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Junk And Vintage Inspired Fall Mantel Decorating Ideas

Time for my junk and vintage inspired fall mantel decorating ideas. I gathered my favorite all time best of the best Fall mantels here all in one place. My latest favorite junk find is the rusty iron gate now sitting in the place of honor on our fireplace mantel this year. You never know what crazy thing I’m going to use as home decor. You guys probably think I’m a little nuts.

Junk And Vintage Inspired Fall Mantel Decorating Ideas

Junk Inspired Fall Mantel Decorating Ideas

I first spotted the little gate at a local indoor flea market and passed on it. Actually there were two of them. I know, gates sometimes come in pairs. The gates were $10 each and I passed on them. When I was in the shop last week the gates were 50% off. I took one and knew it would be perfect for the mantel. Do you guys see the bits of green paint? That was the main selling point for me.

Rusty Gate Mantel Decor

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I actually forgot to get photos of the gate before the clean up. I used Simple green to remove the dust and cobwebs then spruced it up with Howard’s Feed n’ Wax (here on Amazon). The gate is made of iron, not wood, but I use the feed n wax on just about everything. The gate was the first piece on my Fall mantle and I built around it. The wreath on the left came from the same flea market the same day and is was $8.

Fall 2020 mantel decorations

Have you ever seen two wreaths on the mantel at the same time? Me neither until now.

Fall Wreaths

When it’s time to change the mantel decorations I decide on a color scheme and a focal point piece (in this case the gate), Next I shop our house and the workshop for anything I think might work with the color scheme and the season (this time being Fall).

For our Fall 2020 mantel I decided to go with my favorite Fall colors in muted tones. I tried adding the wood pumpkins I just made to the mix but the orange was too bright. The wood pumpkins stuck out like sore thumbs with the rest of the mantel decorations.

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The dark blue window frame came from my favorite junk shop. I took it to my booth to sell then when I decided on the color scheme for the Fall mantel I went up to the shop and brought it home. The wreath hanging from the window frame came from Hobby Lobby…..I think. The “Happy Fall Y’all” tea towel came from Ross.

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Favorite Junk Items

The green lantern with broken glass is from that big auction buy I made a couple of months ago. The painted canvas behind the lantern came from the same flea market shopping trip as the gate. The colors and the pretty scene were hard to resist. The painting was $12 which wasn’t a deal or a steal. I bought it anyway.

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The dark mustard colored metal box is a buy from the Junk Hunt Hwy 79 yard sale in Arkansas. I was in Arkansas visiting my parents a couple of weeks ago when the yearly sale was happening. I bought several things at the yard sale. The metal box was $5 and it had a few old fishing lures inside. That was a deal.

Junk Inspired Fall Mantel Decorating Ideas

The copper container was also in an auction box lot. The burlap pumpkin was a Bargain Hunt store purchase a few years ago. The vintage framed bird picture was $5 at the shop where I have a booth. The vendor gave me a deal on it even though I didn’t ask and tried to pay the marked price.

vintage gasoline can with rusty green paint

How about the green flaky paint gasoline can? It was love at first site for me. The wood chip pumpkin is from Bargain Hunt too…..I think.

mantel decorations

Vintage Inspired Fall Mantel Decorating Ideas

The velvet pumpkin has been around for a number of years and also came from a flea market. You guys know I hardly ever buy new. The pumpkin is sitting on some kind of weird three wheeled metal skate. I only have one of the skates.

More of my Fall mantel decorating ideas……

Check out a couple of mantels from the past…..

Fall Mantel Decor

Pumpkin Overload Mantel from 2013. I went a little crazy with pumpkins. The wicker headboard was a find from the Nashville Flea Market. I love using unique items like the headboard on the mantel.

Decorating With Pumpkins – Junk Inspired Fall Mantel Decorating Ideas

I love the pair of vintage glass and yellow metal lamp bases. I’ve had them for awhile and haven’t decided what to do with them yet. Any ideas? I’ll just use them as pumpkin stands for now.

fall mantel display

This is how the whole mantel looked. It’s cute how those pumpkins are at different heights. Your eyes go up and down and up and down.

Flamingo Mantel Decoration

Pink Flamingo Fall Mantel Decor

My Flamingo Mantel from 2015 was a different type of Fall Mantel display! I went with non traditional Fall colors with this mantel and was very happy with the look. The Pink Flamingo painted piece is one I pulled from the garbage can at the shop where I have my booth. The lady who tossed it just wanted the frame.

She kindly gave me the painting. You can see it’s torn around the edges and has splashes of yellow paint in places. I didn’t care. I loved it on sight. It has been on the top shelf of the workshop, just sitting there so I can look at it. Well, I looked at it this week and had that ah-hah moment.

pink flamingo mantel decor Petticoat Junktion

I used some 3M magic hangy things of some type….will have to look at the name for you…and stuck the painting to the rusty thing that I’m also in love with. Then I had to decide what else I had that would highlight the Flamingo. Not much. the rusty metal receipt holder, the pair of white cabinet doors, and the dried flowers are thing I already had.

I went shopping at the Southern Guthrie Flea Market and picked up the greenish planter for 50 cents, the velvet pumpkin for $4.95, the pink Flamingo on the stand for $1, and the tennis racket for $2. The blue pumpkin and the two small white ones were $3 from the local market. So for around $11 I decorated my mantel. Awesome.

Thanks for being here, Kathy

Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon

  2. Love the green lantern! What a beautiful color. I also love the gold box. It is fab!!!!! Love the rusty items:)

  3. Like you, I love to decorate the mantel. And….I hardly ever buy new anymore. Lol. Love all your treasures and how you put them together so beautifully. You certainly have the eye for finds and all the loving details that make your everything come together.

  4. Love it! i think the green gas can may be my favorite! i do believe you need a deeper mantel! i once flew from California to take in a Hwy yard sale that ended for us in Nashville. It was so much fun! Enjoy your fall!

  5. The blue frame & the rusty green gate are a match made in heaven! I love the two wreaths and the rest of the rusty & earthy goodness you used to decorate. I see absolutely nothing wrong with putting the gate on your mantel. You have a very good eye for pulling things together!

  6. Thank you Jane. I love decorating the mantel. When I first started decorating my mantel years ago it would take me hours to get the look I wanted. Now it may take 30 minutes. I guess I’ve learned a few things over the years.

  7. The two wreaths doesn’t look overkill at all. I like how you put that all together. I really like the towel over the frame idea.

  8. I always love your mantle decors, but this one is my fav. Love the two wreaths they give good balance to the squares. The gate is wonderful, I don’t usually like rust so much. But in this case, it works! I have never seen a blue truck, they are always red on those t-towels. Love it!

  9. Love it! So many possibilities. And I love conversation starters. Seems to relax people as they come in

  10. Hi Noelle, If you have a wall mounted shelf, bookcase, tabletop, dresser top, something similar you can make a “mantel” display. Give it a try!

  11. I love this display! The gate is awesome. You certainly have a knack for making unrelated items look like they belong together 🙂

  12. I love this so much!! The window and the towel are perfect with the awesome gate and other things. Wish I had a mantle…

  13. Well, Kathy, if this ‘nuts’ as you put it, then nuts is good! Such a good arrangement for this time of year – the old metal looks autumnal. Love it!

  14. love it all!!! I love to decorate my mantel, etc….but once the coder weather comes….everything goes and out comes the log holder and the fireplace tools. great job(s)!!!