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Fireplace Mantel – DIY Rustic Fall Decor under $15

I’m so excited for my first post here on Robyn Builds a Nest.  We’ve been in our new home since April and I’ve been anxiously waiting for September so I could decorate our fireplace mantel for Fall.  Luckily I had plenty of time to plan and think ahead!

This project was inspired by a post over on Shanty 2 Chic and their DIY Chalk Board Sign.  I had originally intended to completely recreate their project but I was having a hard time finding tall enough letters locally and the shipping prices to order them online was just something that I couldn’t stomach.

Here is my spin on the signs followed by the instructions.

Robyn Builds A Nest Fireplace Mantel Fall Decor

Rustic Fireplace Decor


I made the four wooden signs as outlined on Shanty 2 Chic, however my local Lowe’s didn’t carry 10 foot 1×3’s so I bought three 8 foot 1×3’s instead.  The folks that work there are nice enough to cut them for you if you don’t own a saw, or you can use something like the Ryobi Compound Miter Saw to do it yourself, it’s well worth the investment!

Once I got the wood glued and the shims nailed I went ahead and stained them.  I let them dry completely while I searched for letters so they sat for a few days while I thought of what to do with them.  Then I decided it was time to dust off my Cameo Silhouette that was still in storage from the move.  I remembered I had recently purchased a deer silhouette with intentions of using it on a pillow cover but I had a feeling it would be great on my wooden signs as well.  I went ahead and downloaded the free shape of the week (a leaf) and a tree silhouette as well.

After cutting all three shapes on card stock I then went ahead and taped them onto my wooden signs.  I already had some white craft paint and sponge brushes so I just painted (dabbed) and then carefully removed the silhouette stencils and let them dry.  I really love the way they turned out but I think I still might play with them a bit more and maybe sand the edges a bit.  What do you think?


Tree Silhouette Fireplace Mantel Rustic Fall Decor

Leaf Silhouette Fireplace Mantel Rustic Fall Decor

Leaf Silhouette Fireplace Mantel Rustic Fall Decor

Deer Silhouette Fireplace Mantel Rustic Fall Decor

Deer Silhouette Fireplace Mantel Rustic Fall Decor


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myrabev - Love the leaf and the deer. Beautiful DIY

amber - so cute! I wish I had a fireplace to do this kind of decorating! Looks great!

Andi - Congrats on the new blog, the mantle turned out GREAT!

Kathy Hadley - Dear Robyn,

I really LOVE how your mantel turned out. Very well done.

I’m looking forward to what else you will be sharing.



P.S. I think I might use some of your ideas! 🙂

rkilp - Thank you so much Kathy – if you use the ideas don’t forget to come back and let me know how it turned out. I’d love to see your spin on the idea!

rkilp - Thank you so much Andi, it was so much fun to decorate!

rkilp - Thanks, Amber. I have to admit that this fireplace was a big selling point when we built this house. Now I’m ready for some snow so we can build a big warm fire 🙂

rkilp - Thank you!

Alexandria Gunn - These are great ideas. I love the one with the trees; that is definitely my favourite.

Trish - I love the way it turned out! Looks great on your fireplace 🙂

Christen - I really like the look of that rustic wood. Great job.

Fi - It’s lovely, has such a cosy vibe to it!

Liv - This turned out great !!! Congrats on your first post!! Look forward to more!!!

Winter White - Congrats on the new site design. I love this DIY project, it’s great for the fall, and it looks really gorgeous on your mantel.

Jenny - they’re lovely! Love the site and the fireplace ornaments. If only I had a fireplace!

Brenda - OMG! These look amazing.

kendall - Wow – these look wonderful! You did an amazing job!

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes - Great idea for a DIY project!

Raewyn - This mantel looks SO, SO cool!! Oh, you are making me want to decorate!

kristine foley - The wooden signs are my favorite! Turned out beautiful!

Avie - Wow! Love it! The one with the trees and the buck head are my fave!!

Gillian - Oh my goodness, these are seriously SO lovely!!

Mila - Oh, this so beautiful! Pinning 🙂
I would love if you share your rustic decor with my fall themed party Big Autumn Bash:


Selene Galindo - Oh…I just love these! Especially the deer one!! I love how rustic they look and the white pops very nicely with the dark wood tones!

rkilp - Thank you so much Mila – I love shares and now I’m coming to see your party!

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