Fall Fireplace Mantel | Painted Gourds & Tissue Paper Leaves

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

First of all, if you have yet to check out DIY Playbook, do so ASAP!  Casey & Bridget are both super sweet with mad skills in the DIY department!  Their bubbly personalities paired with their creative ideas make them ones to watch in blogland!   So of course  I was super excited when they contacted me about their Fall Fantasy Draft and when they gave me the task of Craft Expert, I knew there were some big shoes to fill.
 In wanting to break outside the box with my fall fireplace, I decided to go brighter than your traditional rustic fall color pallette (which don't get me wrong, I still love).  Dubbing this Fall Fireplace Mantel a Colorfall one 
(see what I did there?! ~ super cheesy!) 

For paint I hit up my local Lowes and ordered up a range of Valspar Paint Samples.  I love these half pints because you can pick out any Valspar color swatch and have it mixed right there in store.  The possibilities are endless and for under $3 a piece it gives you a lot of bang for your buck.
Colors left to right:  
Roasted Chestnut, Scarlet Sun, Autumn Enchantment, Toasted Pumpkin, Vivid Orange)

Rather than traditional pumpkins, I decided to go with Butter Nut Squash, I preferred their smaller size and they ended up being cheaper than pumpkins at my local Farmer's Market.  There really is no science in the painting, just slap it on using a foam brush.  Some gourds I painted completely, others only a stripe.
To ensure a vivid color I gave each two-three coats, allowing drying time in between.  After they were dry I also added Gold Washi Tape for a metallic pop!

For the leaves I used Tissue Paper!  While you could go with paper, I preferred the flimsy texture of the tissue paper.  Again, I used a foam brush to paint on very thin coats of paint.  I alternated between colors, allowed it to dry, then went over each with another thin coat of paint, using a different color on top this time ~ this will give your leaves more dimension.  Note, tissue paper is delicate, if you glob on too much paint it will tear, so be gentle, but know a couple tears here and there are inevitable.
Once the the paint is dry, I cut out leaves then used double sided tape to attach them to real sticks (just pick some up out of the yard ~ for free!)  For the branches attached to the fireplace I just adhered with tape ~ super easy!


With my leftover tissue paper I cut strips and added them to thrift store vases.
Again, using Gold Washi Tape to give a finished look.

After making my Anthropologie Inspired DIY Tee-Pee Napkins, I decided to enlarge my Tee-Pee design.  If you can draw a triangle, you can draw a Tee-Pee!  All I used was a brown Crayola Marker, then framed it in an $8 thrift store frame.


So there you have it, a Colorfall Fireplace Mantel!
Be sure to check out DIY Playbook all this week for more 
Fall Fantasy Draft Posts from other great bloggers!


  1. I love this look :) Most fall decor seems to start looking the same to me, but I feel like you gave it a totally fresh and modern look! Thanks for sharing :)

    1. Truth be told, this was one of my first posts that felt WAY out of my comfort zone! So this compliment means a WHOLE lot! Thanks so much for stopping by!!

  2. Michelle you are too darn cute! We are obsessed with this color-fall twist on our favorite season. Thanks for being on our Dream Team!

    B & C

  3. I love that you added the twigs to the fireplace. So clever and very gorgeous!

    Amy @ Delineate Your Dwelling

  4. I love it, Michelle!
    I've finally got my blog up and going. Come visit! www.therarestthing.com

  5. Hi Michelle! So random but I found you and this post after googling images of Valspar's Vivid Orange. We grabbed a chip of it while searching for a bright reddish-orange color to slap on our front door but we're nervous about it being too orange. We could just go grab a test pot of it but I was wondering what your opinion of it was as you've seen it painted in person. Is it a good mix of red and orange?

  6. I am satisfied with this. This website is awesome.


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