How to Decorate a Fall Mantel in Minutes

Decorating a beautiful mantel for Fall doesn't have to be complicated! I'm sharing my easy tips with you today so you too can pull together a fall mantel in just minutes!
white and orange pumpkins
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Welcome! I'm super hyper right now! I just had Cane's for lunch and a real Dr Pepper Cream diet! I can't remember the last time I had soda, and it tasted sooooooooooooo good!! I could totally have another, but I won't! Instead, I'll try to contain my enthusiasm and type a little slower because today I'm sharing my Fall mantel with you and tips for decorating your own fall mantel in just minutes! πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜πŸ˜Š

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Okay, are you ready for my 5 mantel-in-a-minute decorating tips? Let's go.

How to decorate a Fall Mantel in minutes

Tip #1: Start with a great base

Whether your mantel is part of a fireplace or just a slab on the wall, or a faux mantel that you've created, make sure you love the base. It's the foundation piece and you won't really be happy with your mantel unless you love the foundation.

So that may mean breaking out the paintbrush and painting your brick fireplace (like I did in just a couple hours). Or adding shiplap to your mantel (similar to how we shiplapped this wall in a weekend). You've got this! You can do it! I'm not talking a full scale reno, just a little perk up! Maybe all you need to do is paint your mantel (or give it a good cleaning, LOL). 

fall fireplace and mantel

Did you see Millie the ghost dog in the picture above? She's practicing for Halloween! πŸ‘»πŸ‘€

Tip #2: Add a foundation piece

Whether it's a sign or a mirror or an old window, find a large piece that will set the stage if you will. Mount it on your mantle right in the center, or hang it like I did.

I bought this Pumpkin Patch sign this year because I thought it was so cute and will work in so many areas of my home. This year, it's the centerpiece of my fall mantel!

pumpkin patch on mantel

Tip #3: Create a little cozy

Okay, so this isn't really connected to the mantel, but I promise it will add those Fall vibes that we're working on creating here! Pull up a chair, right up to the fireplace. Add a cozy throw and a cute pillow. Step back and admire. It's looking better already, right?

cozy chair and fall decor

Tip #4: Gather your decor

My sign says 'Pumpkin Patch', so I decided to create a quick pumpkin patch on my mantel. I gathered all the small pumpkins I had, in various colors and neutrals and textures. The larger white and copper pumpkins were cheapies I bought at Walmart and just painted (they were formerly a kinda dingy  yellow). I also used my DIY drop cloth pumpkins - click here for the video tutorial, and some small velvet orange ones that were part of a stem and I just cut the pumpkins off. You can see how I painted copper pumpkins by clicking here (another quick video tutorial).


If you don't have a bunch of pumpkins, what else do you have in multiples? Maybe it's amber bottles and jars or white milk glass or candles or faux apples and pears. It could be vintage books or globes or anything you love! Don't overthink this.

Gather them up and play around with placement on your mantel (remember, odd numbers is best, so whether you add 3 or 5 to a side, odd placement will keep it looking balanced).

Tip #5: Add something wood

I have a huge crush on wood right now! It adds so much warmth and it looks great with all decorating styles! Find something wood and add it to your Fall mantel. I grabbed two chunky candle holders and a wood butter mold. It may be painted white, but it still works.

Tip: if you can't find dark candle holders, buy one like this that's 50% off and add a little dark furniture wax or stain!

Wood helps to ground the look. I don't really know how it works, I just know it does! Add something wood to either side of your mantel and you are adding instant fall warmth!

fall mantel

Step back and take a look. Make any adjustments you want and that's it! You just created a Fall mantel!

Tip: if you have a large hearth like I do, it's fun to decorate that too! Add a larger item to either side, maybe a basket with a throw to soften the look or a crock filled with fall florals.

Bonus Tip: Add texture

Fall is all about texture...dry leaves and crunchy pine cones and grasses and you get the point! Tuck in a little texture and you are done!

painted fireplace

fall leaves

pumpkin topiary

painted fireplace decorated for Fall

Wasn't that fun?

Guess what? I want to see your fall mantel! Send me a picture and maybe I'll feature your mantel on my Instagram page!

If you're looking for more Fall decor inspiration, click here to see all my past projects!

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fall mantel decor


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  1. Hi Cindy,

    Great tips snd love tge sign you used. This time of year is especially great to use and add tons of texture.


  2. I love it! I love how you incorporated the sugar mold into the design. The display is stunning!

  3. Cindy, thanks so much for sharing your mantel with me on Blogtalk 2.0. I will be sharin git tomorrow at Celebrate & Decorate.


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