DIY- Fall Display Mantle Box

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A lit fireplace. On the mantel is blue colored box holding pumpkins that were painted in white, blue, and green paint colors.
Variety- it’s a good thing!  Though it’s hard to beat a forest of leaves turning in a breathtaking display of orange, yellow and red, mixing it up every now and then keeps our creativity active and malleable. For this project, we created a mantle box filled with pumpkins painted in cool coastal tones.

To complete this project you will need the following:
Lumber in the following dimensions:
(1) 7.25″ x 30″ x 0.75″
(2) 7.25″ x 3″ x 0.75″
(2) 3″ x 31.5″ x 0.75″
Brad gun and 1.25″ brads, or a hammer and finishing nails
Paint- we used Quiet Time T18-19
Paint Brush
Decorative elements- pumpkins, leaves, succulents etc…
Miter or hand saw
Step 1: Measure and cut wood
You can use the dimensions provided, or you can create customized measurements to suit your home’s mantle.
Wood plank, measuring tape, and a pencil. A piece of wood being cut by an electric saw.
Step 2: Lay out wood for assembly
Line up your pieces to make it easier to assemble. Your largest piece will be the bottom of the box.
The five pieces of wood that is needed to make the mantel box.
Step 3: Assemble box
Start with the long pieces and attach to bottom piece.
A person putting the pieces of wood together to create the box.
Use your brad gun to secure in place.
A person with a nail gun assembling the wood pieces to create the box.
Repeat with the other side.
Box with the two long sides assembled.
Attach the end pieces next.
Showing the placement of the smaller sides. Person using a nail gun to assemble the small sides onto the box.
Flip and repeat to complete your box.
Showing the box assembled.
Step 4: Paint 
Paint your box in the color of your choice.  We chose a soft gray called Quiet Time T18-19 from our 2018 Color Trends collection.
Painting the box.
Allow the box to dry.  Apply a second coat if necessary/desired.
Step 5: Decorate and enjoy
Fill your mantle box with festive, fall decorations for all to see and enjoy.
The box with fall decorations added to it.
A tight view of the box sitting on the mantel in a room setting.
Colorfully yours,

Quinn

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