35 Fall Mantel Decorating Ideas

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    Fall Mantel Decor

    Not Just a Housewife

    Celebrate the change of season by turning that shelf over your fireplace into a beautiful focal point. To help you create a wow-worthy display, here are the best fall mantel decorating ideas for every budget and taste.

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    Chalkboard Printables

    Nest of Posies

    You don't need to master the art of hand lettering to make a decorative sign for your mantel. This faux chalkboard idea by Nest of Posies is a "printable" showcased in an ornate frame. We also love the little, black crow that hints at Halloween without going overboard.

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    Boho Decor

    Lay Baby Lay

    No one should bust their decorating budget to get into the fall spirit when styling this mantel, Joni, the blogger behind Lay Baby Lay took the do-it-yourself approach to save money. Wood beads were strung together to make the garland. A DIY wood frame shows off a beautiful photo of her daughter. The handmade wall hanging transforms natural objects plucked from her backyard into found treasures.

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    Pick a Color Scheme

    Style by Emily Henderson

    Sticking to a color scheme is the key to making any décor project work. For instance, the map sets the palette for this fall-inspired mantel artfully arranged by Emily Henderson from Style by Emily Henderson.

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    Pumpkin-Free Fall Decorating


    You don't have to go gourd crazy to capture the essence of fall at home. This stylish interpretation of autumn by the décor experts at Havenly blends wood tones, vibrant colors, and natural textures to create a chic seasonal mantel.

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    Faux Fireplace Mantel

    The Red Painted Cottage

    Don't have a fireplace? You can turn a floating shelf into one using decorative accessories. This faux mantel by Carol at The Red Painted Cottage combines several seasonal items to create a rustic, autumn statement. 

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    Neon Colors

    Lay Baby Lay

    If you think Halloween décor should be cute and not creepy; you'll love this adorable fall mantel by Lay Baby Lay. To make her display more festive, she used neon paper by AstroBrights to make colorful feather pom-poms.

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    Easy Fall Mantel

    Not Just a Housewife

    You may already have everything you need to create a seasonal display. All of the items featured here from the planter, to chalkboard were on hand says Stacy, the blogger who pens Not Just a Housewife including the pine cones and leaves that came from her yard.

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    Scandinavian Inspired Decor

    Just a Girl Blog

    A pile of colorful gourds purchased at a craft store clearance sale created the perfect centerpiece for this fall mantel by Chris at Just a Girl Blog. The white fireplace gives the traditional fall arrangement a dash of Nordic flair.

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    Fake Fireplace Logs

    Pepper Design Blog

    Don't let an ugly fireplace upstage your fall mantel. This faux logs DIY by Pepper Design Blog transformed an eyesore hearth into a beautiful focal point. 

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    Eclectic Home Decor

    Craftberry Bush

    This budget-friendly fall mantel by Lucy at Craftberry Bush blends thrift store treasures including old clock covers, antique French letters and vintage books with a DIY paper wreath.

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    Heirloom Pumpkins

    So Much Better With Age

    Heirloom pumpkins will certainly add colorful interest to a fall mantel. This fireplace makeoverby Jamie Lundstrom, the crafty blogger behind So Much Better With Age shares how to fake the look of green Jarrahdale pumpkins by painting cheap, plastic gourds that you can find at most dollar stores.

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    Soothing Colors

    Woods of Bell Trees

    If warm colors aren't your thing, you'll appreciate this mantel by Heather from Woods of Bell Trees. To make her display appear more soothing, she avoided using saturated fall colors including bright orange and bold red.

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    Trough Planter

    Foraged Fall Mantel
    Hymns and Verses

    The star of this gorgeous fall mantel by Doreen at Hymns and Verses is a seasonal trough planter arrangement featuring ornamental cabbage and pretty hydrangea. We also adore the lovely and natural cotton ball wreath.

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    Thanksgiving Mantel

    Grey Luster Girl

    Arranging objects of different heights will add a lot of visual interest to your fall mantel. Here, Lisa the blogger behind Grey Luster Girl uses a natural wood frame topped off with a DIY paper wreath to draw the eye upward. Small decorative objects add a little contrast to the dark wood shelf. 

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    Decorating with Cool Colors

    A Pop of Pretty

    You don't have to stick with warm autumn colors when decorating for fall. This cool toned mantel by A Pop of Pretty doesn't go overboard with orange and red accents.

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    Cotton Stems

    My Blessed Life

    Fans of farmhouse style know that cotton stems are a must when it comes to autumn décor. Here, a vase full of showstopping stalks brighten a fall mantel by Myra from My Blessed Life.

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    Contemporary Mantel Decor

    My Styled Life

    Fall décor doesn't have to be rustic. This contemporary fall mantel by Kendall from My Styled Life, combines a white mirror, magnolia wreath, and gold vases with a few seasonal ornaments. 

