Gather leaves, branches, grapevines, acorns, and more from the yard to create some beautiful rustic fall mantel decor. Using natural elements that you forage from your property is a great way to add a little beauty to your home and costs you nothing. Add in some other pieces from around the house and you have a fully decorated fall mantel in no time.
Today I'm joining a great group of bloggers sharing all kinds of wonderful fall ideas! A big thanks to Angie at Postcards From the Ridge for putting this tour together!
Make sure you check out all the fun fall inspiration at the bottom of the page!
For my part, I'm sharing my fall mantel decorating ideas again this year. Last year, my fall mantel was full of color. This year there is some color but it's much more muted. And, I'm bringing back the use of foraged materials from the backyard for an easy and natural fall look.
Rustic Fall Mantel Ideas
For the focal point, I was inspired by my friend Jennifer's spring wreath using branches and vines. For my nature window, I used twine to lash the branches together and then added some grapevines, leaves, and foxtail grass. I especially love the look of the green acorns from one of the many oaks in our yard.
Using Natural Elements from Your Yard
Speaking of oaks, I may have mentioned that we have many, many oak trees that border the back of our property. They can be a real nuisance since the leaves are pretty tough and don't break down for a long time.
Recently I found several bunches of oak leaves in the garden and on the grass from a windy day. Interestingly, they were already starting to turn brown and I thought their color was pretty so why not use them in some fall decor.
So I used them as a bouquet in these dollar store vases. I knew I would need some light on the mantel as this brick and the room is a little dark. The vases were clear glass, but I spray painted them with chalk paint to look like ceramic.
DIY Twine Pumpkin Garland
I also hung a twine pumpkin garland on the front of the mantel. This fun DIY project is an easy one and I think the texture of the twine fits in so well with the rustic nature of this fall mantel.
Here's the tutorial for the pumpkin garland with a little video and details on how to make the garland with different colored twine.
A couple of faux pumpkins, a pair of black lanterns and a few pine cones complete the look.
Don't forget to check below for tons of fall inspiration. We have more mantels, porches, tablescapes, tiered tray decor, and a few great DIY/Craft ideas.
It's a Fall Inspiration Extravanganza.
I for one am so ready for fall. Check back for more fun crafts and fall home decor ideas over the coming weeks.
Patti, Thanks so much for sharing with me at Blogtalk 2.0. I will be sharing this at Celebrate & Decorate tomorrow.
Patti, I absolutely love your fall mantel. All of the natural elements look right at home with your gorgeous fireplace. It's always a pleasure hopping with you! 🙂
Thanks Michelle. It was a great way to kick off the season.
The rusticate garland pumpkins is so cute. We still have only green around here even in the corn fields! bushelandapickle.co,
Can't wait for all the fall color Linda. It will be here soon!
Redhead Can Decorate
Your mantel looks great, Patti!! I need some pumpkin garland for mine!! Pinning!!
Thanks, it's a sweet little addition and so easy to make.
Laurie @ Vinyet Etc
I love your natural and rustic mantel, so very fall! I'm looking forward to seeing how you made that sweet pumpkin garland!
I just love what you did on your mantel! The sticks tied together, the pumpkin garland, the leaves - everything is so pretty and perfect for fall!
Thanks Suzy! It's so fun to decorate for fall after a long hot summer.
I love how you styled your mantel for fall with rustic touches. The window that you made for the mantel centerpiece is so unique and pretty. I also love that you used branches from your yard. Looking forward to seeing how you made that cute pumpkin garland!
Thanks Paula. It's been so great to get outside and start decorating for fall.
This is gorgeous! It's amazing what beauty surrounds us when fall arrives. Love the idea of bringing it inside.
Thanks Susan. Nature is so beautiful to me. I'm always looking for ways to create with it.
Patti I'm so inspired by your DIY branch window... so clever! And I love how you incorporated so many natural elements into your Fall mantel!
Thanks Cindy. I love the idea of using an old window on this long mantel as a focal piece. My only regret is that my brick is so dark. One of these days I'm going to paint it.
