10.30.2011

Fall/Thanksgiving Mantel

Over the last couple of weeks I've been showing you parts of my new Fall/Thanksgiving mantel, would you like to see how it all came together?   This is the first time I've had a mantel shelf to decorate for Fall, so it was a fun challenge to see what I could up with. 

I saw a tutorial for a box mantel shelf that looked fairly easy to make, so I gave it a try and made one.  I'll tell you more about the shelf in a future post, but just have to tell you that it's a large shelf, I only spent around $10 for supplies (I used several items that I already had.), and it really wasn't hard to make. 


When I saw this wreath at JoAnn's I knew right away it was the wreath for me.  I love the color, the pine cones, the berries, the twigs...all of it.  I used a coupon, so I paid around $20 for it.  I don't think I could have made one for that price.


This is the framed shelf and lantern that I've had there all year.  I love the pop of red, so it won't be going anywhere anytime soon.  The window is made from paint sticks (tutorial here), the frame (.36) and shelf (.75) were both from thrift stores.


The candlestick was purchased for $1.50 at a thrift store then painted dark brown, the berries were .99 each, and the candle was on clearance for .89.  The berries are taped in place with clear tape--worked great. :)


The charger was on clearance last year for $1.50.  I added the definition of thankful to it in vinyl.  You can read more about the charger here


I've had the 2x4 pumpkins for a few years, but added a slice from a log to group them together.  Click here for the tutorial for the pumpkins and my experience with cutting the log.


The crate is also made of paint sticks.  I added a $3 bag of gourds, two .99 sprigs of berries, and a few fall leaves.  The pine cones are from my yard.  Click here to read more about the Fall crate and here for a tutorial on how to make a paint stick crate.


I found the tutorial that inspired me to build my shelf at Faded Country.  I made a few changes in size and build design, this one measures 4 ft long and 7 1/2" wide.  I'll have more on the shelf coming soon, including how I hung it.   Edited to add:  Click here for my post about the mantel shelf and how to hang it.


Another look...


...and another...


...last one.


The bright Fall colors really add so much to my living room, so although this is my first time decorating a Fall mantel, I can tell you that it won't be my last.

Today's Fabulous Find...New Mantel Shelf




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22 comments:

lynn said...

all of your projects look beautiful together, janet! happy sunday!

Toni K said...

Beautiful mantel! Everything goes so well together. Awesome job :)

Lindalou said...

What a great job. I am very impressed. I just completed my mantle and it's not much compared to yours.

June Scott said...

Love it, Janet! I didn't realize those pumpkins where "mantle" size when I saw them the first time - too cute! and I've been wanting to make your paint stick crate 4 ever and still haven't gotten around to it...maybe after the holidays. Thanks for sharing the "complete picture"!

Karen said...

It looks so pretty Janet! I love all the Fall colors:)

BKWilliams said...

That is beautiful. You are so creative.

the cape on the corner said...

note to self...build a big shelf, frame a corbel, and slice a log. i LOVE this, it is fabulous!

Gayle Page-Robak said...

I am intrigued by your 'mantle shelf'. I have never seen one before and it is a terrific idea. You have decorated it beautifully!! I have joined your followers list and invite you to join my followers list; as well,I hope you will grab a blog button. Hugs, Gayle
http://atastefultouch.blogspot.com

Jess@Balancing The Dream said...

beautiful!! It's perfectly balanced and has great color!!

Jan@southernjunkin' said...

Soooo very pretty! Your vignette just speaks fall! Congrats on all your creativeness!

Jill said...

So pretty! I love fall decorations... they warm up a home and make it feel so cozy and inviting. I love what you've done, and how you created it all! I really love that shelf/mantel-- super pretty!

Crafty Mischief said...

Your mantle is absolutely beautiful! I found you through Kara's Creations. Thanks for sharing!

Jen @ Creating with the J's said...

It turned out perfect! Thanks for sharing!

Barb @ A Life in Balance said...

I love the look! The colors fit right in with my favorite fall colors. I'm going to have to steal, ahem, borrow your ideas! Love the pop of red, too with the lantern.

Janet said...

Thank you Barb!

gail said...

I love your Mantel shelf and all the decor!
Can't wait for the details on the shelf!
gail

Kara said...

Love how it turned out! That little framed lantern is just awesome. I featured this today at Creations by Kara. :)
http://www.creationsbykara.com/2011/11/look-what-i-made-linky-party-11-9-2011.html

Barb said...

Simply gorgeous! It just really all goes together and is so cheerful!

Barb said...

Just came back to say I'm a new follower! and that I love love those pumpkins!

Stephanie said...

This looks so beautiful! Wonderful inspiration for me! Thanks!

Stephanie

Kathe said...

What a great idea with the shelf/frame/lantern! Your decor is just so warm, creative and welcoming!
Stopping by from CSI (hey that rhymes LOL).

SweetPepperRose said...

Your last year's mantel look great!

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