The weather is changing and the mantel is all decorated for fall! I’m so happy to be participating in this series of Fall into Autumn posts that 5 of us will be bringing to you during the month of September. Today we’re showing you how we’ve decorated our mantels, and we hope you get plenty of ideas for your own fall decorating, too!
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I love all the seasonal changes that Mother Nature brings us. I’ve taken my cue from her as I put together my fall mantel. I’m calling it my “burnished” fall mantel because that’s the word that comes to me when I think about all the brilliant colors of fall. It is as though Mother Nature is burnishing the landscape for our enjoyment.
What exactly does the word burnish mean? It means to make lustrous or shiny especially by rubbing. Think of burnished gold. So I decided to do a little burnishing of some traditional elements of fall such as pumpkins, gourds, acorns, and seed pods to use in my mantel display.
I actually got the idea of using these colors when I saw the colors in the hydrangeas that I was drying. Much like Mother Nature’s seasonal transition, I decided to use these more muted and understated tones to ease our home into autumn.The grapevine wreath is composed of soft tones, and I added some of my plaster leaves that I made last year. The directions on how to make them are in the post How to Make Plaster Leaves. And of course, I had to add one of those inexpensive plastic gourds that I burnished!
Here’s a closer view. All of the pumpkins except for the burlap one are inexpensive, plastic pumpkins that I’ve painted or burnished.
If you’d like to see how I burnished them, click here to read my post How to Burnish Cheap Plastic Pumpkins and Gourds.
If you notice, I kept up the burlap topiary that I used in my summer oyster mantel. Plopping in a few miniature pumpkins turned it into a fall topiary. You can find directions on how to make one here: How to Make a Burlap Topiary.
The large burlap bows were used in last year’s Christmas mantel, and I added them here because I thought they went well with all the other tawny, neutral colors in this display.
You can find more Fall into Autumn Mantel displays by visiting these other fabulous blogs.