How to Transition to Winter Mantel Decor After Christmas

It doesn’t have to be complicated to transition to winter mantel decor after Christmas. Follow these easy tips to create a simple winter look.

Christmas is done.

The tree and stockings have been packed away.

All of the red and green, the santas, the reindeer are housed safely back in their bins for next Christmas.

And now you have a bare mantel and hearth, staring back at you.

So how do you easily transition from Christmas decorations to winter mantel decor with the least amount of work?

1. Use Your Christmas Decorations

Before you pack all of your Christmas decorations away, look through them and see if there are any decorations that can stay out all winter.

Depending on how you decorate for Christmas it can be very easy to re-use a lot of your decor for winter mantel decorations. My Winter Wonderland Themed Christmas decor provided the least amount of work to transition to winter of any of my Christmas decorating themes. All I had to do was take down the stockings and everything else could stay.

Winter mantel decor with snowflakes, silver tree, and blue vase

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However, even when you don’t use a winter theme in your Christmas decorating, you can still re-use a lot of your decor.

  • White or blue lights
  • Snowmen, snowflakes, icicles
  • White or blue flowers
  • Cozy flannels or plaid
  • White, blue, clear, or silver vases, candlesticks, crates, etc.
  • White, blue, or silver ornaments
  • Pinecones and evergreens

If you need ideas for more than your Christmas mantel, check out this post on easy winter decorations based mostly off of the decor I normally use at Christmas time.

2. Deck out a Window, Picture Frame, or Sign

If you have your tv over your mantel, then this suggestion may not work. If that is the case, your tv acts as your large piece of art work.

However, if you aren’t settled on the art on your mantel, try changing it up with a DIY home sign or an old window.

Home sign with snowflakes and clock on mantel

Both of these art pieces can ground your mantel while providing the freedom to leave them neutral or change them up for the season.

Easy winter decorations on mantel
Easy Winter Decorations

If you are looking for a fun way to create some chalkboard art for your mantel, create a faux chalkboard with a window or glass fronted picture frame and some black construction paper for a fun, changeable winter scene.

DIY Faux winter themed chalkboard on a window
Faux Chalkboard

Having some sort of large neutral art on your mantel can give you an easy way to change up your decor for the season.

3. Invest in Versatile Pieces

When you look for your larger decorative pieces, try to find ones that are neutral and can be used in many different seasons.

Building up a variety of larger, neutral pieces can help make decorating easier.

My favorite neutral decorations consist of:

I use all of these items in my mantel decorating at various times. I can move them around, fill them with different decorations for the season, etc. They may not always appear in my decor each season, but having a variety gives me the freedom to play around with how and when I use them in my decorating.

If I don’t use them on my mantel, then I can move them to other areas of the home.

Changing your existing decorations around can give your room a brand new look.

Blue vases and white jug on hearth

If you don’t have many neutral decorations, you can find a lot of great pieces at thrift stores and garage sales. They may take a little work and paint to update them to your style, but it is pretty easy to create some fun decor out of thrifted items. You can check out this post on how to upcycle a thrifted wooden caddy here for some great seasonal ideas.

Caddy with blue and silver Christmas bulbs
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Transitioning to Winter Mantel Decorations Doesn’t Have to Be Hard

Decorating for winter really doesn’t have to be complicated.

Though I tend to be drawn to the cooler blues and whites of snow and ice, creating a cozy plaid and flannel theme can warm up your space as well. You can also pull your ideas from nature and add pinecones and winter greenery.

Or, if you aren’t into the winter theme at all, use seasonally neutral items to make your space feel new after Christmas.

That is the fun about decorating!

Everyone gets to add a little piece of their creativity, tastes, and design into their home and that makes decorating a space exciting.

Want to find these ideas later? Save this to your favorite decor board on Pinterest.

Winter decorations on mantel

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