We have two fireplaces & mantles in our house–but no where to really decorate a mantle because we have televisions over each mantle. (P.S. It killed me to put televisions above the fireplaces but it was really the only places they could go in our house.) We do hang stockings still, but I don’t have room to decorate on the actual mantle. But I would LOVE to decorate a traditional Christmas mantle, so I came up with some easy DIY ideas that you can make with your Cricut Maker (SHOP FOR THE CRICUT MAKER HERE) and also decorated a non-traditional mantle area in my house to inspire you to decorate an area whether or not you have a traditional Christmas mantle space to use!

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I created four projects with my Cricut Maker to decorate with:

(1) Christmas Stockings with DIY Plaid Flannel Iron-On Appliques

I used the new rotary blade that only comes with the Cricut Maker to cut the fabric, and it was so easy! I ironed Heat-n-Bond to the fabric and then cut the fabric to fit a 12×12 Cricut Mat, then cut on a “Medium Fabric” setting which is good for cotton. It cut PERFECTLY! Then I just peeled the appliqu√©s off the mat and ironed them on the stockings (inexpensive blank stockings purchased from Joann Fabrics) using my Cricut EasyPress (SHOP FOR THE EASYPRESS HERE). We are sharing the shapes that we used for the stockings, too (they are free with a Cricut Access subscription)!


(2) Personalized Wooden Tag with Iron-On (!!!) Glitter Vinyl

These adorable wooden tags are from Oriental Trading Company and come blank for you to personalize. We cut simple names out of Glitter Iron-On Vinyl and then ironed them on to the wood, which is a neat trick I recently learned. I think it’s awesome that you can use iron-on vinyl on a variety of items other than to make t-shirts! More glitter vinyl on everything is a good idea!

(3) Iron-On Foil and Fabric Decorated Wooden Tree

For this simple tree, we cut various sized circles out of silver Iron-on foil using the Cricut Maker and applied them to buffalo plaid fabric using the Cricut EasyPress that I covered the front of the tree with. This project literally took only about 10 minutes from start to finish!

(4) Wooden “Merry and Bright” Star

Using an SVG file from another project, I created this simple wooden star decoration using red vinyl. I think this was my favorite project for my “mantle!”

How do you decorate your Christmas mantle (or non-traditional area)? Let us know in the comments!