How to create a fall mantle on a budget


I came across this beautiful mantle on Pinterest and knew this is what I wanted my new mantle to resemble for this fall season. It worked for October and November and I already had some of the items on-hand, so I set out to recreate something similar, but on a budget.

Below are the items and descriptions for where I found these items.


I spent less than $100 on this mantle and I LOVE it. It is currently my favorite part of the house.

a. Concrete apple- small town gift shop- $8

b. Candle holder- Salvation Army- $.99

c. Faux pumpkin- Michaels for 50% off. $4.99

d. Vintage kitchen scale- Ebay- $30

e. Vintage books- Used book store (previously in Cal’s room)

f. Frames (2)- Hobby Lobby for 50% off- $29

g. Burlap bunting- Made myself

h. Faux pumpkins- Ross and decorated myself (see below.)- $4.99

i. Old wooden window- antique store (previously in Cal’s room)

j. Topiary- Made myself (Tutorial here)

k. Faux wheat- Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon- $2.50

l. Pitcher- Marshals- $7.99

m. Clock- Ross (but seen often at Joss & Main)- $6.99


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Pumpkin Tutorial:

Little white pumpkins are expensive! At Michael’s the little suckers are running around $4 EACH. So, I went on a hunt to make them cheaper. I found a bag of six pumpkins at Ross for $4.99. I used rustoleum spray paint and sprayed away. It took about four coats to cover all the shine.


I then simply painted the stems with leftover brown paint I had.

For the letters, I used stencils previously purchased from Walmart and first lightly outlined the letters in pencil. I then used a Sharpie to fill them in. Simple as that! And I love how they turned out.

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