I am ready for Halloween and today I am sharing my Halloween mantel decor! Last year the birds invaded my front porch. I think over the past year they died and all that was left was skeletons of the birds and a buzzard looking for any leftovers.
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I have this big television above my mantel which is convenient for watching but not so convenient for decorating for the holidays. You can see the fireplace in its normal state back when we first shiplapped it here. With some help from my Dad, I took a large art canvas and added some trim to it so it can hang over the television easily for holiday decor. I covered the canvas with purple fabric for my Halloween decor.
Once I put the purple up there, I realized it looked very dark, so I added some gauzy fabric from the Dollar Tree to lighten it up.
To that I added one of my Ikea plastic frames which I had painted a with a chalky gray spray paint. The gray color and the chalky finish both add to the spookiness of the frame. The focal point of the frame is a large bat skeleton that I found at Target.
I left a couple of my coastal jars, two on my mantel and one on the hearth. I found scraps of trees from local landscapers and sprayed them all black. The “ball-moss” we find on trees in Florida looks extra creepy when painted black, kind of like spiders. Taking the time to find the right branches is what helped it look as if the branches are framing my entire display. After arranging my branches in the bottles I took some black and white leaves I got from Michael’s, cut off the individual leaves and hot glued them sparingly to the branches.
I had both the black and white pumpkins and the ornate black frame that I added to the mantel. The image of the black raven in the frame is from The Graphics Fairy. If you have never browsed around her website, you really should check it out!
One big buzzard that is not yet to skeleton stage is paying homage to the deceased bat and watching over a tiny bird skeleton.
One of my favorite parts of my Halloween mantel is my skull garland. I threaded my skulls on black tulle to make a garland. Check out the Halloween Skull Garland DIY tutorial for details.
To enhance the garland I added small arrangements of purple and black flowers with purple bats and black sparkly spiders, also from Dollar Tree. A coordinating arrangement sits on the center of the mantel.
There was no reason to stop at the mantel and added some of additional dollar store skulls along the hearth, because you can never have too many skulls, right? We were having a crazy severe rainstorm the other night and I found I needed some more skulls. I texted my husband while he was out at an appointment, “I am going out to get some more skulls.” He pointed out that if anyone else were to get that text they would wonder what the heck I was up to!
Shop this project:
Black branches – found locally
Skulls – Dollar Tree
Frame – Ikea
Gauze – Dollar Tree
Black Tulle – Joann
Bat Skeleton – Target
Black and White Maple Leaves – Michael’s
Purple and Black Flowers – Dollar Tree
Little Bird Skeletons – Dollar Tree
Large Buzzard – Michael’s