Creating A Cozy Fireplace Glow For Christmas
Do you love the coziness of a glowing fireplace at Christmas, but you don’t have a fireplace? That’s okay, I’m in the same boat! Today I’m sharing how I easily created the feel of a Christmas mantel without having a fireplace or a mantel! Decorating a shelf as if it were a mantel gives the illusion that it is a mantel.
I’m not sure what I love more, all the beautiful decorations on a mantel at Christmas or having the warm glow of a fireplace. But guess what, you don’t need to have a fireplace to create the warmth a fireplace and decorated mantel bring! All you need is to add the elements that a fireplace gives!
An open wall shelf creates the look of a mantel.
I get asked about my “mantel” all the time. People really don’t notice that this isn’t a mantel and I don’t have a fireplace! It’s just a DIY shelf! I made this wall shelf out of 2, 2×6 boards placed on top of two wood corbels. I painted it using Joanna Gaines Chalk Paint in the color Shiplap and distressed it a little.
I love that the shelf gives the same look as a mantel would without actually having to install a fireplace! The perfect solution especially for anyone who is renting or in an apartment! Most landlords will allow you to put up one shelf!
Just a few Candles will bring in the same glow and warmth that a fireplace brings!
The flickering of a few glowing candlesticks can really add a magical, coziness to any space! If you don’t have a fireplace but want to add warmth to your “mantle” why not add a few candles? Every time I light the candles on this shelf, it begins to feel like we have a fireplace!
The whole livingroom seems warmer! If you would rather not burn real candles, I know you can purchase electric candles that actually flicker! I have some that I display in all our windows and they really do look real!
Hanging Christmas Stockings
I may not have a chimney for Santa, but simply hanging a few stockings on this (shelf) mantel instantly makes it look like a mantel! I used command hooks to hang these and they have stayed up.
However, I’d recommend using something stronger if you plan on Santa filling your stockings full! I plan to swap these out for a few screw-in type hooks before Christmas Eve!
Having A Focal Point
If you scroll Pinterest or the pages of any home decor magazine you’ll notice that most fireplaces have a large piece of art or some kind of focal point (many times a TV or a mirror) above them.
Bringing in a focal point above the shelf helps this space to look more like a mantel. I loved using this mirror for my Christmas mantel because it reflects the glow of the candles!
Adding Texture With Garland, A Nativity, or Any Other Christmas Decor
Growing up my mom would always decorate her mantels with garland or her Nativity!
Both were so beautiful! I feel like you can’t go wrong with either! This year I added a mix of faux, dried and real garland to my mantel and draped it off to one side using the stockings on the other side to balance it!
My Christmas Mantel is super simple and I love how it adds warmth and Christmas Cheer without even beeing a real mantel! One day I will have a fireplace to decorate…but until then, I’m going to enjoy this little shelf and the beauty it adds to our little cottage!