Fall Mantel & Easy Fall Decorating Ideas

easy fall decorating ideas

This year I mixed naturals with hardware store metals from True Value.  IT. was. so. fun.  And took hardly any time.

easy fall decorating ideas

I bought some thin strips of metal (click to see what the display looks like at True Value) and cut out triangles with regular kitchen shears. Then I hot glued them to some twine for a metallic pennant/banner/bunting thing.  Just be careful and wear gloves because the edges can be sharp. I didn’t wear gloves and I got one little cut.  You won’t cut off your arm or anything but I wouldn’t let my kids do this part.

easy fall decorating ideas


easy fall decorating ideas

I even added some light pull chain stuff in brass and silver for fun. You can buy it by the foot at True Value, just like buying ribbon only heavier.

easy fall decorating ideas

I have a nail on each end of my mantel and in the center. They’ve been there for years so I can hang stuff. This time I slipped a brass hex nut over the chain just for looks.

Ever want to hang something by a ribbon or jute twine but wanted to hide the ugly nail head?  Just stick the nail in the wall and hand the item and then cover the nail with an end hex bolt thing from the plumbing section (all plumbers just rolled their eyes at me).  You can hot glue it or angle the nail and it should stay just fine without hot glue.  You’ll feel a little awkward when you are standing in the plumbing section for 15 minutes looking for the prettiest bolts but at least the employees were kind and didn’t laugh at me for comparing bolt colors.

easy fall decorating ideas

easy fall decorating ideas

I also found these…things in the plumbing hardware isle.  I thought they’d be perfect held up with an upholstery tack with a photo on them.

fall decor ideas

They are copper pipe hooks and there were four or five of them in a bag.

easy fall decorating ideas

Hmm, why did I hang that little frame on the left so low? It looks so small and lonely.  Oh well, it’s easy to move.  Actually, I think they’d look better in a group of three all hung together–cameras are such a great design tool!

Special thanks to True Value for the challenge to DIY something from their store.  The point I like to make with posts like these isn’t “hey you should copy me and make a mantel just like mine”–you can, but that’s not the point. Maybe you hate what I made, that’s fine.  The point is, inspiration and materials are EVERYWHERE.  In your garage, at the thrift store, in your kid’s room, and yes, even at the hardware store in unexpected isles.

Look at things with fresh eyes, not seeing what they were meant to be, but what they can become.

True Value wants to motivate you to DIY something for your home, maybe with those fresh eyes and go get you started, they are giving away a $100 gift card. Don’t have a True Value near you?  No problem, they have a huge website that you can order from.

I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

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Leave a comment at the comment section at the bottom of this post to enter to win a $100 gift card! If you are reading via email or RSS reader, just click over to enter at the bottom.

Winner announced Wednesday.

Have you created a  fall mantel?  Don’t forget to link up with Centsational Girl next Tuesday, September 25 for her fall mantel party.

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  1. So missing that creative gene to see all that goodness in the hardware store, but working in it after posts like yours.

  2. How warm and Fall-like!!! Am loving the non-traditional colors, too. Amazing that so many of the materials you used came from True Value! The brass and silver-toned pull chain as garland is so unique. We have a True Value store nearby and I’ll definitely be shopping there soon … although, winning the gift would certainly extend my shopping list!!! Thanks so much for sharing such great ideas!

  3. Oh, I love looking around the hardware store for design inspiration! And I certainly could use a gift card! :-) Your mantel looks great. I love all the metals. So simple & pretty!

  4. What creative ideas! I love your blog! My creative juices really start flowing after I read your posts. You are so creative and practical AND decorate on a budget! (I really appreciate that last part especially.) I also appreciate your posts about your faith (and your sister’s as well.) Thanks for being encouraging in several ways! :)

  5. Kristi Henson says

    Lovely mantle!

  6. Hi,
    What a great idea re the hex nut! Who’dda thunk it? The copper pins are neat as well.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  7. I’ve already finished my fall mantel, but I’m sure I could find a way to use the gift card anyway!

  8. you are so creative!! wow – everything looks adorable.

  9. exactly. what’s the challenge in the “fall decorations” section? give me a home improvement, plumbing supply , or an old barn any day!

