My favorite pieces are the ruffle and rolled rosette trees that we originally saw on the Shanty 2 Chic blog shown here http://shanty2chic.blogspot.com/2010/11/burlap-and-drop-cloth-and-ticking-oh-my.html. Their post also has a great link for the rosette tutorial. We loved the trees and had to try our own version of them. I set mine on top of these cute whimsical pots I found at Michael's last year on clearance for $1.50...score! In the center I used a snowman I made out of 2x4 pieces of wood inspired by a cute one we saw at Under My Umbrella http://undermypolkadotumbrella.blogspot.com/search/label/snowman. The wreath on the end is the same one that we made for the fall craft fair (earlier post)....strips of burlap tied around a ring with mod podge wood letters and a bow. Then I just filled in the gaps with random ball ornaments (mostly from the Target dollar bins) and whoooaallllaaa...a crafty Christmas mantle!
Hope your mantle is MERRY :)!