Back to School Mantel

Last year I decided that my mantel needed an academic makeover. Once back to school came along my summery mantel looked out of place but I wasn’t quite ready to put up all my Fall decor yet either. I came to the conclusion that a Back to School makeover was needed.
This is what my mantel looked like last year, we have moved since then. So I needed to start over and recreate my B2S mantel!
This year I left up the old window that I’ve been using and I hung a book page wreath on it.
What says school more than books? I love the warmth of books so I used them in various forms for this mantel. I stacked some red and green books up and topped them with an alarm clock, because if anything says back to school more than books it’s the reminder that those lazy days of summer are over!
I also added a couple book page covered candles that I made last year. I just decoupaged the cut pages right onto some cheap candles. Love them!
As you can see, my little 2×4 apple is now at home on my back to school mantel.
The wooden rulers and painted ABC’s made their way back onto the mantel!
I love how it turned out and HOPEFULLY it will keep my daughter excited about school for a bit.
So, am I the only weirdo that decorates for Back to School???
Linking up to these great link parties!!!



  1. I love the word wrapped candles and the rulers in the vase. Too Cute!!

  2. I saw you at the be dif act normal linky, and love your mantel. I have never done a special mantel for back to school Everything is so perfect. Love that clock too. Would love to have you link up at my party

  3. That is so pretty! I should do more with my mantel. Would you believe I left the Easter stuff up and haven’t done anything since! Sad.

  4. I absolutely love the wreath! simple yet visually interesting!

  5. Hi, I found you through the I heart naptime link party. Your mantle is so cute! I’ve done a back to school theme the last couple of years, as well. You’ve inspired me to add some candles, a bell and a clock to mine! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  6. your mantel looks awesome! Love the picture full of rulers.

  7. love it your display is patriotic and perfect for back to school come see me at

  8. The wreath is really great! I posted about a candle that smells like new books a while back. This would tie in well with the academic theme.
    see the post here:
    New follower:)

  9. It’s fantastic. Love the window with the book wreath and the letters. So cute.


  10. I loves me some back to school decorating. I just did a little entryway back to school things myself, but I wish I would have thought about making some ABCs for it. So cute!

  11. Darling!

  12. Thanks really cute!

  13. Love this! So cute!

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