This post was most recently updated on September 23rd, 2019
Hard to believe the title of this post is How to Decorate a Fall Mantel! But, have you heard?!? Tomorrow is officially Fall! According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the first day of Fall in the Northern Hemisphere starts on September 23rd, at 5:05am (EST). And, around here, that means “no-more-feeling-guilty-about-Fall-decorating-while-it’s-still-officially-summer”! So on that note, today I’m sharing my Fall mantel. It’s actually been decorated for Fall for awhile now (tisk, tisk, I know), but I held off on talking about here so as not to rain on anyone’s attachment to the final days of summer!
I love changing up my mantel decor around the seasons, and Fall is no different. This Fall decor will hang around for a month or so, at least until Canadian Thanksgiving (Oct 1oth), and then it’s time to spook my kids out with a creepy Halloween mantel.
This year, I used a lot of natural items in traditional Fall colors; including real mini-pumpkins and dry bean filler for my glass vases/urns. The cashier at the grocery store asked me what I was making with all my 10+ bags of beans, lentils and split peas. Soup? Chile? Stew? I think I totally stumped her when I said they were for decorating!
While I love the warmth of traditional Fall colors, their saturated hues can feel a bit heavy. I tried to balance this with lots of airy glass – including vases, urns, and candlesticks.
I posted awhile back about the maple seedlings you see on each end of the mantel. You can see how I made them (soooo simple!) by reading the post How to make a pretty (faux) potted maple seedling for your Fall decor which was since featured by Beth at Home Stories A to Z, as well as the CSI Project!
So how about you? Are you seasonally mantel-addicted like me, or do you keep things consistent year-round? I’d love to hear from you!
Until next time, happy Fall!
Update (Sept 27th): I shared this post at The Lettered Cottage’s Fall Mantel Party!
I loved the IDEAS and STYLE you adopted. How long Do you think the Beans, lentils and split peas can survive and don’t get spoiled ? Is there need to PRESERVE with some sort of Spray etc to Place under my DINNING table Second glass tray attached.
That’s lovely! We bought our first house over the summer, and with it came my first mantel. I’ve been staring at it trying to figure out how to decorate it since we moved in. Want to do it for me? 🙂
Jennifer Perkins says
What a clever way to use beans, love it! I’d love to feature this post on Blogher DIY. Could you email and I’ll give you the details. Your contact button up top appears to be busted 🙂
Thanks Jennifer! I just e-mailed you. 🙂 Kerri
Thank you so much for your lovely comments! I hope you’ll come by again! Kerri
The beans look wonderful! The colors are so perfect for Fall, I wish I had thought of it!:)
The ribbons swagged along it look wonderful, too.