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How to decorate for Fall: Oodles of Fall Fireplace Mantel Decor Ideas

These fast and easy fall-inspired fireplace mantel decor ideas are a simple way to bring the bright colors and textures of the season into your home. fireplace mantel decor

 

With the craziness of school drop-offs, after-school activities, and packed social calendars (not mine, my kids’!), it can be difficult to get dinner on the table not alone decorate my home for the seasons. Like you, I’m strapped for time and energy, and I’m making a tremendous effort to be more mindful of this. I just can’t put forth hours and hours of decorating time like I once did and still keep all the balls in the air.

However, I love the feeling I get when I take a few minutes to add some cozy elements and quintessential fireplace mantel decor into our great room. As a result, I count on less decor making a more significant impact but still giving me the same comfy, cozy, homey feeling that I crave at this time of year. Fireplace mantel decor is a great place to put my efforts – it’s a small area, and it’s a focal point. A few minutes spent here is doable!

To spark your creativity, I’m joining my friend Amy of My Life from Home, and a great group of (equally busy) ladies, in sharing our favorite fall fireplace mantel decor ideas and inspiration. No mantel? No worries! Use these ideas in any corner or gathering spot in your home that can use a bit of fall love.

SIMPLE FIREPLACE MANTEL DECOR IDEAS FOR FALL

COLOR

When thinking of fireplace mantel decor, color is an excellent place to start. There are the typical fall colors – rich plums, reds, yellows, oranges, caramels, and browns. However, they aren’t the ONLY colors of the season.

fall fireplace decor ideas

fireplace mantel decoration ideas for fall

Begin by looking at the elements and colors you’re already using in your home, then add in complimentary fall colors. For example, I like to leave the bold fuschias, teals, navy, and bits of red, of my room and work in caramels, deep browns, and bright oranges. This cuts down on decorating time (I don’t have to redecorate) and also gives the room a unique twist that is entirely my style.

SHOPPING AT HOME

Use anything from around the house – items that work well at this time of year include textured baskets, soft pillows, thick, heavy blankets, and home accents in the colors of the season – think rustic wood and warm metals such as copper, burnished brass or antique gold.

fireplace mantel decoration

Once you’ve decided on a color theme, it’s easy to go on a gathering spree – Put away your summer linens and bring out your warm, chunkier knit, faux fur, or microfleece throws and pillows.  Look to the outdoors, too – leaves, acorns, grasses and signs of the harvest, like pumpkins and gourds.

ARTWORK

Artwork is one of the first things I change when redecorating. If the center of your fireplace is home to a TV,  lean art on either side or flank each side with a large print that reminds you of the season.

fireplace decor

If you are the lucky ones who’s fireplace is entirely dedicated to fireplace mantel decor, first, A) I’m SO jealous and B) this opens up SO many possibilities for easy decorating. Layer art pieces of different sizes as a fun focal point or hang a round mirror for an up-to-the-minute look.

I found colorful, digital download prints on Etsy that I loved. Mounted on white poster board, leaving lots of negative space keeps the saturated colors and bold patterns from being overwhelming. Inexpensive poster frames in 16″x20″ make this a cheap, super-easy project with big impact. I like how the large picture-frames balance the larger accents objects on the mantel but aren’t overpowering. And, I love the burst of vibrant color! These are the specific images I used.

Autumn Abstract Print by Momo Digital

Fall Tree from LottiOMara Art

 

ADD LIFE  

mantelpiece decor

An easy way to add a touch of the season to any space is with seasonal plants. This bright and lively fuschia Aster proves that fall colors don’t always come in oranges, yellows, and browns!

fireplace mantel decorating ideas

When I styled this mantel, pumpkins weren’t quite readily available, so, I used various faux and glass pumpkins in different textures and materials. You might remember the bold and bright orange pumpkin from last year! The easy tutorial to make your own can be found here.

