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Natural Elements For Fall

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Nature was a part of my childhood pasttime. My parents property led down to a marsh. I spent hours with my sister scoping out the marsh and woods: collecting branches for a fort, gathering natural elements for craft projects, stomping through the trails of leaves.

We enjoyed nature. And because of this connection I developed an appreciation for the outdoors.

So, decorating for Fall with natural elements was pretty instinctive for me.

Let me show you how I decorated our cozy little TV room. I hope it inspires you.

natural elements for fall

Rusty buckets and moss covered bricks were my inspiration for our TV room mantel. The bricks were found in our backyard, so I layered them in the center of the mantel. I then placed LED candles on top and in between them. Cattails, ferns, and cotton boll branches were assembled in the buckets to flank the convex mirror.

rusty buckets with cattails, cotton boll and ferns

I then added some chevron burlap to the buckets and a cute little number tag to the front. I love this burlap-timeless and trendy!

natural elements for Fall decorating by dandelion patina

I love the patina these old bricks have taken on. They make great candle stands and best of all they were free.

natural elements for Fall by dandelion patina

A friend of my husbands gave me several deer antlers. I love using them in home decor. They add such texture and a bit of that unexpectedness.

natural elements for Fall

Moving on to the antique trunk I had refurbished when I was in my 20’s. My mom’s friend had a small business of fixing up old trunks. She took the entire trunk apart and put it back together after removing all the layers of fabric and material to reveal the gorgeous wood underneath. I was amazed at the patience and attention to detail she had. This piece is well loved.

natural elements for fall

An assortment of faux gourds and pumpkins fill this hand blown glass pumpkin. Wooden spools were added to give the assortment of natural elements some texture. Old books were stacked with nuts and faux flowers.

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natural elements for Fall

This machinist chest was one of those ‘happy dance’ finds. I love all the character it has from the dents and scratches to the worn off leather handles.

natural elements in TV room


natural elements for Fall by dandelion patina

This room was so fun to decorate because of all the fond childhood memories associated with the natural elements.

What is your favorite part of this room?

And if you are looking for more Fall decorating inspiration please hop over to my Fall tablescape, Fall mantel, and my scrappy pumpkins will make you smile!

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Rustic Fall Mantel

Happy Fall! Today I am sharing my rustic fall mantel with you.

I hope you are enjoying the crisp air and sunny days. I know our family is here in WI. It is a magical time of year when Mother Nature starts painting another beautiful canvas.

rustic fall mantel by dandelion patina

With the cooler temperatures in the evenings, comes the desire to cozy up to the fireplace.

Unfortunately, we do not have a working fireplace.

When we first moved into our home, we did have one.

But, it didn’t work and we had to make a decision. We either invest in a new fireplace or a large picture window to let in more natural light to our living room.

The decision was to go with more natural light in the space.

I don’t regret it for one minute…

…but, I still wanted to have the feeling of a fireplace in our living room. Who wouldn’t?

So, we created a faux fireplace mantel and I am here to show you how I decked it out this fall!

Introducing my rustic fall mantel

rustic fall living room mantel by dandelion patina

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My inspiration for this rustic fall mantel came from these pillows that I picked up at TJ Maxx. These pillows are very similar.

The colors are deep rust, olive green, light blue, gold, and dark brown. The color scheme reminded me of what I see outdoors.

Above the mantel, I started with a dark green piece of vintage wainscoting I found at an antique store.

I loved the distressed finish and old charm.

rustic fall mantel by dandelion patina


Luckily,this summer I found an old windmill. I knew I didn’t want to use it outdoors as is, so I had the hubby disassemble it into three separate pieces. The windmill blades were added to the wainscoting as my starting point.


rustic fall mantel by dandelion patina


My favorite candle holders flank the windmill blades. A vintage squirrel & nut canister was added. These vintage label canisters would look perfect on the mantel and they can be used in the kitchen after fall decorating.


chunky wood candle holder for fall


vintage squirrel nut canister


And a cute little distressed pumpkin adds that extra special touch.


rustic fall mantel by dandelion patina


cotton boll picture frame by dandelion patina


Freshly painted white vintage picture frames were added. Pieces of cotton were strung to float within the frame. Nothing says rustic like cotton boll and galvanized letters.


rustic fall mantel by dandelion patina
I always try to add an element or two of the unexpected. This is why I used a few vintage incubator trays to decorate the empty white space of the fireplace. The space wouldn’t be complete without a galvanized metal suitcase turned on its side.


rustic fall mantel by dandelion patina


With this rustic fall mantel to inspire you, even if you can’t enjoy a real fireplace in your home. Stage a faux fireplace to look just as inviting….

…you will just need a few extra blankets to stay warm instead!

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Looking for more inspiration? Hop over to my fall tablescape and my scrappy industrial pumpkins!

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Longhorn Wall Sconces

longhorn wall art by dandelion patina

Hey friends! I am back with a tutorial on the longhorn wall sconces. I was so excited to share them with you and my love of longhorns that completely forgot to show you how to make your own.

