Decorating,  Halloween,  Holidays

Workin’ With What Ya Got- Fall Mantel 2011

I would like to mention that today would have been my Grandma’s 107th birthday.
She passed away four years ago, right before my daughter Ella (and her namesake) was born.
I miss her so much every day and I think about her all the time.

Happy Birthday, Gramma, we miss you so much. 

So it’s that time again…

Cooler weather… games……..leaves falling……….trick or treating……step notices home from school.

I am always excited to decorate for fall for some reason.

Maybe because it is the appetizer to decorating for Christmas and for those who love to decorate their homes, this is like our tax season.

Or our March Madness.

Or our spring break in Cabo.

Maybe nothing like that but when I saw that there will be a link party for all things Fall-ish and Mantel- like.

I think I may have squealed.

And here is the kicker: I didn’t spend more than five dollars on my mantel this year.

So that required another little squeal as well.


The candlesticks were a Salvation Army find last year for under a dollar.
The pumpkins I have had forever (literal translation- over 10 years) and the fall leaves I have had for even longer.


I got the black raven at Dollar Tree last year for one dollar psst- they still have them this year too. The candlestick again from the thrift store last year, the mason jars I have had for years lying around and the pumpkins I got years ago.


There are the glass Dollar Tree holders that I showed you how to make here.


I am trying to think of a name for this kind of style…
fall roadside stand?
old farmhouse mantel?
flea market fall finds?


What do you think?


I found these cutouts at Dollar Tree earlier this month:
So I added these to the mantel-scape and here you have it:


 A fall mantel on the cheap!
I love looking at blogs for inspiration and I hope that I can help you to create something fun yet inexpensive too!
Happy Fall!

I love to write about my family, John Hughes, tacos and Bruce Hornsby. Not necessarily in that order.


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