Well, I know you all have been on pins and needles waiting the beloved fall mantle…(I joke I joke) Here is what I decided to do this fall….I collected some frames…all different sizes…from all over town. Yard sales, estate sales, thrift stores….my basement…you know how it goes. I ended up with 6.

 And this is how I used them….

Some fall garland….I use cup hooks under the mantle to hang the garland up.

Some fall leaf garland is spread out on the mantle.

Electric candles glow at night.

Some gold spray paint make the pumpkins look a bit more special.

 I took the glass out of the frames…some didn’t come with glass….
I painted all 6 frames with Puddy color by Rust-Oleum. The frames were about $1- $2 each…not bad.
 I only hung up the middle one…all the others are just laying on the mantle.
 I bought 2 packages of large leaves at Michaels…..and secured them to the frames with fishing line.
 So the leaves just lay in the center of the frame freely.
I love this time of year….kids still play outside…crisp air…pumpkins and cinnamon…all of it!

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes...all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha's Circle of trusted bloggers.

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  1. allenaim photography and design

    Beautiful! I love the graduating heaights of the frames…such an impact!!

    I am one of your fellow contestants on crafting with the stars and am going around to meet all the others girls…so just wanted to stop in and say Hi!! :)


  2. how totally adorable is that!! Love it, especially the pretty little garland. and can I just say that I am kicking myself in the rear end for tossing out a large dried gourd last year? Kicking myself! It was not a very pretty color and I didn't quite know what to do with it. And then I see your pretty mantle with the pretty gilded autumn squashes. Thank you for the inspiration – your mantle is so so pretty!

  3. marty (A Stroll Thru Life)

    Gorgeous. I love the whole vignette, so pretty. Very creative. Hugs, Marty

  4. fall festive! nice job!! :)

  5. Phil and Darby Hawley

    This is so gorgeous; I love the frames!

  6. Charlotte @ Cowgirl Clippings

    How pretty. I love the fall too.

  7. beautiful tracy! you are inspiring me!


  8. Fabtastic! All those gorgous autumn colours are my very best!!! Perhaps in the Summer you could hang seashells in the middle of the frames??? Or flowers …. or vintage seaside postcards…or…. lol x

  9. Beautiful !!

  10. I love the look of those leaves hanging in the frames!

  11. Fun garland – and I LOVE the frames!

  12. Nice job! So perty! Where did you get that hanging Fall Apple garland? :)

  13. I LOVE the leaves in the frames! I pinned a similar idea (although they were actually behind the glass) but I love your idea even more! Beautiful!

  14. Thanks for linking up to The Talent Scouting Party at WhisperWood Cottage! Great fall colors!

  15. […] accents — the framed leaves are my favorite (and they look super simple to make). Check out the tutorial from Cleverly Inspired. Just spray paint some pumpkins and gourds in a fall-ish color and pair with some pillar candles. […]

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