Inexpensive Fall Mantel Decorating Ideas ~ Decorating a fall mantel can be costly. Here are ideas for how create something gorgeous and on a budget!
I have been having a lot of fun creating a fall mantel. It was been a work in progress and it is finally done! I am really happy with the final result. Even the family has commented how great it looks. They are my biggest fans and supporters. My daughters who are in their twenties often brag to their friends that their Mom is a blogger who creates and shares a lot of projects, tips and ideas. That is pretty cool.
When I share things on the blog there are a few guidelines I keep in mind. The first is to share ideas that are not too complicated and doable so they inspire my readers to be able to copy the idea or use the ideas as inspiration and create their own version. I also try to give very specific instructions with photographs. The last thing I try to do is provide ideas and inspiration that is not too expensive. This post about how I created my fall mantel does exactly that. Here is my thinking, planning system and suggestions for where and how to collect your items!
Inexpensive Fall Mantel Decorating Ideas
Picking a theme for your fall mantel helps in several ways. It helps narrow down your possibilities. It also helps create something that is more coordinated. It is a lot of fun to work with and see what you come up with using the themes that you have chosen. Finally, themes are a reflection of your personality and interests!
I have two themes in my fall mantel and they are two things I love about fall. The first theme is anything pumpkins and the second theme is fall leaves. I even created a Pinterest board titled Anything Pumpkins that you might want to check out.
There are so many gorgeous fall colours to work worth. They can all be used or I have seen some really gorgeous single colour decorated fall mantels. Fall mantels where everything is linen white are very popular right now.
I decided to go with a colour scheme that coordinates with the wall colour in the living room. You will notice the wall around the fireplace is painted with an accent burgundy colour. It adds a stunning bold colour in contrast to the other walls that are painted a neutral lighter buff colour. So the three main colours I focused on when decorating the fall mantel are variations of orange, copper, rust and a linen white.
Having a style in mind as you are creating your fall mantel also helps with your choices. There are so many home décor styles including modern, vintage, French country, romantic, Sante Fe and the very popular rustic farmhouse style.
The architecture of my home and how it is decorated is what I call classic and contemporary. So that is the style that I worked with when designing the fall mantel. Class And Contemporary Christmas Home Tour 2014 gives an idea of what the living room looks like at Christmas time.
Select a few items to be your anchor pieces on the mantel. These are the pieces that are usually larger and stand out more. They are the main pieces to which you add the smaller decorative details that complement the anchor pieces.
The anchor pieces on my mantel are two tall cylinder clear vases on either side decorated with metallic fall leaves and tall natural branches. The second anchor piece is the Fall Hydrangea Pumpkin Wreath that I made specifically to hang in the middle of the mirror above the mantel.
Include items that are different heights to add interest.
This image shows different levels I created on the mantel and even on the hearth area of the fireplace.
Make A Sketch
Fireplaces and mantels come in all different styles and sizes. Our fireplace is large and is set in a very large living room with 9-foot high walls. The mantel is six feet long. I had to think about not making it look too sparse as well as not overdone.
When planning my fall mantel decorating ideas I made a very rough sketch starting with the anchor pieces. This helped me collect the pieces that would fit on the mantel and where they should be placed.
Shop At Home
Start with what you already own to keep costs down.
I already used the same tall cylinders vases and the same tall branches in my Christmas mantel. For Christmas I filled the vases with small Christmas balls and for the fall season I lined the inside with metallic silk leaves. Tips For Creating A Christmas Mantel shows how the vases were used at Christmas time plus provides lots of ideas for designing and creating a Christmas mantel.
Branches and twigs are free! I did not use anything from the outdoors on this mantel but it is a very doable and inexpensive option. I have been known to stop by the eco-centre in the town I live in during fall and spring when trees and shrubs are being pruned to see if there are any great looking branches for décor floral projects. I have quite a stash in my garage.
