A Festive Guide to Holiday Mantel and Entryway Decor

A Festive Guide to Holiday Mantel and Entryway Decor

Posted by Fortunoff Backyard Store

Welcome the holidays.

Greet your guests with good tidings and a decorated front door and mantel. As the holiday season approaches, it's time to bring out the wreaths and garland to create a warm and inviting atmosphere inside and out. In this guide, we'll explore creative ways to decorate your mantel and entryway for the holidays, using a combination of pre-lit wreaths, flocked garlands, entrance trees, and other must-have Christmas decor.

Wreaths: The Welcoming Centerpiece

Wreaths are a classic symbol of the holiday season, and they make a perfect centerpiece for your front door and mantel. Whether you choose a traditional evergreen wreath, a pre-lit wreath, or a snowy wreath, here are some tips for making the most of this classic decoration:


  1. Size Matters: Consider the size of your door or mantel and choose a wreath that fits comfortably. It should not overpower the space but complement it. For a standard 4-5 feet mantle, a 24-inch wreath is often ideal.
  2. Color Palette: Select a color palette for your wreath that harmonizes with your overall holiday decor. Traditional reds and greens, winter whites, or metallic hues like gold and silver are popular choices.
  3. Ribbon Accents: Add a festive touch by draping a beautiful ribbon over your wreath. A large bow or a few loops of ribbon can instantly elevate your mantel's look and trim your door frame with ribbon for a look that carries through the entire home.

Garland: The Evergreen Elegance

Garland is another staple when decorating your porch and mantel for the holidays. It's versatile and can be used in various ways to add texture and greenery to your display. Here are some ideas on how to use garland effectively:

  1. Full-Length Swag: Drape a full-length garland across the top of your door and mantel for a lush, dramatic effect. Use hooks or small nails to secure it in place, and be sure to leave enough room for your other decorations.
  2. Swag with Lights: Pre-lit garland adds a magical glow to your mantel and outdoor decor. The warm twinkle of the lights enhances the holiday ambiance and makes your home stand out.
  3. Layering: Combine different types of garland for a textured look. You can use evergreen garland as a base and layer smaller garlands with different foliage or accents, such as berries or pinecones, on top.
  4. Add Decorative Picks: To give your garland extra flair, tuck in decorative picks, such as glittered branches, poinsettias, or holly berries. These will add color and interest to the garland.

Entrance Trees: The Mini Attraction

The giving season begins the second a Christmas tree goes up in the living room, but don’t neglect your stoop! For true curb appeal, add some entrance trees to your outdoor decor setup. Choose between sizes, colors, lighting options, and a medley of other features for the perfect faux tree. Here’s how we would style them:


  1. Pre-Lit Entrance Trees: Guide people to your front door with a selection of pre-lit entrance trees. Heights range from 3-foot trees to 4.5-foot trees and work best in a pair. Let them frame your entryway or mantel for easy elegance.
  2. Decorated Entrance Trees: Save yourself some time and opt for a pre-decorated Christmas tree in the season’s latest styles. With stands designed to look like planters and eye-catching accents, these trees look great in every space.
  3. Colorful Entrance Trees: Opt for a pink faux tree or one of our other vivid colors for a more eclectic design. A spread of monochromatic ornaments will make these trees feel chic and on-trend, but don’t be afraid to experiment! Complementary and tertiary colors can also create an unforgettable display for your entryway.

Indoor Holiday Decor: The Accents

Now that you have your wreath and garland in place, it's time to introduce the indoor holiday decor that will bring your mantel to life. Consider the following elements to enhance the festive spirit:

  1. Figurines and Ornaments: Select Christmas figurines that reflect your holiday theme. Whether it's a classic nativity scene, a life-size nutcracker, or whimsical holiday characters, these holiday figurines add personality to your display.
  2. Candles and Lanterns: Incorporating candles and lanterns not only adds a warm and cozy ambiance but also provides an inviting glow. Flameless LED candles are a safe option, and lanterns come in various designs to match your decor style.
  3. Stockings: Hang Christmas stockings with care from your mantel. Personalize them for each family member or choose matching stockings that complement your color scheme.
  4. Photo Frames: Display cherished family photos in holiday-themed frames. This personal touch makes your mantle decor even more meaningful.
  5. Wreath Hangers: Don't forget to coordinate your wreath hanger with the overall design. Choose one that matches the theme or color scheme of your decorations.
  6. Seasonal Signage: Add a festive sign or banner that conveys holiday greetings or sentiments. Whether it's a "Merry Christmas" banner or a "Let It Snow" sign, this will instantly set the tone.

Additional Tips and Tricks

  1. Create Symmetry: For a balanced look, place your wreath in the center and position your garland evenly on both sides. This will create a sense of symmetry and visual appeal.
  2. Layered Dimension: Experiment with depth by placing some items in front of the garland and others behind it. This layering effect adds depth and interest to your mantel.
  3. Consider Your Color Scheme: When choosing your holiday decor, stick to a cohesive color scheme that complements your wreath and garland. This will ensure a harmonious and visually pleasing display.

Decorating your mantel and front yard for the holidays is an opportunity to showcase your creativity and spread festive cheer throughout your home. By incorporating wreaths, garlands, and various indoor holiday decor elements, you can transform your space into a magical experience. Whether you prefer a classic and sophisticated look or a zany and colorful display, the key is to have fun and let your imagination run wild. Happy decorating!

12th Dec 2023 BigCommerce

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