Let’s get started!


longhorn tutorial dandelion patina

This is the longhorn head that I purchased at a moving sale. I removed all the nails holding the horns to the skull. It was a pretty simple process to disassemble.

longhorn wall sconce tutorial

The raw ends of the horns had holes from the nails and wire. I reused these to create the sconces.

longhorn sconce tutorial

I repurposed two old boards found in the garage. I painted them white and distressed the perimeter of the boards. Look at all that chippy goodnes!

longhorn sconce tutorial

I found two hooks in the garden center at a local hardware store for under $4 a piece. These will hold the sconces upright securely.

longhorn sconce tutorial

The garden hook was simply attached to the board with the screws provided. We held up the longhorn to the board prior to drilling. I wanted the longhorn to be centered within the board.

longhorn sconce tutorial

I used the same technique with the jute rope as I did with my curtain tiebacks. The braided jute is such a neat little touch to the sconces. Because the jute is braided it adds the needed strength to hold the horns on the garden hook.

longhorn sconce tutorial

I then also wrapped the jute around the top of the horn to cover the raw rough edge and add a bit of a finished look. I added newspaper to the insides of the horns so that the greenery and twigs would sit nicely at the top.

longhorn sconce tutorial

These are the fillers I chose to add to my sconces. A bit of fresh green color, delicate white flowers, and birch twigs. These can be changed out for each season.

longhorn wall vase by dandelion patina

And there you have it. Now, get out there and find your longhorns! If you would like to take a step back and read about my love of longhorns you can do that here.


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Simply Scrappy Industrial Pumpkins

simply scrappy industrial pumpkins


Hey friends! I wanted to share this sweet and simple way to create some unique pumpkins for your fall decorating.

I love using objects from around the house as I did in my fall tablescape. This is another project where shopping your home doesn’t cost a whole lot (just some time and creativity) and you can make room for some new fall items in your closet too.


Step 1.

galvanized metal orbs

Galvanized metal orbs. I had these sitting on a bookshelf in my office. They were originally purchased from Hobby Lobby. If you really wanted to get your DIY on, these industrial pumpkins were constructed by hand.


Step 2.

scraps of fabric from flannel shirts for simply scrappy pumpkins

Search the clothes closet and drawers for some old flannel shirts that have a fall color scheme. I chose three different patterns of plaid for my industrial pumpkins. You could also take a drive over to your closest Goodwill or thrift store and find a few flannels. Scraps of fabric would also work just the same if you have those lying around your craft room.

Step 3.

industrial pumpkin tutorial by dandelion patina

Once you have your fabric/shirts selected start cutting up scraps and stuffing them into the galvanized orbs. As you fill, shape the fabric inside the orb to maintain the round shape.

Step 4.

leaves and branches for scrappy pumpkins

Now it is time to create the stem, vines, and leaves. I used a thick pine branch and cut it into several pieces. The pine is easy to cut and gives a nice aroma. The faux leaves were left over from my fall tablescape project. The floral wire was found in our craft room, but can be purchased at any local craft supply store. I curled the wire by wrapping it around a pencil several times.

Step 5.

industrial pumpkins by dandelion patina

Step 6.

simply scrappy industrial pumpkins

Add a bed of spanish moss to a wooden tray and place the industrial pumpkins inside. This now becomes a nice centerpiece for a dining table or coffee table. And when the pumpkin season is over, just remove all the fabric and supplies (as none of the supplies were glued down) and return those galvanized orbs to the bookshelf.

simply scrappy industrial pumpkins by dandelion patina


What projects are you working on for this fall season?

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Fall Tablescape For Less

Fall Tablescape For Less Dandelion Patina What is a fall tablescape?   A dictionary defines as an artistic arrangement of articles on a table.   Hmmm….   artistic yes, but just plain old articles on a table. Not much to stir the imagination.   When I think about a tablescape I think of a piece of art; the table as my canvas.   I visualize the table in layers.   Beautiful dishes.   Crisp linens.   Flickering candles.   Textures.   Unexpected touches.   The taste of a sweet wine.   fall tablescape 8 The vision is beautiful for entertaining family and friends. But, the question remains.

How can I create a fall tablescape for less?

It is as easy as pushing your cursor to scroll further down on this page! Go ahead…what are you waiting for….. Fall Tablescape by dandelion Patina For this arrangement I did quite a bit of shopping around my house (and Goodwill). The faux floral was found at The Dollar Store. And here is a tip-don’t be afraid to buy these just for the leaves or just for the flowers. The pieces are removable. Just discard the stem and place on the table. The tissue paper oak leaves were also found at The Dollar Store. Curl the wire stems over a pencil and you have a delicate little leaf. Willow wreaths make great faux chargers adding texture to the place setting. fall tabelscape by dandelion patina The candles, walnuts, and burlap were shopped for in my home. I love it when I can pull together arrangements just by walking into our basement or pull decor from another room. Fall tablescape by dandelion patina The apples, white dishes, and glasses were found at Goodwill. I purchased all for under $8. fall tablescape by dandelion patina The taupe linens, patterned plates, and distressed gourd were found at TJ Maxx. By finding most of my other accessories in my home, Goodwill, and The Dollar Store I was able to splurge for these items and it didn’t even feel like splurging! fall tablescape gourd by dandelion patina I love the texture of the walnuts and gourd. fall tablescape by dandelion patina   fall tablescape burlap chair decor by dandelion patina Simple burlap was draped and tied on the back of the chairs. The texture ties the tablescape theme together. fall tablescape honeywine dandelion patina And if you love sweet wine as I do, this would be an excellent choice. Cheers!   What are your ideas for an ideal fall tablescape?

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