Red and Black Christmas Wonder Mantel

I love changing and decorating my mantel at least once a month, usually with each new holiday or season, sometimes just because I’m bored of it. So, of course I chose to share my Red and Black Christmas Wonder Mantel with you today. It’s a bit non-traditional and very glittery which makes it perfect for me. I’m so pleased with how it turned out and I hope you will be able to get a little inspiration from it.

Red and Black Christmas Wonder Mantel

I have always wanted to join a home tour so you can imagine how thrilled I was when I was chosen to participate in the Home for the Holidays Blog Tour. This is the tour’s 2nd year with Sondra Lyn at Home as the host. We have some amazingly talented bloggers sharing their best ideas for the holidays this week. There are links to all of the posts at the bottom of this post. If this is your first time visiting my blog, Welcome! I am so happy to have you here and I hope you decide to stay and look around a while.

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I usually choose my Christmas colors a year ahead of time. I can shop the after Christmas sales and get a good deal of stuff for a fraction of the cost. I also put all the decorations I will be using the next year in totes and label them with that year, it saves time going through all the totes (most of the time). I like to break down the mantel so you can see every detail, so here we go!

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As you can tell I like pretty clean lines in my decorating. Whenever I see wood grain wrapping paper I can’t pass it up. The papers were perfect for these tall trees. They’re simple but have just the right amount of detail. You can get the full tutorial at Cone Shaped Christmas Trees. They come together really fast so you can make a whole forest if you’d like. I sat them on different sizes of candle sticks to vary the heights.

Red and black mantel cone trees

This sweet little deer is an ornament from Target. It just adds to all the other glitter on the mantel.

Red and Black Mantel trees and deer

The sign is from Hobby Lobby. I love the texture look and also that the letters are glittered. Plus it really is the most wonderful time of the year and every time I look at the sign I start singing the song.

Red and Black Mantel sign

These little houses were the wrong color for the mantel so I simply painted them. I paint a lot of my decorations to change them to fit my color scheme at the time. I wonder how many coats of paint some of my decorations have on them. Use cake stands, candle sticks, or books to add height to your items.

Red and Black Mantel houses

The windows were a little boring so I glittered them. It’s simple to glitter any surface: paint mod podge or glue on the area then sprinkle glitter over the wet glue. Tap off the excess and place it back in the container. No more boring houses!

Red and Black Mantel black house

I bought this raw reindeer head at Michael’s a few months ago and forgot I had it. I’m so glad I found it because it was perfect for the mantel. I painted the whole thing silver, then glittered the antlers red and the head silver. I hot glued a red felt ball on as a nose.

Red and Black Mantel hanging deer

I strung red, black, and white felt balls on red bakers twine to make a simple garland. I have a few balls of each color left over so I have enough to make another small garland for my living room. You will need a large needle and jewelry pliers to pull the needle through the balls. It’s pretty tough, but worth the effort because look how awesome it turned out.

Red and Black Mantel felt balls

We keep blankets in this basket so we can get comfortable and warm while watching TV. This black and white one is so cozy and works perfect with my color scheme. The small pillow is from Target in the Dollar Spot. I purchase wrapping paper when it goes on sale after Christmas too. I love these patterns.

Red and Black mantel pillow and blanket

The tall black deer is from Hobby Lobby this year and the red and white deer are from Home Goods a few years ago. The black and white deer are glittered also.

Red and black mantel reindeer

We are renting and our fireplace doesn’t work so why not decorate in front of it? The wreath is attached to the fireplace with a command hook. I think I’ve had this wreath for 15 years and I still love it.

Red and Black mantel wreath

I don’t usually decorate this part of the fireplace much but since it isn’t working, why not?

Red and Black mantel bottom half

I finished decorating most of the house today and hope to have it posted Sunday or Monday so make sure to come back and see the whole house. Continue below for more Christmas inspiration from some of your favorite bloggers.

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Welcome to the 2nd annual Home for the Holidays Blog Tour hosted by Sondra Lyn at Home. We have a great week of holiday celebration ideas lined up for you from some of the most awesome bloggers around!

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All week, right here, you will be able to tour their homes, taste their delicious recipes, recreate their innovative crafts and even get some new ideas on gifting! Wow, do we have a great week of holiday celebration ideas lined up for you!

Join us each day for inspiration from nearly 30 of the today’s finest blogs!

You’ll see everything from gorgeous decor to yummy holiday recipes… and everything in between!

