Once the end of September neared and I saw that my mantel still sported the red, white, and blue from the summer (see my post on the USA banner made from old jeans!), I figured it was about time to change it up for fall. But I didn't want to go full-on Halloween; I wanted something that I could leave up there for longer than a month.
I went with owls. You can't go wrong with owls, right? They go with both Halloween and fall in general. Plus they're all trendy right now and I have quite a collection of them. I arranged some birch logs (thanks, Dad!) and my owls and a feather boa on the mantel.
When Halloween got nearer, I made it a bit creepier by draping a skull printed on cheesecloth-type material over the mirror. His red eyes went nicely with the red candles that were still sitting there from summer.
Now that Halloween is over, I took down the skull and red candles. I put up a brownish-orange candle and matching pumpkin instead. And I put my little fall snowman in the front. In less than 5 minutes my mantel went from Halloween to Fall/Thanksgiving.
Now that I think about it, all the white in the birch logs and owls might work for Christmas and winter as well! Considering how busy December is, I'm guessing I'll make it work!