Lavish Fall Decorated Mantel
I admit, I am REALLY proud of this display. Yep, I think even Martha would give me a thumbs up on this one. It seems I want to make everything lush and full and luxurious these days. Maybe since I haven’t been out and about. Perhaps things will trend back to normal and I won’t feel the need to go so “over the top”. For now, this is what I am doing, and this is what I am enjoying!
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Let me show you how I created this lavish display! 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 (and maybe a Coke Zero). Notice, I even had some black and white buffalo check ribbon, that I later decided not to use. 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.
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 three large resin pumpkins. These beauties came from Michael’s.
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.
Here is the result of adding the smallest of pumpkins to the magnolia garlands.
The pumpkins were all shades of white, cream and even a little gray.
I think I did Martha proud! I know I am so happy to be able to enjoy this gorgeous display each and every day! Will you be decorating your mantel for Fall?
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