Fall mantel that transitions to Halloween and Thanksgiving

Today I am sharing some ideas for a simple fall mantel that easily transitions to Halloween and then to Thanksgiving. When I am decorating for fall, I keep three transitions in mind. One look for September, a few changes in October for Halloween and then another change in November for Thanksgiving. In my family room, my fireplace mantel is a focal point for seasonal décor. It sets the vibe for the season or the holiday. So I do put thought into my mantel décor. With this article,  I am going to share with you three different looks with just a few changes for each of the Fall holidays.

There are a few consistent items with each of the three looks. The book page wreath is up all fall. The wreath could certainly be used for any season, but I think it works really well with the fall mantel décor and with the rest of the room. If interested, there are instructions on how to make this wreath under the “Projects” tab of this blog. The farmhouse style wire basket, the old books and my bargain thrift store blue leaf plate are also used in all three looks. The wire basket is from HomeGoods. The old books belonged to  my bestie’s mom. I tore off the covers for a neutral and vintage look.

I use this white pitcher a lot in my décor. I love the crisp, clean vintage look about it. It is not old, just looks like it could be. Adding some soft lambs ears might not be what you would think of for fall, but it adds some soft muted green color to the mantel. The small galvanized bucket is also something I have had for a while. I topped it with a small twig wreath and put a little white pumpkin on top. Really simple, but cute.

On the right side of the mantel, I placed some dried grasses inside this $3 farmhouse style vase from Target.  A few more pumpkins balance out the look. You can see the clear 3M Command removable hook on the right. They are what I use to hang my mantel banners or garlands without damaging the mantel.

I get asked about this acorn garland a lot. I found it at HomeGoods last year and could not believe that I actually found a fall garland that would work with my blue and cream décor! You will see this garland used again for the Thanksgiving mantel.

Now on to Halloween. You will see that I kept much of the mantel the same, just changed out a few items for October. The wreath, wire basket and  leaf plate and books stayed. I swapped out the white pumpkin for a black and white buffalo check plaid pumpkin to bring in some black to pull this Halloween look together. Don’t you love that little sparkly clip-on spider?


The ghost replaced the white pitcher and a black crow was added. On the right, Two pumpkins were changed out with a “BOO” pumpkin and another black crow. Just a few simple changes, but enough for a Halloween mantel. The acorn garland was changed out for this Trick or Treat banner. The black and white pumpkin, the black “BOO” on the white pumpkin and the black crows bring in a little black into the décor to tie in with the black lettering in the garland. The mantel is now a little whimsical, but still grown-up enough to look sophisticated for the Halloween holiday.


And finally, the Thanksgiving mantel The ghost was changed out for the driftwood and galvanized turkey from Marshalls and the farmhouse style “grateful” sign replaced the Halloween pumpkin. That sign seemed fitting for Thanksgiving.

You will see that the acorn garland returned for Thanksgiving and a second “Give Thanks” garland was added. Two garlands could be too much, but since they were both very simple, two seemed to work well. The original wreath and basket contents returned.


One fall mantel three ways. Oh, and did I mention, not one item was new this year? I used what I had to create three looks that would work all through the fall without spending a dime. Hope this gave you some simple inspiration for transitioning your mantel all through the fall!



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