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Fall is definitely in the air and I’ve been working on my simple fall mantel decor for a few weeks. My daughter and I brought down my box of fall decor and I was shocked to find that I really didn’t have as much as I previously thought.
Not that you need a lot of fall decor. But I hardly had anything to work with. Next, I took what I had which was a white pom-pom garland and a few pumpkins, and quickly went to work. Then I decided to repurpose as much as I could with things I already own then add pieces that I really liked and were super affordable.
I started with what was already on my mantel. The lantern and candle, antique books, picture frame, and the globe. The pumpkins were purchased from The Dollar Spot (Bullseye’s Playground) at Target. Regardless, they were so cute I couldn’t pass them up.
I used my Cricut to help me paint the 16×20 canvas to put in the frame. I used barn red and sage green acrylic craft paints for the lines and made a stencil to help me paint them. For the lettering, I used black flocked iron-on by The Paper Studio at Hobby Lobby. I love how it turned out! I’ve been dying to do something with flocked iron-on and this was the perfect project.
Luckily, I already own the picture frame. It’s actually an antique from my husband’s great aunt’s home. We were fortunate to inherit it. It lives on my mantel pretty much all year long. We just change out the canvas for the seasons. Then I used two antique books, one in gray and the other red that I use to lift things up a bit.
Don’t you just love bottle brush trees? It took a little bit for them to grow on me and now I really like them. I found this adorable bottle brush tree while shopping at Walmart. Lastly, I found the apple truck at Hobby Lobby and I feel like it pulls all of it together and I think it’s really cute.
Mantels don’t have to be full of expensive things to be pretty. Start with what you have and work from there. Curate pieces you love and you’ll have a simple fall mantel that you’ll love too.
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