My $15 Fall Mantel (Er, Bookcase)

October 03, 2012

On Monday I told you about the fall decorating challenge that has been organised by Jeanette at This Dusty House, and how I was a bad blogger and didn’t get my shopping and planning done on the weekend. Well, yesterday after work (because while I planned on going to the dollar store at lunch I had to go to a meeting instead – drat) I made a mad dash to the dollar store and tried to figure out what I was going to use to decorate my mantel/bookcase. It was HARD!!! It might be because Dollarama had a lot more Halloween items than ‘Fall’, but it’s more likely that I’m not great at trying to decorate on a deadline – I like to think and rethink my decor choices before making a decision (ahem - exhibit A, the chairs I bought over a year and a half ago and haven't touched yet).

Anyways, I picked up a few things at Dollarama, and a few things at my local mom and pop grocer. The rest were items I had at home. Here are the items I used (and yes that's a stuffed bear - I'm a kid at heart, and he's cute):
Fall decor - items I used
And here is my finished fall mantel/bookcase:
Fall decor - $15 decor challenge

Fall decor - gourds in a white bowl

Fall decor - mums wrapped in brown paper

fall decor - maple leaves
And the total cost of my foray into fall decorating? Here’s the breakdown:
  • Brown paper (to wrap the mums)– owned
  • Twine (to wrap the mums)– Dollarama – $1
  • Candles – Dollarama – $1
  • Candleholder – owned
  • White bowl – owned
  • Gourds – Local grocer – 2 for $1 = $3
  • Mums – Local Grocer – $3
  • Fall leaves – Dollarama – $1 x 2 strands = $2
  • Apothecary jar – Owned
  • Mirror – Owned
  • Bear with pumpkin – Dollarama – $1
I’m not quite sure how I managed to only spend $11 as I was absolutely positive I was going to blow my $15 budget. Maybe it helped that the surface I chose to decorate is fairly small so I couldn’t do a lot with it. What do you think? Was I somewhat successful in this challenge, or should I steer clear of all seasonal decorating from now on?

Don’t forget to see what the other bloggers participating in the challenge were able to do – click on the links below to visit their blogs.

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  1. Looks great! I love this challenge.

  2. I LOVE IT! And now I think I need to check out my little local grocers to see if I can find some of those amazing gourds and the little mum for so cheap. All the ones I've seen have been huge and, well, still cheap, but, you know - huge. Also, I love how you brought the little teddy bear in. Such a cute little detail!

  3. This looks awesome! I love that you successfully followed the challenge, unlike myself. Hah. I am so into the local grocer stuff, decorating with nature is the best, especially since Fall means so many awesome colours! Yay!

  4. Very pretty! I love all the colour you used (despite going neutral myself, haha) and that mirror is so pretty. I really like they way you disguised the flower pot too, I have to try that!

  5. I swear, all of you guys have much better Dollar Stores near you than I do. I ended up going to Tuesday Morning and shopping the clearance aisle at TJ Maxx. I also added some grocery store items. Which reminds me, I need to post my reveal.

  6. I love all the orange! It all turned out so pretty!

  7. I also bought leaves and considered leaves in a beautiful jar like that, but the colours didnt work for my space. Love it for your place! so pretty!

  8. I saw little gourds at the Loblaws superstore last night, so I think a lot of places have them. The little mum plant surprised me - I too had only ever seen thm in mammoth 'use me on your front porch' size.

  9. You know it's funny, every time I read American bloggers talk about the Dollar Tree I think your dollar stores are so much better than ours :)

  10. The dish that the gourds are sitting in is just perfect! The way you balanced the colours with neutrals, it looks very well put together.

  11. I think it looks lovely! This posts reminds me how bad I need an apothecary jar...

  12. You should definitely keep on seasonal decorating. This looks lovely and all on a reasonable budget!

  13. So cute!! I love the color combination and the creativity.


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