It’s time for full~blown Thanksgiving decor. The turkeys, pilgrims, and pumpkins are out. In celebration of the season, I’m sharing how to use a thankful sign for your Thanksgiving mantel.
Thanksgiving ~ or the giving of thanks ~ is the message we think about this time of year. A thankful sign for your Thanksgiving mantel provides a wonderful focal point.
The inspiration for this Thanksgiving mantel came as I walked through Target a few weeks ago. The idea kept growing and expanding until it was almost complete in my head.
Then a roll of burlap ribbon got in the act and the idea for my Thanksgiving mantel gew a little more.
Thankful Sign for your Thanksgiving Mantel
And then, Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home gathered several bloggers for a “Season of Thanks” blog hop. My thankful sign would fit perfectly.
If you are joining me from Shelley at Calypso in the Country, I know that you loved her seasonal tablescape.
There are two DIY projects involved in this Thanksgiving mantel, but today I’m just going to share the finished mantel. Next week, I’ll share the projects.
Let’s start by showing you our Thanksgiving mantel from last year. I loved the “daily bread” scroll from last year so much I wanted to use it again.
Inspiration for This Year’s Mantel
As I mentioned, the vision for this year’s mantel started in Target when I found these wood maple leaf cut outs. There were only 6 and I bought all of them.
These wood leaves are about 5 inches tall about 5 inches across and very solid. They were $5.00 each. They do stand up at an angle.
Of course, I had to use a little DIY magic to make them the focal point of my Thanksgiving mantel. But, for now, let’s look at the decorated mantel.
A Season of Thanks Mantel
We’ll start above the mantel with the daily bread scroll. It got a new “topper” with a new burlap “grain~sack” bow. I’ll show you how to make that in a later post.
After removing everything from our fall mantel, I added the “thanks” maple leaves, two pilgrims in orange felt (from the Wisteria Outlet a few years ago.), and turkeys from our collection.
Yes, when you are short, a ladder is a must for reaching high places.
A close up shows the thanks sign that I painted and stenciled. Since I only had 6 wood leaves, it was fortunate that thanks has 6 letters.
Mr. Pilgrim and one of the turkeys flank one side of the mantel.
Mrs. Pilgrim and a matching turkey flank the other side.
Notice the fall plaid colors behind the maple leaves? Those are actually napkins. I thought the mantel needed a little more color and these napkins were perfect in color and pattern. They also give a little more height to the mantel.
I put each napkin in one of my vintage terra cotta pots to hold them up.
This is a very simple Thanksgiving mantel. I do like that all the elements ~ “thanks“ wood sign, the napkins, pilgrims, and turkey ~ nicely fill the mantel with color, texture, and pattern.
It’s also a clean look.
After staring and looking, I decided that the Thanksgiving mantel need a little more height and color. I added my tall vintage wood candlesticks and battery~operated orange candles.
I hope that you like my Thanksgiving mantel and especially, my sign of thanks. Please PIN for your holiday inspiration.
Are you ready for more “season of thanks” ideas? Start off with my friend Chloe of Celebrate and Decorate who made a lovely pumpkin centerpiece.