Take inspiration from a talented Halloween artist for collecting and displaying new or vintage Halloween decorations.
Talented Halloween artist Scott Smith makes lively papier-mache characters in his Michigan workshop, Rucus Studio. To decorate his home for the fall holiday, Scott mingles his new creations with vintage Halloween decorations that often give him inspiration. Try the same thing with your Halloween collections, such as the lanterns displayed here on a rustic shelf next to stacked vintage pumpkin lanterns.
An old dresser-mirror frame gives a fabulous stand-alone Halloween decoration -- such as this jovial papier-mache skeleton that Scott crafted -- playful prominence.
Throw pillows made from salvaged pieces of worn vintage costumes and fabrics cozy up the great-room, where Scott's wart-covered papier-mache squash stands guard. Choose a favorite piece from your collection to take center stage, then parade pieces of similar theme or material across the mantel. See next slide for ways to elevate different pieces.
A towering tree adorned with paper lanterns and other decorations makes an impressive focal point in a dining or breakfast room. Scour your backyard for twigs and branches to drill or screw into a coat-rack-type base made from 2x2-inch pine boards.
Scott's studio table is sprinkled with sketches, fabrics, and vintage decorations that inspire him as he works. Create your own imaginative display on a bulletin board or memo board by playfully pinning up Halloween postcards, die cuts, toys, and trinkets.
One of Scott's gypsy papier-mache creations is embellished with found objects, a finishing touch you can add to any Halloween statuary in your collection.