Sadly, we do not have a mantle in our home. Every Xmas I wish we did. Since we don't, I have to create a makeshift mantle of sorts out of the corner cabinet in our dining room.
I dress up the top of each year as if it were a mantle. This year, I have a bunch of jars with bottle brush trees, a cloche, an apothecary jar filled with decorated matchboxes and this bird cage that is up year-round. This year I added some faux greenery.
I added my star garland after I took the first picture. I used some pre-cut, self-sticking stars and twine to create the garland.
The cabinet houses my snowman collection.
I gave my vintage typewriter a holiday touch as well.
Yesterday we put up our outside Xmas lights. I'm still in the process of dressing up our porch.