I know we are well into fall now, and I probably should have posted this last month, but I just got around to taking pictures and thought it would still be nice to share! Fall isn't over yet, so I think it's still applicable! When I was throwing my fall mantle together, I really didn’t want to spend a lot, and wanted to make use of things that I already had as well.
Every year I make a Fall Bucket List, and I thought it would be cool to display it this year. I shared my Fall Bucket List (and a free printable) a few weeks ago on the blog, and I decided to make an easy burlap ‘frame’ to go behind the bucket list. I already had the burlap so that was no expense, and I paid around $2.50 for the print from Costco. Then I made a quick garland/banner with some left over burlap ribbon and twine (all already had on hand).
Next, I lined up some pine cones on the front of the mantle. I had these from Christmas last year, so again, no expense. Don't have pine cones on hand? Go to a local park and collect a basket of them! Just make sure you clean them first, or you will end up with bugs all over your house!
I used the same glass containers from my previous mantle to hold some festive branches. I didn't have the branches though, so I picked those up from Hobby Lobby. They were $4, but I had a 40% off coupon (you can always use the coupon on their website when you are in the store, just pull it up on your phone!) so those were only $2.40! Total score! I also used a little owl I had to brighten things up and break up all the brown on the mantle. I had this little guy from last year (and scored him on clearance at Kohls for only $2!).
On the right side of the mantle I used the same glass jar, again, and just put some other floral/branches into it. I don’t even know where these came from and have had them holed up in a closet for at least 2 years. At least I’m finally using them! Then I stacked 2 little candles on the pillar (I am still not sure about this, but it works for now), which I had purchased at the end of the season last year, for $.50 each. Also, the 2 pillars I had from last year as well, also purchased on clearance at some point from Kohls.
Bucket List/Burlap Frame: $2.50 (print only)
Fall Garland: $0 (had already)
Glass Jars: $0 (had already)
Owl: $0 (had already)
Fall braches/floral: $2.40
Pine cones: free!
Pillars: $0 (had already)
Candles: $1 for both
Have you put together your fall mantle? Will you use stuff around the house as well, or do you usually purchase new things every year?