I live with a little boy who loves to point out anyone in the neighborhood who is doing a better job of decorating for Halloween than we are.
I am sure you can understand what a serious blow this is to a DIYer at heart.
I mean, I adore Halloween.
I love all things ghosty. I love the idea of witches flying on broom sticks. I love children dressing up in their costumes, swinging their candy-filled pumpkins. Halloween is whimsical and magical and spooky and fun.
But I am very anti giant-blow-up-Halloween-monstrosities on the front lawn.
So the eight year old and I have to compromise.
Mommy will decorate.
Just not with anything that necessitates air.
And because our beautiful fall weather that miraculously and gloriously began last Sunday only lasted approximately 3.5 days before summer came in, kicked its butt, and said, “I wasn’t through yet,” I decided to begin decorating indoors first.
The mantle seemed a good place to start.
This mantle came together relatively quickly. I spent a few days in inspiration-mode and then put it all together in one day. I didn’t buy anything new. I relied simply on what I already owned, or I made new things.
As always, when I am getting ready to take on any kind of decorating project, I spend a few days gathering ideas and inspiration. Pinterest is my go-to place for this. I started with my own Halloween Board, just to see what I have liked and saved over the years, and then did an all out search for Halloween Decor ideas.
I knew going in that my main colors would be white and black, with maybe blue or gray as an accent color. I had the idea that I wanted to create a gallery wall over the mantle. I originally thought I would use old vintage Halloween photos or spooky ghost-like portraits. The more I browsed, the more my ideas came together to form a clearer picture.
Here’s a look at some of my key inspirations. It’s very Nevermore meets Sleepy Hollow.
I also came across the following Spooky Mantle by The Design Daredevil. As soon as I saw it, I wanted to use an ornate mirror in my decor. Luckily for me, my little sister had recently moved to Charleston, and she had a whole slew of ornate mirrors. Seeing as she was still unpacking boxes in her new house, I figured the probability of me borrowing a mirror without disrupting the decor of her home was relatively high. I quickly sent her the following text:
I have the best sister ever!
I began collecting items I thought I would be using.
Pathetic But Important Confession: Okay, so I wrote this entire post and added all of my photographs, and was finishing up by adding links to my inspiration photos below when I realized that I had spelled Ichabod Crane’s name wrong. In ALL of my photos. And I was ill. And the thing that just absolutely astonishes me is that I loved the “H” in the original photo and THAT was the letter I left out. So I fixed my printable, and I remade a new print, and I retook all new photos of the mantle, but I did not retake the photo above. I also did not retake any photos in which his name was not overtly obvious. So yes, Crane’s name is spelled incorrectly above and in several other photographs throughout this post. I’m so sorry. I promise to learn from my mistake and check my spelling before I go all gung-ho-photograph-happy next time.
I drove over to my sister’s house to grab a mirror. I told you she had a lot.
Then I began to play around.
Unfortunately, the one mirror I wanted to use was way too tall. It touched the tip of the crown molding.
So I played around with a few of my own mirrors.
This next one seemed the best height. The only problem–I now have an empty spot over my dining room buffet.
Here it is, all put together.
I created my own print using the poem from the pumpkin on my inspiration board. My eight year old loves reciting this.
I also made this Ichabod Crane print. I’ve attached free printables at the bottom of the post for you to use.
The poison bottles were made last year. You can read more about them here Happy Halloween | Crafts, Decor, and More.
I love the use of cheesecloth in Halloween decor. It’s spooky gossamer at its best.
I especially love the raven’s reflection in the mirror.
Thanks so much for stopping by and reading about my latest project! I hope the very scary grammatical and spelling errors didn’t horrify you too much. Don’t forget to check the free printables below!
Ichabod Crane: Ichabod Crane_My Creative Happy
Ghosts and Goblins: Ghosts and Goblins_My Creative Happy