If you follow along with our website regularly, you’ll know how much I love to decorate my fireplace mantel. It is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to change up the decor in my home. I love to change it with the various seasons, holidays and other major events in our home such as the kids’ birthday parties. I usually stick with an autumn theme but decided to try out a Halloween mantel this year.
I have a pretty well-established collection of decorative items for each holiday but usually I add a little something to change it up a bit. This year I picked up some Halloween themed flowers for my vases from the local dollar store as well as Michaels. I also made a simple 1-hour Halloween bunting.
Items to Consider
Decorating a mantel is quite easy with a few basic tips.
I like to start with something tall at each end. Usually it’s a vase filled with fake flowers or other decorations or else tall candle holders with pillar candles. You might recognize my vases from last year’s autumn mantel. I pulled out the fall-themed foliage and added my Halloween sparkly flowers.
Candle holders are a quick and simple way to decorate. The mosaic pumpkin bowl was a bit of a splurge one year at Pier 1 Imports however I did pick it up on sale after Halloween. The cat candle holder and the orange mason jar are from the dollar store!
Adding a piece of artwork is also important for me. I like a picture with a fun phrase or cute image. With toddlers in the house, I like to make Halloween seem a little less frightening. The scaredy cat art was a clearance item last year from HomeSense.
I couldn’t resist picking up these awesome pumpkin people from HomeSense last year. They’re so much fun! And yet another way to add something festive but not too scary for the kids. Little J constantly asked me to pull them down for him and Miss O wants to know if there’s actually candy in their Trick or Treat bags. They have wooden blocks inside them to keep them perfectly balanced on the mantel.
A statement piece for over your mantel is also important. I do have a few pieces of artwork for various themes but I don’t have one for my Halloween mantel. I opted for a mirror which stays up most of the year because it’s easy to work with. There’s a little Command Hook on the back so I can hang things from it. As I didn’t have anything to hang from it for Halloween, I opted for window clings. It’s a quick and simple way to dress up a mirror that is more for decorative purposes.
Lastly, I added my bunting. This is the first bunting I have ever made and it will definitely not be my last. It was such a quick and simple project, completed in just 1 hour during Little J’s nap time. All you need to make this bunting is some basic sewing skills. I foresee a new bunting for every holiday in the future.
How do you change up the decor in your home to keep it fresh?
Andrea can always be found with a new craft in front of her, a form of technology on her right and a coffee on her left. This is how she survives suburbia with her two crazy toddlers in tow.