Fall Mantel With Pumpkins And Candles

Everyday now, our daylight hours are getting shorter which means it’s time to make the house more cozy. With that in mind I created a glowing fall mantel with pumpkins and candles.

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White mantel decorated with white pumpkins, oak leaves and candles.


The set-up on the fireplace mantel starts with a vintage French baguette dough tray, that I picked up at the Canton flea market in east Texas several years ago. It has lots of character adding a bit of rustic wood to the fall mantel.

Next I added white baby boo pumpkins which are just the right size to nestle on the vintage dough tray. In the past I’ve used mini orange pumpkins on the mantel but I just can’t resist the cute baby boos.


Fireplace mantel decorated with candles and pumpkins.


For a bit of green I gathered oak leaf bundles which are scattered over one side of the yard from our neighbors tree. Free for the taking I say, and green always looks good on our white mantel. Some of the leaf bundles still have acorns attached.

Now for the beautiful glow of candles. Yes I do love real candles but I’m very careful as to when and where I use them. Of course it’s easy to light candles and forget about them, so if you prefer use flameless candles instead.

Safety tip: Never leave a burning candle unattended.


Oak leaves, acorns and pumpkins on the mantel.


For my cozy mantel I scattered candles around the pumpkin arrangement, which creates the perfect mood lighting for watching movies on chilly evenings.


French baguette tray holding pumpkins and oak leaves on the mantel.


The leaf garland hanging under the mantel was the first fall decor I put up this year. Since it’s white I may just kept it up through winter.

Mantels can be tricky to decorate so when you find a formula that works for you, stick to it. My formula is usually asymmetrical with one or two objects on the right and two or three objects on the left of the painting. I also go by the less is more rule because the mantel is only deep enough for slender items.


Decorating with candles on the mantel.


The focal point on the fall mantel this year is centered on the pumpkin arrangement repeating those soft green colors from the painting with oak leaves.

Decorating Tip: If you’re trying to figure out what colors to use on your mantel or room decor, pull colors from your artwork. The landscape watercolor above the mantel has beautiful shades of green, which I love to repeat by using greenery for seasonal decorating.

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Fall mantel decorated with oak leaves, pumpkins and candles.


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How is your fall decorating going? If you don’t have a lot of room for storing decorations do what I do and add a few fall touches with real leaves and pumpkins.

For more fall inspiration visit my Fall Front Porch Tour post. Happy Fall!



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16 thoughts on “Fall Mantel With Pumpkins And Candles

    • Michelle Meyer says:

      Thank you Julie, I updated the post with a link of flameless candles I bought recently. Hope that helps! Happy Fall!

  1. Crissy says:

    I love the simple elegance of your mantel, Michelle! You’re right…sometimes less is more! I did not love my mantel decor this year, so I didn’t include it in my fall tour. Your post gave me some great ideas. You were wise to start with that beautiful piece of artwork ad baguette tray, too. ! I’m taking notes…

    • Michelle Meyer says:

      It’s so much fun to take an idea and turn it into something unique that can be used in your home. Thank you so much for your sweet comments Crissy!

  2. Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom says:

    I just love that vintage French baguette dough tray!! It adds so much character and is the perfect length for your mantel. I also really like that you used real candles! I love white pumpkins and they look so attractive with the mixed green leaves. So pretty and cozy!


    • Michelle Meyer says:

      Thank you Carrie for your sweet comments! Sometimes all it takes is one vintage element to make a vignette work. 🙂

  3. amberlyonferguson2017 says:

    Simple and beautiful! I am sure by now it is obvious to all that I am no minimalist, but I do absolutely love simple design using natural elements. I honestly would like to get to a point where my holiday decor has more of an understated elegance. Love this!

    • Michelle Meyer says:

      I love your imaginative use of vintage elements into your decor Amber. You are my “go to” for inspiration. Thanks so much for your sweet comments!

  4. Ann says:

    I luv the simplicity of your mantel and those white pumpkins with lights. I’d luv to invite you to share it with us at Wall to Wall DIY Wednesday, which runs thru Mondays! Pinned!

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