I have two shelves that I picked up from Home Depot® for a reasonable price, and, until I find an entertainment center I like, they act as a make shift "mantel" above my TV. Throughout the past year, I have constantly used them to display fun decor for each holiday and season. This fall, I wanted to create something that was simple and inexpensive, but still festive. In this post, I will explain how I created this display and what products I used.
Here is the list of products:
- A couple handfuls of candles that vary in height
- Tea stained leaves from Safeway ($2..99/bunch)
- A couple miniature pumpkins (You could use colorful gourds, ears of corn, or clusters of pinecones)
- Vintage inspired "Apple Cider" jug (I got this at Marshalls® a couple summers ago- but you could use any type of rustic/fall inspired decor)
- Two old barn windows (You can sub with larger picture frames, or even just large, empty frames with their glass and backing removed)
- "Give Thanks" banner or any festive banner
Creating the Banner:
I am not a crafty person at all, but I am creative, and I feel there is definitely a difference between the two. During the rare times I actually do sit down and start a craft project, they need to be simple and somewhat quick.
I grabbed some off-white card stock and cut out triangles for the flags. I looked online for example fonts and mimicked their style. (There are many free templates online that you can print out if you don't have a steady hand to create the letters) I used a straight edge to make sure I had clean lines and edges.
I pulled this twine out of my ribbon tub and thought the coral would be a nice pop of color. You could also use natural twine, white twine or even thin ribbon. I purchased this twine at Marshalls®.
After my individual flags were finished, I took out my trusty hot glue gun and attached my twine to the flags, making sure I left plenty of room on the ends to hang.
Lastly, I pinned the banner onto the back of the windows and Ta-Da, instant banner!
Don't get me wrong, there are a lot of cute banners out there, some made of burlap, lace, or cloth with fancy do-das on them, but for this project I wanted something quick and easy.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to create a quick & easy Fall mantel display! What do YOU guys like displaying on your mantels?
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