Fall Craft Ideas For A Mantel : Home Decor With A Cricut - Major Hoff Takes A Wife

Fall Craft Ideas For A Mantel : Home Decor With A Cricut

Decorating a mantel with fall craft ideas


Home Decor With A Cricut Machine &

 Dollar Store Pumpkins!

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Fall craft ideas for a mantel or any area of your home. Features crafts made with a Cricut machine and dollar store pumpkins. Autumn home decor has never been so thrifty!
Yes, it's true. We are almost half way through October and I haven't shared my fall decor. If you remember my past autumn home tours, I prefer to try and make my decor budget stretch. And stretch a lot. I also like to keep things fairly neutral to be able to pass through several weeks vs. changing Halloween out for Thanksgiving.  So when I want to mix things up, I either create it, or buy it from the Dollar Store. I love finding new fall craft ideas and am inspired by magazines, Pinterest, and so many other places. My mantel this fall shares some old favorites, a few new pieces, and crafts I created on my Cricut Air Machine, that you can just as easily recreate! Plus, a few of my friends made some amazing projects that you will not want to miss!

Aqua and ghost pumpkins for autumn display

This is my mantel in our Living Room. You lovely people might recognize that old chippy window frame. I use it often. The glass is faded and colored over time. The paint has perfect chippy paint that you can't recreate. The wheat is even left over from last year. It's a nod to the first years of marriage when hubs and I lived in Kansas.

aqua colors for a fall mantel

I saw a picture in a magazine a few weeks back of white pumpkins mixed with aqua pieces and I fell in love. I knew I wanted to create that look too.
The grey statue metal thing is an old favorite too. You might remember me giving it a new life with chalk paint. 

French Loaf Dough Bowl with Pumpkins

The french dough bowl is a new favorite. It’s more of a “loaf” bowl though, long and skinny. Perfect for a decorative statement on a mantel. I found it on my last trip to Round Top during Texas Antiques Week. I had wanted one for a long time, and the price was finally right (remember, I’m thrifty, LOL!).

Fall Home Decor with Cricut

The aqua vase was a clearance find at Target a few seasons back. I cut out these lovely fall leaves from the Cricut Design Space. I used the Pearl Paper which I fell in total love with. It’s shimmery on BOTH sides. It’s so hard to find a cardstock or paper that is double sided. I hung them from twigs (you won’t believe what that really is!) with twine I had on hand.

dollar store fall crafts

The dough bowl is lined with sheet moss, and dollar tree pumpkins (see the before and after further down the post!). I also glued the shimmer paper leaves onto the pumpkins, and scattered them in the bowl.

fall crafting ideas.

I used several shapes and colors and varied the sizes and colors of paper I used. I love the way the shimmer catches the light just right!

fall craft ideas with cricut

It’s so hard to catch that glimmer that the Pearl Paper has with a camera. Hanging leaves isn’t a new idea in the blogosphere, but it was the first time I had done it.The simple trick to this……. It seems so silly. Being the thrifty person I am, I didn’t want to pay for twigs. I wasn’t going to use the trees outside because the bugs are bad this year. So I found this handy dandy guy at the dollar store.
repurposing a grapevine wreath

It was the sweetest little grapevine wreath. The twigs being the size I wanted. I simply soaked it in water in my sink for about 10 mins to loosen it up and untangled it. If there are areas that are stubborn, simply soak a while longer. I liked the curve , so I kept it in a lot of the pieces. I used scissors to cut the lengths I preferred.

