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Hanging beautiful Christmas garland on a fireplace mantel without the use of nails is quick and easy to do thanks to Command Strips. Follow this tutorial to learn how to get a stunning look to complement your holiday decor.

fireplace with thick green garland, gold ribbon and tv over the mantel

It’s that time of year, where we start to thin about all thning Christmas decorations!

Is there anything better than the festive touch that a Christmas tree brings to your living room? Well, beautiful garlands are one of the easiest ways to add a festive touch right on top of your mantel!

While real garland and real greenery are of course beautiful, they are messy and don’t last very long. Around here, I’m a huge fan of artificial garlands. Invest once, and they last forever!

Related: These are the best Christmas garlands to add to your cart now!

There’s a few steps you’ll need to take to get a truly elegant look for your holiday mantel. Once you’ve been through the steps once, you’ll be a pro with this aspect of Christmas decorating every year in the future!

What You’ll Need

To achieve the same look as my mantel this holiday season, you’ll need:


If you choose to only use two pieces of artificial garland you’ll get a sparser look, but it’ll still look very pretty. Two pieces alone can be laid right on top of the mantel without the use of command hooks, but if you want to drape them, you’ll still need the hooks.

Make sure before you hit “checkout” that you’re buying enough garland (2 or more), and buy them long enough to cover the length of your mantel and still be able to drape down the sides. I have two 5-foot garlands for a total length of 10 feet. You can also choose to just buy a 15-foot piece if you have a large mantel and want it to drape significantly.

The best garlands sell out quickly every year, so don’t be kicking yourself when you go to buy another piece and they’re already gone and you have to wait until next year for more

mantel with garland and stockings hung from it
This mantel has just two garlands but also has ornaments tied on with floral wire. There is one center hook and one on each side to support the weight.

Step by Step Guide

  1. I’ve found the best way to start is to hang any bell or ornament garlands on the front face of the fireplace using command hooks. I like to use both the wire toggle hooks and the larger plastic command hooks.
hooking first piece of garland to a wire  hook

2. Place a command hook on the top center and front center of the mantel. Allow it to stick for a full hour before adding the garlands.

garland wrapped around a 3M hook

3. Add one large command hook on either end of the mantel, again allowing a full hour before attaching garland. Heavy garlands may need additional support.

securing second piece of garland below the first

4. Attach the end of the first piece of faux garland to the top center hook, then secure the end of the garland around the large command hook on the end of the mantel. Attach the second piece of garland to the command hook on the front of the mantel.

overlapping branches to securely add the third and fourth pieces of garland to the mantel

5. When adding the next two pieces of garland, stick the ends into the garland that’s already secured. You can use wire or zip ties to secure it further if your garland is particularly heavy.

Make sure that the garland is positioned so that it drapes over the side of the mantel.

mantel with one thick side of garland and one thin side

This is two pieces of garland on the left and just one piece on the right side.

mantel with norfolk pine garland and tv above it

This is with two pieces added to each side, which you can see creates a fuller look.

hiding the 3m hook with the norfolk pine garland

6. Position and maneuver the branches to cover all the command hooks.

green floral wire securing two pieces of garland together

7. Use green floral wire or green zip ties to secure the garlands together otherwise, they will eventually sag and fall down.

faux garland hung on the mantel with a ornament garland below

8. Adding a fifth piece of garland on top in a different type adds color and texture interest.

I like to use Norfolk Pine for the main garland and then one piece of cedar on top. This also helps to cover any bare spots or spots where the ties or command hooks are slightly visible.

hand holding gold ribbon tied in a bow

9. Make two bows with your favorite ribbon (I like velvet) and attach some green floral wire to the back of the bow.

gold ribbon attached the garland on a fireplace mantel

10. Attach the bows to the garland and secure.

faux garland with ribbon and lights

11 Finish with some pretty battery-operated lights woven through the garland.

Other items you can add to personalize the look of your garland are pinecones, faux berries or any other decorative picks you like.

Want to watch me hang the garland on video? I shared a video on Instagram that will show you the process from start to finish!

Final Thoughts

Hanging a Christmas garland on your mantel is an easy way to bring festive cheer into your home for the holidays. With the use of artificial garlands and command hooks, you can achieve an elegant holiday look without the complications of real greenery. The result? A cozy fireplace that radiates the magic of the season, ready to welcome all who gather around it! So go ahead and give it a try; you’ll be amazed at the charm it adds to your decor.

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