25 Fall Mantel Decorating Ideas

white pumpkins, a candle, and dried fall branches

 The Spruce

Celebrate the autumn season by turning that shelf over your fireplace into a beautiful focal point with fall decor. These mantels use a variety of materials to fit many design styles. And some even include DIY decor pieces that you can customize to your liking.


Turn Affordable Frames Into Autumnal Lanterns

Here are 25 ideas to decorate a fall-themed mantel.

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    Faux Chalkboard Printable

    fall chalkboard
    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 by Nest of Posies is a printable sign that's showcased in an ornate frame. We also love the little black crow on the small pumpkin next to the chalkboard that hints at Halloween without going overboard.

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    DIY Decor

    mantel with DIY decor
    Lay Baby Lay

    You don't need a high decorating budget to get into the fall spirit when styling this autumn 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. And the handmade wall hanging transforms natural objects plucked from her backyard into found treasures.

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    Designated Color Scheme

    fall mantel in earth tones
    Style by Emily Henderson

    Sticking to a color scheme is the key to making any design project work. For instance, the map sets the palette of earth tones for this fall-inspired mantel artfully arranged by Emily Henderson from Style by Emily Henderson. The brown of the wood coordinates with the tans and greens of the map. And the colors of the candlesticks and vintage books also fit right in. Earth tones are a great choice to bring out the warmth of the autumn season.

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    Faux Fireplace Mantel

    faux rustic fall 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. And the "give thanks" sign gives the faux mantel some height to increase its presence in the space.

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    Neon Fall Colors

    fun Halloween mantel
    Lay Baby Lay

    If you think Halloween decor should be cute and not creepy, you'll love this adorable fall mantel by Lay Baby Lay. It uses the typical fall reds, oranges, and yellows, but instead of muted tones the colors are bright and bold. Neon paper was turned into feather pom-poms to decorate the garland on the mantel.

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    Found Materials

    fall mantel with leaves and pinecones
    Not Just a Housewife

    You might already have everything you need to create a seasonal display. All of the items featured on this fall mantel, including the planter and chalkboard, were already on hand, according to Stacy of Not Just a Housewife. Plus, the pinecones and fall leaves simply came from her yard.

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    Fake Fireplace Logs

    faux fireplace with 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. It's essentially just a fireplace screen with short pieces of logs attached to it. It can be adjusted to fit any size fireplace opening. 

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    Eclectic Decor

    mantel with vintage materials
    Craftberry Bush

    This budget-friendly fall mantel by Lucy at Craftberry Bush blends thrift store treasures with DIY projects. There are antique letters and vintage books, which play up the warm tones of autumn. And then there's a coordinating DIY paper wreath around the deer, which looks like it's in a fall forest thanks to the branches in clear jars.

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    Trough Planter

    fall wreath over a mantel
    Hymns and Verses

    The star of this gorgeous fall mantel by Doreen at Hymns and Verses is a seasonal trough planter arrangement. It features ornamental cabbage and pretty hydrangeas. We also adore the lovely and natural cotton ball wreath, which gives a hint of the winter snow to come and doesn't overpower the overall mantel design.

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    Cool Colors

    mantel with green floral arrangement
    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. Rather it balances the warm colors with white, silver, gray, and green for a calming and elegant look.

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    Cotton Stems

    mantel with cotton twigs
    My Blessed Life

    Fans of farmhouse style know that cotton stems are a must when it comes to autumn decor. For this design, a vase full of show-stopping stalks brightens a fall mantel by Myra from My Blessed Life. The "autumn" banner gives the whole mantel a whimsical feel and really drives home the theme.

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    Contemporary Mantel Decor

    modern fall mantel
    My Styled Life

    Fall decor 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. It's a fairly streamlined look, but it still clearly celebrates the fall season.