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    White Pumpkins

    Just Destiny

    Grace is the thoughtful word that sets the stage for this autumn mantel by Just Destiny. Leafy branches, white pumpkins, and cute pine cones finish off her lovely arrangement.

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    Back to School Decorations

    The Happy Housie

    Remind the kids that it's time to hit the books with a cute back to school mantel. This example by Krista at The Happy Housie incorporates objects found around her home. Our favorite feature is the DIY bunting that repurposes pages from an old dictionary.

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    Feather Garland

    Gold dipped feather mantel
    Simple Stylings

    You don't need lots of different knickknacks to create a picture-perfect fall fireplace. For instance, this rustic mantel decorated by Summer at Simply Stylings is decked out with a simple string of gold dipped feathers and seven tiny white pumpkins.

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    How to Preserve Fall Leaves Fall Foliage

    The Sleepy Time Gal

    A string of leaves strung by Nicole Shiffler at The Sleepy Time Gal makes the most of fall's beautiful foliage. After collecting leaves from the most beautiful maple trees in her town, each leaf was preserved in a homemade solution of water and glycerin.

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    Elegant Fireplace Mantel


    Lush velvet pumpkins punch up this traditional mantel scape created by Lori at Designthusiasm. The lovely fabric beautifully compliments the ornate gold clock.  

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    DIY Rustic Fall Decor

    Robyn Builds a Nest

    Get extra crafty this fall season by making your own rustic décor. These adorable wood signs by Robyn at Robyn Builds a Nest cost only $15 to make. 

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    Gallery Wall

    A Pop of Pretty

    Nope, those aren't photos. The large prints over this mantel decorated by Kerri Roche from A Pop of Pretty are (surprise!) wall decals. The best part, you can easily hang and rearrange peel and stick photos like these without harming painted walls.

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    Harvest Mantel

    Autumn Mantel Succulents
    At Charlotte's House

    This autumn harvest mantel by the blogger behind At Charlotte's House is bursting with natural elements in beautiful fall colors. The little pumpkin planters add a playful touch. We're particularly fond of the succulent garland. 

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    DIY Bunting

    Sister's Suitcase Blog

    Love no-sew projects? Then you'll appreciate this fall mantel scape by Holly at Sisters Suitcase Blog. She shares how to create festive, fabric bunting featured here using a glue gun. Decking out your mantel with Granny Smith apples is another decorating idea worth stealing.

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    Fall Leaves Decorations

    Rustic Vintage Coastal Fall Mantel leaves
    Coastal Shore Creations

    Enjoy the beauty of autumn by creating a rustic coastal mantel like this one by Laurelle from Coastal Shore Creations. Leafy branches plucked from her backyard brighten her display with gorgeous color.

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    Vintage Inspired Halloween Mantel

    Little Vintage Nest

    Create a cute and spooky mantel like this one by Sarah from Little Vintage Nest using cheap Halloween decorations, hardcover books, and a handful of branches. See the candelabras? The candles are battery operated lights.

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    Transitional Mantel

    Thistlewood Farms

    Here's a transitional summer to fall mantel by Karianne at Thistlewood Farms. She combined sprigs, twigs, and pine cones to create a stylish display.

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    Rustic Knickknacks

    Far Above Rubies

    Pairing a rustic knickknack, for instance, an old barn painting with natural elements like colorful fall branches make it cinch to create a lovely fall mantel. The example shared above is by Anita from Far Above Rubies.  

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    Custom Wall Art

    The Lettered Cottage

    If you're searching for the perfect focal point for your fall mantel, consider custom art. The reclaimed wood centerpiece shared here was commissioned by Layla from The Lettered Cottage. A few simple accessories topped off her decorating project. Our favorite touches are the glass cylinder filled with acorns and the bundled wheat stalks.

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    Decorating With Empty Picture Frames

    A Diamond in the Stuff

    It's time to dust off those old picture frames you stuck in the attic. Empty frames with ornate designs or impressive finishing like the ones used in this "give thanks" mantel by Courtney from A Diamond in the Stuff, make the perfect center of attention.

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    Fall Topiaries

    Classy Clutter

    Use this method to green up your fall mantel with lovely topiaries. After painting her fireplace white, Savannah from Classy Clutter added a few perennial plants in fanciful shapes.

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    Scandi Inspired Mantel

    Timber and Gray

    Add a pop of seasonal style to your home with something handmade. A hand-painted sign adds character and beauty to this Scandi inspired mantel styled by Tatum from Timber and Gray. 

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    Decorating a Mantel with a TV

    Seeking Lavender Lane

    Don't think you can't decorate your mantel because there's a TV hanging above it. The key to getting the job done right is to avoid adding anything that will distract you from watching television. Here, Deb from Seeking Lavender Lane added a long and short grouping of pale decorative accessories that don't crowd the screen.