As you can imagine, as a home decor blogger I have completed many different fall projects in the last couple of years. Right now I probably have at least 5 fall themed wreaths hanging outside and in the house, and that is just what I have kept and not given or donated away! This year I am going to be busy all of the month of October with the next round of the One Room Challenge ® so I have been a little side tracked with getting my mantel decorated for the fall season. Instead, I have decided to pull it together with projects and items I have already completed either this year or previous years. I guess you can call this year my recycled fall mantel decor.
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My fireplace is this massage 8 foot stone fireplace original to the house from 1979. The mantel is a large chunk of wood salvaged from a barn built in 1860 from the original owner’s family farm.
As you can guess, it is not always easy to decorate such a large, and dark, fireplace.
Don’t always try to overthink decorating, just use what you have.
This year I started by taking down the three old salvaged window frames above the mantel that are from our rental house, the Bradford Street House, and just used one for the display. Honestly, I need it more to have something to secure the wreath to than anything else since I don’t have any nails in the stone fireplace or mortar.
I had just completed this DIY Wood Slice Fall Wreath so it was my first choice of wreaths to use for the display. But any of the many fall wreaths I have could have worked just as well.
Next, I added in the Painted Harvest Basket I just completed this year, and the “hello Fall” sign I painted several years ago and used on an frugal outdoor fall display. The basket includes simple fall floral stems and white pumpkins I purchased this year from The Dollar Tree.
Even though my large stone fireplace is a challenge to decorate, I just love to change it out during the holidays.
To continue with my fall mantel decor, I added in the larger pumpkins that I purchased on clearance at the end of the season last year at Walmart. Combined with the rustic Easy Fabric Pumpkins I made a few years ago and the mantel display is complete.
For the hearth, I pulled a basket from the master bathroom, filled it with small logs instead of towels, added a fall ribbon and a floral stem of sunflowers just to brighten up the area below the large mantel.
And that is when I called it done! It is simple, all reusable items and recycled projects from the blog, and so pretty just the way it is.
Sometimes you don’t have to overthink it and just decorate with what you have.
2 Thessalonians 3:5 “And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.”
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