Do you want to learn to create a fall-inspired farmhouse mantel? If so, then follow along!
I’m so excited to show you how to create this farmhouse mantel in your own home. This is my third installment on decorating for Fall and I’ve truly enjoyed these projects!
Creating Your Fall Farmhouse Mantel
Ever since I found a vintage berry basket at a resale shop, I’ve been imagining how I could incorporate it into my farmhouse decor.
When I realized that it fit perfectly on my mantel my creativity went into overdrive! I immediately started planning my fall mantel around this piece.
It’s easy to incorporate items from your home for this project. Not to mention, you can add to your design with other elements that can be purchased at any craft store.
A good rule of thumb, for projects like this, is – less is more! Don’t over decorate. Step back often and look at what you’ve created! And above all else have FUN!
HINT – Remember, always shop your home first! As a matter of fact, don’t discount what you can find at a dollar store either. Several of the items I used for this project were from Dollar Tree.
That said, projects like this don’t have to be expensive!
So…If you have some vintage pieces or other unique beauties you can incorporate into your fall decor, go grab ’em!
I shopped my home and snatched up my vintage scales and some antique cookbooks. Since this mantel is in my kitchen, I knew these would be perfect to include!
In addition, I also picked up one of my wooden crows, several birch candles, and some birch logs from the bin by my living room fireplace.
Gather Your Fall Decor
Needless to say, my large kitchen island is always my go-to spot to work on different projects.
Just for the record, I used to do most of this while sitting on the floor, but let’s be honest, my knees don’t like to do that anymore! 😉
Below is a list of the items I used for this project. Of course, you can always add different pieces to your mantel to reflect your personal taste and decor.
Supplies for centerpiece:
- Basket (should be elongated to fit on the mantel)
- Round cotton ball ornament (if you can’t find them in a craft store, check Etsy)
- White birch logs
- Plastic grocery bags to use as filler in the basket
- 3 fall floral picks (at least one with cotton mixed in)
- Loose colorful leaves
- Bittersweet branches
Additional supplies for the mantel:
- Pumpkins of different shapes, colors, and sizes (you could add gourds as well)
- Leaves (I used burlap leaves and fall colored leaves from Hobby Lobby)
- Candles (if using real candles, make sure there is no flammable material near them when lit – I would strongly suggest using flameless candles) I will NOT be lighting these
- Unique farmhouse decor pieces
- Small wood slices
- Additional fall items of your choice
How to Create the Focal Point for the Mantel
The focal point for my fall farmhouse mantel is the vintage berry basket I found at a resale shop. I knew this would be perfect for me to fill with my favorite things.
Once you’ve assembled your supplies, you are ready to create!
1. Add the plastic grocery bags to one side of the basket. The bags will provide a base for the other items you will be adding. Once the bags are in place, tuck the stem of the cotton floral pick towards the back.
2. Add the birch logs on the other side of the basket in a staggered manner. After these have been added, tuck the leaf picks into the arrangement.
3. Place the round cotton ball ornament in the small open area in the basket then tuck the bittersweet into the basket. If needed, you can add additional colorful leaves to fill in.
Guess what? You’re DONE with the centerpiece!!! These first three steps go really quickly and now you have a gorgeous centerpiece to show for it!
What’s more, you could even use this on your dining room table if you prefer!
Creating the Fall Farmhouse Mantel
Now that you’ve made an amazing centerpiece for your mantel you’re ready to complete the look by adding the rest of your fall decor.
These last 4 steps will help you to complete your Fall farmhouse mantel in no time.
4. Place the centerpiece on the mantel. I opted to place mine in the middle, but you may decide you want yours off to one side. Again, this is all personal preference. Please use this post as inspiration for your own creativity!
5. Begin placing your farmhouse decor on the mantel. For example, I arranged the scales and the vintage books off to the right. Adding a pumpkin on the scale and another pumpkin on top of the books.
6. Add candles in various places. Move them around until you like where they were placed. For a whimsical look, and to add some height I included the wooden crow. You could use an owl or other woodland creature. Tuck in a few more pumpkins, setting some on the small wood slices.
7. Complete the Fall farmhouse mantel by adding the burlap leaves randomly throughout the decorations.
Remember when decorating, less is more! Step back and look at your gorgeous masterpiece. Tweak it if needed, otherwise just ENJOY!
Of course, as it gets closer to Halloween it might be fun to add a few more festive pieces to this arrangement.
What I absolutely love about this fall farmhouse mantel is that it can stay up until I decorate for Christmas!
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So what’s next on the blog?
I’ll be sharing photos and stories from my trip to Northern Michigan. I stayed in the cutest little cottage on one of the most beautiful lakes in the world (in my opinion)! I hope you will join me then!
As always let me know if you have any questions.
Scroll down for more Fall inspired posts from some of my blogging friends. I hope you will take a moment to drop by their blogs as well to see what they’ve created too. I’m sure their posts will inspire you!
Thanks for following along. Take care, friends! See you next time.
Here are the links to the other Fall inspired posts!
Hunt & Host | Thistledown Domestic Creations | Christina’s Adventures | The Honeycomb Home | Worthing Court | My Creative Days | Sincerely, Marie Designs | Wife In Progress | Seeking Lavender Lane | The Everyday Home