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Easy and Inexpensive Holiday Party Mantel Decor!!

Happy Holidays everyone!!

I love changing up my Holiday mantel each year – but it can be expensive. I would love to share with you an inexpensive way to brighten up your mantel. And if you don’t have a mantel, you can use this idea on a shelf or even use it for a dessert table for a party!!

Holiday Party Mantel

The main part of this project are paper tissue fans — you can get them at your local party store for about $2 each!

Here’s what I did to make my Holiday Party Mantel:

  • I assembled my Tissue Paper Fans. I bought 2 different colors.And I also bought some smaller snowflake fans.
  • Then I found two different, coordinating scrapbook papers.
  • And I used a big punch to cut out some background paper.
  • Then I used a smaller punch to cut out white cardstock.
  • I cut out some vinyl on my Silhouette machine. But you could use some sticky scrapbook letters.I spelled out “MERRY” but you can spell out anything you want. If you were hosting a birthday party you could spell out the birthday person’s name, or for New Years — “2012”.
  • I used some Bakers Twine from Twisted Sugar Twine and attached them to the top of the fans and hung them on the mantel.
  • Another inexpensive idea is that I wrapped the candles on my mantel with wrapping paper. This is also a super easy and inexpensive idea to bring your holiday colors into your home decor.
  • I also framed a free printable {from Today’s Creative Blog} and the printable was a little small for my frame so I put some polka-dotted wrapping paper behind the printable for a little holiday color!!
  • Add a little greenery and some colorful picks and you have a fun, festive Holiday Mantel!!

 For more holiday ideas and inspirations — check out these other #HolidayHQ posts today for festive ideas!!  And  come join us on Twitter Thursday, December 8th  at 8pm EST for the super fun #HolidayHQ tweet chat for even more holiday ideas – come share YOUR ideas!!

Be sure to check out these fun (these ladies are so talented)#HolidayHQ ideas:


PS — I’m linking this up to 30 Day’s Pity Party and Home Stories A2Z Mantel Party — be sure to check it out for AMAZING Mantel ideas!!


  1. Where did you get your frame?

  2. I have searched for those fans! What party store did you find them at?! I am going crazy looking for them:) I am having a party tomorrow and was hoping to have them. Help!

  3. I love love these colors! it looks fabulous!!

  4. Your home looks gorgeous!! I love the colors.

  5. Those fans are so fun!

  6. JEN!!!

    all of the colors & festiveness is so YOU, i love it!!! love your idea for the mantel. and you painted the mantel. it all looks so fabulous. gosh, your house has taken on a whole new look in so many ways.

    it’s beautiful & fun.


  7. All I can say is EYE CANDY! I seriously can’t stop looking at your decor. It’s perfect and awesome and amazing.

    • Thanks so much!! I am loving the turquoise and red and white this year. It’s so bright and happy :)


  8. Very cute! I love the colors! Where did you get that frame you put the printable in? I love it.

  9. Very clever ideas and I LOVE that ladder advent. So darling.

  10. I’m loving your mantel! Once again wishing i had a mantel of my own to decorate! Love your color combo.

  11. Love it Jen! I love the paper fans! So very cute and cheap-my kind of decorating! Keep it up my friend! love ya

  12. This is absolutely the BEST mantel I have every seen!! This is SO adorable!! Hoping you can link this up at my turquoise lovin’ party going on right now!! (red during the holidays too) http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2011/12/turquoise-lovin-16.html

  13. Once I stopped staring at your dog, I was able to check out the party decorations! Very cute. Like your dog. And the ladder is so sweet, I love the shade of blue you chose! …. I want your dog!!

    Hahaha, Happy Holidays and thanks for sharing with us!

  14. Oh. my. Gosh. Could I love your decor more? Let me just answer that. No. I couldn’t. This looks so amazing with your super bright white living room. And the teal couch? GAH! This was a made to be Christmas. Right? I hope you sit in it, look around, and giggle a bit. Love you!

  15. Jen,

    Your mantel is so much FUN!

    Would you mind sharing with me what is the name of your wall paint? I love it!

    Tons of love!


  16. Very creative! I really like your Christmas decorations, especially the framed printable poster!I love the ladder, please tell us, where did you get it? I added some turquoise ornaments this year. I’ll share a picture soon. :o) Feliz Navidad!
    Gloria x

  17. I love the colors and neat use of fans. So cute!

  18. OH MY!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this – thanks for the ideas. What I am really loving is the bright colors you’ve used. It feels like Christmas with a punch – CLEVER! Thanks Jen!

  19. Loving the mantle, the colors are very bright and pretty!!

  20. L-O-V-E This! The colors…the tree….the paper rosettes…and that ladder {I need}.

  21. I love the fans. What a creative use for them! Thanks so much for the inspiration.

  22. Love this! I would love to see a pic of your tree…. it looks awesome!

  23. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! its darling, and I love all the different room shots you gave us for extra snooping. HA! luv ya! jen

  24. Adorable! Simply adorable.

  25. Very Pretty… So Bright and Cheery

  26. I love your family room, stunning contrast of the blue, brown and white…..and the mantle is decorated with such charm. So pleased to be sharing your ideas on my site this week and working with you on the HoldayHQ. Happy Holidays darling, Coryanne

    • Thanks Coryanne!!

      I love have loved getting to know you better through this series. I think you are just amazing!


  27. i LOVE your winter mantel. such a fun color combo! and i adore those red and white houndstooth candles. where did you get them?

  28. Fun color combo. The blue gives it a retro feel…nicely done!

  29. Love the frame you used with the printable (which I love also!) Where can I get one :)

  30. Love it!! And that paper straw wreath is still my favorite!!

  31. Hi Jen! Sorry it’s been awhile since I last visited. Life has been crazy, to say the least. Just doing my best to not lose my footing and to keep smiling all the while! Your mantle idea is WONDERFUL! I’m convinced you could make a brown paper bag look good!

  32. wow, what a fun room! loving the mantle, your color theme, and that ladder! oh, loving that ladder!

  33. In looooove with your mantel!! So pretty and festive. :) Thanks for sharing the steps with us. Pinned this one!

  34. Super Cute! I especially love the two sweet faces peeking out in the first picture! It might even be cute if you “wrapped” the square pictures on your wall above in coordinating wrapping paper! Thanks for sharing, Laura

    • What a great idea Laura!! I love the idea of wrapping that picture. You are so smart!!

      Thanks for the sweet comment!


  35. This is really Fabulous, Fun and Festive – I love the turquoise and red combo! Jen

  36. Jen! Have you been decorating since summer! You have so much done! Your mantle is awesome, just love that ladder & your TREE IS BEAUTIFUL! Love the colors & how cheery it all looks :)

  37. Too cute. I just spyed with my little eye, the elf behind the couch. :)

  38. Oh man I miss my mantle. LOVE all of it, you’re so great. I will have to use some of these ideas in other places of my home. LOVE all the blue and red…but most of all that dog!! That’s what I want for Christmas.

    • LOL – you are cute!! Santa actually brought our dog Trixie for Christmas 4 years ago. She is very sweet – mostly she just lays around wand wants to be petted :)



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