This simple + natural fall mantle is stupid-easy to create!
These (free from the dump) mirrors and (Goodwill) books remain on my mantle year round – I simply swap in other seasonal items like faux succulents and cactuses for summer, pumpkins for fall, and pine garland for winter.
Add some candles and other seasonal accents… and BOOM! You’ve got yourself the easiest little eye-catcher!
I began in September before temps even started to cool and before pumpkins had arrived in stores. Not that I was excited for fall or anything. I stacked books in piles of differing heights because I knew I wanted to give the mantle some dimension with pumpkins of different colors and sizes stacked somewhat haphazardly.
I played around with these faux cotton stems too (from JoAnn Fabric) and ultimately pulled most of them down to simplify the look.
I added pumpkins by leaning them against each other and stacking them carefully.
I think the mantle looked gorgeous without the wreath, but when I saw this beautiful thing at Target, I knew that pop of mustard yellow would be so gorgeous with the blue and white pumpkins. I carefully tapped a small nail into the bronze mirror to hang it.
Voila! I think the end result is lovely!
This look could totally be recreated on any shelf or mantle. I think it could make a gorgeous Thanksgiving centerpiece too!
Pumpkins – Kroger and The Fresh Market
Books – Vintage Reader’s Digest Condensed Books (found by the dozen at any Goodwill) They come in gorgeous, vintage prints and colors!
Mirrors – These mirrors were free and rescued from my neighbor’s trash pile!
Candle – Hearth and Hand from Target
Amber Vessel – Hearth and Hand from Target
Cotton Stem – JoAnne Fabric
Wreath – Threshold from Target
All in all, I spent about $40 to create this mantle including the cost of the wreath (which was not a necessity).