Fall Mantle ~ How to Decorate

Crisp cool air.  Apples. Indian Corn. Sunflowers. Pumpkins. Leaves…

Next to Christmas, Fall is my favorite time of the year to decorate the house. And yes, I’m one of those crazy ladies (just ask my husband) that totally re-decorates for each season and holiday.

Our Living Room, mostly because of the Mantle, is my favorite room in the house. We’ve lived in our home for 2 years now, and the Mantle has seen lots of decorating. One of these days, I’ll have to do a post, on all the different Mantle decorations, but for today…I’m sharing our Fall Mantle.

I love the colors of Fall, the browns, oranges, rust, yellows. All the rich, warm tones makes your home feel comfy and cozy.

  1. I started by making a Fall Garland, be sure to stop back within the next couple days for a Tutorial on how to make one yourself Update: head on over and learn how to create a Garland yourself
  2. To add a little color, I added a piece of Fall fabric
  3. Then starting with the largest items on the ends, I added Mr. Scarecrow, one that I made several years ago
  4. And a chunky pumpkin
  5. In a small wooden box, I added some Indian Corn, nuts and acorns. It ties it into the Garland
  6. A small ivory colored pumpkin from Dollar Tree, and a grapevine tree, for texture, and a candle holder for height
  7. One of my favorite Aqua Mason Jars filled with acorns that I picked up off the ground and a wooden star with Pumpkins painted on it
  8. A couple smaller wooden pumpkins and a fabric pumpkin sitting on top of the candle holder for height
  9. Filling in with smaller items, like dried pods and seeds

Using a variety of items, all within the Fall color scheme, works. By using unusal items like the grapevine tree and the Aqua Mason Jar filled with acorns, it adds texture and a little surprise to the Mantle.

Update: Here is our 2012 Fall Mantel

And if you are decorating your Front Porch

Do you decorate for Fall? What is your favorite season?

Linking to…Fall Nesting Party


  1. this looks fantastic!
    so festive!

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the garland. darling! yes, please do a post about it.


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  2. Oh, so cute! I love the rusted star, and you did such a great job building a whole display around it!
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  3. I’m a new follower from the Fall Nesting Party at The Inspired Room!

    Your blog is wonderful and I’m so glad I found it. I’ll be putting your HH Button on my cooking blog too.

    Happy Fall & nice to meet you!

    Marie @ Sally Lee by the Sea
    (aka That Girl Can Cook!)

  4. Rana says:

    I found your blog through Inspired Room. I love your mantle. This is one of my problem areas. I never can get my mantle to look the way I want it. I love the garland and the idea of putting fabric across the mantle. Thank you for the ideas. Have a great Fall Season!
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  5. Laurel says:

    I really really love that garland – it’s getting me in the mood for fall!
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  6. Mantles are so much fun, and I’m like you I love to change things up for the seasons, love the garland, looking forward to your tutorial,

  7. I just had to click on this one over at WFMW because I am in desperate need of some Fall! No mantle here to decorate, and I won’t do any decorating until after baby arrives, but I am so anxious for that Fall feeling in the air! Thanks for the smile…I almost think I smell cinnamon… ;)
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  8. I love the star! And the acorns in the mason jars? too cute! (definitely going to copy that idea from you)

    I agree w/ you: browns, yellows, rusts, oranges … Autumn brings such a cozy color palate
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  9. Thanks for joining the party, that garland is so cute! I love it!

    I made one yesterday that is not quite so adorable. :-)

    Congrats on being first!! Hope that means many extra clicks for you!! :-)
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  10. Lynda says:

    Lovely mantel display! Don’t you just LOVE fall?? Nice meeting you over at the Fall Nesting party!

    :D Lynda
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  11. Wow that looks amazing, I love the star it really makes the mantle. Happy Fall!

  12. Love it!
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  13. Fall is definately my favorite season. I haven’t broken out my fall decor yet. I usually wait until October 1st but may start decorating on the first day of fall this year. Love the mantle!

  14. Lovely! I plan on getting out my Fall stuff this weekend.
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  15. Sherry says:

    Oh, I love your garland. Very, very cute. The whole mantel is warm and perfect for fall!

  16. Paula says:

    Love your work! Ever think of opening Holiday Interior Design business? You can start with my house LOL.
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  17. Amy C says:

    I agree with you, next to Christmas, Fall is my favorite thing to decorate for. :) I absolutely LOVE the way your mantle turned out. We moved less than a year ago to this house and it is SO hard to decorate for holidays in. There is not place to put holiday decor. I’m still trying to get it all figured out. Thanks for the Fall inspiration!

