My 2012 Fall Mantel

Well Mother Nature didn’t hear my request, or she heard it and had a good laugh. It’s 90+ degrees today, and tomorrow is the first day or Fall (or is it Autumn?). So not fair.

I’ve had a really hard time putting my fall decor out. But, I did finish my mantel, and I’m pretty happy with it.

Everything on the mantel I already had in my stash.

See that little burlap pumpkin? Bet you’d never guess that’s a plastic grocery bag inside. Or that it’s a pumpkin.

I just laid out a square piece of burlap, crumpled up a grocery bag and gathered up the burlap around it. I wrapped twine around the top and then just tucked the end. I took my scissors and slowly trimmed the burlap at the top of the stem. Yes, folks, it was that easy.

The amber colored bottles came from Marshall’s a few years ago and the twiggy/vine-ish pumpkin came from the Target dollar bin. Although, I think it’s a bit misleading that they call it the “dollar bin” when some of the items are $2.50.

The urn is one of my favorite fall pieces. I’ve had it for about four years and it’s been part of my fall decor all over the house. I just topped it with some moss and a little wooden pumpkin from Michaels. Vintage bottles are part of my growing collection.

Remember when I talked about my 10 Must-Try Fall Projects? Well, Kate took pity on me and gave me one of her vintage anatomy prints. It’s about as close to Halloween decorations as we are going to get!

I made the burlap garland last year and have gotten a lot of use out of it! I also backed the display with a colorful leaf garland.

The pumpkins on the hearth were purchased on clearance at Target a few years ago. I only wish I’d bought more, because I love them!

So there you have it, my “I’m pretending it feels like fall even though it’s 90 degrees” Fall Mantel!

A lot of people have emailed asking for a photo tutorial on the canning jar lid wreath I used to make the Junkin’ Pumpkin. Never fear, I’ll be posting it next week!

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Hi! I'm Kristin and I'm the creative mind behind Yellow Bliss Road, where you'll find tons of recipes, free printables, and a little decor and DIY thrown in for good measure. Life can be complicated, so I am all about simplifying wherever I can - from food to decor to DIY - because I believe that it doesn't have to be elaborate or extravagant to be amazing. I am a single adoptive mom with a daughter in Preschool and a son in Kindergarten. My kids are a handful, I'm exhausted and most days my house is a mess - and I'm okay with that!

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  1. Jenn Lifford says

    It looks beautiful! I love that garland and the amber bottles. We are having beautiful weather here too so I agree that it is not feeling very fall like. I am definitely not complaining though as I love this weather.

  2. Kate says

    Beautiful and ready for fall! I also think it looks lovely for our Tiki making night. You did a fantastic job! Glad you loved the anatomy print!


  3. Linda says

    Just saw this post & I love the mantle. My mantle & I have a love-hate relationship. I love it until it is time to redecorate it for a new season or holiday. I sometimes have ideas in my head, then run around to different stores(both retail & thrift) to find what I’m thinking of only to expend lots of time & energy and either come home with nothing or come home with things that don’t work only to have to return them…expending more time & energy. Hopefully, pinterest should be a help this year.

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