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A few mini pumpkins and a glass container filled with seedpod vase filler, pinecones, and faux leaves can give your house the autumn touch it needs. Displayed above the collection, a striking black mirror instantly sets the fall mood. Meghan MacLauchlan (littlemacshack.blogspot.com) recommends using items on your mantel that are meaningful to you. Her Shel Silverstein books are constants through every season.
To get inspiration and materials for your fall mantel, Kate Riley (centsationalgirl.com) suggests going on a nature walk. Pick up branch clippings, pinecones, acorns, and smooth stones, and give them a home on your mantel. Displaying a tall vase and an apothecary jar is a perfect way to show off your finds. A complementing display on a coffee table is an easy way to carry on the fall theme.
Glass containers are simple and versatile decorations that can be staples on your mantel all year long. Alissa Ditta (33shadesofgreen.blogspot.com) switches out the filler every season. Inspiration for her fall mantel came from natural elements such as acorns, leaves, and fruit.
Incorporate your family into your fall mantel by using pictures of their silhouettes. Simply trace their shadows onto black cardstock, trim, and place in an oversize frame. Kellie Tate (thisblessednest.blogspot.com) painted her frame gray and added a hint of pumpkin-orange color. She also covered a foam board with several sheets of scrapbook paper before adding the silhouettes. Painted pumpkins finish her autumn theme.
Liz Latham (hoosierhomemade.com) created her festive fall garland by hot-gluing a variety of elements onto a piece of twine. She started with the heaviest pieces first (the Indian corn) and worked her way down to the lightest bits (the acorns). An oversize iron star and a cute scarecrow finish off the look.
A combination of real and faux foliage looks beautiful on a fall mantel. Becca Bertotti (adventuresindecorating1.blogspot.com) created her flower arrangements by tucking real and fake branches into a vase and adding pheasant feathers and burlap in the base. To create the garland, Becca strung various sizes and colors of wood crafts beads onto wire and hung it at various heights. A few tucked-in lights add glow.
Dried pumpkins and gourds (available at your local crafts store) are great accessories to have during the fall season. They look fantastic and you can keep them year after year. Myquillyn Smith (thenester.com) mixed the dried gourds with big, warty pumpkins from her local farm store. For extra interest, she used yellow and gold faux foliage mixed with pheasant feathers.
Mary Jean Taylor (onenuttygirl.com) used her family photo as the focus for her fall mantel. She found the frame and letters in a salvage store and finished her mantel with other goodies picked up over the years. As an interesting touch, she placed an old paperback book with the pages folded back in a hurricane vase. Branches tucked inside the pages add a touch of nature.
Faux fall items can be used in a variety of ways year after year. Becky Rapinchuk (cleanmama.blogspot.com) kept her mantel simple by placing miniature pumpkins and gourds atop oversize leaves. She filled a glass vase with crystals and gave it a touch of autumn by putting a leaf on top. Cattails in an ivory vase finish off the autumnal mantel.
Simple and fun crafts can make your mantel look great. Re-create Gail Funderbunk's (gailsdecorativetouch.blogspot.com) pumpkin topiary by applying crackle medium to a fake orange pumpkin. Let it dry and paint white. Insert pretty faux greens into an urn and display the pumpkin using a wooden dowel.
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