Autumn (or Fall) is the time of year I love to decorate the fireplace and mantel. I start searching Pinterest for pumpkin decoration ideas and get the Halloween sweets ready for trick or treaters. I’ve also been inspired by Katy and Charlotte for their Styling The Seasons series.
This year I made a stitched paper garland for the fireplace, which took only a few minutes to whip up!
Start by using a craft punch to cut circles from your paper or card stock. I actually used a couple of old Graze boxes as they had a cool leaf design on for October.
Using a sewing machine, make a straight stitch across the first piece of the garland, adding the next circle of card or paper as you go along. I used a contrasting thread and continued stitching until I had around 12 garland pieces, but you will need to judge this by the size of your fireplace.
Stitching paper or card tends to blunt the needle, so you will need to change it after this project if you are back to sewing fabric. Make sure to leave a length of thread at each end for hanging.
I used washi tape to hang my fireplace garland.
I like to fill my fireplace with candles and autumn decorations. I picked up these bicycle tea light holders in a local art shop in Cambridge.
I got some small squashes from the green grocer stall and promptly got the spray paint out to make a metallic gold pumpkin.
I think it makes for a super cosy mantel display, especially once the candles are lit.
Do you like decorating for each season? Next up, Christmas!