Winter Mantel :: Easy Texturizers

layered mantletexture pillow: homegoods

For the past few weeks I’ve had some fun layered textures on the mantle. Remember, as a Cozy Minimalist, I’ve decided that for us, the mantle is a place that doesn’t get a whole lot of every day action–so I like filling it up with pretty things.

Here are a few things I’ve incorporated:

1. Pom pom garland: I found mine a few years ago at anthropologie, but you can make your own poms with forks, cardboard or pom pom makers. Emily Jones recently shared how to make the poms into a garland.

2. Tassels tied onto strings, blankets or pillows. You can get my All About Tassels Guide for free right now (just sign up for my email list for blog updates and then login here at the Nest Files for access to the guide and fun, free printables) here’s a great post from Sarah M Dorsey about making a tassel throw.

3. Finger knitted Garland, years ago Maggie introduced me to these (read all about them here), Caroline gave me this one for Christmas one year–I’ve used it on our Christmas tree and just as a garland, and I liked it so much I went and found the same yarn and made a few more.

flowers in a basket

Whenever I stop in at Trader Joe’s I’ll grab some of their cut flowers and such. To put them into my tall World Market basket, I first fill a gallon size ziplock bag with a few inches of water and then slip the whole thing into the basket.


I usually pull out these sweet little textured pieces and sprinkle them around the house starting in the fall and they stick around until spring. They are a fun and inexpensive way to add some texture to your home.

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  1. Baileywife @ Irishman acres says

    I have garland like that (just a ball of furry stuff that is used for trim on pillows) that I have draped over my headboard and has stayed there for months, and probably will always be there now, makes it look cozy and unfussy somehow. Love your mantel!! ~Kim

  2. I love all the texture! These tips are awesome and super easy to implement. Obsessing over the textured garland and pillows!

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  3. This looks great! I love the idea of the bag in a basket for flowers, and love that greenery from TJ’s!

  4. Loved all of the ideas in this post! For the finger knitted garland, what type of yarn do you use and where did you find it? I love the texture that it adds to your mantel!

    • I found mine at Hobby Lobby–it’s got weird hairlike strings coming out of it, but it makes for a nice garland, I think the chunkier the yarn, the better!

  5. Nice, nice! I could live with this, and since I love to mix a little bit of “royal” with the “rustic” I would add a string of pearls or some yarn with metallic threads. One year at Christmas I bought a 9 ft. tree garland that looks like pearls. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve cut that garland into different lengths and used all over the house.

  6. Beautiful! I fell in love with pompoms just this year. Even made my own pom pom garland for my Christmas tree. I think I need to make a shorter one for my mantel. I love it!

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