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In past mantels, I’ve used other fruits such as apples, pears, dried beans and corn and even kiwis for their fuzzy brown skin. Be creative and again, work with your home’s color scheme. And, hey, if you get hungry, you’ll know where to find your next snack – win=win.

SCALE AND BALANCE

Be mindful of size. It is better to have one or two large items rather than ten small items. The former looks chic, while the latter seems cluttered and disarrayed. The large lantern first anchors the space then acts as a vessel for seasonal items. Multi-purpose items are always helpful!

mantel decor ideas

Balance doesn’t always mean having identical items on each side of your fireplace mantel.  Although that is fine, ensuring you have things with a similar scale (height and width) on either side and varied heights of side-by-side items, you can use unmatched items as well. I find an unmatched look to be more exciting and unexpected.

geometric candle holders

Geometric Candle Holders

In this vignette, the eye travels from the highest object and moves down to the smaller one. It flows -and flow is good.

fall fireplace decor ideas

To recap, there are a billion and a half ways to decorate with fireplace mantel decor. There are neutral themes, pumpkin themes, all white themes, minimalist themes, and traditional themes to go with any decorating style.  As you gather ideas for your fireplace mantel decor, considering these things will maximize your decorating endeavors inexpensively and effortlessly – you might even be able to fit it in before your next activity!

Check out all of these beautiful mantels and see if any inspire you-you’ll be sure to find something in every style and theme!


 

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How to Make a Majestic Peacock Costume

Posted in DIY, Fall: Seasonal Decor and Crafts
on October 27, 2017

Make this majestic peacock costume with layers and layers (and layers) of stiff tulle, all attached to a modified long skirt with an elastic waist.

peacock costume

 

Halloween is a BIG deal around here! We throw an annual Halloween party and spend the entire month of October preparing for it. Putting together fun tablescapes and making props and costumes is my jam and each year, I look forward to hearing what my kids have dreamt up for their costumes. The year my daughter decided on a dressing as a peacock, I didn’t even bat an eye (well, maybe one), before diving head first (into what, I had no idea) into making her the most majestic peacock I could!

peacock costume - side

PS. Don’t let the number of steps intimidate you – it’s not difficult, I just wanted to make sure the tutorial was very clear!

peacock costume - full back

How to Make a Peacock Costume

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To make the skirt, you will need:

Other accessories for the costume: 

Adding the plumes

  1.  Cut your tulle “plumes.” Double each piece by folding each piece of tulle in half lengthwise.
  2. Turn your skirt inside out.
  3. Starting about 6″ down from the waist, attach the fold-line of 11-12 full-length tulle strips on the INSIDE of the skirt. Alternate colors and overlap the edges slightly.  Your plumes should reach somewhat below the hem.
  4. Attach a second row of 4 or 5 full-length tulle strips about 6″ below the first row, from the right side hem toward the center. Repeat on the left. Mark these rows with chalk – you will use this row in step 12.peacock costume - attach side pieces
  5. Starting 10″ from the hem, attach a row of short length tulle strips (about 11-12) on a diagonal to the right side seam. Repeat on the left.
  6.  Add a second row of short length tulle strips (about 11-12) on a diagonal, starting 12″ from the hem, near the center skirt, down to the right side seam.  Repeat on the left.
  7. Attach a row of (10) strips along the side seam from the bottom up on the right side. Repeat on the left.
  8. Turn the skirt right side out and lay flat, back of the skirt facing up.
  9. Attach the fold-line of 11-12 full-length tulle strips to the waistband line along the center of the BACK of the skirt. Alternate colors and overlap the edges slightly.  Your plumes should reach somewhat below the hem.

