No Mantel? No Problem.
I’m joining up today with my lovely friend Kendra of Joy In Our Home and 23 other amazing bloggers for the 2nd annual Christmas Festival Blog Hop! If you are stopping by from White Arrows Home, WELCOME! Isn’t Kristin’s mantel festive? Love it!
This year I also decided to share how to decorate a mantel for the holidays. (Last year for this hop I showed our Holiday Front Porch, which was so fun to put together. )
The only problem is that we don’t have a mantel!
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As much as I would love to have a beautiful and cozy fireplace with a chunky wood mantel to decorate for the holidays, that just isn’t our reality. So what do I do? Improvise, of course.
Last week, I showed how we created extra storage in our entryway with these hacked Ikea shoe cabinets. This welcoming area right inside our front door is the perfect place to decorate and hang our stockings for Santa.
Stocking Style 1 | Stocking Style 2
I used this DIY stocking hanger that I made several years ago to hang all of our stockings on. We are so happy that we were able to add a 5th stocking the the bunch in 2018!
The shelf on top of the shoe cabinet is perfect for decorating with fun holiday tchotchkes.
These cute wooden nesting houses are one of my favorite decor items to use year round. They fit in perfectly with the little evergreen trees!
Nesting Houses | Lantern (Similar) | Small Evergreen |Large Evergreen (Similar)
I love this welcoming little space spruced up like this.
So, if you are a member of the “no mantel club”, don’t hesitate to get creative with your holiday decor and stocking hanging skills. A shelf, a piano top, and even a decorative ladder can serve as a place to decorate and hang your socks up! No Mantel? No Problem.
Thanks so much for stopping by and don’t forget to head on over to City Girl Meets Country Boy to see how Kelly decorates her mantel. Oh, and check out all of the other creative holiday ideas below!
Christmas DIYs on Monday
Joy In Our Home | 2 Bees In A Pod | My Creative Days
County Road 407 | Chatfield Court
Christmas Front Porches on Tuesday
The Tattered Pew | The Crowned Goat | Little Brags
Follow The Yellow Brick Home | The Painted Hinge
hristmas Recipes on Wednesday
Crisp Collective | Love In My Oven | Countryside Cravings
Walking On Sunshine Recipes | Beyond The Butter
Christmas Mantles on Thursday
anderson + grant | White Arrows Home | Elizabeth Joan Designs
City Girl Meets Country Boy | Red Brick On The Lake
Christmas Tablescapes on Friday
The Inspired Hive | Curly Crafty Mom | Making It In The Mountains
Love all the inspiration you give!! I love what you did here!
Thanks so much, Kelly!
Hi Erin, love your blog title….haha…..what a fun post. the other option to not having a mantle to decorate would have been to come to my house and do mine for me? Maybe next year? LOL
Your dresser looks amazing in disguise as a mantle. Merry Christmas!
Thanks Christine! If the invitation still stands, I will be there next year to help your mantel! Lol.
LOL – No mantel, no problem! Love it and love what you did instead. This is so useful with such great advice. Merry Christmas!
Michelle @ The Painted Hinge
Hi Erin! I love how you styled your “mantel.” :) Not everyone has a mantel and I didn’t have one myself until recently. I love your simple clean look and the Christmas stocking sign with those lovely knitted stockings are the perfect finishing touch. So happy to be hopping with you!
This is such a wonderful post!! Not everyone has a mantel and you have solved the problem!! Thank you so much for sharing!
I love that you shared a different way to decorate if you don’t have a mantel. This is perfection! It was fun touring with you this week! Pinning!
This is so adorable! This is the perfect compromise for no mantle and gets me thinking abut what I can do for my home that also has NO mantle! Thank you for the inspiration.
This is so creative Erin! I love the stockings and all the festive touches you’ve added to make this space extra special. It’s so gorgeous you don’t even need a mantel. Hugs, CoCo
Kendra | www.joyinourhome.com
I always love your style, Erin, and this is no different! Not only is it functional but so pretty too! Love the cable knit stockings and your decor is perfect! Thanks so much for joining this blog hop again! Merry Christmas! Xo
Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
Ohhh, I just love how this turned out. We don’t have a mantel either, but this is such a great idea. I really love the piece of wood with the knobs and stockings!! I never know where to put our stockings. I also love those wooden houses, I’ve seen the metal and ceramic ones, but not wood! Enjoyed doing this fun holiday blog hop with you! :)