Fall is coming! We have had so much fun camping and working in our yard this summer, but all good things must come to an end. It’s still a few weeks off, but I love anticipating the crisp fall weather as I decorate for the season change. To get you as excited as I am, here are ten creative items to add to your fall mantel (plus a couple inspiring mantels for Halloween and Thanksgiving). (featured image via The Lettered Cottage)
PS: If you don’t have a mantel, now is great time to add one or build a floating shelf that can pretend it’s a mantel. Whatever you decide to do, I want to see — come share at this weekend’s party for a chance to be featured by Remodelaholic!
Ten Creative Fall Mantel Elements
This gallery of empty gold frames by Everyday Lovely is ready for fall and will easily transition to the other fall holidays, too! Add some fun cut-out creepy silhouettes for Halloween, and add a cornucopia (or leave as is!) for Thanksgiving. If you’d rather not hang all those frames, just stack a couple to give your mantel some depth.
Whether you use regular old popcorn in a jar or brightly color Indian corn like 33 Shades of Green shared here on Remodelaholic, corn adds texture and warmth to your seasonal display.
A simple row of green apples looks stunning up against this bright blue wall on My Sister’s Suitcase. Real or fake, line them up or toss them in a basket to add a simple touch of one of fall’s best crops to your decor.
Branches and Leaves
A handful of branches in a vase is simply classic autumn — and easy to come by! Twenty Something stuck her branches in rice and added some beautiful pumpkins from a local patch.
It’s not fall without the changing leaves. Capture them while you can and put them in a lovely vase surrounded by a few gourds and deliciously old books (Saidos de Concha via Flickr).
A bundle of wheat will stand on its own and help your mantel shine! See how The Lettered Cottage created this look.
Brown craft paper or brown paper bags are cheap to come by. These simple brown paper flowers by A Place For Us extend the beauty of the mantel up the wall.
Straw or Raffia
Straw (or sub in raffia) is great for adding texture to a fall mantel. The Lettered Cottage used loose straw on the top of her mantel and a small hay bale to add height for the pots and pumpkins below.
The rough texture and hand-drawn goodness of a chalkboard fit the autumn rustic feel perfectly. You can make a simple chalkboard platter like SAS Interiors did.
This mantel combines so many great elements! The layered empty frames and stack of books look fantastic next to The Rooster and The Hen’s handmade potpourri Halloween tree.
Fall is about the freshness of spring and summer turning gold and, well, decaying, so weathered wood fits the bill perfectly! The Frugal Homemaker used part of an old pallet as the centerpiece of her fall mantel.
I can’t leave Halloween out… I love this fun Harry Potter mantel that Gina from The Shabby Creek Cottage put together for her “Potterhead” family.
And this mantelscape by Pottery Barn (via Lil Luna) is perfectly spooky and old!
Can’t forget about the season of gratitude, coming right on the tail of the trick-or-treaters… Transition a simple fall mantel into a Thanksgiving mantel with a wooden message sign and pennant banner like Create Craft Love…
…or a heartwarming seasonal message of thanks (from craft store paper mache letters taped to the wall), like The Lettered Cottage did.
What is your favorite element of fall decor? I love how easy and versatile pumpkins are!
I’m excited to see what you’ve been doing this week! Are you finishing up summer or diving into fall? Share your latest and greatest! We had so many great links last week — go check them all out here, and here are a few of your favorites and mine. Link up this week and you could be featured here on Remodelaholic (we often invite party-goers to be our guests) or on social media and our reader features board with over 70,000 followers!
How to get a Chippy Finish Using Milk Paint and Frog Tape | 2 Little Superheroes
15 Fall Ideas | Sweet Parrish Place
(rememember when Nicki was a guest and shared her painted subway tile backsplash?)
$30 DIY Rustic Headboard | The Rozy Home
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