I missed having a fireplace at our old house – I love being able to decorate a mantelpiece, it’s such a focal point of the living room. We have a (defunct) fireplace at our current house, but it doesn’t have a mantel *sobs* so the best I can do, is decorate around the base of it! And so, today’s post for Crafty October is a Halloween Mantelpiece Display!
I haven’t quite finished decorating this area yet – I’ve got some candy corn lights to go around the edges and I may add some cobwebs as well…not sure yet. I grabbed some of my favourite Halloween decorations and started to play about with the layout.
I started with my framed Halloween Subway Art (that I shared on Day 3 of Crafty October) in one corner and then started adding more bits and bobs to create a mantel display that I was happy with.
I bought a lot of decorations in 2011 from Michaels when we were in Florida, and I added to that collection this year. This cute witch holds a tea-light and I was hoping to see her again – and the other 3 characters that were being sold in 2011, this year, but alas, it was not to be. A shame as I saw some of the same decorations in 2013 as I had in 2011! I kick myself for not buying the whole set when I saw them :(
I decorated the candles last year for Crafty October 2012 and was happy to see that the stickers had lasted for a whole year!
I craftily hid the arm of the stack o’ pumpkins behind the frame – it had snapped off in transit from the USA to the UK…
The little Trick or Treat bunny at the front is made from clay. A pen pal of mine made it for me a long time ago. We no longer write, but I just love this little bunny and he gets well looked after when being packed away each year. He’s about 12 years old!
The jar that I filled with glitter balls and purple pumpkins went in the other corner and using decorations with varying heights and styles I created a display that I just love to look at!
You don’t have to have a mantelpiece to decorate (for any season, not just Halloween!) you could decorate a window ledge or shelf and have the same effect – this is exactly what I used to do at our old house. It’s also a great way to display lots of different decorations and make a real focal point of the room.
Do you decorate for Halloween?
I am hosting a month long Halloween Link Party to celebrate Crafty October and would love for you to share your Halloween ideas – crafts, recipes, costumes, parties…anything goes, as long as it is family friendly! It’s my favourite time of year, (as you may well know!) and I can’t wait to see what you link up!