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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 Floral Egg Stand Easter Decorations

A unique idea for displaying your Easter Eggs!  Take your Easter Eggs to a new level and create a Spring Garden Scene with easy to make Floral Egg Stand Easter Decorations. 

egg stand Easter Decorations

Happy 2nd Day of Spring! Snow is in our forecast tomorrow – will it never end?! Rather than focus on yet another snow day, I’m choosing to set my sights on my Easter Decorations. Sort of. I’m still not sure whether to go with the Carrot Wreath, the Spring Wreath or just to go with something entirely new on the front door. It’s too cold for flowers – at least real ones. And, I haven’t started dying eggs this year – much to my youngest’s dismay (he’d dye them all year long if he could!). I have, however, pulled out some of my faux Easter eggs and was looking for a new way to display them that wouldn’t break the bank. These adorable floral egg stands are super easy to make with things you likely have around the house or can pick up at the dollar store – tissue paper, glue and a tp roll!

egg stand Easter Decorations - blue ombre

A few funny TP side stories:

  1. I’ve recently switched to the tubeless toilet paper, and it’s severely cutting into my crafting TP stash! I’m just short of begging friends, family, and neighbors to fork their’s over.
  2. I LOVE commercials, and the new Charmin bath tissue jingle is on constant replay in my head. “My hiney’s so Charmin shiny!” is likely TMI. But. I. Can’t. Stop. Singing. It. And now, neither can you – you’re welcome.

egg stand Easter Decorations - top blue pink

But.. that’s enough of my TP stories – Back to the project. It’s a quick one!

How to Make Floral Egg Stand Easter Decorations

 

Materials:

egg stand Easter Decorations - Materials

  • Tissue paper
  • TP roll
  • Hot Glue and Gun

 

Directions:

Flower Petals

egg stand Easter Decorations - cut petal strips

Stack 6-7 layers of tissue paper, in your desired flower color, and cut a 2-inch section from the longest side of the stack.

egg stand Easter Decorations - Cut scallop

Accordion fold the 2-inch strip and cut a deep scallop on end through all layers. Separate layers and put them aside.

egg stand Easter Decorations - cut tp roll

Cut a 2-inch section from your TP roll.

egg stand Easter Decorations - flower first petal

With the TP roll on its side, place a vertical line of hot glue from edge to edge and adhere a piece of colored tissue to the roll. Continue gluing this piece around the ring, pulling the taut as you go.

egg stand Easter Decorations - flower layer 2

Add another layer of tissue paper, this time adding a dot of glue on the bottom edge of the of the roll, about a half an inch from the seam of the first layer, but this time, place your thumb under the tissue between glue spots, to adhere the paper loosely. This will allow you to feather the petals when completed.

egg stand Easter Decorations - flower layer 3

Continue adding the remaining layers, edging up the side ever so slightly as you go – the outside petals on a flower are more substantial and you want to mimic that.

Flower Leaves

egg stand Easter Decorations - apply leaves

Next, cut a 2-inch strip of the dark green tissue paper. Accordion fold this trip and make small slits along the top, cutting about 3/4 of the way down. Add the green tissue paper “leaves” along the bottom edge, tucking the edge under slightly to for a finished look. Gently pull apart the petals to fluff.

egg stand Easter Decorations - without egg

Admire. Or, make more!

egg stand Easter Decorations - with egg

 

Endless Options

The color combinations are endless! I made an ombre option using gradient shades of the same color. You can also mix colors or even use patterned tissue paper for a completely different look.

egg stand Easter Decorations - yellow ombre

I love that you can use these adorable floral egg stand Easter decorations in multiple ways – I’ve used them as both an Easter egg display stand and as a napkin rings for my Easter table. I also love that they are an easy enough project to do with my Easter lovin’ kid – pretty for Mommy + Easter egg fun = Eggcellent Easter!

egg stand Easter Decorations - all colors

 

 

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