Cricut how to cut pearl paper

Now that I’ve bragged about my clever twig trick, let me show you my crafting fail. I want to point out this was 100% MY FAULT and nothing to do with Cricut. I placed the Pearl Paper on the mat, and thought I should put it on the light cardstock setting. WRONG! You can see how the leaves are ripped and that it’s not working. After a quick check on Cricut’s website, I discovered the trick to cutting Pearl Paper (and also reminded myself to not guess, and look stuff up next time!).
  1. Place Pearl Paper onto Cricut LightGrip cutting mat. 
  2. Select and size images and load material into the machine. 
  3. On a Cricut Explore, turn the dial to Turn the Smart Set dial to “Custom”.
  4. In Design Space, select “Pearl Paper”.

dollar store pumpkin makeover

The pumpkins were smaller than normal, and tall and skinny, just what I was looking for. They had some sort of leaves, pumpkin, twig stuff on top that I simply tore off. You can see exposed styrofoam, but that didn’t matter because I was painting them!

painting dollar store pumpkins

I used paints I had on hand. Chalk paint, fabric paint, and acrylic paint. I mixed colors up to get the shades I wanted, and used a foam brush. I placed a skewer in the middle of the pumpkin where the stem stuff had been and that allowed me to paint them in a less precarious way.

ideas for fall crafting

This was a bit bigger, and I found it at Walmart. There is also a small white speckled pumpkin I found with it that was only 97 cents. I didn’t paint it.

Once dried, I cut tiny “stems” from the leftover wreath and stuck those in where the skewers had been. I laid down the moss, placed the pumpkins, hot glued leaves and scattered the rest. Easy peasy.
Dollar store pumpkins for fall decorating

So that’s my quick and easy fall craft ideas for a mantel. What do you think? Do you like to mix new things with old favorites too?

The best part??? I'm not the only one who is Crafting With Cricut! Tons of my blogging friends are too! They loved this fall challenge just as much as I did!

I'm excited to join 22 other super talented bloggers for the Fall Cricut Challenge. Check out what these talented ladies created below and enter to win a HUGE box of supplies from Cricut!
Cricut Challenge and Giveaway Fall 2016

DIY Faux Leather Jewelry from It Happens In A Blink
DIY Trick or Treat Bags from Housewives of Riverton
Easy Triangle Garland from Our Thrifty Ideas
Brand Sparkling New Onesie from Tastefully Frugal
Cinderella Pumpkins from Auntie Tay
DIY Halloween Pillow from The Happy Scraps
Falling For You Shirt from The Quiet Grove
Faux Leather Flower Clips from 5 Little Monsters
Blessed Flower Arrangement from Crafting In The Rain
Squad Ghouls Halloween T-Shirt from Housewife Eclectic
DIY Leather Bows from Artsy-Fartsy Mama
BOO Halloween Headbands from RaeGun Ramblings
DIY Flower Skull From Cloudy Day Gray
Kids Thanksgiving Graphic T-Shirts from Over The Big Moon
Faux Leather Floral Cuffs from Hello Creative Family
Fall Paper Leaf Wreath from Frenchie Wraps
Glitter Apron from Midge and Madge
DIY Fall Mantel from Major Hoff Takes A Wife
Halloween Party Props from Nite Owl Creates
Disney Savings Jar from Inspiration Made Simple
DIY Farmhouse Sign from A Southern Mother

Want to make one (or all) of these projects? We've teamed up with Cricut to help with that! Enter through the widget below to win a HUGE box full of supplies including:


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Giveaway is open to residents of US and Canada ages 18+. Giveaway ends on 10/21/2016 at Midnight MST. Winner will be notified within 24 hours and has 24 hours to respond.


  1. I wish I had a mantel. For some reason, when we bought our house, our fireplace didn't have one.

    1. Oh man! Bummer! At least it's one less thing to dust? LOL

  2. Some good ideas here, thanks.

  3. wonderful inspiration. I have been looking at the air cricut for some time now. Lovely giveaway as well.

    1. Of course, I would need a lesson or two, if I purchased one...LOL

    2. Linda, I love my Cricut. It really was one of the best investments I made for my craft room. You can do so much with it!

  4. Your mantle is stunning! I love the paper feathers and leaves.

  5. The Dollar Store is the best! I'm always surprised what I can find there. But it doesn't really feel like fall yet here in Texas, this will help.

    1. Yes, you can find lots of goodies there. And hopefully it will get cooler soon!

  6. I love your festive fall mantel.
    Thanks for sharing at C&C with J & J!

  7. Wow...I love this idea! SO cute!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

    1. Thanks Jess! I appreciate it and will check that out!


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