Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Printable Halloween Mantel

I'm quickly learning that a blogger must live slightly in the future at all times.

For a born procrastinator like myself, that is a little baffling. I feel like in the past walking into stores with Halloween décor made me roll my eyes and think "ugh, it's too early! It's still September!"

But I suddenly find myself preparing to decorate for Halloween.

In September.

Me, the procrastinator.

And if I'm being perfectly honest, I even started planning three weeks ago. In August.

So without further ado (because by the time you read this I'll probably be pinning Christmas inspiration), here is my Halloween mantel.

I started with the idea of adding a collection of "spooky" prints. I basically searched The Graphic Fairy and the New York Public Library Digital Gallery for anything that included the following:


I printed my favorites either as-is or after layering them on a parchment paper background which I found here.

I framed them using a bunch of old clip frames from Ikea I had leftover from a project. I was tempted to purchase new black frames, but I decided to work with what I had.

Next, I spray painted some sconces I had on hand a glossy black and then made bleeding candles to go in them. (You've probably seen tutorials using red candles. I used crayons!)

I reused some items on the display from last year and purchased a few new pieces for under $10 bucks from the dollar store and a little more for some small white pumpkins and kobucha squash at the grocery store.

Here it is at night.
So, is it spoooky? Have you started decorating for Halloween yet? Too early?

Linking up to the It's Fall, Y'all party with Thrifty Décor Chick and Remodelaholics Anonymous with Remodelaholic.


  1. I just adore your post...You are so right, when blogging, especially for holidays, everyone is looking for the creative idea to try for themselves and your post is so perfect...love the mantle, the candle, so cool...love the whole look, spooky, scary and full of ideas, so amazing, would love for you to come over and see my goulie house guests, would love to know what you think...thanks for showing your cool mantle....Phyllis

    1. Thanks Phyllis! I had fun setting it up. I will check yours out now!

    2. Wow. Very spooky mantle!! Spooky in a good way! Happy fall!

    3. thanks for some awesome ideas....I have a high area to work with...I love your ideas. I am checking out yardsales now to get ideas for items on the cheap for this Halloween....almost overwhelming...see one idea, then another and another....fun! fun! fun!....lol

  2. Adorable mantle! Those hanging skeletons are great.

  3. I love this mantel and I featured your mantel on a Halloween Mantel round up on my blog! You did a fabulous job and I wanted to share it with my readers!