  18. I love your garland and the mason jar. Really cute. My favorite time of the year is spring and summer.

  19. Sue says:

    Hi Liz- Your mantel looks so fresh for fall! Love the garland w/all its miniature corn and the colorful leaves. This is one thing I’ve never created for my decor and it may have to be a weekend project for me. I’m still in the midst of creating this year’s decorating so I linked to Melissa’s party with last year’s post. Hope all is well on your end. Fall has hit Ohio! Thank goodness because this heat an humidity has been bad.
    ~ Sue
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  20. Jenny says:

    It is still in the 90s in Atlanta, so I can’t even begin to think about putting out fall stuff, but I LOVE yours! Hopefully in 2-3 weeks it will cool down enough to put out the fall decorations. I have great plans to make one of those pennant banners for fall and Halloween. We will see…..

  21. Vee says:

    Very pretty mantel! And I love that cheese box used that way.

  22. This just makes me happy! So glad you were #1 on the Fall Nesting list…otherwise, I may have miss the goodness that lives here :)

  23. I just love this! So glad you were #1 at the Fall party…otherwise, I might have missed the goodness that lives here :)

  24. Elizabeth says:

    Hi! I really like your garland and would love to know how to make it. I have a lot of dried, pressed leaves and stuff I’d love to use, but I lack the know-how.
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  25. OwningSingle says:

    I loooooove Fall. It’s my favorite time of year. Very nice mantle.
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  26. This is so pretty and brings in the beautiful colors of fall! I need to get busy on transforming mine! coming over from Transformation Thursday! Christie at threepixielane.blogspot.com

  27. Taija says:

    So darling!! I am so ready for fall decorations, you did a beautiful job!

  28. April says:

    LOVE your mantle! I always look forward to seeing what you come up with for the seasons and holidays.

  29. Beautiful! You did a great job decorating. I love fall too. :-)


  30. Hootin' Anni says:

    You’ve really inspired me to get busy…my mind lately has been on Halloween projects, but seeing your newly charmed mantel….I must get busy.

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  31. Nice! This is very much my style. I especially like the chunky pumpkin. Looks beautiful.
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  32. Nice. Very much my style. I especially like the chunky pumpkin. Looks beautiful!
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  33. Heather says:

    Adorable! The garland is especially cute, love how you strung the items through the jute. Really nice, without being too over the top.

  34. Red Head says:

    I used to think it was silly to decorate for all of the seasons and holidays, and that folks had too much free time. Then I moved into a home that I’m actually really proud of, and now I’ve turned into one of those ladies too! It makes me happy to celebrate different occasions, especially season. Fall is my favorite, and I’ve already put out some fall decor this week! My Husband thinks I’m silly because it’s still summer, but I’m SO READY for fall!

  35. Becca says:

    I love the fall garland!

    Thanks for linking up.

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  36. Cindy says:

    Liz, what a great looking mantle, love all the fall goodies you have displayed. Makes me wish I had a mantle to decorate. :)

    Thanks for sharing.

  37. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    I love your mantles! Beautiful as always :)

  38. Jen says:

    Beautiful!! I love it!

  39. Darling darling…I love the mason jars mixed with the oranges, browns and red of the fall stuff. I just put together a similar color scheme on some decorating I’m doing around here too! Love it & so glad I found your blog!

  40. Americkim says:

    Love it! It looks so warm and inviting. I especially like the garland! What a great job!

  41. i love your fall mantle, especially the garland! fall is my fave time of the year, and i decorate seasonally too. i thought most people did, but my coworker came over when i had my fall stuff out, and told me it was very “soccer mom.” what the heck is that supposed to mean? b/c i want to fill my home with warmth it means something negative? and why is soccer mom negative, anyway? eek, sorry for my ranting here. i mean to say it all looks great!

  42. Rebecca says:

    Great looking mantle with all the fall touches!
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  43. Camden says:

    I love the mantel! I want to start decorating for fall, but it’s hard to be inspired when it’s this hot. 90+ degrees this week in Denver!

    Maybe decorating for the fall will help me cool off!
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  44. Laura says:

    Love this… I wish I had a mantle to decorate… I think that is at the top of my ‘house’ wish list! Lx
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  45. Diane says:

    I love your mantel But I’m really lovin that white wood pumpkin on the one end!
    Any idea where you found that ???

  46. Diane says:

    Thank you for answering

  47. Becca says:

    This looks fantastic! Your gorgeous crisp white mantel/surround is the perfect backdrop for your pops of Fall! Love the little scarecrow.

  48. Love all the layers and details to your mantel.


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