I’m so excited for today because it’s the start of the “It’s Fall Y’all” linky parties put on by these lovely ladies:
So, today I’m sharing my fall-themed mantel with you guys! I kept it pretty simple, trying to mainly use things I already had on hand and/or could make relatively cheaply. Frugal is the name of the game, people! So without further ado, here she is:
My main element was various glassware pieces. The amber jars are from Midland Antiques in Indy and they were only $2 each! They were my jumping off point for the rest of the mantel. I filled them with some branches (which I tied together with a rubber band in order to keep them in a bundle) from the backyard in order to add some visual height to each side of the mantel. I also got the small milk jug at Midland for $3.
A while ago, my mom gave me several colored vases that belonged to my sister (thanks Jules!) and I spray painted a couple of them white so they’d tie in with the neutral color scheme better. I love the intricate detail on the bottles.
I picked up this small tumbler at Hobby Lobby for $1 and covered it with some twine (using hot glue) that I already had on hand to add a little more texture.
I wanted a couple pieces to punch up the personality and color, so I added my cute little deer planter on the right side and a vintage wooden box on the left, both filled with clippings from a bush in our backyard in small bud vases (I have no idea what kind of bush it is, any guesses?).
I topped it off with some of my LED candles so that it would have a lovely glow at night. Can I just say that I LOVE my LED candles? You can set them to come on at the same time every night and they “burn” for 5 or 6 hours. Totally awesome for people who forget to blow out real candles (ahem, like me).
I wanted to add just a bit more color to the mantel so I made a quick garland in some nice subdued fall colors using construction paper. It was SO easy to make, I just used my circle punch and then strung each circle on some twine. A lot of people do it using paint chips, which I think would be better..they’d be a little sturdier than construction paper. But again, I was just using what I had on hand.
Check out the linky party here to see tons of other great ideas!