Finishing up

  1. Turn your skirt to the front.
  2. Starting at the center, and ending at the side seams (halfway), pull the hem of the front of the skirt up to the waistband and attach (the inside of the skirt will be visible), gathering as necessary.  Turn your skirt over.
  3.  On the right, attach the front to the back, by gluing or sewing the hem of the tulle strip marked in step 4 to the center of the back of your skirt. Repeat on the left, meeting the two sides in the middle.peacock costume - attach to center
  4.  Attach a row of tulle around the entire waist of the skirt.
  5. Cut the foam ball in half and poke the peacock tailfeathers into the top of one half.
  6. Glue the foam ball half, flat-side in, to the back of the skirt, using the flap where the two sides meet as a pocket.

You’re done! 

peacock costume - front

Fluff and arrange the tulle “plumes” before wearing. Add a mask and gloves and strut around like a peacock! I know that’s exactly what my girl did – as did I for making it!

peacock costume - mask

peacock costume - mask on

I hope you’ve found this tutorial useful – please, let me know if you have any questions, or, if you make this costume, I’d love it if you shared your final result with me!

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The Potted Ladies {Potted Hand Halloween Prop}

Posted in DIY, Fall: Seasonal Decor and Crafts
on October 24, 2017

Looking to make a fun and creepy Halloween prop for your upcoming party or Halloween decor? These elegant potted hands are simple to make and will surely be a conversation piece with everyone who sees them! 

Halloween Prop - creepy potted hand

Everyone who knows me – or anyone that walks by my house – knows Halloween is one of my FAVORITE holidays. I love Halloween so much that we’ve hosted a large, annual Halloween party for our family and friends for the past seven years! After seven years it’s important to me to keep my Halloween decor fresh while still reusing props from year to year – I’ve not won the lottery lately! This year was no exception. This year, I have a super fun, ridiculously simple, insanely creepy Halloween prop to share with you – my elegant Potted Ladies – Potted Ivy, Potted Jasmine, Potted Daphne and Potted Belladonna.

Hand Prop - Halloween Prop

 

They’re all happy to meet you and are all dying for you to make some friends for them!

Are you ready? On with making our potted hand Halloween prop!

How to make a Potted Lady Hand Halloween Prop

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Materials Halloween Prop

For this project you will need:

A coffee can
Some burlap or distressed looking muslin
Floral foam
Potted lady labels printed on white cardstock
Two craft sticks
A plastic hand
Black acrylic craft paint and a brush

Here is how to make your Potted Hand Halloween Prop:

Prepare the pot:

1. Remove the coffee from the can if it’s not empty and put aside for later use. Remove the label from the can.
2. Roughly measure the burlap against the can and cut a strip long enough to wrap around the circumference, leaving about an inch of overhang on the top.
Halloween Prop - add burlap pot cover
3. Use your hot glue gun to glue the burlap to the can.

Prepare the hand:

4. To you prepare the hand, begin by painting the fingernails a coordinating color to the plant. For example, I used Green for the Potted Ivy and blue for the potted Jasmine. Allow the polish to dry.
5. Using black acrylic paint, randomly paint streaks on the fingers and hand, then remove most of the paint with a paper towel. Allow to dry.
6. If you would like to change the position of the hand, use a heat gun to mold the plastic hand. Be sure to use safety when doing this! The plastic is usually very thin and melts quickly.
7. Insert a craft stick into the bottom of the hand.
Put it all together:
8. Insert a piece of floral foam into your burlap covered can, ensuring that it has a snug fit.
9. Insert the craft stick into the bottom of the hand, then into the floral foam, arranging your hand until you’re pleased with the position.
Hand Prop - Halloween Prop - add moss
10. Arrange the spanish moss around the hand, covering the floral foam.
11. Print and cut out the labels onto heavy card stock. Attach each label to a craft stick and insert into the floral foam.
12. Enjoy your prop!
potted ladies Halloween Prop - Jasmine
Of course, I made some labels for these beauties for you. You can download them here by subscribing to my monthly newsletter – no spamming, I promise!
halloween prop labels
So what do you think of my lovely ladies? I hope you enjoy them! These props take very little time at all and are perfect for Halloween parties – they were a huge hit in my Halloween display!
Potted Hand Halloween Prop
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