Decorating a Fall Mantel

Fall mantel with eucalyptus, and white and jade pumpkins

This week, for the first time ever, I decorated a fall mantel. It was fun and easy, and I recommend giving it a try even if you’ve never done it before! Here’s my step-by-step guide on how to replicate this look, plus how to make cheap plastic fake pumpkins look a lot classier.

Fall mantel with eucalyptus, and white and jade pumpkins

Get the tutorial for that hand lamp sconce here, and the half-and-half round zipper pillow here.

Fall mantel with eucalyptus, and white and jade pumpkins

The reason this was my first time styling up a fall mantel is that we didn’t even have a mantel until I built this fake fireplace last year. A few weeks ago I was writing a piece for Curbly about fall decor, and my fall mantel research inspired me so much that I decided to give it a try. I wanted to go for a non-standard fall color palette, with sort of a Scandinavian look. 

Fall mantel with eucalyptus, and white and jade pumpkins

So I bought two $3 bunches of eucalyptus the next time I was at Trader Joe’s, and  got to stylin’.

Fall mantel with eucalyptus

One bunch was seeded eucalyptus, and the other was non-seeded. I started with the seeded kind as a base.

Fall mantel with eucalyptus, and white pumpkins

Next I added some white fake pumpkins, and some antlers and feathers. If you need vintage antlers, my friend Eve gave me some of these, and sells them in her Etsy shop.

Fall mantel with eucalyptus, and white and jade pumpkins

I could have called it done after I added the candelabra and geometric himmeli pyramid, but I wasn’t quite satisfied. 

Fall mantel with eucalyptus, and white and jade pumpkins

I needed more pumpkins, though, and I didn’t have enough white ones. But I did have lots of orange fake pumpkins (these) and mini gourds that I had bought for a freelance project last April.

Fake plastic orange pumpkins

So I yanked out the stems, and stuck them on skewers to give me a way to hold them.

Skewered fake pumpkins for painting

And then I gave them a coat of primer, followed by a coat or two of paint. I used a mix of acrylic paint and wall paint samples I had sitting around, and mixed colors until I got ones I was happy with.

Painting fake pumpkins

There were some gourds that didn’t have removable stems, so I balanced those on some painter’s pyramids. The skewered ones were much easier to deal with, though.

Painting fake pumpkins

Once the paint had all dried, I piled ’em up on the mantel. 

Fall mantel with eucalyptus, and white and jade pumpkins
Fall mantel with eucalyptus, and white and jade pumpkins

I tucked the non-seeded eucalyptus around the other elements, and switched out the himmeli pyramid for a vase with more eucalyptus and some dried money plant stalks from my yard. There are a few lamb’s ear leaves, too, also foraged from my yard. Not sure how those will dry, though.

And that’s how I decorated my mantel for fall! Have you decorated yours yet? Will you give it a go? 

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