Autumnal Mantel Display

How To Create A Beautiful Autumnal Mantel Display on Beautiful Autumnal Mantel Dis[play

   To those who are observant, the inspiration for beautiful displays is all around us.  My husband Dave and I took a trip through Southern Indiana a couple of weeks ago.  This display was inspired by a display I saw at a restaurant.

   Sorry, the picture is grainy.  I took it from across a big room with the cell phone.  You get the idea, though.  

   It was so colorful, I couldn’t quit looking at it.

   On the way home from our trip, I started trying to remember what gourds and sunflowers were stashed away in bins in the basement.   Fortunately, I had most of the items needed for this project.  Only a bouquet of sunflowers, some interesting curly things, and a few small gourds were needed.

   Putting the display together, I realized something was needed to raise the height of the individual sunflowers.  A piece of styrofoam or floral foam small enough to be hidden would not support the stem.  
   After brainstorming for a few minutes, I found a new use for wine corks!  Gluing a few of these together and using the corks as a ‘floral frog’, worked perfectly!

   It’s funny, my eye is drawn to that colorful display on my mantel now and I smile.  The person who created the display at that restaurant has no idea he or she inspired this lovely Autumnal display!

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  1. 1

    Hi Debra! Your Fall Mantel is even more Beautiful than your Inspiration! I Love it! What a great idea for holding stems too! Thank you for sharing your Inspiration with us. 🙂

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      Thank you, Maria! The corks really come in handy now and then! I’ve glued them together like this before and used them as a lift to raise the height of a pot sitting in a decorative container.

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    That’s a lovely arrangement, Debra! I’m ALWAYS drawn to sunflowers. My cell phone is chock full of photos I take whenever something like that catches my eye and inspires me. Enjoy the season!

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    I really love your mantel display, Debra. I, too, are drawn to rich and colorful color hues for autumn. I like the symmetry of your mantel displays. I am a sucker for decor symmetry!

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