Crafts, Decorating, Halloween

Workin’ With What Ya Got- Fall Mantel Part Two & Mod Podge Pumpkins


I have an illness. It’s called I can’t leave well enough alone.

I also want to state that I do not have a lot of time on my hands.

That being said, I will tell you what I have been up to.

I went over to my friend Rebecca’s home last week and saw her mantel and just basically fell in love with it. It was perfectly simple and I so wished I had brought my camera because I really want you to see it. I may actually sneak over there and take a picture of it anyway because it is just beautiful and there are only four things on that mantle. That’s what started this whole mantel changing idea for me; I felt that as cute as my fall mantel was, it was also a little busy. Like the Vegas strip busy.

This is the before:


It was very cute, yes, but very busy too.
So I changed it up a bit using a theme that is near and dear to my heart.
The 31 represents the date of Halloween.
I just want to be clear.
The 4 represents how many peeps live in this home, not Brett Favre’s jersey number as our friend Bernie would like to think it is.


See the cute numbers pumpkins on the right side?
I am gonna show you how I made them in a little bit.
I really like this so much better. Not that it was bad before but this is just less chaotic. All of these things I had on hand or made from items I had on hand so this mantel cost me virtually nothing to create.
I also moved some things around and created this cute little tablescape as well:

I think this looks very Pottery-ish and Barn-like but without the Pottery-esque and Barn-style pricing.

The candlesticks were from the Salvation Army last fall for a buck each.
The cute little pumpkins I have had for over 10 years, not sure where I got them.
The cool vase was a housewarming gift from my first ever home over 14 years ago and the twigs are from my backyard.
Now onto the number mod podge pumpkin craft.
I have had these cute little wooden pumpkins for almost 20 years. There used to be this adorable little craft store 30 minutes from here that my mom and I used to shop all the time and we got them there. I think she has the exact same pair.
Nothing wrong with them but they are a little too country for my taste now.
So I got out my mod podge, and some of this cool scrapbook paper I got at Hobby Lobby this summer:
Then I cut some of the above paper into all different length strips:
Then I just put a small amount of mod podge onto the wooden pumpkin, place the strips on the pumpkin and more mod podge on top.
It will look like this when it is waiting to dry:
Not a pretty sight at first but don’t you worry, it turns out to be a happy ending.
And here we have the final product:
Yes, I see that there is some overhang on the pumpkins but I wanted it that way.
I had all the supplies but if you were to attempt this it would only run you around 6 bucks total!
Oh and that cute banner that my friend Melissa made for me also made the big move into the dining room:
I think I love it more here.
Happy Monday!

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