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DIY Fall Mantel

If you are regular readers here you know that I’ve been busy busy house hunting in San Antonio.  So busy in fact, that I haven’t gotten around to doing much for fall decorating.  The only thing I’ve managed to do is my simple Fall Wreath.

Fall is my favorite season, or at least it used to be.  Growing up in Illinois, and then living in Tennessee, fall meant sweaters, bonfires, beautiful colors.  Here in Texas, fall means a sweet relief from the 100’s.  And by relief, I mean weather in the 80’s.  Not exactly how I envision my fall weather. 

Even though it may not feel like fall to me, it is almost November, and up until yesterday, I hadn’t done any decorating.  I thought I could at least whip up a nice little fall mantel for you guys.  After all, this is the first fireplace I’ve had, and I don’t know if our new home will have one or not.  Better take advantage of it while I still have one! 

Everything you see here I either made, or already had hanging around my house.  Yes, that means this little vignette was absolutely FREE!  It may not be as polished as I would like, but you can’t beat free. 

Before we start, let me just let you all in on a dirty little secret of mine.  I love symmetry.  I love it so much, that it’s actually almost an obsession.  In fact, let’s just be crazy and say I HATE asymmetry.  Everything must be perfectly balanced.  So, of course, my fireplace is symmetrical.  I know some people think symmetry died in the 90’s, but it seriously affects my O.C.D. to see something out of balance.  There, I put it out there.  Do with it what you want…

Fall Mantel Banner

Alright, let’s start with the banner.  I made it by cutting some old brown fabric into flag shapes.  Then I sewed a rod pocket into the back of them so they would be easier to hang.  I threaded them, along with some Christmas ornaments that happened to be in the right color scheme, onto some twine.  To add a little extra touch, I wrote out “Happy Fall” on the flags.  Easy enough right?  I didn’t hem the edges, mostly because I didn’t want to mess with such a tedious task, but also because I like the uneven and semi frayed look.  It actually plays into my next little project…

Fall Fabric Pumpkin

This fabric scrap wreath!  I’ll show you guys tomorrow how I made this simple little wreath.  I love the frayed ends of all the fabric scraps!  **Read how I made it HERE**

As for the fabric pumpkins, I pretty much followed Jamie at Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom’s tutorial (minus the twine)  They were super easy to make and I love how they turned out!  I showed a little restrain by not filling my entire house with fabric pumpkins.  Seriously, I’m in love.

Fall Frame K

Next, I took a letter “K” I had spray painted awhile back to make a door hanger with, and laid an old frame over it.  Just a simple little touch, but I like how it turned out.  The metal pumpkin I bought a long long time ago.  It’s a tea light holder, but I bought it more because I loved the rough look of it.

Fall Mantle

For the final touch, I took 2 old root beer bottles and wrapped a little bit of yarn around them.  Then I stuck some left over fake flowers from my wreath project in them.  I had a little glass jar and a small metal planter that I stuck some rustic potpourri (that no longer smells) in. 

So I didn’t do anything fancy, but I’m happy with how it turned out.  I hope our new home does have a fireplace, because the wheels are already turning with how I can decorate for winter 🙂

Love the look of neutral fall decor?  Check out this roundup for 10 neutral fall decor ideas!


  1. So very pretty! Love it. It would go real well in my living room 🙂 hint hint

    Thanks for linking up with us last week at Teach Me Tuesday. We very much appreciate having you. Hope to see you again this week. Starts Monday evening @ 8pm CST.

    Have a great week!!

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