The main focal point of our house for Christmas in the fireplace mantle. Mostly because we spend the majority of our time in the den. I try to do it differently each year. How is how I did it for 2011.
I laid garland across the top of the mantle. I usually do the real thing. I use the extra branches cut from the tree. Here it is fake. I like the way the garland helps to hide the wires from the tv. We really have to find a way to do this year round. I laid glass ornaments and placed poinsettia along the garland. when you do this use an odd number. It makes it look more symmetrical.
I went to the woods behind my house (a tree in your yard will do) and cut some branches. I wired them together to make them look more like a tree. Then I added red beads to the branches.They are not glued on. Just stuck on. Some will fall off if you hit it. I used big and little beads.
The I stuck the branches in the tinsel. Well… actually. I stuck them both in at the same time. You may need to play around with it some to make it stand up right. It took me a couple of tries to get it to look the way I wanted.
That’s it. Not much to it. Very simple. I like simple.