In the past I have not decorated my house very elaborate for Halloween, think, no decor except a pumpkin bowl full of candy! Earlier this week I shared my SPOOKY banner and today I am going to show you my process for decorating my Halloween mantel! Sadly, so far these are the only things in my house that resemble Halloween! I guess I am taking baby steps. Come get a peek inside my mind and see how I came up with the design for my Halloween Mantel.
To start off I needed to decide on a focal point. The focal point should be the largest piece in your design. A focal point could be a mirror, piece of art, or large clock. There are so many possibilities.
When it comes to Halloween decor I like semi-scary decor. I am not really into all the blood and gore but I do like it to look a little bit scary. I headed out to my local dollar store to see if they had any items that I could use. I was surprised to find quite a few items that would work. The first thing that I got was this awesome black netting. It was the perfect charcoal color and the strings were easily shreddable, which added great texture. I
used some finish nails to attach the netting to the wall.
I found an old picture frame that I was no longer using and painted it with flat black spray paint. I put the freshly painted frame in front of the netting.
I then used some black card stock to draw some bats and cut them out. I attached these to the wall using tape. This finally completes my focal point. Usually the focal point is more center weighted and not quite so large. I decided to be a little bit more elaborate with this design. I honestly like the mantel like this but I took it a few steps further.
I decided I wanted to add a few more layers as well as visual weight. In other words I wanted to add some more accessories on the sides of the focal point. As a note, accessories should add dimension and detail, but never take away from the focal point.
I made this little box a few weeks ago for a project that I never really got around to finishing. It’s still super cute so I added it to the mantel and I really like the look. The glass bottles that are in the box are tea light candle holders, this mantel will look awesome once all of those lights are lit up. I placed the box in front of the picture frame.
For the accessories, I went out to my backyard and found a few dead branches. I wrapped a bit of orange ribbon around the middle of the branches and stood them up on the left side of the picture frame. I also added 2 rats that I found at the dollar store. I am on the fence about keeping them, it seems a little bit cluttered on that side.
On the other side of the mantel I added three pumpkins and a black bird. This side of the mantel just felt like it was missing something, so I found this candle stick and green candle from another area of my house.
Once everything was said and done I still felt like something was missing!! Can you tell what I added?? I really like the look of blank picture frames and maybe if I had decided to have a couple more up there it would have worked. Since I just had the one up there I felt like I needed to add a bit of color to the frame. It was then that I rememebered that I had found this small grape vine wreath. It worked perfect to hang from the center of the frame.
Well there you have it!! My first Halloween mantel. I am really liking how it turned out.