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Fall Mantel Decor
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.Continue to 2 of 36 below.
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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.Continue to 3 of 36 below.
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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.Continue to 4 of 36 below.
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Pick a Color Scheme
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.Continue to 5 of 36 below.
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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.Continue to 6 of 36 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.Continue to 7 of 36 below.
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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.Continue to 8 of 36 below.
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Easy Fall Mantel
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.Continue to 9 of 36 below.
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Scandinavian Inspired Decor
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.Continue to 10 of 36 below.
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Fake Fireplace LogsContinue to 11 of 36 below.
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Eclectic Home DecorContinue to 12 of 36 below.
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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.Continue to 13 of 36 below.
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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.Continue to 14 of 36 below.
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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.Continue to 15 of 36 below.
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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.Continue to 16 of 36 below.
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Decorating with Cool ColorsContinue to 17 of 36 below.
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Cotton StemsContinue to 18 of 36 below.
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Contemporary Mantel DecorContinue to 19 of 36 below.
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White PumpkinsContinue to 20 of 36 below.
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Back to School Decorations
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.Continue to 21 of 36 below.
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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.Continue to 22 of 36 below.
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How to Preserve Fall Leaves Fall Foliage
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.Continue to 23 of 36 below.
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Elegant Fireplace MantelContinue to 24 of 36 below.
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DIY Rustic Fall DecorContinue to 25 of 36 below.
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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.Continue to 26 of 36 below.
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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.Continue to 27 of 36 below.
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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.Continue to 28 of 36 below.
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Fall Leaves Decorations
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.Continue to 29 of 36 below.
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Vintage Inspired Halloween Mantel
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.Continue to 30 of 36 below.
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Transitional MantelContinue to 31 of 36 below.
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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.Continue to 32 of 36 below.
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Custom Wall Art
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.Continue to 33 of 36 below.
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Decorating With Empty Picture Frames
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.Continue to 34 of 36 below.
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Scandi Inspired Mantel
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.Continue to 36 of 36 below.
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Decorating a Mantel 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. Here, Deb from Seeking Lavender Lane added a long and short grouping of pale decorative accessories that don't crowd the screen.