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    White Pumpkins

    mantel with white pumpkins
    Just Destiny

    Grace is the thoughtful word that sets the stage for this autumn mantel by Just Destiny. The white pumpkins make the look clearly for fall while still remaining simple and elegant. Leafy branches and pinecones around out the arrangement.

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    Back-to-School Decorations

    back-to-school mantel

    The Happy Housie

    Remind any students or teachers in your household that it's time to hit the books with a cute back-to-school mantel in the early fall. This themed mantel 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 garland on a mantel
    Simple Stylings

    You don't need lots of different knickknacks to create a picture-perfect fall mantel. For instance, this rustic mantel decorated by Summer at Simple Stylings is decked out with a simple string of gold-dipped feathers and seven tiny white pumpkins. It's an easy look to put together, yet it makes a big impact.

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    Ornate Decor

    velvet pumpkins and an ornate vintage clock on a mantel

    Lush velvet pumpkins glam up this traditional mantel scape created by Lori at Designthusiasm. The lovely fabric beautifully complements the ornate gold vintage clock. And the branches and flowers coordinate perfectly with the velvet for a cohesive look.

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    Gallery Wall

    mantel with a gallery wall over it
    A Pop of Pretty

    Bring in the fall theme with a gallery wall over your mantel. But those aren't picture frames. The large prints over this fall mantel decorated by Kerri Roche from A Pop of Pretty are (surprise!) wall decals. That means you can easily hang and rearrange the peel-and-stick photos without harming the walls. Plus, you can quickly remove them once the season changes.

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    Harvest Mantel

    Autumn mantel with pumpkins and 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 pumpkins and planters add a playful touch. The fall wreath gives the design some height. And we're particularly fond of the succulent garland. 

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    DIY Bunting

    mantel with bunting

    My Sister's Suitcase

    Love no-sew projects? Then you'll appreciate this fall mantel scape by Holly at My Sister's Suitcase. She shares how to create festive fabric bunting using a glue gun. Decking out your mantel with some of the fall apple crop is another decorating idea worth imitating.

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    Vintage-Inspired Halloween Mantel

    gothic Halloween mantel
    Little Vintage Nest

    Create a cute and spooky mantel like this one by Sarah from Little Vintage Nest. She used inexpensive Halloween decorations, hardcover books, and a handful of branches. See the candelabras? The candles are battery-operated lights, making them safe to keep next to the branches.

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    Transitional Mantel

    Transitional summer-to-fall mantel
    Thistlewood Farms

    As fall arrives, it still can feel too warm and sunny to be bringing out the pumpkins and candles, along with the warm decor tones. That's where a transitional design comes in. Here's a transitional summer-to-fall mantel by Karianne at Thistlewood Farms. She stayed with a light and bright color palette but brought in some dried branches that hint at the changing fall foliage.

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    Custom Wall Art

    mantel with rustic wood art
    The Lettered Cottage

    If you're searching for the perfect focal point for your fall mantel, consider custom art. This reclaimed wood mantel centerpiece 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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    Empty Picture Frames

    mantel with "give thanks" signs
    A Diamond in the Stuff

    Dust off those old picture frames you stuck in the attic. Empty frames with ornate designs or impressive finishes—like the ones used in this "give thanks" mantel by Courtney from A Diamond in the Stuff—make perfect mantel decor all on their own. She completes the rustic fall look with wheat stalks and small white pumpkins.

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    Fall Topiaries

    mantel with topiaries
    Classy Clutter

    You still can use bright green foliage when decorating a fall mantel. After painting her fireplace white, Savannah from Classy Clutter added a few green topiaries in fun shapes, along with a wreath around the deer. With the weathered look of the pots and the creams and browns of the accessories, the whole design feels fitting for the fall season.

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    Decor With a TV

    fall 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. For this fall mantel, Deb from Seeking Lavender Lane added short accessories, including candles and small pumpkins, that don't crowd the screen. On either side of the screen, she brought in items with more height but still kept the whole look relatively simple.