  10. We just moved to an area with a local True Value… I would LOVE to head over there and take your challenge to do something creative :D

  11. Love your mantel, very creative! I would love the gift card!

  12. You’re so creative! I would love the gift card.

  13. Lovely! I’m always so amazed and inspired at hardware stores :)

  14. Of course you found wonderful discoveries in the plumbing department!! LOL
    That’s one of the reasons I follow your blog!

  15. My first job was as a cashier at a hardware store in high school and I always loved all the fittings, parts and pieces. Sometimes not knowing what something is for makes it easier to find your own use for it. Love the new adventures with metal.

  16. love the metal banner…and I have a naked fireplace because I didn’t want to hang traditional leaves. Guess where I am going later this morning? (Look for me in front of the metal center display)

  17. ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE MANTEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Really makes me WISH I had a mantel!!!!! :)

  18. This post made me laugh! I’m always hangin’ around the hardware stores, looking for inspiration or finding something that will work for what I want to create, not knowing if anything like that even exists. When the clerks ask if they can help, usually I decline, telling them “you wouldn’t believe me if I told you!”

  19. GORGEOUS MANTEL, by the way!

  20. i have made lots of banners/bunting, but never with metal. great idea!

  21. Great Ideas…love the mantel. Greens, YES!

  22. I love the copper “Picture Hangers” :)

  23. So fun! I’m mantel-less AND Tru-Value-less, but I’d love to find explore the website with a $100 gift card. :)

  24. Thank you for the inspiration to use things differently.

  25. Love these ideas. You’re so good at thinking outside of the box! Thanks for the opportunity…

  26. What fun to create something by standing in a hardware store and letting your creativity flow. LOVE it!

  27. Hope to win! Love the mantle

  28. i love it! going to hit up the hardware department for copper nail covers. great idea!

  29. Ooooh, they just put in a Tru Value down the street from me and I love it! Have you seen the spray paint section?!? And you’re right, the employees are always really nice and don’t laugh at me when I buy conduit and tell them I’m making curtain rods. :)

  30. I LOVE shopping in hardware stores, especially the little ones. They still put my purchases in tiny little paper bags, that I can recycle in another project. Love those tiny paper bags. They are used to be buying stuff for purposes other than their original intent.
    Your mantel is a true inspiration, especially the metal pennants. I may steal that idea with pride.

  31. I love the look of your mantle…did I miss where you found the pumpkins?

  32. So pretty! Love the creativity and new uses of hardware. :) And your bust reminds me of Mr Tumnus from Chronicles of Narnia with the antlers. :)

  33. Great ideas! Thanks!

  34. Yes, finding inspiration can happen anywhere but sometimes I have to remind myself just to open my eyes and LOOK! :) Would love the chance to get some goodies at the hardware store. Thanks!

  35. love the bunting banner! thanks for the chance…

  36. Love the naturals with the creamy whites. I’m thinking of painting my family room white but I have some furniture pieces that are off white-ish, antique white. How did you choose your white paint color? Do you mind letting me know…do the off whites go with whites or is my computer screen just showing me different colors?

  37. Screendoorgirl 3 says

    So pretty! I love the mix of gold and silver. Nice job!

  38. Great ideas!

  39. that seems like a really fun project!

  40. Interesting twist on the banner, I like it!

  41. I just love pumpkins, gourds, and squash for Fall decorating! So simple and elegant with the white and green colors! You’ve inspired me to stop procrastinating on my Fall house decorating!

  42. Really lovin’ these.

  43. I would love to win $100 to True Value. I have been wanting to pick up some hardware store crafting supplies!

  44. I really like the pumpkin/squashes on the mantel :)

  45. What an awesome giveaway! I love he hardware store for “unique” Christmas decor.

  46. Wow, i have all kinds of projects that need this card to get them done! Maybe a little time too to complete them. Thanks for the opportunity!

  47. That’s one decorating “thing” my husband and I can agree on – the industrial look.

  48. Cute!

  49. Love ideas for seasonal mantle decorations & love True Value:). Thanks for the post.

  50. Great Idea! copper “Picture Hangers”

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