burlap garland

With Christmas around the corner, now is the perfect time to create one or all of these six easy DIY ideas for your rustic winter wonderland Christmas mantel. I chose a natural color palette with winter greens and warm burlaps, complemented by small pops of red and lots of texture! See all of my mantel decorating ideas in this photo gallery, then see below for my easy how-to instructions.


yarn letters spelling the word JOY

Idea #1 – Make a statement with wool covered JOY letters.

You’ll need:

  • Icicle White Wool
  • Kraft covered letters (12″ J, 8″ O and Y)
  • Glue

wrapping yarn around the kraft letters

Easy how-to steps:

  1. Starting at the base of the letter, wrap wool tightly, gluing every inch or so.

decorative ball spelling

Idea #2 – Want to say more, but not so big?! Complete your statement with the “To The World” ball.

You’ll need:

  • 3″ Styrofoam ball
  • Straight pin
  • Kraft paper
  • Icicle White Wool
  • Letter stamps and stamp pad

stamp letters

Easy how-to steps:

  1. Wrap Styrofoam ball with yarn and end with a straight pin to hold the yarn in place.
  2. Cut Kraft paper into 3/4″ x 3″ strips.
  3. Stamp “to the world.”
  4. Trim triangle out of each end.
  5. Attach to ball with straight pin.

kraft boxes wrapped with yarn and pinecones

Idea #3 – Embellish Kraft paper gift boxes with yarn and pine cones.

You’ll need:

  • Rectangle and mini hat Kraft boxes
  • Icicle wool
  • Red angel hair yarn
  • Pine cones
  • Glue

Easy how-to steps:

  1. Wrap yarn around, on top, across the craft boxes attaching with dots of glue.
  2. Embellish with pine cones.

burlap ribbon garland on christmas mantel

Idea #4 – Hang a burlap ribbon ruffle garland

You’ll need:

  • 2.5″ wide burlap ribbon (2 rolls of 10 yards)
  • Red cross-stitch thread with needle
  • Red jingle bells (medium)
  • Straight pins

burlap ribbon used to make a christmas garland

Easy how-to steps (dimensions for a 6′ mantel, adjust if your mantel is longer or shorter):

  1. Cut two burlap ribbon lengths, approximately 7 yards each.
  2. Allow for 18″ on each end of the ruffle.
  3. Measure 18″ then start pinching the ribbon into 3.5″ sections (you’ll have approximately 21 folds on each side of a 6′ mantel).
  4. Run a length of red cross-stitch thread through each section.
  5. Attach to the mantel with straight pins.
  6. Adorn corners and center with jingle bells by attaching with red cross-stitch thread.

diy cabin snow globe

Idea #5 – Set the scene with a DIY cabin snow globe.

You’ll need:

  • Walnut wood plank
  • Glass jar (8″ tall)
  • Martha Stewart Fine Glitter Translucent Glass Paint
  • Martha Stewart Seasonal Stencil set
  • Fiskars snowflake punch
  • Vinyl
  • Log cabin bird house
  • Saw
  • Seasonal rope garland
  • Fairy garden tools (saw and shovel)
  • Stick (cut into 1″ lengths)
  • Faux snow

stenciling onto snow globe

Easy how-to steps:

  1. Make the Cabin – Cut a log cabin bird house in half (so that it fits) and trim out the round door.
  2. Make a Stencil – Using a Fiskars snowflake punch and vinyl, make a quick adhesive snowflake stencil.
  3. Paint the Globe – Attach the vinyl stencil and the Martha Stewart Christmas tree stencil (with painter’s tape) and using the fine tip on the glitter glass paint, fill the designs. Peel off, place again and paint.
  4. Attach Garland to Cabin – The seasonal rope is made with wire so it easily wraps around the house like Christmas garland or lights.
  5. Style the Snow Globe – Using faux snow, small wood/logs and fairy garden tool, give your little snow globe cabin a lived in feel on a Walnut wooden plank.

christmas mantel spoon trees

Idea #6 – Create DIY Faux White Pine Cone Christmas Trees … from spoons!! They’re the perfect backdrop for your rustic snow globe setting.

You’ll need:

  • Styrofoam cone (8″ and 11 3/4″)
  • Kraft paper (available in rolls)
  • White spoons
  • Wire cutter
  • Straight pins
  • Hot glue

christmas trees made from styrofoam cones and plastic spoons

Easy how-to steps:

  1. Wrap each cone in Kraft paper and attach with straight pins.
  2. Cut spoons just above the bend (tip: cut inside plastic bag because plastic may splinter).
  3. Starting at the top, hot glue spoons outward facing to the Kraft paper.

Finally, add sprigs of pine branches and you have the perfect rustic winter wonderland Christmas mantel. As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

Meet Kim Byers: Kim has a serious passion for crafting, baking, modern entertaining, and creating a comfy but stylish home for her little family of four. Find more of her ideas at The Celebration Shoppe.

Brought to you by Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, where ideas and inspiration come together for a Simply Creative Christmas.

25 Responses

  1. thanks for you
    i love it so much

  2. Diane says:

    Of course everyone has their own style but I would start at the bottom instead. I would make them touch each other and then alter the row above it.

  3. new year says:

    I am thankful for the article.Really looking forward to read year 2016 happy new year 2016 ;!s

  4. G Cummins says:

    Love the spoon trees and since I already have a nice log cabin I will include it in my mantel décor. Great imagined use of simple objects.

  5. @celebshoppe says:

    Thank you everyone for the wonderful comments on my @HGTV mantel! So thrilled you liked my ideas. And did you see? My wool wrapped JOY letters made the mantel!

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  7. Rosalyn McElhaney says:

    I love this one. It looks so wintry and unique!

  8. Montia Jewell says:

    I love this! Can't wait to make the snow globe! The country feel yet elegant And a touch of wonder for the children!!!

  9. Jewells says:

    Love it! Very creative :)

  10. Loree says:

    I like Kim's design the best! Her ability to create a beautiful, fun & inexpensive decor along with making it all extremely kid friendly tops my list! Thanks for the fun & festive ideas!

  11. Doris says:

    I am impressed how Kim used items available in any craft store to create such a beautiful mantel. I love the look that she created.

  12. Stephanie says:

    Those spoon trees are fun! Love the burlap bunting too. My favorite by far.

  13. Bridget says:

    I love this! Beautiful work, Kim!

  14. Kim Curtis says:

    Kim's mantel, love that, and really loved them all!

  15. Glenn says:

    I like Kim's mantel the best. She has a lot of good ideas.

  16. Glenn says:

    I like Kim's mantel the best. lots of different ideas. A lot of talent goes into the craft work.

  17. Laura says:

    I like Kim ideas. The spoons are really clever.

  18. Karen Ponds says:

    Love Kim's ideas! My favorite!

  19. Kristie Kern says:

    Those spoon trees are so clever! My favorite!

  20. Joanna Ghosh says:

    My favorite! So many great creative ideas!

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  22. Tammy says:

    I love every element of the design, but the burlap garland is my favorite! Beautiful and looks so easy!

  23. Barbara says:

    I love it!!! I love burlap. I am going to do a burlap garland in my kitchen with lights to look at all year.

  24. roundtopjunker says:

    Love the texture of the the whole vignette, plus the kids can be a part of the mantel decorating tradition with this selection.

  25. Kelly O. says:

    those spoon trees are fun! love the yarn wrapped letters!


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