My Fall Mantel 2012 and Ruffled Burlap Garland Tutorial

Hi! I finally finished my fall mantel! Well, my shelf. ha! I don’t have a real mantel so I use my Ballard inspired shelf I made as my mantel in my living room.

I wanted to do a traditional looking mantel that would last all of October and November. One of my favorite things about Fall is the gorgeous color that is everywhere! I love the oranges, golds, reds and browns!

I saw this sign on Ella Claire blog and knew I really wanted a similar one. I used my Silhouette to make a vinyl stencil, stuck it on the painted board and painted the letters with acrylic craft paints. When it was almost dry, I peeled off the vinyl and voila! Easy! I also sanded it when everything was dry to get a more rustic look.

The fall foliage topiary was a 90% off find at Hobby Lobby last winter. I think I paid $4 for it! SCORE! The pumpkin too. It was less than a $1 with the 90% off discount! Seriously, stock up after Thanksgiving on your fall decor. Hobby Lobby has crazy cheap prices for their cute stuff!

The books came from the thrift store for $.89 each. I think they bring a lot of character to the display.

I bought the fall leaves garland at Joann’s today and it was 60% off! I get a bit excited about good sales can ya tell?! *wink*
I made the ruffled burlap garland and it was a pretty cheap/quick project. 

It really is super simple! The roll of burlap garland was from Joann’s and it is $8.99 and I used a 50% off coupon. I used one roll for my ruffled garland and it made about 5-6 feet of ruffled garland once it was all put together.

First, you get a thin piece of ribbon or you could use jute or twine. I simply made a tiny hole about every 4-5 inches by spreading the weave and fed the ribbon through over-under-over-under… the entire length of the burlap roll. The ribbon fits well through the weave and was $1 at Joann’s.

That’s it! I spent under $20 and I think it turned out really cute! I debated on doing a Halloween mantel for October and the Fall mantel for November but with all the fun stuff I’m doing to get ready for baby boy #3, I think one mantel will work just fine. 
Do you like it? What’s your favorite part?
If you liked this post, check out my $5 Fall Burlap Wreath tutorial here.
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