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.
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Here are 25 ideas to decorate a fall-themed mantel.
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Faux Chalkboard Printable
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.Continue to 2 of 25 below.
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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.Continue to 3 of 25 below.
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Designated Color Scheme
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.Continue to 4 of 25 below.
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Faux Fireplace Mantel
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.Continue to 5 of 25 below.
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Neon Fall Colors
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.Continue to 6 of 25 below.
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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.Continue to 7 of 25 below.
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Fake Fireplace Logs
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.Continue to 8 of 25 below.
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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.Continue to 9 of 25 below.
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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.Continue to 10 of 25 below.
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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.Continue to 12 of 25 below.
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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.Continue to 15 of 25 below.
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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.Continue to 16 of 25 below.
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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.Continue to 18 of 25 below.
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Vintage-Inspired Halloween Mantel
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.Continue to 21 of 25 below.
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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.Continue to 22 of 25 below.
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Custom Wall Art
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.Continue to 23 of 25 below.
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Empty Picture Frames
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.Continue to 24 of 25 below.
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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.Continue to 25 of 25 below.
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Decor With a TV
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.