Asymmetrical Christmas Mantel Garland

Find out how to get this asymmetrical Christmas mantel garland look and be inspired by a collection of Christmas mantel garland ideas!

pine and cedar asymmetrical christmas mantel garland

When we did our asymmetric fireplace renovation a few years ago, I never realized just how well it would set me up for asymmetrical Christmas garland… But I’m so glad it did. I love this more modern spin on traditional Christmas decor with balance rather than symmetry.

asymmetric Christmas fireplace

I also love how the asymmetry allow me to create elegant, trailing garland with a reasonable amount of greenery. And it provides better access to our cabinetry and Christmas tree on the other side. But I think asymmetrical holiday mantels are beautiful no matter what your fireplace looks like!

Let me show you today some tips for achieving this look.

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Pine and Cedar Fireplace Garland

Before I tell you how to hang your own asymmetric holiday garland, let me tell you a few things about what I did here.

mixed cedar and pine holiday mantel garland trailing

First, I’m always on the hunt for beautiful, realistic faux greenery. This year, I wound a sparse juniper strand that has a few little blue berries and pine cones with a very simple realistic pine garland. I used two of each to complete the mantel.

Unfortunately, neither is still available, but I’ve gathered some other beautiful, natural looking holiday garland and stems below that are still in stock (at the time of writing).

Decorating Christmas Mantel Garland

The easiest way to add embellishments to your holiday garland is to use floral wire to attach the ornaments, ribbon, etc. Cut a small piece and wire the decorations into the garland.

One of my favorite tricks for changing up your holiday decor each year (without buying all new) is to choose a ribbon color to help define your space. This year, I chose this beautiful antique gold velvet ribbon. I’ve gathered other favorite holiday ribbons here.

brass bells and velvet ribbon on holiday mantel

And brass bells might currently be my favorite holiday decor item. I used these gold bells on the mantel this year, but I have several others that will be making an appearance on my front door and in other parts of our home this holiday season. I’ve gathered several favorites on my Amazon list.

Shop gold bells here.

Brass Candlesticks

Speaking of gold accents, I have a set of three brass candlesticks that is one of my all-time favorite decorative items. They typically live on our mantel year round. I found mine in a local store several years ago, but I believe that these are the exact same ones.

This year, I added this inexpensive trio from Amazon to them for a fuller look. They are not as heavy or as elegant as the original ones, but they’re a great affordable option if you only want to use them for the holidays. I love the statement that all six make together!

brass candlesticks and greenery for holiday mantel

How to create an asymmetric Christmas mantel garland

It’s really embarassingly easy! Here’s a quick video with written instructions below.

  1. Place Hooks

    Add command hooks (or small nails) to your mantel at either end. If your mantel is particularly long, you may need to add one in the middle, as well.

  2. Attach garland

    Beginning with the trailing garland, use the command hooks to secure your garland so that it reaches the floor on one side. Then layer 1-2 more strands of garland on top of the first to cover the top of the mantel.

  3. Add lights

    If you don’t have pre lit garland, add warm white lights to the arrangement. Use battery operated lights or find a way to hide the electric cord (like I did behind the books on the bookcase).

  4. Add ornaments, ribbon, etc.

    Using floral wire, add ornaments, ribbon, or other decorations to your mantel garland.

I couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out, and I’m excited to share the rest of the space more fully soon! Here’s a sneak peek.

Christmas tree and fireplace with asymmetrical greenery trailing garland

pine garland (similar) | juniper garland (similar)
gold bells | gold ribbon | candlesticks | budget candlesticks
gift wrap and other decorative items

If you enjoyed the tutorial, check out these other asymmetrical holiday mantel garlands I’ve created in years past.

More Christmas Fireplace Mantels

Looking for more Christmas fireplace ideas? Krista from The Happy Housie has graciously gathered some very talented bloggers and creators together to share just that! Be sure to pin this for later and check out all the beautiful holiday mantel inspiration below.

asymmetrical christmas mantel garland fireplace

Snowy Natural Rustic Christmas Mantel Decor at The Happy Housie

Asymmetrical Christmas Mantel Garland at Maison de Pax

How to Create a Gorgeous Full Christmas Mantel Garland at Maison de Cinq

How to Design an Elegant Christmas Mantel at Grace in My Space

Festive Farmhouse Holiday Mantel Decor at She Gave it a Go

Colorful Holiday Bedroom Mantel at tatertots and jello

Classic Burgundy and Silver Mantel at Deeply Southern Home

A Traditional Red and Silver Christmas Mantel at Sincerely, Marie Designs

Elegant Holiday Mantel with Candlesticks at Modern Glam

Console Table Holiday Mantel at Rooms for Rent

How to Decorate a Rustic Christmas Mantel at The Tattered Pew

Neutral Christmas Mantel with Green Garland at Taryn Whiteaker Designs

Red and White Modern Holiday Mantel at This is Simplicite

Winter Wonderland Christmas Mantel Ideas at Clean and Scentsible

Asymmetrical Christmas Mantel Ideas at Life is a Party

Our Outdoor Fireplace at Christmas at This is Our Bliss

A Christmas Village Mantel at A Pretty Life in the Suburbs

An Elegant Christmas Mantel at Rambling Renovators

Green and Gold Neutral Holiday Mantel at Joanna Anastasia

Warm and Elegant Holiday Mantel at Life is Better at Home

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  1. Your mantel is gorgeous Rachel! I love the asymmetrical look of it…the garland is draped perfectly…and I LOVE the bells you added.

  2. Your asymmetrical mantel is fantastic. I love everything you did here. Thanks for sharing. I will be stealing this idea. Happy holiday

  3. I love brass candlesticks on a mantel and you placed yours perfectly. Such stunning styling and photography. Love it!

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