Halloween! Halloween! This is Halloween! Mantle Edition

{Blogged while burning a pumpkin spice candle and dreaming of sweatshirt weather….}

Hello creative friends! My name is Stephanie and I am thrilled to be guest blogging for my friend, and Certified Celebrator, Brittany Young. I am a wife, mom, science teacher, and lover of all things festive. I am excited to share my Halloween mantle with you and hope that you leave inspired to find a fun new Halloween decoration and celebrate your crafting skills!

One of the most important things to keep in mind when designing your holiday decor is that you don’t have to buy all of your decorations at once! Take your time to buy items you LOVE, not just things to fill up your space. This collection was curated over three to four years by scouring the shelves at a variety of stores, and then adding in a little homemade craftiness! I definitely have Pottery Barn dreams with a Home Goods budget, so I love to start with those beautiful catalogs that make their way to my mailbox each month, and find their lower cost match at stores like Home Goods and T.J. Maxx!

By incorporating a variety of textures, but limiting the colors, this mantle is able to feel sophisticated and coordinated without being too matchy-matchy and overly “Halloweeny”. When purchasing items, I like to make sure that I can use things for more than one season/holiday. The mercury glass skull and giant spider are obvious exceptions to this rule of thumb, but who can say no to a giant silver skull?!?

I like incorporating wood tones into my decor because they warm
up the coolness brought by wrought iron and silver.
Florals have a similar effect!

Let’s talk hand-made bats (and spider branches!)….

I am in love with these bats, and they were so easy to make! I started by cutting out the bat shapes, using a template I drew, from thick black felt that I got from my local craft store. Once I had them cut, I knew that I didn’t want to hang them flat on the wall so I glued a small piece of black pipe cleaner to the back of each one. This allowed me to push the wings forward, giving the  bats more of a three dimensional shape. They are hung on the wall using REMOVABLE sticky squares (I used Scotch brand). I liked the idea of starting the bats close together and then spreading them out across the mantle, but the possibilities are endless!
*If you notice that your bats aren’t sticking, put a piece of black duct tape on the felt. The sticky squares seem to stick better to the duct tape than to the felt.

One of my other favorite details in this “mantle-scape” is the collection of spidery branches! We have a lot of trees in our yard so dead branches are easy to come by. I found a few that I thought laid well together and put them in one of my favorite silver vases. To give the branches more of a spooky feel, I hot glued plastic spiders all over the them. Instant Halloween!

Now off to plan a spooktacular Halloween Science lesson that is sure to get my middle schoolers in a Hocus Pocus kind of mood!