Since the living room is the social center of your house, the mantel should celebrate the Halloween season. Create cute and spooky crafts for your Halloween mantel using these easy ideas.
A $4 antique window gets a holiday makeover thanks to a creepy vinyl birdcage cutout and transfer paper (hunt for both in your local crafts store). Finish the Halloween mantelscape with a paper Halloween banner and an assortment of white pumpkins.
Designer: Jill Fritz, createcraftlove.com
What once was old is new again in this fresh look that costs little. Window frames benefit from spider webs and old keys; Frankenstein is actually an old water bottle topped with a painted box; and the tiny spiders are wine corks painted black and jabbed with pipe cleaner legs.
Designer: Judy Rom, upcyclethat.com
Hang a black poster with a silly saying (free download, below), above your Halloween mantel. Pair it with dried flowers and a well-dressed skeleton head for a spooky black-and-white scene.
Dress your mantel in retro Halloween finery, including playful silhouettes in matching frames (just print graphic silhouettes from your computer). The print-and-trim flowers on the right of the mantel are available in our free download, below.
These cute-as-can-be pumpkins would look great atop your Halloween mantel. Bonus: No carving means no rotting for weeks!
Glamorize your Halloween mantel with this sparkling take on a glowing lantern. A bow dotted with batty silhouettes plus a troop of plastic spiders give the holiday accessory lots of eerie-elegant personality!
Designer: Crystal Owens, craftsunleashed.com
Believe it or not, clear Christmas ornaments are the key ingredient to this Halloween DIY project! Find some clever Halloween images and size them to fit your ornaments. Print them onto ink-jet transparency film and cut out, adding a small tail at the bottom (this will be used to secure the image inside the bulb). Gently roll up the images and stick them inside the bulbs. Add a tiny bead of hot glue on the tail to attach them to the opening of the bulb and keep them in place. Finally, hot-glue the bulbs to the top of taper candleholders.
Designer: Beverly McCullough, flamingotoes.com
Make a mad scientist jealous with a potion-centric mantel display. Buy labled bottles and glassware (or make your own labels with phrases like "eye of newt") and collect them at the edge of your haunted mantel.
Designer: Holly Charlesworth, sisterssuitcaseblog.com
Oversize pieces, such as a picket fence adorned with a barn star, make a bold statement and help keep your mantel simple. Add mini pumpkins and bundles of wheat in vases to finish off the ultimate fall look. Come Halloween, carve some of the mini pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns.
Designer: Bekki Burt, littleredhen4.blogspot.com
Bewitch your mantel by filling a vase with dark-color candy (black jelly beans do the trick) and taping a witch face onto it. To create the hat, fold black cardstock into a cone and attach with tape. Then, hot-glue it to a circle base. Embellish with a buckle and surround your cackling friend with mini pumpkins.
Place a few hedge apples (the lumpier the better!) on a cake stand and let faux, creep-crawly spiders go wild. A crow and an apothecary jar filled with miniature skulls are perfect finishing touches.
Send a spooky message by picking up a decal from your local crafts store. To apply, start in the middle and work your way out to the edges, using a credit card to smooth. When applied to a smoothly painted surface, the decal is easy to peel off later. Finish the look by placing a few of your favorite Halloween collectibles on top of the mantel.
Designer: Leanne Jacobs, organizeyourstuffnow.com
Spooky and stylish, this mantel is sure to receive some b-oohs and aahs. Use a matte black spray to deaden an ironstone pitcher and embellish pillar candles with pretty damask stickers.
Print a ghoulish message on the back of index cards and place inside footed apothecary jars. Metal flower frogs do the trick to hold the cards up straight.
Transform old books into spooky tales by covering them in heavy-duty brochure paper. Attach your own text and embellishments to the spine. Adding droopy eyes on the mirror is a simple way to add extra fright.
Decorating your mantel for Halloween doesn't have to be creepy or complex. Use oversize pumpkins around the hearth (the warty kinds are the best). Balance their weight with a variety of hanging wreaths and simple mantel adornments.
Give flight to a basic wall bracket by making a faux bat sconce. Wrapped books and a shiny black candlestick offer worthy mantel companions.
Bring a platter new life with a stack of bumpy pumpkins and gourds. Berries and a flickering candle fill out the space.
Turn ordinary candles into bewitching illuminations. Print our spooky letters onto vintage-looking paper, wrap around glass pillar candles, and secure with tape. Add small candles, pumpkins, and berries as festive mantel filler.
Your Halloween mantel doesn't have to evoke fear or fright. A pretty fall flower arrangement looks great coupled with miniature white and orange pumpkins on a cake stand.
This spooky display overflows with dimension and texture. Old doors or gates are easy to find at garage sales, barn sales, or vintage shops. Pick up one that goes with the decor of your home and use it for the backdrop on your mantel. To create the feather wreath, simply attach a black boa (available at your local crafts or costume store) to a foam wreath. Barren trees, skulls, and a personal message finish the scene in style.
Designer: Laura Putnam, findinghomeonline.com