Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Simple Thanksgiving Mantel (Fake Mantel)

To be completely honest, I am proud of myself for taking the Halloween decorations down in a timely manner this year. It's our turn to stay home for Thanksgiving (woo-hoo!) and we're hosting the BIG DINNER, so I decided a witch flag with the words "If the Shoe Fits" wouldn't be a great way to greet our family. To get in the festive mood, I hauled the Fall/Thanksgiving things down from the attic and exchanged Trick or Treat stuff for Harvesty stuff. Here's our Thanksgiving Mantel for 2012. Since we don't have a real mantel, I used the top of our TV armoire in the family room. It's my go-to spot for seasonal decorating.
Simple Thanksgiving Mantel (Fake Mantel), from Serenity Now

Once again, I didn't spend a single dime to throw this all together. And it probably looks like that. But when you have to work with what you have on hand, it can be challenging in a good way. And free is good, right?!
Decorating a Thanksgiving Mantel When You Don't Have a Mantel! from Serenity Now

You can find the Thanksgiving printable at eighteen25. Very easy to print. The pumpkins came from a combination of Target's Dollar Spot and craft stores, collected over the years. The cool blocks are from Blessings Unlimited.
Simple Thanksgiving Mantel (Fake Mantel), from Serenity Now
Simple Thanksgiving Mantel (Fake Mantel), from Serenity Now
Simple Thanksgiving Mantel (Fake Mantel), from Serenity Now
Simple Thanksgiving Mantel (Fake Mantel), from Serenity Now

And, of course, a gratuitous shot of the dog. Emma loves to model.
Simple Thanksgiving Mantel (Fake Mantel), from Serenity Now

Do you decorate for Fall or Thanksgiving? What's your favorite piece?

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Susan @ Afford Your Passions said...

Your dog is adorable!

Love your fake mantel! I haven't decorated yet (for either Halloween or Thanksgiving) - I think I'll just wait 3 weeks, and decorate for Christmas.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving with your family!

Eva Stephen said...

Exactly Amanda, I'd agree that you never need to do spend lavishly in order to decorate something very awesome, however just a little intelligence is required.

Simply LKJ said...

Love it Amanda. Love the splashes of color as well. And you are so right, beautiful things can be created with very little money, just a little creativity.

Anonymous said...

Love your "fake" mantle. Wish I could get my things I have on hand to look that awesome. And love pictures of the dog.
Linda O.

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

This looks amazing. I love the framed print and the pumpkins.

Hi, Im Kelly! said...

awl totally cute

Paula@SweetPea said...

Your Thanksgiving mantel looks very nice. I hate that Thanksgiving is overlooked by so many.

Kelli W said...

I love the little pumpkins in the glass jar! I think I may just skip the whole Thanksgiving decorating and leave up the few fall things I had out for Halloween. Luckily we don't host Thanksgiving so I can get away with it:)

How to Nest for Less said...

Looks fabulous girl!

Amy @ Positively Splendid said...

This entire display turned out so pretty!

Beverly {Flamingo Toes} said...

This is so pretty! It's so fun to see the way you change up this space for the seasons! :)

Richella Parham said...

It's great, Amanda! You always do a good job of using that space. I like the way you use the same elements year after year but you always seem to find something new to add to the mix. I really like the printable you found this fall! And you also do a good job of varying heights and layering elements for a total look.

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is NEXT WEEK? I can't quite take that in.

I am so grateful that you linked this to Grace at Home!

Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon said...

Love how you use that space for faux mantels Amanda!! looks great!!

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