Tuesday, September 25, 2012

My Fall Mantel: Pumpkin Edition

Mr. Mechanic and I have a cat named Pumpkin so it’s safe to say that we enjoy all things fall. 

She’s gray not orange and her name was first a term of endearment when we decided to rename her after her adoption. She started out life as ‘Peppy’ but is definitely a Pumpkin.

I’m telling you this because Pumpkin was my inspiration for this year’s fall mantel.

I brought my tub of fall decorations upstairs, took out a frame wrapped in butcher paper and walked away for a minute. When I came back upstairs she was sitting right on top of it!

As I unpacked my decor, a pumpkin patch started to grow!

Pumpkin Patch WM

Since it’s Thanksgiving in two weeks, I decorate for fall first and then add touches of Halloween later.

I was already working on a fall sign, so I decided to run with the pumpkin theme this year.

Here it is!

Fall 2012 Mantel - 1


Fall 2012 Mantel - Full Length 1

From Left to Right:


Fall 2012 Mantel  - Vignette Vertical


Fall 2012 Mantel Vignette Chopped


Fall 2012 Mantel - Left Side Pumpkins 1


Fall 2012 Mantel - Pumpkin Sign 1


I used my Silhouette to create a stencil for my own sign after seeing this T.J. Maxx inspiration on the blog A Bowl Full of Lemons.


Fall 2012 Mantel - Pumpkin Sign 2


Fall 2012 Mantel - Right Side Pumpkins


Fall 2012 Mantel  - Burlap Banner


Fall 2012 Mantel - Floor Level


I even made a cameo appearance in my attempt to get a photo that was front and center. Peekaboo!


Fall Mantel Photo Bomb Arrow

This mantel is a great mix of old, new and a handful of D.I.Y. projects. Just the way I like it!

The two small bottles were cottage finds (the little one is actually an old Buckley’s bottle) and the tall bottle came from Goodwill last year. The braided jute ring is a 50 cent napkin ring from Michaels that I thought looked rustic.

My frame (which Pumpkin was sitting on) is a plastic Dollarama frame that I painted and glazed last fall to bring out the corner details. It is sitting on a book, also from Dollarama, which I wrapped with Kraft paper to cover the title. The edges of the pages have a fantastic texture to them!

The printable was created by Kristin at Simply Klassic Home. You can download your own copy of this beauty here.

The glass acorn was a clearance Michaels find last year in the Thanksgiving decor.  Are you noticing a pattern here?

All of the pumpkins and the sprig of bittersweet (thanks, Bronwyn!) are from Dollarama, Walmart or Michaels. I painted some of them and left others their original colour.  The little orange and yellow pumpkin on the right definitely needs to be a different colour. Any suggestions?

I made the burlap fall banner last year after seeing them everywhere. Super easy. Just burlap, acrylic paint, letter stencils (pre-Silhouette!) and twine.

My owls are from HomeSense (big: 2011, little: 2012) and the metal basket was my only splurge (HomeSense again) because I knew it would be a great way to display my birch logs. I scooped a big branch from my neighbours’ yard before the wood chipper got to it when the hydro company did their line maintenance last winter. Remember my poor tree?

The pumpkin on top is a faux pumpkin from Michaels that I spray painted Heirloom White.

Finally, the white lantern on the floor was a summer 2011 purchase from HomeSense. I filled the base with strips of burlap, pinecones and mini pumpkins to give it a less summery look.

(In case you’re wondering, that arrowhead plant in the pot lives on the mantel year-round because of how much it hangs so I just work around it. We re-potted it this summer and it loves its new digs!)

Fall 2012 Mantel - Full Length 1


Thank you so much for checking out my mantel!

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P.S. Want to know a ridiculously easy way to hang a banner? Check out my trick here!
P.P.S. Did you see my fall planter? The mums and asters are really starting to fill out now!

fall mantel party centsational girl

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  1. Your fall mantel looks wonderful Claire and I love the pumpkin sign! You did a great job on it! I can't believe the frame is from the dollar store and is PLASTIC! I was drawn to it right away. I love how you gave it a distressed look and it truly doesn't appear to be plastic. Another job well done!

  2. Hey! We have matching owls!! Gotta love Homesense! We should meet for a good shop together- maybe during Christmas decor season!
    I like the sprigs of bittersweet peeking out from under the other items. They add a touch of whimsy to the mantel. You should sell your signs - they are so wonderfully perfect in a vintagey kind of way!

  3. Looks beautiful Claire! I think I need you to come over to my house next year because I just can't seem to pull it off the way you do! It looks so perfect on your mantel (I don't have a fireplace so maybe that's why I can never make seasonal decor work in my house?).

  4. Looks great! I used a lot of pumpkins this year too.
    Come visit!


  5. Your mantel looks great Claire!! Love that printable you have framed in the corner & your bunting!! Very pretty!

  6. Love your pumpkin sign! LOVE! Your mercury owls looks so cute in those little nooks in your fireplace. I've been wanting to whip up a fall banner, this is giving me total inspiration! :)

  7. Your pumpkin patch is fantastic, and I adore that you have a cat named Pumpkin. (It's my cat Lancelot's nickname, though he's pure white - I guess he's a Lumina pumpkin. ;) I love your mix of old and new, here. Beautiful!

    Stopping by from Centsational Girl's mantel party! :)

  8. I love how simple and pretty your mantel is! And your cat!! Pumpkin looks exactly like our kitty...I did a double take when I saw that first picture! Too cute!
    Have a great week!

  9. What a beautiful mantle! The banner is super cute! Life to the full, Melissa

  10. Love it! Looks like we do have the same taste in pumpkins after all! Now you have me wanting to add a few oranges ones into the mix with my white ones too...


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