6 Autumn Mantel Ideas for Your Eco-Friendly Fireplace

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If you are like many others, you have already transformed your wood-burning fireplace into an eco-friendly one with fireplace burners. If you haven't done this yet, now is the time. Fireplace burners simply get placed in the fireplace instead of wood. You enjoy heat and ambiance without smoke, odor, and toxic fumes. This allows the fireplace to continue to be the centerpiece of your home, as it rightfully should be. Since it will continue to attract all the attention, you will want to make sure your mantel is perfect because it will definitely get noticed.

  • Dried Flowers - Usually, dried flowers are considered a "no-no" in decorating, especially if you practice feng shui. However, dried golden rod, wheat, and allium in white ceramic vases create a nice display. Of course, you can add a few gourds, acorns, and dried leaves, if you want.

  • Birch Bark Candle - A simple three or four-wick candle can be turned into an intriguing display by wrapping birch bark around it. Use leather string to hold it in place. You don't even have to light the candle for it to attract attention. 

  • Painted Gourds - This classic concept never goes out of style. You can create two-toned gourds using painter's tape. You can also use a foam brush to create a dripping effect. Jewel or harvest colors are ideal. You can also use metallic paints for a more contemporary home. 

  • Harvest Bouquet - This bouquet will have guests leaning in for a closer look. Use bird seed or fresh seeds and nuts to fill a large clear vase. Then, create a bouquet with feathers, cattails, flowers, leaves, and branches.

  • Framed Leaves - If you have a child, you can actually do this project with them. Collect leaves to glue on cardstock. You can also glue on twigs to create a frame. Make one, or create several to space out across the mantel. You might want to write the type of tree the leaves come from on the cardstock, if you want. If you prefer, you can paint the leaves and branches with metallic paints before gluing them.

  • Pine cones and Moss - If you have a white mantel, space white pots of moss across and scatter large pine cones around the pots. You can also string a clothesline and use clothespins to hang colored leaves. The simple colors against the white will look brilliant.

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