2 bunches of eucalyptus (mine are from Trader Joe’s – $3.99!)
Banner (for dual layering)
Candlesticks with taper candles (for balance and height)
Trinkets/miniature white pumpkins (for interest)
1. Start with your eucalyptus. Spread it across the mantel adding one stem at a time. I took all the eucalyptus out and laid it on the couch in an effort to match some of the stems (e.g. biggest stems with leaves at either end of the mantel) for symmetry’s sake.
2. Add the candlesticks and colored taper candles. Fun fact: I started with light blue taper candles and then changed to this peachy color after asking my sister if she liked them better. Now it’s less matchy, plus it brings in another fall tone. I love it! Glad I switched them out.
3. Add trinkets and/or tiny pumpkins for interest. In general I LOVE and gravitate towards symmetry, but it’s nice to change it up a teensy bit since everything else on the mantel is so symmetrical. I added a mercury glass votive and two tiny white pumpkins (again, from Trader Joe’s) on the left side and one lone white pumpkin on the right.
4. Hang your banner! We hung ours from Christmas stocking hooks that stay up year round. Fall is all about layers, so it should be that way on your mantel too! My banner is from Target‘s dollar spot last year — I just spray painted it to change up my look this year. There’s actually a banner currently available in the dollar spot that’s navy blue gingham and says “gather” on it. I think it would work perfectly too (and bring in some pattern!). It’s $3, so you can’t really compete with that. (If you already know which banner I’m talking about, you’re clearly as #basic as I am, and I love you for it.) Speaking of the dollar spot, they have a lot of DIY banner supplies out right now as well if you want to create one of your own! Nonetheless, I found a lot of similar versions for you. (You’ll find them at the end of this post!) This guy is my favorite..and apparently everyone else’s too because currently on backorder unless your store has any left! Clearly no one can resist a good tassel. I also found this version which seems to be this season’s repeat of my THANKFUL felt letters.
What do you think? Easy enough? I loved keeping with my predictable yet beloved neutral color scheme while adding some light fall tones to the mix. Not to mention…the eucalyptus smells so lovely every time I walk by!
Now get to decorating! Happy Fall!
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