Fall Mantle & Printable

The fall mantle is done-zo! I think. I have been known to fiddle, create and tweak, but for now I am calling it DONE :).

If you have been following along you know all about how I created that burlap and fabric flower fall wreath,  the rope vase and the tractor and hay photography. Remember I ordered the wrong size prints? So they get cut off a bit. Really wishing you could see the headlights on the tractor. (shakes fist). You might remember that gorgeous wooden bowl from my World Market post.

And because I love you folks so much I’m throwing in this feast printable in a nice worn orange. Mine is in a frame with an 8×10 opening. Scroll to the bottom of this post to download this printable.

Excuse the million pictures. I love when bloggers post lots of pics with lots of views. I already broke down the wreath, photography, vase and printable. Now that you know where to find those, I thought I would spill on the rest of the “accessories”. For starters, I bought like 5 of those white frames. I was at Micheal’s and they were $9.99. A huge steal! Without their mats they are 18×24, which is one of the sizes of prints we make for out Etsy shop so I just knew they would come in handy. So far so good. We built the shelf for our dining room wall. I was sick of being left out of “mantle” decorating parties, so I made myself a mantle. The giant candles are battery operated finds from T.J. Maxx and so are the three little vases. The candle stands were a Kohl’s find. They were on clearance and I had a 30% off, because that is how I roll.

And yes, those are new curtains you see in the mirror. Another World Market find.

So there you have it friends. A fall mantle. I will have to birthday-ify it for Quinn’s 4th birthday in October and then turn around and Halloween-ify it, only to turn around and Thanksgiving-ify it. I’m thinking this will work for Thanksgiving too. Might throw in some gourds and pumpkins from the pumpkin farm. Not sure what my Halloween plans are yet. I am not much of a planner. I am more of a dig around and piece it together kind of girl. How about you? When you work on a project do you plan the whole thing out or do you kind of create as you go?

Have you fallified yet? By the way, I don’t go crazy changing all of my decor. I mostly pick one or two places and decorate there. Aside from the mantle, I was hoping to create some sort of centerpiece for the table. Come the start of November I will have to set up our Giving Thanks Station, which lives on the peninsula. I try to make that a bit festive.


I’m sharing this project at: The DIY Showoff DIY Fall Festival Linky Party, TT&J Weekend Wrap-Up Party, Thirty Handmade Days Linky Party, Pity Party, WhipperBerry Friday Flair Link Party, Sand & Sisal Countdown To Fall, Centsational Girl Fall Mantle Link Party, Thrifty Decor Chick: October Before & After Party, The Inspired Room: Fall Nesting: Porches & Mantles




  • Connie S.

    I love the printable! My sophomore in college moved to an apartment this year (instead of a dorm) and her kitchen rug is green, teal, hot pink, orange, & red, with big silverware on it. They have next to nothing on the walls so far. She will LOVE this–orange is her new favorite color! Thanks so much for sharing :)

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      I feel like that was me just yesterday! My room was black & white with pink accents. Sounds like a gorgeous kitchen rug. You are very welcome :).

      • Connie S.

        That’s what her colors were last year (black, white & pink)! The rug is a fun rug I originally saw at Lowe’s but then it showed up at a store called Big Lots for $8! (Don’t know if you have Big Lots where you are–we’re in the KS City area).

        • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

          We use to have a big lots right here in town. That is where I got my dorm rug my freshman year. I know we have Big Lots in Wisconsin, but I don’t know where the closest one is. Cannot beat $8!

          • Katie

            There is a Big Lots on 27th Street in Milwaukee, one in Kenosha and another in West Allis on HWY 100 and Oklahoma. Thought I’d pass that onto you :o)

          • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray


  • JaneEllen

    I haven’t gone to the printable yet but love how it looks on your mantle. We don’t have a mantle, just a half wall between kitchen/l/r. What can I say, we live in a 15 yr. old single wide mobile. Not my first choice but it’s what we could afford. We have 1/2 acre out in country.Love that part mostly.
    Your mantle is awesome, love all your goodies on it. Sounds like you’ll be very busy “ify’ing”tings. lol.
    When I create I’m really pretty much spontaneous of the moment. If I plan, nothing seems to work out. If I just go for it, much better luck. Not much of a planner and I hate it when people try to pin me down to their plans. TUFF.

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      A girl after my own heart. I agree, creating as you go is the way to do it. Jealous of all your land! If I ever have money (ha, ha) I want a house with some land.

  • http://profiles.google.com/heidi.m.milton Heidi Milton

    Wow! You’re on the ball, Megan! Love all the textures you used… TGIF, friend!
    xo Heidi

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Thanks! I would hardly say I’m on the ball. 😉

  • melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

    Megan, Your mantle looks beautiful! I too am right in the middle of fall decorating at my house! Hope to be done this weekend! Life to the full, Melissa

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Thank you Melissa. I kind of loss my mojo after the mantle.

  • Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper

    Love this!! So fun and festive for Fall. I hope you will come by and link up to my Wickedly Creative Halloween Ideas Party (fall ideas too)


  • http://www.poofycheeks.com/ Kelsey

    It looks awesome Megan! I am still fall-ifying here and then there are Halloween creations I have made but don’t want to ‘display’ yet. I’m going to have to find some rubbermaids to store them in for the next few weeks!

  • debhrabikdesigns@gmail.com

    Hi Megan,
    The orange and white graphic is great!
    That caught my eye on Centsational Girl Link Party,

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray


  • Karen Wolowicz

    The printable is fantasticness.

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Thank you!

  • Laura @ Finding Home

    Love that you went for the bright orange and totally made it work!

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Thank you! Go bold or go home 😉

  • Erin {Home Everyday}

    This is awesome. I love the printable, but most of all I love how I can see your adorable curtains in the mirror above the mantel. Nice work!

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Thank you! They are so bold. I took a risk and I love it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/heather.gruber.79 Heather Gruber

    Super cute!!! Love this.

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Thank you :)