It may be only a few days until Halloween, but that isn’t stopping me from taking my fall mantle and transforming it. Better late than never! Here is how I made this spooky Halloween mantle.
If you’re loving the Man on the Moon in this display, you can find all the details on how to easily make him here. He’s been an absolute favorite of mine to decorate with this fall, and he works so well with the Halloween mantle!
How to make a mantle spooky
You can transform almost anything into looking spooky with just a few items. First, you’ll need bats or crows. They give off heavy Halloween vibes and set the tone of your decor. Other must-have staples: black gauze and/or spider webbing.
Pick a few of those pieces, add them to your fall decor, and suddenly it goes from autumn to Halloween in the blink of an eye. Or, you can go a little more Halloween-heavy as I did in this mantle.
Oh, and throw in some witches’ hats for good measure!
Even though it’s spooky, it’s not very scary. I don’t do scary in my home. No horror here, please.
Everything I incorporated were items I already had on hand. Get creative in your decor and utilize old books, black and dark covered ones, candles and holders, and other items like the cloche I strung bats up in. Such a simple thing but really shows off well.
I used an old window frame to add height to this mantle, but you could easily incorporate an older oil painting, Halloween quote, or other tall items to give some balance to your display. Remember, you need varying heights to appeal to the eye.
If you want to make the potion bottles shown on the mantle, this post gives you step-by-step instructions.
And that’s it! Stager a few items over the mantle, add bats and drape in black gauze, and you’ve got a perfectly spooky Halloween mantle!
If you’re loving this fireplace mantle and brick, I shared our amazing before and after in this post. Make sure to check it out! And the floors pictured are from HEWN. They are amazing and my favorite. See our full install tutorial and Q&A here.
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