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Cozy Up Your Fireplace Mantel Decor With Hygge-Inspired Winter Magic

Are you ready to cozy up by the fire with some hygge fireplace mantel decor? With these cozy winter mantel decor ideas, let’s create a unique focal point in your living room.

You may be asking what is hygge. Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is a Danish word that has taken the world by storm. It’s more than just a design aesthetic; it’s a way of life revolving around simple living and creating cozy spaces. And what better place to start than with your fireplace winter mantel decor? 

We recently built a faux fireplace mantel, and I couldn’t wait to start decorating. I loaded it down with Christmas decorations as soon as it was finished, but now I’m ready for some simple but cozy mantel decorations that are budget-friendly.

Instead of buying new items for winter decorating, I rearrange the living room and holiday decorations to create winter mantel magic. Let me show you how.

Hygge Inspired Cozy Winter Mantel Decor ideas for a shabby chic farmhouse mantel

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Cozy Winter Fireplace Mantel Decor

To create a hygge-inspired winter mantel magic, I began by looking to nature. Y’all know I love using foraged and free materials in my decor when possible.

While removing all the holiday decor, I saved a few items I thought would create the warm feeling I wanted.

First, I saved several foraged pinecones I used during the holidays. They all have a little faux snow on the tips, which is perfect to give the mantel a winter wonderland feeling.

Add fake snow to pinecones.

Next, I deconstructed the holiday dining table centerpiece.

It was filled with natural evergreens, foraged pinecones, pheasant feathers, and feather ornaments. After removing all the dead greenery, I held out the feathers to make a simple mantel arrangement.

Pheasant feathers and ornament combine with pinecones and greenery for a table centerpiece.

Finally, the DIY repurposed old-world village was only displayed for a hot minute during the holidays, and I just couldn’t bring myself to put it away just yet. Therefore, I added the old book page village to the winter mantel decor.

In addition, I gathered a set of flicker candles, some faux candle rings, and a few more pinecones to complete the mantel decor.

Old World Village repurposed with gathered twigs and old book page decoupage.

Insider Tip – Word of Caution

As you are planning your winter fireplace mantel decorations, I caution you if you have a working wood-burning fireplace or gas logs.

Our fireplace is faux with an electric fireplace insert, so there is a lower risk of accidental fire.

Safety tips for real functioning fireplaces:

  • Be sure to use flame-retardant materials when decorating your mantel. Dry materials such as pinecones, dry greenery, and twigs should be cautiously used.
  • Keep candles and other open flames away from flammable materials. I recommend using battery-operated flicker candles.
  • Don’t overload your mantel with decorations – leave plenty of space around the fireplace opening.
  • Make sure your smoke detectors are working properly.

Flicker Candles and Pinecones Vignette for Cozy Winter Mantel Decor

To create a cozy winter mantel with the gathered pinecones, consider styling them with battery-operated flicker candles.

In order to create visual interest, use a few pillar candleholders and a variety of candle heights. Then add some faux evergreen candle rings and the snowy pinecones. Nestle the candles and pinecones together at one end of the mantel.

The cluster of candles and pinecones create a warm, cozy feel that doesn’t interfere with the TV viewing.

flicker candles with pinecones on a DIY Faux Fireplace mantel

Pheasant Feathers and Pinecone Arrangement for Fireplace Mantel Decor

To add some balance, the feather and pinecone agreement will be placed at the other end of the fireplace mantel. The arrangement consists of pheasant feathers, ornaments, and pinecones from the original dining room table centerpiece.

winter mantel Decor with frosted pinecones, pheasant fealther and pinecone arrangement in a silver urn.

The feathers, along with a few sprigs of faux greenery, are arranged in a thrifted silver urn. More frosted pinecones with greenery rings, a silver goblet, and a pheasant bird surround the base of the container.

Silver urn filled with pheasant feathers and pinecones for a Winter Mantel decorations.

The silver pieces reflect the candlelight, adding additional warmth to this end of the mantel.

Repurposed Village With Old Book Pages

One of my favorite DIY projects this year is the repurposed inexpensive ceramic village. The project consisted of decoupaging the houses with old book pages and adding twigs for the roof. The update gave the village a warm, cozy old-world feel, and they look stylish as the center vignette on the fireplace mantel.

DIY Old World Village made with old book pages and twigs decorate a DIY Faux Fireplace Mantel for Winter

To complete the village scene, a deconstructed book serves as a riser, and a few pinecones serve as trees.

DIY old world village with old book pages and twigs on a farmhouse mantel.

Cozy Hygge Candlelight Mantel

With the electric fireplace burning and the flicker of candlelight, evenings around the fireplace now have a cozy, comfortable, hygge aesthetic.

Faux shabby chic fireplace mantel decorated for winter with flicker candles, pinecones, and a old world village.

In addition, the image on the TV screen can be changed to suit the occasion, creating a winter wonderland or holiday theme.

Cozy Hygge-inspired Winter Fireplace Mantel Decor.  Candles, pinecones, pheasant feathers on a shabby chic mantel.

Cozy Winter Mantel Decorations – Final Word

But let’s be honest, winter décor can sometimes feel…overwhelming. After all the glitter and fuss of the holidays, the winter decorations can feel stark and lacking in warmth. However, creating a hygge winter mantel decor isn’t that hard to imagine. Just remember to use simple touches of nature combined with the warmth of candlelight to achieve a feeling of contentment and peacefulness.

Fireplace Mantel Decor for Winter Cozy Decorating ideas.  Country Chic Farmhouse Style DIY Fireplace.

Even if the fire isn’t real, you can create a hygge aesthetic that will make the family want to curl up by the fireplace. Even Rudy loves the crackle and warm glow of the new fireplace.

Thank you for stopping by today, and I look forward to sharing my next adventures with you.


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Hygge-inspired Winter Fireplace Mantel Decor for farmhouse style decorating.


Saturday 13th of January 2024

Beautiful did you make the houses


Sunday 14th of January 2024

Sherri, There's a link for how I updated them. Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday 11th of January 2024

Love your ideas and the feathers are fantastic! Happy winter Rachel. pinned


Saturday 13th of January 2024

Cindy, Thank you so much Cindy.