Mantle Decor: Summer to Fall

I like the idea of multi-purpose, and I bet you do too. If one decoration can be used for two seasons, I am all for it. Cotton boll garland has this versatility, and it is perfect for fireplace mantle decor. See how to take this garland from summer to fall in just a few easy steps.

Mantle Decor: Summer to Fall

Summer Mantle Decor

Mantle Decor Summer Full Shot

Summer Mantle Decor

Summer Mantle Decor

Transition to Fall

For the cotton boll garland, I layered four elements: a garland of olive leaves, a garland of cotton bolls, blue denim ribbon, and burlap ribbon. These strands are interwoven. Think of them as the foundation for the seasonal elements. I added the summer pop by creating loops out of a light blue striped ribbon. Then I tucked the loops knot end first into the layered garland. This ribbon needs to be easily removed without disturbing the rest of the garland, since I will change it for the fall mantle.

Interchangeable Ribbon Loop: How To

To take the mantle decor from summer to fall all I did was remove the “summer” ribbon loops and add a “fall” color ribbon plus a few other decor elements in and around the fireplace.

Summer to Fall Mantle Decor Transition


Fall Mantle Decor

Mantle Decor Fall Full Shot

Fall Mantle Decor

Mantle Style Fall


I just love how easy this transition from a summer mantle to a fall mantle was! I’m also kind of surprised at how much I like the blue and orange together. When fall actually arrives, I will probably add more pumpkins to the hearth, and I am on the hunt for birch logs. Let me know what you think about this mantle decoration.

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  1. Carol on August 23, 2016 at 11:37 am

    Great tips! It’s like changing potted plants for seasons.

    • Katherine on August 23, 2016 at 12:01 pm

      Thanks! Oh that’s an interesting comparison. What plants would you swap for fall?

  2. Kathy on August 25, 2016 at 5:29 am

    This is just beautiful! Love all of your step by step instructions. Thanks so much for sharing at The Creative Circle. Definitely pinning and sharing!

    • Katherine on August 25, 2016 at 7:20 am

      So glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for hosting!!

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