I know you are busy.
I get it.
There is football and hot chocolate and craft fairs and shopping and an entire new season of Hallmark Christmas movies just waiting for you to press play.
But can you give me five minutes?
That’s all you need to make a fall mantel like this.
And the best part?
I found the easiest, simplest way to do it with just ONE thing we all need in our lives.
To make this mantel all you need is this.
This set of faux flickering candles.
I ordered them off Amazon a couple of weeks ago. Someone else had recommended them to me and I thought I would try them to decorate with for fall. I love to have twinkling lights and candles in the evening when the days start getting shorter.
BEST. DECISION. EVER.
Let me sing these candles praises (along with the 7500 reviews on Amazon).
They come in a set of nine and there are three different sizes. They are battery operated and the LED light inside the candle flickers. It looks so real when it flickers, too.
My favorite color is the ivory because it’s a clear white and looks SO PRETTY.
The set comes with a remote that you can use to turn the candles off and on.
You can also set them for two hours or four hours. You can dim them or make them brighter and they run on only two AA batteries.
I’ve had them for about a month and turn them on all the time and haven’t had to change the batteries yet.
And in amazing news?
The entire set is under $30 right now if you use the 5% coupon when you order.
Once I ordered the candles, the rest of the mantel fell in place.
Here’s how I created it.
Your five-minute fall mantel guide step-by-step.
Step 1: Add a group of three to each side
Do not overthink this step.
Just find three things that you love and add them to each side.
Try to stick with a basic color scheme, but other than that? There really aren’t any rules.
I added a tray a tiny pitcher and a stand to one side.
On the other side, I added a stack of books, a pumpkin in a milk glass vase and a blue and white pumpkin. It’s similar to what I did in the fall entryway.
Here are some ideas for things you could add in a group of three to your mantel:
- picture frames
- stacks of books
- wood beads
- pot of fall flowers
- milk glass
- blue and white accessory pieces
And on and on and decorating on.
You get the idea. You just need three on each side.
Step 2: Tuck in some fall stems
Find some pretty fall stems that you like and tuck them in.
I found these bittersweet (don’t worry they are faux) at Hobby Lobby and just tucked them in and around my groupings of three.
If this is too abstract of a look you could always put them in a vase.
Again, there are no rules. Here are some budget decorating ideas for fall and some ideas for your fall stems:
- one large vase full of stems on one side (then add two more things to go with it)
- two equally placed vases on either side full of fall stems
- one vase elevated on one side (using a pedestal or stack of books) and one vase lower on the other side with both vases full of fall stems
- randomly tucking in the stems (like I did here) which works for thicker, substantial stems like this bittersweet–it kind of has a mind of its own and it looks like art with its free-floating flowers
Step 3: Add the candles
Once your mantel is set, then add the candles to the display.
I only used one set of candles for this display and I think it works great.
If you wanted less stem and more flickering light, you could always go with two sets and scatter pumpkins and a stem like eucaplytus among them.
I also added the bittersweet to a glass vase on the side table here. You can see the rest of the fall living room here.
Bittersweet is such a pretty fall stem that looks like modern art.
With my fall mantel this year, I love the look of the bittersweet with the abstract painting.
That’s all you need.
And these candles.
Such an easy fall mantel and TONS of time left over to start on that movie marathon.
I’ll bring the popcorn.
PS Just when I couldn’t get any more excited I just found these candles for Christmas. I ordered them and they came in yesterday. I’ll keep you posted after I’ve tried them.
PPS I wanted to share some of these fun fall decorating ideas, too.
The photos in this post were taken by the amazing Kenna Lynn Photography
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