Luxurious Fall Mantel Decor

6 Materials
45 Minutes

I admit, I am REALLY proud of this display. Yep, I think even Martha would give me a thumbs up on this one. It seems I want to make everything lush and full and luxurious these days. Maybe since I haven’t been out and about. Perhaps things will trend back to normal and I won’t feel the need to go so “over the top”. For now, this is what I am doing, and this is what I am enjoying! I would love to have you stop by my blog , Celebrate & Decorate for more details as well as sign up for my latest creations, posts, recipes, exclusives, and more...

Let me show you how I created this lavish display! Years ago I had a chance to buy these beautiful 6′ magnolia garlands for $9.95 each. I bought ten of them, knowing that I would use them time and time again. As you can see, they had seen better days.

Although I would use some of the garlands in whole, I also cut some of them apart. I used floral wire and floral tape to put longer stems on the leaves and gathered some of them into ‘bouquets’ of magnolia leaves. 

Some of the taped leaves got longer stems on them and little loops. I will show you what I did with those! 

Use Command hooks as shown to hold garlands on the mantel, or to hold pieces you want trailing over the edge of your mantel. 

I selected this sign for the center of my display, but wanted it to sit a little higher than right down on the mantel. A pair of styrofoam blocks did the trick. Use styrofoam, wood cubes or overturned cups or bowls to raise items to the level you would like for your display.

After placing my sign, I began adding garlands, the first ones hanging over the ends of my mantel.

The next step was to place my candle holders. Some of my candle holders came from a local closing Old Time Pottery. Others were painted gold, so I painted them. Nestle the candles among the garlands, making sure they sit level.

After all of the magnolia garlands were added it was time to add three large resin pumpkins. These beauties came from Michael’s.

The majority of the pumpkins were these medium size. These are a variety of real pumpkins, fabric pumpkins and a few artificial pumpkins. I simply began filling in the space between the three large pumpkins to get the full and lush look I wanted. 

Some of the small pumpkins I bought came on sticks. Those that didn't, like these, I added skewers to them. 

Having a skewer on the small pumpkins made it easy to tuck them into the magnolia garlands and around the larger pumpkins. If I had just tucked them up there, they were likely to just fall down on the hearth.  

Here is the result of adding the smallest pumpkins to the magnolia garlands. 

I hope this inspires you to decorate your mantel, or a sideboard, or even above your kitchen cupboards to celebrate Fall. Thank you for stopping by. You can see more of my projects here

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  • Teri Teri on Sep 23, 2021

    It looks like you have a light inside your fireplace, what did you use?


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  • Debra Holland Debra Holland on Sep 25, 2021

    Yes, Martha would be proud. Beautifully done!

  • Leslie Leslie on Sep 26, 2021

    Hi Chloe, beautiful display. I love Magnolia leaves. Thank you for sharing your process.

    This is just an FYI for those who want to buy real leaves or are lucky enough to have a tree near them. If you buy the leaves make sure they have been treated to preserve them properly, otherwise they will dry out and crack and break. If you are getting your leaves from a tree there are plenty of DIY preserving recipes online. I bought some of these beautiful leaves online and they were supposed to have been preserved. They weren't and I had to put them in the garbage. Chloes' leaves lasted so long because they were preserved properly. I would like to add that spray painting some of the backs of the leaves gold give just a touch of sparkle and glamour to the whole display.