Today marks the first day of a Fall Idea Tour. Thirty-two bloggers will be sharing our mantels, tablescapes, wreaths, and crafts over the next four days. I am contributing my fall mantel, which I am calling my Hydrangea Harvest mantel because I am super creative like that. Be sure to check out the other fall ideas linked down at the end of the post too.
I spent exactly zero dollars on my Fall mantel this year. My parents have large limelight hydrangea bushes that produce tons of blooms each year. After visiting one day, I asked permission to clip some for our mantel. I filled a bin with hydrangea clippings, and their bushes were still full of blooms even after I was done. I pulled out a variety of mason jars and vases and added a small bit of water to each of them. I arranged the flowers on the mantel, and as the water evaporates, the flowers will dry just as they are. I preserved some of our own hydrangeas this way, and they still look beautiful a year later.
The hydrangeas frame my fall themed chalkboard art. I spent an hour one afternoon creating this plaid sign with colored chalk and a yard stick. I erased a section in the middle of the plaid and added the word “harvest.” Harvest is one of those words that looks so pretty written in cursive. All the right curves and balance.
Since I am doing very little Fall decorating indoors this year, I just pulled three ceramic pumpkins out of storage and placed them strategically in the display. I may swap these out for the real thing later in the season.
I like being able to mix my vintage blue Ball jars in with newer regular and heritage jars. The greens and blues work very well in our living room.
This is the first time I have used so many natural elements in a mantel set-up. I will be on the lookout for other pretty, and FREE, elements I can use when styling other mantels down the line.
In the interest of authenticity, I’m including this pulled back shot of our fireplace. You can see why I am doing so little decorating right now. We are STILL living with subfloors and piles of installation supplies downstairs. It doesn’t really make sense to decorate too much when we will have to move it all back out when we can finally get our floors installed. The fun of home improvement, right?
Be sure to visit all the stops on this four day Fall Idea Tour! Today’s posts all feature Fall mantels, Tuesday will focus on tablescapes, Wednesday is all wreaths, and Thursday will bring thrifty Autumn crafts.