Fall Mantel

9:12:00 PM

I gave you all a little sneak peak of my Fall Mantel a couple of weeks ago when I showed you how I made my fall painted vase andchalkboard frame. But here’s the full fall mantel:

The most involved items were the frame and vase. Most of the rest was “shopped” from my house. But here’s a quick rundown on the items on the mantel:

Painted Vase and Chalkboard Frame: Tutorial can be found here.

Pompom Pumpkin Garland: This started because of my cats. I was originally going to scatter them around the leave dishes in my tablescape found here.

However, my cats decided that these pumpkins looked better here.

So I decided to make life easy for me and move the pompoms out of their reach. Here’s how to make your very own garland: Make pompom pumpkins according to the tutorial found here. Thread a craft needle with some yarn. Thread the pumpkins on the yarn, keeping the spacing even. And you are done! Pumpkin garland completed.

Fabric Decorated Baskets: I found these on clearance at Michaels for a little over $1. I took a fabric piece from a fat quarter (5 pieces on clearance for literally $3) and cut them in half. I folded the fabric in half lengthwise and tucked it around the basket. I then stuck some dried grass that I already had in the house (for years!) and called them done!

Mirror:  we’ve had this mirror for a very long time (6-8 years). It was given as a gift. I just moved it from the wall to the mantel.

J bowl: This bowl was a gift. It’s paper mache or something like that, so I’ve struggled with what to do with it. I’m glad it’s found a home here!

Glass pumpkins: I picked these up on clearance at Target several years back.

Light orange ceramic pumpkin: This is a candle. I’m pretty sure I picked it up at Bath and Body works, but it’s been so long, I’ve forgotten.

In case you were wondering what my mantel looked like before, here it is:

And yes, those are toddler shoes on the mantel. We are in that phase where the twins are toting everything they can...everywhere. We put them on the mantel to keep them from...walking. And we have a legitimate fear. Lil Bit came home from daycare one day at this stage with only one shoe. The teacher could only guess that she had thrown it away.

So by shopping my home and making some really quick and easy transformations, we went from that boring, shoe-storing mantel to this.

Bright, cheerful, and full of fall fun!


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  1. Love it! Also love your cat humor. Made me laugh.... while drinking... not a good combo.

  2. I love your pumpkins and I love that your cat loves them too! My dogs have been known to love my decor so much that they play with them too!!! :o) Thank you SO much for linking up over at Happy Hour!!!
    Jaime from Crafty Scrappy Happy

  3. The garland is such a fun addition to the mantle! And I love that your cat was playing with one of the balls, one time my dog ate one of the birds i was making for my daughter's nursery mobile :) Thanks for linking up!

  4. So pretty! I would love to have you stop by 'Or so she says...' to share your great ideas at the link party, going on right now (and every weekend.) I hope to see you there! www.oneshetwoshe.com

  5. Love the orange! Great touch!

    Julie @ Naptime Review

  6. Love the mantel! Our fireplace is VERY similar. Do you have a brick house?

  7. That is one pretty mantel! Love the splashes of orange and the mirror looks great with it's scrolls.

  8. What a great mantle! I love the pops of color!

  9. I love your mirror, and it works very well on the mantle. Everything looks lovely!
    Saw you partying at Live Laugh Rowe
    Debbie :)

  10. I really love those ceramic pumpkins. You know- I think my cats would have done the same thing to the poms :)

  11. Beautiful job. The pom poms add just the right touch. (My kids would rival your cats in pom pom stealing!) Thanks for joining the party at One Creative Weekend! I hope to see you back today.