Fall Mantel 2012:: Accessory Roundup

Hope everyone had a good weekend! This past weekend it certainly felt like Fall had arrived here. The mornings were brisk and the afternoons cool, but there was lots of sunshine which was good. I was even able to venture to the pumpkin patch and pick a few pumpkins. Now that I have my pumpkins, I’m hoping to take some pictures of our front porch to show you guys soon.

If you missed it on Friday, I blogged about my first ever decorated mantel for Fall.

Fall Mantel from Megan Brooke Handmade

Today I thought I would do a breakdown of where I got everything. {I know for me I’m always curious what people bought, or what they shopped for around their house…so if this boring to you, I apologize in advance}.

Megan Brooke Handmade Fall Mantel

I tried to re-use as much stuff as I could, but since I’ve never had a mantel to decorate for Fall, I didn’t already have a ton of stuff to work with.

Here’s the breakdown::

#1., #4, & #5 all came from one of my favorite places, Home Goods.

Now, I have to stop here before I go any further and explain something. Any good DIY’er makes their own wreaths…especially for Fall. Let me say, I had every intention and every desire to make my own…however I just plum ran out of time and didn’t have the energy. I felt like I needed to take a moment to confess that I completely bought this wreath and didn’t make any part of it.

Fall Wreath: Fall Mantel from Megan Brooke Handmade

Hopefully you’ll forgive me and not give me too hard of a time. I thought it was pretty so I just went with what I found πŸ™‚

2. The spindles came from an antique store in Franklin. My intent was to use them as candlesticks. Hopefully in my next mantel decor or vignette, I can use them for that.

3. Both of the big white pumpkins are fake. I bought them at Hobby Lobby. I thought it would be good to have a few fake ones to be able to re-use in the future and save some money.

6. I bought this shutter several years ago with the intent of using it to display some of my cards from my now non-existent Etsy shop at a craft fair. That never happened so this has been hanging around just waiting to be used. I added a fresh coat of white spray paint and then dry brushed some brown paint on it to give it a bit of a distressed look.

Fall Mantel: Shutter

7. The fall burlap bunting was actually something I made for our shelves last year {I used them as a faux mantel for decorating}. Please excuse the poor photography…clearly I’ve come a long way when it comes to photography since those pictures πŸ™‚

8. In my previous apartment I had covered our outdoor patio table with some burlap fabric. Since we no longer use that furniture, I’ve had all that burlap fabric sitting in storage. So, I used some of it to fill the basket on our hearth and used some to put underneath everything on the mantel.

#9. & #11. Both the basket and the faux acorns came from JoAnn’s.

10. The vintage Coke crates came from the Nashville Flea Market several months back. I just re-purposed them and decided to use them on our hearth for now.

Besides buying stuff, I did work on a few craft projects for the mantel. One of which included the wooden initials on the mini white pumpkins.

Mini White Pumpkins with Wood Letters

There are four of us girls that live together so I decided to add each of our initials to a pumpkin. Just thought that would be a fun way to incorporate everyone.

I just bought the wooden letters at JoAnn’s and then bought some metallic craft paint and painted the front and sides.

Wood Letters and Craft Paint

I also used the same metallic paint for the pine cone garland, another craft project. We have a pine tree in our background so I just gathered up a bunch from the yard {free=awesome}. I painted some completely and then some I just painted the bottoms with some white paint.

Pinecone Garland

I didn’t really attach them to the jute string in a fancy way. You can kind of see from the picture below, but I just strung the string through the back of the pinecones.

Pinecone Garland

I didn’t really have a specific vision for how I wanted the mantel to look. I just bought things and used things I had and just played around with things until I got it like I wanted.

Luckily I didn’t have to buy a ton of stuff and was able to re-use a lot.

Fall Mantel from Megan Brooke Handmade


If you have a mantel, do you re-use a lot of your decor every year? Just curious how often you switch up the theme and look.

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