Following the renovation of our living room this year, a switch up with the Christmas decor was in order. I was ready for a change from the stags that normally adorn the fireplace and wanted to create a dramatic centrepiece. So I chose dried flowers and fruit, with some artificial plants and feathers thrown into the mix to make my DIY Christmas mantel decoration.

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You will need:

I used:


flatly of dried oranges, dried limes, gold honesty spray, peacock feathers, pheasant feathers, dried protea and artificial eucalyptus

First place 2 blocks of oasis in the centre of your mantel (you may need something to weigh your oasis down).  Push the 5 stems of eucalyptus into the oasis, 3 at the front and 2 at the sides.

mantel with oasis blocks in centre with artificial eucalyptus added.

Next arrange some peacock and pheasant feathers into the centrepiece and space them in such a way that they are equally balanced. Odd numbers always work best as they are more aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

mantel with oasis blocks in centre with artificial eucalyptus, peacock feather, and pheasant feathers added.

Add the gold honesty sprays to the sides and front centre, then layer in the protea stems.

mantel with oasis blocks in centre with artificial eucalyptus, peacock feather, pheasant feathers, and dried protea added.

Twist the florist wire around the oranges and limes and insert the wire into the oasis.

Close up of dried orange wrapped in florist wire.
hand placing a dried orange into a Christmas mantel arrangement.

Fill in any gaps with extra feathers and tweak anything that looks off to the eye. Sprinkle the arrangement with fairy lights!

Mantel with dried flower centrepiece arrangement and led star.

The blush pink dried proteas tie in with the rest of my living room decor, as do the peacock feathers and splashes of gold. 

Close up of pink dried protea in Christmas mantel arrangement.

Traditional dried fruit brings a yuletide touch to the display and has grown in popularity over recent years.

close up of dried oranges and limes in a Christmas mantel arrangment.
close up of Christmas dried arrangement on mantel with glass Christmas tree ornaments

I finished off the Christmas mantel decoration with some festive stars and glass Christmas trees.

pink and teal living room with Christmas fireplace decoration

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Wishing all of my readers a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year, and let’s hope things will get better in 2021!


 Love Cara x


Close up of Christmas mantel decoration.

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