Fall Mantel & Easy Fall Decorating Ideas

easy fall decorating ideas

This year I mixed naturals with hardware store metals from True Value.  IT. was. so. fun.  And took hardly any time.

easy fall decorating ideas

I bought some thin strips of metal (click to see what the display looks like at True Value) and cut out triangles with regular kitchen shears. Then I hot glued them to some twine for a metallic pennant/banner/bunting thing.  Just be careful and wear gloves because the edges can be sharp. I didn’t wear gloves and I got one little cut.  You won’t cut off your arm or anything but I wouldn’t let my kids do this part.

easy fall decorating ideas

 

easy fall decorating ideas

I even added some light pull chain stuff in brass and silver for fun. You can buy it by the foot at True Value, just like buying ribbon only heavier.

easy fall decorating ideas

I have a nail on each end of my mantel and in the center. They’ve been there for years so I can hang stuff. This time I slipped a brass hex nut over the chain just for looks.

Ever want to hang something by a ribbon or jute twine but wanted to hide the ugly nail head?  Just stick the nail in the wall and hand the item and then cover the nail with an end hex bolt thing from the plumbing section (all plumbers just rolled their eyes at me).  You can hot glue it or angle the nail and it should stay just fine without hot glue.  You’ll feel a little awkward when you are standing in the plumbing section for 15 minutes looking for the prettiest bolts but at least the employees were kind and didn’t laugh at me for comparing bolt colors.

easy fall decorating ideas

easy fall decorating ideas

I also found these…things in the plumbing hardware isle.  I thought they’d be perfect held up with an upholstery tack with a photo on them.

fall decor ideas

They are copper pipe hooks and there were four or five of them in a bag.

easy fall decorating ideas

Hmm, why did I hang that little frame on the left so low? It looks so small and lonely.  Oh well, it’s easy to move.  Actually, I think they’d look better in a group of three all hung together–cameras are such a great design tool!

Special thanks to True Value for the challenge to DIY something from their store.  The point I like to make with posts like these isn’t “hey you should copy me and make a mantel just like mine”–you can, but that’s not the point. Maybe you hate what I made, that’s fine.  The point is, inspiration and materials are EVERYWHERE.  In your garage, at the thrift store, in your kid’s room, and yes, even at the hardware store in unexpected isles.

Look at things with fresh eyes, not seeing what they were meant to be, but what they can become.

True Value wants to motivate you to DIY something for your home, maybe with those fresh eyes and go get you started, they are giving away a $100 gift card. Don’t have a True Value near you?  No problem, they have a huge website that you can order from.

I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

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Winner announced Wednesday.

Have you created a  fall mantel?  Don’t forget to link up with Centsational Girl next Tuesday, September 25 for her fall mantel party.

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Comments

  1. I want to go to True Value to see what I can find for my scrapbooking! And great idea to “hunt” through my house for decorating items, I haven’t yet decorated for fall and now I am inspired.

  2. what fun ideas! my mantel could use a little spicing up too!

  3. Too cute!! Would love to win and work on my decorating!! Thanks for the chance :)

  4. Great post! True Value rocks!

  5. I love your fall mantle!

  6. Your fall mantle is beautiful. So glad to see fall ideas that are not orange and brown.

  7. I do love to wander around our local True Value!

  8. Oooh would love to win!
    :)

  9. Love it! But what about the pumpkins? How did you make them so fancy? Are they all real?

  10. I need a hardware store giftcard!

  11. Pretty!

  12. We are there a lot so a gift card would be most welcome!

  13. When we walk through a HW store and I say, “Oh, this would make a nice…” my husband just shakes his head. LOL

  14. You have inspired me to start on my own mantel. Love yours! Hope I win!

    http://restorationredoux.blogspot.com

  15. Cool! We even have a True Value in our bitty-town! :D

  16. Fooey on the metal stuff. I want one of those twisty blue pumpkin/gourd thingies. That’s awesome! Really, I do love what you’ve done on the matel. Knowing there is metal that cuts with regular scissors opens up a whole new wold for me. Woooo Hoooo Don’t you just love hardware stores. On my Love It list they came right behind fabric stores and that really says something. Great post. Thanks

  17. Bonnie Ramsey says:

    This is so lovely! I really appreciate the creativity that you used to make a turquoise and neutral room Fall friendly AND pop with unexpected finishes. I’m very likely to use this as a spring board – now about that gift card… ;oD

  18. What a beautiful mantlescape! I absolutely love all of your ideas and can’t wait to hit up my hardware store. Exactly the colors/ideas I was looking for:)

  19. Just gourd-ous! ♥

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