Fall Mantel

Usually I don't decorate for Thanksgiving but I have been inspired by all the fall projects and crafts I've seen online that I thought I would try. I started with the mantel.

I love each individual piece but at times I feel like it looks a little thrown together. Nevertheless, it adds color and textures to a mantel that was sorely neglected. And at a reasonable price since I tried to use materials I had on hand.

The details

I went around and around on a center piece and I temporarily settled on a wreath. I tried a floral wreath and a ribbon wreath but it was either to bold or to blah. So for now I have a plain wood wreath hanging from a ribbon with our monogram in the center. I left the letter white for contrast. My husband says the wreath is too plain and needs a ribbon or flowers – what do you think?

I'd like to do something like this…

but Michael's was out of burlap and I haven't had a chance to check a local fabric store.

On the left side of the mantel, the white Tuscan urn is from PotteryBarn with silk flowers from Michael's. The far left candle is a clear vase filled with pumpkins and acorns and topped with a glass jar candle from Ikea. The leather frame contains a free fall subway art printable. My son and I collected the branches from our yard and I added a branch of silk leaves for a touch of color. The white ceramic vases are from Target. I applied vinyl stickers to spell out Fall so I can reuse these for other seasons. I had a hurricane vase filled with wine corks and a candle in my dining room that I moved to the mantel.  Yes, that is a margarita glass filled with pinecones and pumpkins. We don't use these glasses often. We pulled them off the top shelf this weekend to enjoy margaritas and it gave me the idea! The pinecones are from Michaels and have a fall harvest scent further emphasizing the fall mood! I simply secured a leaf to a candle with some twine scraps I had on hand. I love this Autumn candle I purchased from Target this season!! It sits on metal leaf candle holder also from Target (each $4.99). Side angle view  I invite your comments and questions!! Stay tuned for other upcoming fall crafts!

Thanks for visiting!!

A special thanks to Tatertots and Jello for featuring our mantel in her 20 Festive Fall Mantels!! And to Design, Dining and Diapers for featuring it in her Top 10 Tuesday: Fall Mantel Inspiration!!!

For other Fall Mantel ideas, visit the sites mentioned or The Letter Cottage (link below):

The Lettered Cottage

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  1. I sure have to go to Target, you found such great things there! I love the candle on the metal leaf 😀

  2. That makes me want a mantle so bad! It looks great!

  3. Oh I just love your fall decor! I hope you will add your lovely metamorphosis to my Fall in Love linky party on Wednesday.

    Until then, stop by and see the under $20 makeover I gave an ugly brass light fixture.

    Happy Monday!

  4. Good Job…..don’t forget Halloween. Can’t wait to see your creation! You could use some colored berries in the wreath..orange, gold but I also like the burlap…Sue

    • Sue, I’m still thinking about what Halloween crafts to do with the kids? I think berries is a great idea!! I’ll have to try it! Thanks for following the blog and for your continued support!!

  5. :smile: I LOVE your mantel!! Very nice. The autumn candle from Target is soo cute. Wish I had Target here. :sad: You such great details. Lovely job!

    ~ Catie

    Stop by sometime and say hi! 😀

  6. Jillian Garcia says:

    I love what you have done! Everything has been
    placed perfectely.

  7. All of your choices work very well together. Nice job.

  8. Cute, cute, cute…added lots of color!

  9. Jillian and Rosemary, thanks for the reassurance!! I was concerned it was to thrown together and your comments are HELPFUL!! Thanks for visiting!!!

  10. Your mantle looks great, I love all the orange!

  11. LOVe the G in the middle of the wreath! I plan to do that to my front door wreath.

    You found some fantastic things at Target!

  12. I love it! Looks great, and the contrast of the white is fantastic.

  13. Oh my gosh your wreath is so pretty! AND I ADORE that Target candle, I was just eying it myself the other day! Thanks for sharing!

  14. The mantel looks great! I love the wreath with the initial in it! Saw this over at Tatertots and Jello and just had to pop over and check it out:)

  15. This is great! It’s given me some great inspiration for my mantle!!

  16. I am really, really, really inspired by your gorgeous mantel. Your Fall vases, the candle, the warm colors…truly stunning. You have such thoughtful and gorgeous details here. :)

  17. I really like everything on your mantel, especially the use of the wine corks 😉

  18. Thank you everyone for visiting and for the flattering comments!! I love reading them and I appreciate you taking the time to write them!


  19. love your mantel! I think the wreath looks great as is. Your monogram and the ribbon are just enough. Very pretty!!

  20. I love your Mantel!! You did such a nice job! The wine corks were such a great idea!! I am new to your site and love your outfits on Wednesdays!! You have a very nice style!

    Happy Holidays!

  21. I have to say I absolutely love every single piece down to the last detail. I am incredibly envious and wish that I had such an AWESOME space to decorate like this. However, you have inspired me to begin decorating for fall and hopefully incorperate some of your awesome ideas!


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