College Football Mantle

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I know a lot of people are getting their fall stuff out, but I just can't bring myself to do it.  Fall is still more than 3 weeks away, and it is nearly100 degrees here.  I can't pull out the scarecrows and pumpkins just yet.    But there is something I *CAN* stand behind.

College football.

 My husband and I are big college football fans. We both went to the University of Wisconsin, and that is where our allegiance lies.  Since the Badgers officially kicked off their season on September 1st, I knew exactly how I was going to deck out my mantle until the official start of fall.**

I immediately when to work researching what I could possibly include in a football mantlescape.  There isn't a lot of precident out there.   Leo at CottageAtTheCrossroads recently broke out his football mantle, unbeknownst to his wife.   He had a lot of great football related stuff.. I am not that lucky.  We don't even own a football.  I had to get creative.
We do own a lot of Badger gear.. so I used my Bucky Badger golf club cover and golf towel along with a pom pom set I found at the dollar store (I only wish they had red instead of orange.)  We also had a musical football (I am not really sure where that came from) and my kids built football goal posts this month at the Home Depot kids' workshop.  I admit I spray painted over the original rainbow paint job.. but luckily the kids didn't mind.

 On the other side I used the other pom pom, E's soccer cleats and a couple of foam footballs I also found at the dollar store.

As always, I added a pennant banner to the front of the mantle.  I used 4 sheets of scrapbook paper ($0.59/each) that I cut into triangles and sewed together with my sewing machine.

Lastly, I added another banner to the mirror.  It was a 12 foot long football banner I got at the dollar store, but I cut it apart and sewed it back together to get the layered look.

The entire investment was $6.36
Scrapbook paper $2.36
Pom pom set $1
Footballs $2
Banner $1

And the kids are super excited to get their hands on the pom poms and footballs as soon as this mantle comes down.  Add two more to the list of people chomping at the bit for fall to arrive.

  **okay, that is a little fib.  My friend Beth suggested a football mantle when I was lamenting that I didn't want to drag out my fall stuff just yet.. I give her all the credit for the idea! 

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  1. Your fall mantel is adorable! Going to pin it! Have a fabulous weekend!

  2. haha That's right Kim! I was one of those taking my Fall stuff from the basement just a few days ago! Good thing is the weather here isn't that hot!
    I love your mantel, my faves are the goal posts and the banners you created!

  3. That's a fun idea. I don't have a mantle, but if I had one, I would be doing this. My husband (then boyfriend) and I were both cheerleaders. Haha. Go blue and white.
    Jule from inside 9B

  4. Haha, we aren't really into football in our house (blasphemy I know!) But I love fall mantels! I've been working on mine, but it's not quite ready for sharing... ;)

  5. Your mantle is the cutest thing! I'd never thought of that even though I am a die-hard football fan. My wonderful hubby just got me NFL Sunday Ticket and I watched 10 hrs of non-stop games yesterday. He's not even into it as much as I am and he was a football player! Ha, Ha! I really love your goalpost and the little foam footballs stacked in that clear glass vase - I'm going to have to steal that one! I haven't pulled my fall decor out yet either because it's still so hot here in TX, too. I always say I'm going to thinking that it will make me feel cooler... :)

  6. Very Cute Mantle! I saw you on the craft 0 maniac party. I also do mantle makeovers each month. Stop by and see my Football mantle at

  7. So cute! I wish I had a mantle to decorate!

  8. That is really cute for the season!
    Thanks for linking up this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change


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