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.


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

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

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      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

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    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.

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    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!!

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    October 16, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    love it Mal! Looks great!

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    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!

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

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

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

    Your “mantle” {hehe} looks amazing!! I absolutely love it! 🙂

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    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. 😉

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

    So adorable! The ruffle burlap garland is gorgeous!

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    November 6, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Your mantel/ shelf is gorgeous! Love that garland.

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

    love it all great work 🙂

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    November 20, 2012 at 7:39 pm

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

    xo-Kimberly {allons-y kimberly}

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    September 14, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    Any chance you would consider a printable of the sign?

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