Trees for the Mantel Small trees -- living, cut, or artificial -- make lovely mantel decorations. Place them in pretty pots or baskets lined with plastic. Decorate as desired or leave unadorned for a simple (yet elegant) look.
Spotlight a hobby: A passion for sailing takes center stage on this mantel at a vacation home. Colors from the sailboat models repeat in long-needle greens, pinecones and a feather tree. Touches of red reinforce the seasonal message.