For example, the tall branches I used in How To Make A Fall Outdoor Floral Arrangement were foraged from the eco-center after somebody dropped them off.
The thrift store is a goldmine for inexpensive items when decorating a fall mantel. Sometimes they need a little TLC or a new coat of paint to give it an updated look. But that adds to the fun!
There are seven items that came from the thrift store on this fall mantel. A little later I will reveal which ones they are. Can you guess?
The dollar store has loads of great inexpensive items for sale. I have to admit that for this fall mantel I do not have anything from the dollar store. I am an avid dollar store shopper. But it just worked out that way.
Sales And Coupons
I love to shop at Michaels for my craft and décor items but it can get quite pricey. I love that you can just download a coupon on your Smart Phone and I can usually get some sort of discount when I purchase something that is marked at full price. I also keep an eye out for possibilities and rummage through the clearance bins filled with out of season sale items. You never know what perfect treasure that is deeply discounted can be found. There are a number of items on this fall mantel where I took advantage of sales and coupons.
The fun part for me is to make my own items. I love coming up with the idea and I love the fact that I am making something unique.
There are three craft/diy projects on this fall mantel. Can you guess which ones they are?
Now that I have shared with you my ideas for how to create a fall mantel inexpensively, let’s take a tour. I’ll reveal what pieces came from the thrift store, which ones were purchased on sale and which ones I crafted. Starting on the left side…
Next to the tall cylinder vases you will notice a rustic looking windowpane frame. It used to be an old plastic picture frame that I bought for $2.00 at the thrift store and repainted. You can see the before image and learn how to create your own with the detailed instructions I provide in Painted Faux Rustic Windowpane Frame.
I wove a garland of silk fall leaves through the windowpanes and along the rest of the mantel. The two garlands were half price at Michaels.
These three faux pumpkins are made of plastic. I bought the large and middle size ones on sale at Michaels. But the small plump one was purchased at the thrift store. It used to be really ugly. But it was really cheap and I knew it had lots of potential. I share how I made these pumpkins look so gorgeous Metallic Painted Washi Tape Pumpkins. Yup… the copper strips you see are washi tape.
The cube shaped orange vase that I turned upside down and the ceramic pumpkin resting on top were both thrift store purchases. The vase was $1.00 and the pumpkin was $.025. The total cost was $1.25!
The hydrangea floral bush you see in the linen white painted vase was leftover from the Fall Hydrangea Pumpkin Wreath I made. I also made the vase from a mason jar and a surprise item to give it the textured look that it has. The full tutorial is provided in DIY Repurposed Glass Jar Vase. It vase was super easy to do and very inexpensive.
This cute little ceramic pumpkin with the lid also came from the thrift store. It used to be really ugly too and very dated looking. I guess that is why it was only a $1.00. I painted it with the same paint as the windowpane frame and the plastic pumpkins. Then I just placed some berry and leaf sprays that also were purchased at the thrift store for $1.00. Total cost was $2.00.
The next item is the orange metallic pumpkin resting on an orange looking glass candleholder. The pumpkin was purchased for half price at Michaels and the candleholder was another thrift store purchase for $4.00. The two items fit perfectly together!
Here is a view looking from the right side!
This was my first attempt at creating a fall mantel. It was a lot of fun looking for inexpensive fall mantel decorating ideas. I have to admit that I started looking for possibilities last fall so it took about a year to put everything together. I even created a couple of Pinterest Boards for possible ideas and inspiration. Home Decor: Mantels and Seasonal:Fall Decor. I also started a group board Autumn Inspiration From Top Bloggers that is growing with great ideas. I would love for you to follow these!
Having the themes, colours and style in place helped me look for and find the items that would fit perfectly. Taking time to put this mantel together also helped keep the costs down and do things inexpensively. That for me was the most fun!
Your Turn: First of all, thank you so much for stopping by! Do you create a fall mantel? If not, I invite you to give it a try using these ideas! Which idea do you like the best out of the ones I shared with you today?