No mantel? No problem! Create a sweet and simple fall vignette on any long flat surface for your own fall mantel decor, sofa table, wall shelf – or piano top.
Hi friends! I’m continuing to share a few small seasonal updates with you this week including this fall “mantel” decor and a fall-thanksgiving table on Thursday. These are both in line with the simple fall galvanized planters from last week – all from the same “do what you can with what you have” AND whatever season of life you are in framework.
While our previous home had a wonderful mantel I could update with the seasons, the home we’re in now (my mom’s) while searching for our next house doesn’t have a fireplace. There is a piano, though, with a long flat top just like a mantel, so – use what you have, right?
Piano Top Fall Mantel Decor
I shopped the house for a number of things I could use (green chair covers – aka, tablecloths, ha! – faux candles, white hobnail vase) and then purchased some things from Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Dollar Store, and Target’s Dollar Spot.
I had a gift card to Hobby Lobby where I found the “blessed” burlap banner and gold-white harvest and gather pillows (the pillows are out of stock now, but the banner would look good anywhere all the way through Thanksgiving).
These became the basis for the decor theme after adding hints of my favorite color, green. Once I had that, I looked for cheap decor that would go with it while out shopping over the next week and was surprised about the affordable decor you can find when you have a plan in mind.
The green velvet pumpkins and white wood pumpkin are from Michaels (all were 40% off), the gold burlap pumpkin is from the Dollar Store (I know! So cute…), and the light strand of raffia balls was $3 at Target’s Dollar Spot.
And those flowers? Fake mums from Michaels! I mixed them with real greenery from the yard (which will need refreshing) and I think they look great.
And if you’ve read this far you get to be in on my secret: the FALL wood sign was created from a cheap blank background and letters I cut out from printer paper and taped on with scotch tape. Yep, scotch tape – how’s that for a fancy DIY for you?
But guess what? It looks great – no one can tell from far away – and I can change out the letters for the holidays to reuse it. #bonus My one tip if you want to do a similar cheat: print the letters in a light, light gray in mirror image. Then cut them out along the gray edges and you’ll be able to use the back, white, side.
I’ve always used my home-grown pumpkins for fall decor, adding a few other things like candles and burlap. I was sad not to have them this year, but didn’t want to sped the money on store-bought pumpkins that wouldn’t last, so I decided on a few inexpensive fake pumpkins that I could use in the future along with the garden-grown gems I hope to grow again.
I spent about $20 (not counting the gift card, because that was a birthday gift) on this and the tablescape I’ll be sharing and while none of it is a need, it is a blessing. We look at these areas every day and they make not only me, but everyone in our home – and those who visit – happy and looking forward to a blessed and joyful autumn season – which I also wish for you.
I hope you are inspired to look around and do what you can to create a sweet seasonal vignette where ever you have space – I know it will make you smile.
Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by – I appreciate you!