Your mantel is just gorgeous and I'm in love with that pumpkin garland. So creative!
Thanks Marty. This year was especially fun to create at home.
Vicki and Jenn 2 Bees in a Pod
Patti - your fall mantel is beautiful! The foraged, natural elements are so pretty! Your twine pumpkin garland is just precious. So happy to hop with you!
Vicki and Jenn ~ 2 Bees in a Pod
Thanks Vicki and Jenn. It's always a pleasure to hop with you two.
Your rustic fall mantel is so pretty, Patti! And looking forward to seeing the tutorial for the faux twine pumpkin garland! Pinned!
Thanks Julie. We spend all our time in that room so it's always a top priority when it comes to decorating.
So pretty & perfectly rustic! Love that twine pumpkin garland!
Thanks Maryann. I do love creating a fall garland and it was so fun seeing what everyone shared. Lots of inspiration out there today.
Patti, I adore your rustic and foraged mantel display. We have some oaks in our yard but they don't have the pretty, large leaves like yours. And that was a great idea to spray that clear vase from the dollar store with chalk paint! I have never tried the spray chalk paint but after seeing how your vase turned out, I must try it!
Thanks Jane. The chalk paint works great. I'm sure you have several glass jars/vases that you could use it on.
I love the way you used natural elements to decorate your mantel. Those oak leaves are prefection! Can't wait to see the twine pumpkin tutorial!
Thanks Leen. I'm hoping we'll have more fall leaf color soon.
What great ideas - so pretty and budget friendly, too! I love your darling pumpkin garland!
Thanks Rita! It's been fun to see what everyone is doing this year.
Patti I absolutely love the garland! It's so pretty and I can't wait to see the tutorial on Wednesday. My favorite thing to do is use nature in decorating and you nailed it with this mantel. Its stunning!
Thanks Wendy. Nature does all the heavy lifting, right?
I love your natural decor on your mantel! We have lots of trees in our yard, but sadly don't have any oaks. The little pumpkin garland is adorable too!
Thanks Angie. Not having oaks can be a good thing but I guess you work with what you have, right?
I just love your blog and following you on Instagram! Your creativity blows my mind. Your rustic mantel ideas are amazing. The branch frame absolutely has my heart. It's just the icing on the cake, Patti.
Thank you for inspiring me.
Meegan, you are always so sweet and complimentary. Thank you for your kind words.
Patti this is so cute and the natural is perfect.
Love those yarn pumpkins and looking forward to that tutorial because a garland might be perfect for my fall decorating since space is not what it use to be. I'm almost finished with my galley kitchen with just the back splash left to install and a new window treatment. Have fall on the brain so your timing was perfect this morning. Hugs, Carole
Thanks Carole. The twine pumpkins are really easy and I'm sure you have tons of it lying around from your garden. Looking forward to seeing what you've done to the kitchen. Have a great week friend.
I love that little pumpkin garland and the colors too. We have oak trees and our squirrels have been cracking open the acorns and leaving me nothing but tops. Our oaks are the last thing to change color and drop their leaves, and that usually happens right after I'm done cleaning up the yard of the maple leaves. I gather maple leaves, but I don't think I've ever used the oak ones, and in your vase they look wonderful, I'll have to try that.
Thanks Bliss. The maples are so much more vibrant in fall. However, we've had a bad year and our color doesn't turn up until mid-October so these dried out oaks did the trick.
Calypso in the Country
Patti, your rustic fall mantel is beautiful! I love the colors and your styling - especially that adorable pumpkin garland! Great hopping with you!
Thanks Shelley. I'm really enjoying going through the group to see everyone's great ideas. What a way to start the week!
Michelle | Thistle Key Lane
Patti your mantel has all the right fall feels for me with all the neutral colors. I love bring in vines, twigs and leaves to display. Your pumpkin garland is just darling. I'll be checking by for the tutorial!
Thanks Michelle. I love this time of year when I get to start decorating for the cooler weather. The pumpkins are super easy but added a nice pop of color to the mantel.