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Fall Mantel & Garland Inspired by Nature

Decorating our Mantel is something I look forward to every season and holiday! Even though I loved last year’s Fall Mantel, I wanted to change it and bring more of the outside in. By adding a few natural elements that we found on a walk through the County Park, it all came together nicely.

Next to the Christmas Mantel last year, this Fall Mantel is my favorite. I love all the different colors, and how well they blend, but provide a little pop of color as well.

I started by creating the garland from items that I had on hand and we gathered at the county park.

The silk leaves were from an old garland from years ago, that I had been taking the leaves off to use on other decorating projects. The hydrangeas and the pods are from our yard, the berries, Indian Corn and artificial gourds were left over from the Fall Garland from last year. I found the raffia in my stash of craft supplies and we gathered the pine cones at the park.

Then using wire and my hot glue gun, I started adding the extra elements. I started with the largest items, the hydrangeas, it’s always good to add odd numbers. Then I filled in with the pine cones, pods and Indian corn. The raffia was cut into about 6 inches pieces, wired together in a little bunch, twisted and glued in place. After I thought it was just about full, we hung it on the Mantel and then added a few other items that I didn’t take a picture of with the other supplies. Some blackseed grass, the long feathery plant and a few curls of ribbon were wired in.

Then it was time to start building the rest of the decorations.

The wood came from a tree that had fallen down at the county park.

Then I added the wreath, some berries and a little raffia. Stay tuned for a tutorial on the wood display.

The large white pumpkin at the other end to balance it all out.

Mr. Scarecrow welcomes friends and family to our home!

This hurricane was filled with berries and a few clothes pins. I was inspired by Melissa from The Inspired Room, but she used apples instead of the berries. It’s kind of random…but I love it!

We gathered the berries from a Viburnum Bush at the county park.

This cool old lantern adds a little character and the red color is perfect too.

Time to fit in the smaller items, the grapevine tree adds height and interest. And the star pumpkin sign screams Fall!

Another little wooden pumpkin got tucked in too.

Even though the Garland is large, I really like it better than some of the small ones I have done. I think the size of the Mantel and with all the white, needs something that covers the front and grabs your attention.

So what do you think? Which part is your favorite?

Linking to…Show & Tell Friday

Comments

  1. I love the stumps and earthy look of the mantel! Fall is my favorite season :) I’m stopping by from Tip Me Tuesday.

  2. Layla says:

    GORGEOUS GARLAND! :-D
    Thanks for partyin’ with us!
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  3. Miz Helen says:

    Your mantel looks so beautiful. Thanks for sharing and hope you are having a great week!
    Miz Helen
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  4. Jennifer Rogers says:

    I couldnt help but notice that the red berries you used and pictured on the bush are currants!! Have you ever picked them to do canning with? Wish I had sdomething like that growing here!!! They make a jelly that is divine!

  5. Misty says:

    WOW! This is sooooo gorgeous! What I love is the “color”–the Autumn colors look so elegant against the white background! The green on the Hydrangeas really jumps out at ya, lovely, lovely. Of course, the little lantern is definitely a fave of mine.
    I have been following your blog for awhile now, and I love all your creations, whether it’s foods or crafts, you are very talented!

  6. Toni says:

    Beautiful mantel! Love, love the garland. All the natural elements really screams fall.
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  7. heidig says:

    Lovely!

  8. Chari says:

    Hi…

    Oooh…I love, love, LOVE that you made your own autumn garland! It really turned out beautiful and looks fabulous on your mantel! I love everything about your mantel…couldn’t choose one particular fav! Thanks for sharing your awesome mantel and the tutorial for making the garland!

    Warmest autumn wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  9. This is beautiful! I love the natural wood that is added. It gives a great earth-y feel to the theme
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  10. Looks really beautiful, great job! Love the hydrangeas!

  11. Shannon says:

    I love your garland…gorgeous…especially the green hydrangeas!

  12. Looks great! I love the berries in the hurricane =)
    Visiting from The Lettered Cottage,
    ~Kelly @ Corner of Main
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  13. Kristin says:

    Love your garland. It incorporates the Fall harvest perfectly and reflects Gods creations. Stopping by from {CSI}.

  14. Jen says:

    Your mantel is just gorgeous!!!! If it quits raining here in Ohio I am going to have to go out and see what I can find in the woods to decorate! Thank you for the inspiration!

  15. What a beautiful mantel! I love the hydrangeas you used in the garland. I may have to borrow that idea! I just stopped by from the Romantic Home ~ Have a great weekend!
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  16. Cute! I love that you brought the outdoors in. My absolute favorite things are the branches – super cute! Yours have a great “patina”. I have random pieces of wood all throughout my home – another of my many obsessions. I’ll be decorating my mantel this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration.

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