2. Yarn of your choice. I chose both the burgundy/red/green and the turquoise/sand/brown yarns.
3. Glue gun.
Start with a dot of glue on the stick, and after securing the end to the glue, start wrapping your yarn. You'll want to pull tightly. I added glue along the way to keep the yarn secured. Once you get started, it's not hard at all. I did two large sticks for a vase, and a handful of smaller sticks to string together as a garland. After I was finished wrapping, I added a couple pine cones and acorns by gluing them on.
The rest of the mantle was put together with pieces from here or there. I left out my raven painting from Halloween, and the aqua bowls, camera, and books are up on the mantle pretty much year round. After much deliberation, I put up this antique mirror earlier this year since it, um, "mirrored" the fireplace decoration. Oh this house. It's such a mishmash of eras, so I just try to go with it.
I put more of our acorn and pine cone treasures into a jar, added a few stacked pumpkins, and displayed the massive fall bouquet that my mom made me with dried flowers and plants from her yard. The pitcher and the big vase on the floor were both made by my talented uncle. I obviously love color, and I'm not afraid to show it, ha!
This little project is just enough to tide me over until it's time to deck the halls, because that's what I'm REALLY dreaming about right now! Even the kiddos keep asking if it's Christmas time yet. All the store decorations and Christmasy sights are getting us all into the mood prematurely. Don't worry, we won't jump the gun on Christmas. Yet.
Do you keep up fall decorations through November, or do you start making things merry and bright?