Easy + Affordable Fall Mantel–3 Different Ways

Well, it’s officially fall and that means it’s time for a fall mantel, right?! Right. I don’t know about you, but the mantel is always one of the very first places I want to decorate as the seasons change. I know it’s a small space, but it really is a focal point in the home. So today I thought it would be fun to share an easy and affordable fall mantel styled in three different ways. And to make it even better, I’m challenging myself to create three different looks with the same exact decor pieces. It’s going to be fun! Ok, first let me show you the pieces I’m using to style the mantel! Everything is from Walmart and super affordable.

Easy + Affordable Fall Mantel--3 Different Ways

Item number one is faux pumpkins. I LOVE these because of the gold stem and the soft greenish color. These are the perfect size for the mantel and very budget friendly–the come in a pack of two for eleven bucks. I’m also using a few of these harvest picks, a set of black candlesticks, and two black lanterns in the medium size.

Easy + Affordable Fall Mantel--3 Different Ways

For the fireplace, I’m using two of these large plaid pillows. These are a total steal at only twelve bucks each! And they come in a few color options too. I’m also using this super cozy throw blanket and this large wicker basket. Ok, now let’s get into the three looks I created using these pieces. Here is look number one!

Fall Mantel: Look #1

Easy and affordable fall mantel styled in 3 different ways using the same decor pieces. #fallmantel #falldecor

For this look I styled the mantel using the lanterns, candlesticks, and faux pumpkins in a staggered, symmetrical look. Then I used some faux greenery along with those harvest picks to add a little extra pizazz. I also used the throw blanket, those large plaid pillows on the fireplace and the wicker basket for pumpkins. I love how this one came together, it’s a very cozy look!

Easy and affordable fall mantel styled in 3 different ways using the same decor pieces. #fallmantel #falldecor

Fall Mantel: Look #2

Easy and affordable fall mantel styled in 3 different ways using the same decor pieces. #fallmantel #falldecor

For this second look I wanted to create a more simplified mantel with only the candlesticks and faux pumpkins. I added in a little color with some faux leaves I had from last year and those harvest picks! Then I decided to use the plaid pillows in the wooden chairs on either side of the fireplace, which left room for the basket of pumpkins to sit on the brick. I brought the lanterns down as well!

Easy and affordable fall mantel styled in 3 different ways using the same decor pieces. #fallmantel #falldecor

Fall Mantel: Look #3

Easy and affordable fall mantel styled in 3 different ways using the same decor pieces. #fallmantel #falldecor

For the final look, I wanted to create a little more open space in the center of the mantel, so I put the pumpkins off to the end with old books and the candlesticks. I kept the basket of pumpkins inside the fireplace, but styled the pillows, throw blanket and a few stacked pumpkins on the brick. I love this look!

Easy and affordable fall mantel styled in 3 different ways using the same decor pieces. #fallmantel #falldecor

I had so much fun creating these three easy fall mantels and I could have gone on forever creating different looks. To be honest, I had to force myself to stop because I was playing around with this mantel for HOURS. It was getting out of hand! But there are literally hundreds of ways you could create a fall mantel with those faux pumpkins, the candlesticks, wicker basket, pillows and throw blanket from Walmart. And I love that everything is super budget friendly too.

Well thanks so much for stopping by the blog today. I hope this inspired you to get creative and put together a fall mantel in your own home. And I’d love to hear which look is your favorite! xo


Thank you to Walmart for partnering with me on today’s post!

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The Comments

  • glenda lafont
    September 25, 2019

    you need height on the mantel. it looks good.

    • Kim
      > glenda lafont
      September 25, 2019

      Hi Sarah,
      I love your mantel! I also like the wooden chairs next to the fireplace. Where did you purchase these?

  • Jmac
    September 25, 2019

    I like them all. And hey! One day if you’re looking at it and wanna change something,it won’t be a big deal! Good idea!
    Will u tell again what kind of collagen powder I use? Remember coconut-y? Couldn’t find anywhere in highlights. I’m ready for a change. Thanks!

  • Andrea
    September 25, 2019

    Good morning Sarah!
    I love today’s post as I too love styling my mantle. I love all 3 looks but pick #3 is my fav!!!

    I’m so happy that you continue to inspire us with your blog posts! I am so hoping that you continue blogging, and don’t rely solely on social media as your means of communication. I am excited for your emails M, W, and F!!!!

  • Sheilah Perry-Rosales
    September 25, 2019

    Now all I need is a mantle! Lol going to try these out on my dinning room table.

  • Tammy Ganci
    September 25, 2019

    Hi, Love #3!!! Aren’t those lanterns
    wonderful!!! I have one in each size in a
    grouping on my kitchen table with remote
    controlled candles in them. So pretty.

    Have a blessed and joyful day,
    Love your blog friend,

  • Vicki
    September 25, 2019

    All great looks! I think #2 is my favorite because I like the pillows in the chairs and also the lanterns on the hearth instead of the mantel since you have the black lanterns already on the wall up high. But all are pretty! I really like those pumpkins, I like to collect unique faux pumpkins and the soft color and gold stems make these different.

  • Faith
    September 25, 2019

    Fun play time! I relate!! I liked number 3 best the diagonal lines of black lanterns with oval black mirror looks great! A smal swag of fall greenery over top of oval mirror would have been a finishing touch for me…I like strong symmetry with a tad of asymmetrical accent thrown in! I love your wall lanterns too!! I have fall leaves 🍁 tucked into spots on my bookshelves for that fall color…my fav time of year…will post to my IG at some point. A fire in your fireplace will definitely finish the cozy warm feeling! Thx for sharing!!

  • Karen
    September 25, 2019

    I love them ALL!
    I want all the things you post about!! But when I click on your link, it’s usually sold out!
    Businesses must love you! 😘

  • Mary Wilson
    September 26, 2019

    Walmart sure has stepped up . This looks so nice. I love it and you dont have to pay a arm and a leg for a nice mantle. Im off to Walmart. Thanks for the good info. Mary

  • Becca
    September 26, 2019

    How fun! I love #3 😊

  • Amy
    September 27, 2019

    I absolutely love that you’re sharing affordable ideas. As much as I’d love to buy all the things, I’m grateful to get new inspo and repurpose what I have.

  • jean
    October 9, 2019

    I love all the mantle looks but I really like Mantle #3. I guess it is my OCD since I love the cohesive look of 2 of everything. All of your time and decorating ideas give us so much to look forward to when we decorate our homes. Thanks for all your help. Keep up the good work!!!!

  • Judy Harris
    October 10, 2019

    I like mantel #3, it appears much fuller and not as stark as #1 and #2. Thank you for sharing.