How to hide cables on a fireplace mantel
I’m always wondering how to hide cables on a fireplace mantel around Christmas time. I really dislike seeing the cables anywhere in my house but especially a fireplace because it is supposed to be a focal point. During previous years I always used a garland which makes it kind of easy to hide cables but when I decided to keep the vases this year, I needed to come up with a different solution.
How to hide cables on a fireplace mantel
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I know that some of you were wondering about how I hid the cables because I received some emails about it.
When you look at the above photo you can’t tell at all how I set up the wires in order to have Christmas lights in the small Christmas trees and vases without the cable being visible.
Here is a close-up of the left side of the mantle and again you can’t tell at all.
- small indoor extension cords
- 2 strands of Christmas lights
- a mirror or larger framed piece of artwork
- 2 pottet trees or branches in 2 vases
- Christmas ball ornaments
- comman cord/cable clips
I used small indoor extension cords to connect the Christmas lights to each tree. One is hidden behind the mirror and the second one goes down the vase on the right. I’m lucky enough to have the curtains on one side which makes it easy to hide the next extension cord leading to a timer and outlet.
Here you can see the cord coming out of the left vase and going behind the mirror:
Here you can see the cable going down behind the vase:
Christmas balls hide the cables on the right side.
(and oops there is dust on my candle sticks, you caught me 😉
And here is the cable slightly visible behind the curtains. Not everyone has curtains close to the fireplace as I do. You can use command cord/cable clips to tuck the wire tightly along the side of the mantle.
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Also, check out my fireplace mantle makeover and my DIY pampas grass garland for the fireplace mantle.
That’s it. Very sneaky but also very easy!
Did you guess right when you were wondering how I hid the cables?
I love it! Very sneaky! It hadn’t even occurred to me that part of what made it so stunning was that there were no uglies to be seen.
Haha, thank you! Someone guessed Photoshop was the way I hid them but that’s wrong 😉
you are so smart!!!! it looks awesome and you’d never know there are cords!
I’m sneaky that way and thank you!
Very clever indeed. Brilliant idea. Ihave those cords everywhere. The worst is where the internet/TV cables come into the house and at my puter desk. I have disguised most at my desk, but now that I have a corded mouse and keyboard……. well I just gaave up. The other is bad also. I try to put large vases in front of the big one coming into the house from outside.
The power of large vases 😉 Sheryll!
YOU ARE A GENIUS!
Haha, thank you!
I’ll be showing my husband this, Julia! He and I work well together in covering up unsightly cords and cables, but have never done it this way-love it!
Thank you Kara, I hate looking at cords and try every way possible to hide them.
Very pretty! I think you should do a post on gift wrapping. They really caughtmy eye!!
Oh thank you Renee, Maybe I should!
Haha genius! I had to work a little cable magic for my glass entryway table, but I just stuffed them all behind a framed picture! Yours is very clever!
Thanks Brynne. I have stuffed cables behind a frame already too.
That is totally genius Julia 🙂 So very smart indeed. I had not guessed that and I was wondering too.
Smarty! I never ever would have seen those, and how smart to go behind the mirror!
Very clever! Not knowing how to deal with the stupid cords is one reason I tend to avoid things that light up for Christmas decorating. But things that light up are awesome, so I’ll have to try this!
Wow that is so smart! You have them hidden so well.
Thank you so much and also thanks for the visit.
Girl you’re so sneaky! Your mantle is absolutely divine!!
Thank you Trisha
You little trickster! Love that mantel. Your wrapping paper is awesome too.