So I took inventory of my home to see how much of the color orange I had before I began creating my Fall Pumpkins and Peacocks Mantel. I looked high and low and I think I came up with 2 items. One was the wreath that had been hanging on my front door for the past 5 years. I knew I needed to take it down and start from scratch since I wanted to make a mantel using the same colors. Plus, it would give me a reason to make a new wreath for the door.
I relied on some things already in my home, which is something I like to do. I took 1 shelf from a bookshelf that I dismantled a while back and I repurposed it into my sign that displayed all of the Harvest words that I cut with my Silhouette Cameo. Most of the words are cut with a thick black patterned card stock but a few words are cut with vinyl. I thought it would be fun to have an airplane flying the words in.
I also had some ombre candles that I made a while back when I was teaching candle making at our local libraries. I thought it would be great to add the candles to the pumpkins since I burn candles all of the time anyway. There are lots of ways to make candles but essentially I took the base of the wick and dipped it in melted wax and stuck it to the bottom of my candle mold then added the melted wax that had color and fragrance of my choice added to it. I just slipped these into the pumpkin but I could have added the melted wax straight into the pumpkin by using the pumpkin as a mold instead of the votive mold.
Since I had so much of the color orange going on in my home- I had to offset it with the embellished peacock feathers that I picked up at Hobby Lobby. I have to admit, orange is one of those colors I need to take in small doses but I really wanted to have a Fall-themed mantel. I am going to try to decorate the mantel for every season, a true first. I generally keep frames or other decorations on it year-round but I know with Christmas coming up, there will be stockings and other treats lined up on it soon enough!
How many "themed" or "holiday" mantels have you decorated and which one is your absolute favorite? Let me know below!
Have a great week everyone.
Also, if you are interested in joining up with the Silhouette Challenge on the next round, be sure to get in touch with Lauren from The Thinking Closet by filling out the new member request form.
Also, below is a round-up of some of the other talented bloggers participating this month in the challenge!
Crafting with Glitter Just Got Easier by Create & Babble
Birthday Invitations Homer Simpson Style by Black & White Obsession
DIY Planner Dividers by The House on Hillbrook
3D Haunted Forest by Chicken Scratch NY
DIY Cheers Garland by Rain on a Tin Roof
Wedding Gift Wrapping by It Happens in a Blink
Glitter Monogrammed Pumpkin by unOriginal Mom
Halloween Family Rules by Tried & True
Faux Stitched Speech Bubbles by Get Silvered Craft
A Mario Bros. Backsplash by Please Excuse My Craftermath...
Halloween Spooky Eye Luminaries by A Tossed Salad Life
Addressing Invitations with a Silhouette Cameo by My Favorite Finds
Halloween Party Treat Bags by The Thinking Closet
"Create" Wooden Pallet by Lil' Mrs. Tori
Spooky Halloween Bats Garland by TitiCrafty
Decorated Pumpkins by Tanya's Creative Space
Cute Wedding Card by Zanaree
Learn to Tie Your Shoes by From Wine to Whine
Fussy Cutting Making You Fussy? by My Paper Craze
Cut Fabric With Your Silhouette by Cutesy Crafts
Cookie Lee Jewelry' Gift Bags with a Purpose: Sharing Thankfulness by An Elegant Touch
Halloween Banner by Sowdering About