Halloween Mantle Inspiration and Dec-O-Ween Blog Hop

Get some Halloween decoration inspiration!  By choosing a color scheme, decorating for Halloween is easy!

Can you believe that Halloween is only a little over 2 weeks away?  This month is flying by!  Since I can only use my Halloween decorations for a limited amount of time each year, I tried to get them up quickly so we could enjoy them all month long.

When it comes to Halloween decorations, I am definitely more of a pumpkins and witches and black cats kind of gal.  I don’t do scary or gory, so zombies and chainsaws are definitely OUT.  Over the years, I’ve realized that I gravitate towards the same colors when I’m choosing Halloween decor: black, white, orange, green and purple.  I’ve embraced this and so all of my decor for Halloween is in these colors.  I like that it creates a cohesive look on my mantle and I can still be creative with what I choose to put out.

So without further adieu, I give you my Halloween mantle inspiration!

Get some Halloween decoration inspiration!  By choosing a color scheme, decorating for Halloween is easy!

One of my very favorite decorations is my black stick wreath.  I bought it the day after Halloween a few years ago for a huge discount.  The only downside is that it’s not very easy to store and over the years some of the branches have broken off.  But I love that the whole thing basically screams “Halloween”.  (To me, anyway.)

Get some Halloween decoration inspiration!  By choosing a color scheme, decorating for Halloween is easy!

Many of my decorations around my home and for holidays/seasons are wood.  I love taking something that is unfinished or needs to be repurposed/updated and making it the way that I want.  So it should come as no surprise that I’ve got some wood crafts thrown into my decorations.  The wooden blocks were made by simply attaching scrapbook paper using mod podge.  I’ve also made them reversible to get a little more use out of them and my kids like switching them around.  Plus, they are durable, which is a necessity when you have small children who like to “help”. *wink*

Get some Halloween decoration inspiration!  By choosing a color scheme, decorating for Halloween is easy!

Get some Halloween decoration inspiration!  By choosing a color scheme, decorating for Halloween is easy!

The little witch pillow in the middle is another one of my favorite decorations.  This is probably because it was one of my first embroidery projects so a lot of love went into it.

Get some Halloween decoration inspiration!  By choosing a color scheme, decorating for Halloween is easy!

One of the more unique or unexpected decorations that I have up is my Halloween tree.  It is feathers attached around a cone with little ornaments.  When I saw it at Hobby Lobby a couple of years ago, I bought it right away.  (They have it this year too!)

Get some Halloween decoration inspiration!  By choosing a color scheme, decorating for Halloween is easy!

The black candelabra with green candles is the newest addition to my Halloween decor.  There is something a little spooky about candlesticks but the sparkly spiderwebs on the holder make it fun and decidedly less spooky.

Get some Halloween decoration inspiration!  By choosing a color scheme, decorating for Halloween is easy!

Lastly, I’ve got my two hurricane vases.  I’ve filled one with candy corn and the other with black/white balls.  The varying height creates interest plus I can use the vases almost year round by filling them with different objects.

Get some Halloween decoration inspiration!  By choosing a color scheme, decorating for Halloween is easy!

And to make things fun, I put up some “Haunted House” tape across the front door.

Get some Halloween decoration inspiration!  By choosing a color scheme, decorating for Halloween is easy!

If you’re interested in knowing where each item came from, I’ve included a list below and a link where to where you can purchase it (where applicable).

Black Stick Wreath & Holder  |  Rod Works
Black Spiderweb Candlestick Holder  |  At Home
Green Candlesticks  |  At Home
Halloween Feather Tree  |  Hobby Lobby
Orange Stand  |  Hobby Lobby
Hurricane Vases (made by me)  |  tutorial
Embroidered Witch Pillow (made by me)  |  pattern from Pine Needles
Purple, White and Black Blocks  |  The Wood Connection
Pumpkin Trio  |  Crafty Wood Cutouts
Boo  |  Hobby Lobby
Black and White Balls  |  Michael’s
Marquee Pumpkin  |  At Home
Gauze Table Runner  |  At Home
Also, be sure to check out these other awesome ladies as part of the Dec-O-Ween Blog Hop!  There are a total of 11 bloggers who have been posting all week about all things Halloween decor.  You’re sure to find some great inspiration! 

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Happy Halloween decorating!

6 Simple Ways to "Halloween-ify" Your Home {plus a FREE printable}

So…Halloween is next week and you might be like me and realize that there’s not much Halloween-ish-ness going on at your house.  While I do like to decorate during the holidays, I generally just have a few places in the main living area that I put up decorations.  (I’ve also got littles in my house who like to play with the decor if it’s not out of reach.)  I’m not into creepy or spooky so my Halloween decor leans more towards pumpkins and witches, rather than skulls and zombies.  But whatever your Halloween decorating style is, there are a few staples that you can’t go wrong with.

Chalkboards:  Chalkboards are a great year-round decor piece because they are so easy to change.  I feel like chalkboards are especially fun in the fall.  Depending on the size of yours, you can put a simple “Happy Halloween” or something a little longer like “Something wicked this way comes…”.  I have a couple of chalkboards in different sizes and shapes that I change out.  I found a cute one at Hobby Lobby the other day for $4 and used my 40% off coupon.  Talk about inexpensive!

Pumpkins:  Maybe this one goes without saying, but I love to decorate with pumpkins in the fall.  Halloween is the obvious time of year with all the jack-o-lanterns popping up everywhere.  Real or fake, carved or not, putting a couple pumpkins on the front porch or on a table will instantly Halloween-ify your home.

Balloon spiders:  My kids love the balloon spider we have up in our front room!  It’s so easy to make and inexpensive too.  You could put multiple ones around the house or on your front porch.  Just pick up a bag of balloons and some crepe paper at the dollar store next time you go.  Unless you’re planning on using black balloons and crepe paper at some other time during the year, you’ll have supplies left over for next year which is that much less that you have to spend on decor.

Spider webs:  There are two different kinds of spider webs you can do: the white polyester kind or black yarn webs.  I usually do the polyester kind but this year I did the black yarn webs and they look so fun around the house!  If you’d like to do some too, check out this tutorial.  Either type of web would look awesome with the balloon spiders (or any spiders).  You can put these webs almost anywhere, including outside on your porch.  Plus, neither one cost much to buy.

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Apothecary Jars:  These jars come in all different shapes and sizes, so feel free to mix and match to create interest.  I bought a couple at Hobby Lobby last year when they were running a sale on their glass items and they only cost me $3-$4.  To make it more Halloween-ish, you just fill them with water and food coloring and finish them off with a label.  I used a chalkboard label and chalk pencils to label my “contents”.  If you don’t want to deal with chalkboard labels, there are lots of free printables available.  I like these labels from Lia Griffith.  If you like the labels from the above picture, click on the link in the caption.

Printables: Speaking of printables, they are easily one of the least expensive ways to change up your decor any time of the year and there are endless possibilities and styles to fit everyone’s preferences.  I have a couple of frames that I cycle through depending on the color scheme I’m using.  And if you like printables, or just need a new one, I’ve created a fun FREE 5×7 printable for you to print out and pop in a frame of your choice.  Put a couple pumpkins next to it and voila!  Instant Halloween-ification!

*Note: Due to differences in monitor colors and printer profiles, there may be some variation with the printed product.

I hope you found some fun ideas to Halloween-ify your home!  What other easy ways do you decorate for Halloween?