Home for the Holidays Blog Tour 2015

Monday – Holiday Decor


 Just a Girl and Her Blog    |    Lilacs & Longhorns    |    What Meegan Makes

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 Windgate Lane    |    Worthing Court

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Tuesday – Holiday Recipes


Duke Manor Farm     |     Graceful Order    |     Rhubarb and Honey

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Snappy Gourmet    |   The Happier Homemaker   |     Two Thirty-Five Designs

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Wednesday – Mantles and Tablescapes


Dandelion Patina     | Organize and Decorate Everything |  {Home-ology} modern vintage

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Sondra Lyn at Home | StoneGable | The Everyday Home

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Thursday – Holiday Crafts


An Extraordinary Day    |     Cottage at the Crossroads   | Making it in the Mountains

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Our Southern Home | 2 Bees in a Pod | Two Purple Couches

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Friday – Gifts and Wrapping


Addison Meadows Lane   | Domestically Speaking  |        DIY180

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My Creative Days | Southern State of Mind | unOriginal Mom

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Thank you for joining us for the 2015 Home for the Holidays Blog Tour! I hope you were inspired by something you saw, and you’re ready to tackle your holiday preparations!

And remember…

there’s no place like…

Home for the Holidays!

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  • Vicki and Jennifer 2 Bees in a Pod December 2, 2015, 5:28 am

    Hey Leanne – we are loving you mantel decor! Your color scheme is so pretty and the bright red just pops. Your creativity paired with your styling skills is impeccable. So happy to share tour week with you. Merry Christmas!
    Vicki and Jennifer 2 Bees in a Pod recently posted..Christmas Moscow Mule and DIY Plaid Tray

  • Lindsay Eidahl December 2, 2015, 5:39 am

    I love all the pops of red on your mantel and the silver adds the perfect touch of bling! It has been fun touring with you this week! Happy holidays!
    Lindsay Eidahl recently posted..Holiday Shopping With Staples

  • Melissa December 2, 2015, 6:26 am

    I love this-the colors are perfect, and that garland is perfect! Thanks for sharing!
    Melissa recently posted..Live Christmas Tree Tips & Tricks

  • Sondra December 2, 2015, 7:41 am

    Your mantel is beautiful, Leanne! Love all those decorating tips you shared, too! Every detail is perfect – I love it all!! Thanks for participating in this year’s HFTH blog tour!
    Sondra recently posted..Merry and Toile Tablescape | Home for the Holidays 2015

  • Bee December 2, 2015, 2:29 pm

    I love it all! Love what you did with the unfinished reindeer! great job 🙂

  • Barb @ The Everyday Home December 2, 2015, 2:45 pm

    This is soooooo adorable. The red and black are perfect accents against the white. I adore that sign. But what I really love are the cute metal deer. I could use those, too. 🙂 It was fun sharing “Mantel Day” on the tour with you. Merry Christmas. xxoo, Barb

  • Michelle@DandelionPatina December 2, 2015, 5:27 pm

    Love your color combo Leanne! Black and white checks are really trending right now. Happy Holidays.
    Michelle@DandelionPatina recently posted..Cozy Winter Mantel

  • Lisa Huff December 3, 2015, 6:35 am

    Wow, would have never thought about using candle/cake stands!! Genius!
    Lisa Huff recently posted..Gingerbread Cookie Cups Recipe

  • Maryann @ Domestically Speaking December 3, 2015, 12:19 pm

    Love your color theme… red, black and silver is gorgeous!

  • sarah @ {Home-ology} modern vintage December 3, 2015, 1:30 pm

    I just love the colors and how you put it all together. (And how I wish I were as organized as you!) It all looks so lovely. Happy holidays!

  • Emily @ Two Purple Couches December 3, 2015, 9:45 pm

    Your mantel is beautiful! I love your color combination, and all of the glittery accents are right up my alley 🙂 Happy Holidays!
    Emily @ Two Purple Couches recently posted..Glittery Reindeer Hoop Art

  • Vanessa December 4, 2015, 7:28 am

    How beautiful! I love the color theme you have going on and the sign is my favorite.
    Vanessa recently posted..Christmas Wrapping Made Easy

  • laura@duke manor farm December 5, 2015, 4:01 am

    it’s perfect. love your color combo and the way it all pops. Happy Holidays!
    laura@duke manor farm recently posted..Magical White Christmas Tree

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