Do you ever have an internal struggle between the ease of doing the same thing you did last year, or mixing it up a little and doing something new? I really wanted to re-use my leaf paintings from a few years ago in this year’s mantel decor, but then I felt drawn towards doing a fall mantel with wheat and pumpkins, and painting a big DIY rustic painted pumpkin canvas. My creativity won out over laziness, and I decided to do the painted pumpkin. I love the drama it adds to the mantel because it’s so HUGE. If you don’t have a real fireplace, a faux mantel does a lot of heavy lifting design-wise and adds a ton of texture and architecture to the room. It also is a fun area to be able to decorate every season.
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I love the wheat, because not only does it smell amazing, but it has a loose and casual look which I love.
I filmed my canvas painting process so you can also paint one, and I’ll have the tutorial up soon! It’s similar to my other painted pumpkin DIY canvas from a few years ago, but this one has a more abstract, rustic feel, and I use some different tools to paint with.
On the mantel, besides the wheat bunches from the craft store there are some mini-pumpkins that I painted white. I couldn’t find the white pumpkins I needed, so a little bit of paint goes a long way.
On the side of my mantel, I added Edwin and Albert. They make a handsome pair, thought the arguing is unbelievable. Albert really needs to mind his own business.
I let the DIY rustic painted pumpkin canvas be the star of the show in my fall mantel with wheat, and flanked it with my vintage brass candlesticks. I think it makes for just enough color with the dark canvas.
You can see other fall mantels, and it’s fun to take a walk down memory lane! Like this one is from, 2014, Fall mantel 2015, Fall mantel 2016. Fall mantel 2017, Fall mantel 2018, and Fall mantel 2019.