One of my favorite places to start decorating for the holidays is the fireplace mantel. I think mantels make great backdrops (or canvases) for holiday decorating.
In general, I tend to prefer the more natural look and in most cases, the “less is more” look. With fall decor in particular, I like garlands and leaves that look as real as possible.
Here’s a step-by-step process that I used this year for our fall fireplace mantel in our living room. You can click on any of the pictures and they will enlarge.
First, I generally start with a cleared off mantel. This time, I did keep my candles and amaryllis topiary, as I was pretty sure I would include them.
Then I took two identical garlands and placed them on both sides of my mantel, weaving the branches between the candles, hiding the bare ends behind the topiary (in the center of the mantel).
Next, I added some branches with sprigs of fall leaves, tucking them in the garland.
I have saved a few painted wood crafts (from my days of hand-crafting, years ago). I tucked in a couple of pumpkins, behind the garland.
Last, I added several artificial pomegranates, resting them in hollows between the garland and fall leaves.
I ended up using an urn (that matches the topiary base), as I liked the depth and height it provides on the mantel. It’s often more visually interesting if you vary heights of decorations on your mantel.
In our family room, I added a couple of Halloween decorations, along with a few sprigs of fall leaves and berries.
Here was part of our mantel, before adding fall decor.
I changed out the red candles with orange candles (tied with orange plaid ribbon). Then I added a couple of branches of leaves and berries.
Next, I added a couple of Halloween woodcrafts (again, from the good ole crafting days). Just adding simple touches of fall and Halloween.
It’s also nice to add a bit of the holidays to ledges on built-in cabinets and/or furniture. This is the ledge above our family room built-ins. Here, I added a Halloween woodcraft (that I bought) with a few branches of fall leaves.
And here, I added some calico fabric-stuffed pumpkins with some fall branches and berries.