One project for a rainy Sunday around here turned into a complete mantel redo.
The idea of making a “burlap fire” post popped into my head over the summer. At that time it was too hot for a burlap fire…even though it was
fake faux. 😕
Today it’s cool enough for a burlap fire…and a mantel redo!!!
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Mantel Decor for Autumn
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Starting with the burlap fire idea, I measured my “firebox” area of my faux mantel.
Then cut a square of burlap about 2 inches larger.
I used mod podge to glue the burlap to black card stock. I didn’t have a large piece of card stock so a used six 8 1/2 by 11 sheets. The mod podge stiffens the burlap and helps firm up the fibers. This takes out wrinkles too.
Next, I drew fire on the burlap using charcoal pencils and pieces of charcoal.
My photography skills are so…unique! Notice the burlap is a totally different color than the first picture. These were taken moments apart and in the same location on the kitchen counter. 😕
Anyway, I’m in no way an artist, but I’m hardheaded and keep going until I get something like logs.
Here’s a link to my chalk fire. Did you see the Santa butt?? That was actually easy to draw.
Now the rest of the mantel decor for autumn! I had these ceramic pumpkins stashed away for about 5 years. Today I decided they could come out but needed painted first.
The small pumpkin was painted with chalk-based paint called oatmeal. If my oatmeal was this green, it would hit the trash.
The larger pumpkin was painted with a mixture of the green oatmeal, white and a gray.
The firebox area
The burlap fire was tucked into the firebox area. I added height with old bare bone shutters. I cut manzanita branches, removed the leaves and tucked them around the shutters. Add some broken spindles…because I like old spindles. Added the two newly painted pumpkins. Plus the burlap scrap pumpkin. Then added the rusty leaves I did on a periscope Thursday.
I will do a post on the rusty leaves later in the week too.
This spindle is one of my favorites. I bought it at the Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market. Which is happening again this next weekend!!! Woot, woot. I will be periscoping the shopping adventure! You can follow me @countrydesignstyle-Jeanette. The periscope app is free to download.
What is your favorite item on the autumn mantel?
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