These festive fall mantel decorating ideas prove you don't have to break the bank in order to welcome autumn indoors. See how to style a mantel for fall with free printouts, easy DIY garlands, mini pumpkins, and more.

By Chelsea McDonnough

There’s nothing quite like curling up next to the fireplace when the days get cooler. Set the mood with these fall mantel decorating ideas. Add plenty of classic fall colors or try a monochrome arrangement this year. Embrace traditional textures or stay sleek and modern. Either way, we’ll show you how to use items from around the house, free printables, and simple DIY projects so your fall mantel decor doesn’t strain your budget.

1. Welcoming Whites

Who says fall has to be all about warm colors? These white and gold pumpkins and touches of greenery add the perfect autumnal touch, along with the free fall printable banner from Just Destiny. The wood mantel provides the ideal amount of warmth in the all-white, paneled faux fireplace.

2. Keep It Simple

Don't want to store a bunch of fall decor for the nine months it isn't in use? Look into decor that can be recycled or composted at the end of the fall season. Head to your local pumpkin patch or grocery store and pick up some small pumpkins and gourds. Line them up on your mantel for a lovely touch of fall. But don't have to stop there. Grab a picture frame, and put in an autumn-theme printable from Nest of Posies. This great idea works for every season and occasion—just swap out the printable.

3. Shop Your House

Pumpkins are great for fall decor because they can stretch from Sepetember to Thanksgiving. If you're looking to add more autumnal colors but don't want to buy new things, shop your house. No good finds? Make fall mantel decorations like the rose garland from Pocket of Posies on this mantel.

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4. Supplemented Charm

When dressing your mantel for fall, it isn't necessary to change out all the items that usually live there. You can add a pitcher filled with sunflowers, greenery, and twigs. Swap out the artwork in a frame with a fall-themed print, like in this home tour from Inspired By Charm. Complete the vingette of fall mantel decor with a few miniature pumpkins.

5. Make a Statement

Don't be afraid to make a statement with your fall mantel. Hanging a large print or painting is an easy way to decorate for the season. Add some greenery and other smaller items to the mantel, like this home tour from Jones Design Company, to bring everything together.

6. Natural Hues

If your usual mantel decorating ideas are mostly monochromatic, add some natural pops of color into the mix with faux fall leaves, wheat, and other greenery, as shown in this mantel from Cottage in the Oaks.

7. Tried and True

This mantel idea proves that fall wreaths aren’t restricted to your door. Hang a DIY grapevine wreath above your mantel for a fall decoration with texture. Round out this traditional fall mantel with classic motifs like leaves, pumpkins, and an adorable garland of acorns. Add additional visual interest with a pair of empty picture frames and LED pillar candles.

8. Mad for Plaid

Turn inexpensive glass vases into cozy fall decor by wrapping them with old belts and plaid shirts. Fill them with pumpkins, berry branches, and dried hydrangeas. A trio of vases serves as the starring centerpiece on this fall mantel, while additional gourds and faux leaves round out the look. Arrange logs in a wicker basket below to hint at crackling fires to come.

Comments (1)

September 30, 2018
Some of us already have a nice piece of art over the mantel. I have a lovely portrait of a girl arranging flowers in the Italian countryside. Orange doesn't work with my decor. I've used grapes with sparkling gold mesh to match the picture frame. It doesn't need to be orange or pumpkins to indicate fall. Burgundy and gold work nicely too.