I started by clearing the mantel off completely. I made the short strips of evergreen garland about 3-4 feet long. I then secured each side to the mantel and used deer antlers on each end. I then added the center piece of garland and secured it took the left and right pieces of garland and to the mantel. I then added the decorations. I used the dried fruit and string ornaments and cedar candles and sliced wood ornaments I made. I also added bronze animals and rustic lanterns and pinecones and berries.