Fall Mantle and a Couple of Tips

I am back with some more Fall decorating. This time I am sharing my Fall mantle. You got a sneak peak of the fireplace hearth at Halloween. Now you can see the whole fireplace decorated for Fall. I am pretty happy with how it turned out and that the mantle is decorated at all to be honest. I gave myself some rules guidelines this year with consequences if I didn’t follow them. One, it had to be quick –  I had one afternoon (not a lot of time for an over thinker like me) and then all the Fall decorations were going back in the attic. Two- I had to use the “really cool” leaf garland that I bought two years ago and haven’t used yet because I didn’t know what to do with it. You can relate, right? Three- I had to use the “perfect” autumn picture I purchased this year from Kirkland’s or it had to be returned. BTW, that picture is on clearance now, for a song, but I am not going to think about that now. Take a look at my Fall mantle:

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Decorated in an afternoon (1 1/2 hours) – check, used garland – check, used picture (full price) check. I met all three guidelines which is why you are seeing Fall mantle pictures or this would be a very different post.

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I started by taking down the large round mirror and replacing it with an old empty frame. I placed the garland so that it looked like it was coming out of the frame and draping on the mantle. A little unorthodox but I liked how it turned out. I tried hanging the leaf garland on the mantle and draping it on the mantle, folded up and stuffed in a bucket on the mantle but nothing looked right. Sometimes when nothing is working, you have to think outside the frame box.

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Once the frame and garland were in place, I leaned the “perfect Autumn” picture against the frame. Another unorthodox move. You don’t always have to hang your pictures. Especially if they are only up for a short period of time. Leaning a picture can be interesting. My original thought was to hang the picture in the frame, which can be fun, but it didn’t work.

 

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Just so you know, the garland did not start out looking this spectacular. I told you it was folded and shoved into a bucket, remember? I have a huge secret to share with you. You are going to love it and never be intimidated by faux foliage again, ready? Fluff -your- garland. That’s it, it is that simple. Just lift and separate, yes, it is that easy. You can even bend a leaf or branch to and fro.

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Crinkle one or two if you want, I promise it will only look better. I fluffed the leaves and pulled some away from the wall. I also arranged them around the picture.

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Once all the larger items were placed, I added small olive buckets and a galvanized metal container. Everything was all the same height so I grabbed some old books and used them to vary the height of the buckets.

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I finished off the Fall mantle with a few copper foil leaves for color and called it a day.

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You can see how the leaves are fluffed and not sitting flat against the wall and mantle. Up close, the leaves look like they are made from paper thin sheets of wood. They are so pretty and neutral and I love the little pop of orange from the berries.

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Pin for later ~

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I am glad I was able to get the mantle decorated for Fall. Especially since my older son commented that he likes that I take the time to decorate for Thanksgiving and don’t go straight from Halloween to Christmas. I was thinking about Christmas decorating while I was decorating for Fall but he doesn’t need to know that…

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