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.
DIY Ruffled Burlap Garland
Do you like it? What’s your favorite part?
If you liked this post, check out my $5 Fall Burlap Wreath tutorial here.

Let's be besties!

Yay!! 250px

Heeey friend! Subscribe to join our tribe! We'll make sure you're up to date on all things Home and DIY!

xo, Mallory & Savannah

Powered by ConvertKit
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestGoogle+Email to someone

You Might Also Like


  • Reply
    October 16, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    love it Mal! Looks great!

  • Reply
    Kristen {Ella Claire}
    October 16, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Love love love your mantel πŸ™‚ Your version of my sign turned out so great! Very smart to use the sillhouette for a stencil!

    • Reply
      Classy Clutter
      October 16, 2012 at 10:19 pm

      Thanks for the inspiration Kristen! …and thanks a million for stopping by our blog!

      XOXO Mallory

  • Reply
    October 16, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    I don’t normally like garlands, but I LOVE this! Looks so great. Thanks for sharing at the Under $10, Under 1 hour party.

  • Reply
    Jen @ Yummy-Healthy-Easy
    October 16, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    This is seriously TOO CUTE! I love everything about it! I would have never thought to use vintage books but boy, do they look awesome on there! Way to go Mallory! You’re always inspiring me!!

  • Reply
    October 17, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    That looks great! I didn’t know they sold burlap like that. Since you didn’t glue or cut the burlap at all you could use it for something else another time!

  • Reply
    melissa * 320 Sycamore
    October 17, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    what a great idea~I love burlap! I’ll have to check at JoAnns πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Gabbi @ Retro Ranch Reno
    October 17, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Your “mantle” {hehe} looks amazing!! I absolutely love it! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    October 20, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    So cute! Love love LOVE your sign! Matter of fact, I just tweaked it a bit and made a printable version of it for my fall bookshelf! (You can see it here: http://aheartfulhome.blogspot.com/2012/10/pumpkins-apples-and-hayrides-sign-free.html) Your sign is a lot bigger and more rustic tho… I still think I like yours better. πŸ˜‰

  • Reply
    Trisha @ The Sweet Survival
    October 27, 2012 at 2:51 am

    So adorable! The ruffle burlap garland is gorgeous!

  • Reply
    November 6, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Your mantel/ shelf is gorgeous! Love that garland.

  • Reply
    Hi, Im Kelly!
    November 6, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    love it all great work πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    November 20, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    I love that sign! The whole mantel looks fantastic. Great job!

    xo-Kimberly {allons-y kimberly}

  • Reply
    10 Super Cute Fall Decor Ideas
    September 14, 2013 at 1:32 am

    […] Fall Mantel Display from 2012 Fall […]

  • Reply
    September 14, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    Any chance you would consider a printable of the sign?

  • Leave a Reply