Christmas Mantel: A Snowy Village

Did any of you get out for some Black Friday specials last week? Hopefully you found some bargains and can now focus on your holiday decorating. I try to avoid the crowds and spent the Thanksgiving weekend finishing up my decor. Usually I have a plan, but ended up changing what I had in mind for my Christmas mantel. My glitter houses were going to grace the mantel, but I ended up creating a snowy village with a Scandinavian vibe.

My Christmas mantel today is part of a showcase of Christmas Mantels Around America. A special thanks to Suzy at Worthing Court for organizing the holiday hop. See how bloggers across the country decorate their Christmas mantel; links at the end of this post.

A Snowy Village for a Christmas Mantel


A trip to the store was supposed to result in one or two more glitter houses, which I had in my shopping basket ready to go. But then, I walked past the store’s wooden crafts aisle and spied shelves with the cutest wooden houses standing at attention.

A Snowy Village for a Christmas Mantel


At first glance, the little wooden houses reminded me of Scandinavian Christmas decorations. A closer look revealed what they truly are … bird houses! I told myself the little bird holes are simply round windows and grabbed several, putting the more expensive glitter houses back where I found them.

Create a Scandinavian style Christmas mantel using wooden bird houses.


My mother used to collect wooden Nordic figures for Christmas. Luckily, I found miniature wooden figures that looked similar to hers, only smaller. It was so much fun choosing little wooden people and other miniature decorations for the houses.

Create a Scandinavian style Christmas mantel using wooden bird houses.


Hubby thought I should paint the houses, which I considered for about 10 seconds. Leaving them plain creates a simpler scene and allowed me to get more creative with decorations for each house.

Create a Scandinavian Snowy Village on Your Christmas Mantel


My Scandinavian style snowy village is perhaps the most fun I’ve ever had decorating my Christmas mantel. Placing the figures and decorations reminded me of playing with doll houses as a child.

Christmas Mantel - A Nordic Style Snowy Village


Add the nostalgia of my mother’s Nordic collection and you can see why this was fun for me.

Create a Scandinavian Snowy Village on Your Christmas Mantel


A colorful wool felt pom pom garland adds a little more color to the snowy scene.

Scandinavian Village for a Christmas Mantel


The wooden bird houses, figurines, and miniature decorations are from Michael’s. A bag of faux snow stretched easily across the mantel to create the snowy village.

Scandinavian Village for a Christmas Mantel


The small houses were $5 each, and the two large ones were $10 each. Michael’s carries a variety of styles.

Scandinavian Village for a Christmas Mantel


Scandinavian Village for a Christmas Mantel


Although I still love my glitter houses, it was time for a change on my Christmas mantel.

Christmas Mantel - A Nordic Style Snowy Village


Christmas Mantel. Create a Snowy Village!


Christmas Mantels across America. See how bloggers in different areas decorate their holiday mantels.

Decorating styles can vary all over North America. Enjoy visiting these other fabulous blogs to see how they’ve decorated their Christmas mantels in the region where they live!


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  1. Thank-you for showing us your your mantel. It looks cozy, and adorable. all the extra little details were really creative.

  2. Oh I love them and am so happy you left them simple wood! What a special way you have them decked out. You are so creative and I LOVE your ideas. Hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas!

  3. Christmas does bring out the child in us and great memories. I love your snowy village it made me smile and feel warm and wonderful.

  4. I LOVE this mantel, Jennifer! I’ve always loved Scandinavian style decorations and might have to go with this type of theme next year on my own mantel. Thanks for sharing!

  5. This is the most precious thing I’ve seen in a while! My mom Creekside Village with a ceramic houses and I’ve been trying to find a way to make that tradition my own. Maybe I’ll do with wooden house instead. Plus it gives me reason to play with the dollhouses since I only have boys and no girls to play house with.

  6. Oh my heavens…I love your mantel. It has a very European feel to it which seems just perfect, especially during the holidays. And I would never have guessed that those were bird houses!! Will you put them outside in the spring?/

  7. I love your little houses. I wish I had more room then I could buy some and display them. I agree with your not painting them they are lovely and rustic just as they are.

  8. Oh this is so cute!

    I don’t have a Michael’s but was looking on-line….do you know what the little elf dolls were called, I couldn’t find those?

    Thanks! Karen

  9. How I would love to do this! These are adorable and I love the way you set it all up with the figures, etc. I don’t remember seeing this when originally posted. Your daughter is lucky to have these! Makes me want to go to Michaels (after the holidays lol) to see if they still have them or something similar. The pom pom garland ties it all perfectly together.