I admit, I am REALLY proud of this fireplace mantel display. Decorating the mantel in my family room is a great way to add fall decor to my home. This was no simple fall mantel decor! I went all out on this one creating a luxurious look with a white theme. I like to mix it up with a fresh look each holiday season and I had never done fall mantel decorations with magnolia leaves and white pumpkins. In the past I had always decorated with colorful fall leaves.
I would love to say I have been inspired by a crisp fall evening, but that is’t going to happen here in central Florida. Decorating for the new season is an easy way to at least pretend the seasonal weather has arrived!
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Let me show you how I created this beautiful fall mantel decor! Years ago I had a chance to buy these beautiful 6′ magnolia garlands for $9.95 each. I bought ten of them, knowing that I would use them time and time again. As you can see, they had seen better days. You can see (despite my mediocre photography) them in better condition when used in my Coastal Christmas Mantel.
Although I would use some of the garlands in whole, I also cut some of them apart. I used floral wire and floral tape to put longer stems on the leaves and gathered some of them into ‘bouquets’ of magnolia leaves.
Some of the taped leaves got longer stems on them and little loops. I will show you what I did with those!
Use Command hooks as shown to hold garlands on the mantel, or to hold pieces you want trailing over the edge of your mantel.
In addition to the garlands, gather all of the items you are planning on using on your mantel. Notice, I even had some black and white buffalo check ribbon, that I later decided not to use. I love to use the real thing, but since I want to put up my fall decor early and enjoy it through late fall, I have to use faux pumpkins.
I selected this sign for the center of my display, but wanted it to sit a little higher than right down on the mantel. A pair of styrofoam blocks did the trick. Use styrofoam, wood cubes or overturned cups or bowls to raise items to the level you would like for your display.
The picture in the middle and the pair of lanterns on either side of the fireplace give a balanced look to my design.
After placing my sign, I began adding garlands, the first ones hanging over the ends of my mantel.
The next step was to place my candle holders. Some of my candle holders came from a local closing Old Time Pottery. Others were painted gold, so I painted them. Nestle the candles among the garlands, making sure they sit level.
After all of the magnolia garlands were added it was time to add my collection of three large resin pumpkins.
Even though I did not use autumn leaves, I think my collection of pumpkins gives my autumn mantel a fall feel.
The majority of the pumpkins were these medium size. These are a variety of real pumpkins, fabric pumpkins and a few artificial pumpkins. I simply began filling in the space between the three large pumpkins to get the full and lush look I wanted.
Last, but certainly not least was a bunch of small pumpkins to finish off and fill in. Some of these (again, from Michael’s) were of natural materials and already on sticks. I cut those sticks down a little but left them.
Some of the artificial dollar store pumpkins got skewers added to them as seen above.
Having a skewer on the small pumpkins made it easy to tuck them into the magnolia garlands and around the larger pumpkins. If I had just tucked them up there, they were likely to just fall down on the hearth.
I had so much fun creating this autumn decor! This was the first chance I had to decorate my fall mantel since our home improvement project after the fireplace saga you can read about here.
Here is the result of adding the smallest of pumpkins to the magnolia garlands. The faux leaves from my magnolia garlands
The pumpkins were all shades of white, cream and even a little gray.
I know I am so happy to be able to enjoy this gorgeous display with all of the white elements. Will you be decorating your mantel for the new season?
When we turn down the lights and light the candles, the romantic lighting gives a warm look to the surrounding area. I enjoy to decorating with a spooky look with halloween decor, but this autumn season is all about the fall spirit and the elements of the season. If you would like more fall mantel decor ideas, check out these twenty three mantels from a collection of talented bloggers!