October 2, 2012

Halloween Mantel

I don’t know who is more excited about Halloween this year: my kids or me! There truly are few things that bring me more joy as a parent than experiencing all of the holidays I love so much through the eyes of my precious children, and there are only a handful of days each year that are as enchanting for little ones as Halloween.
In putting together my Halloween mantel this year, I wanted to convey a whimsical, not-too-scary sensibility, and I wanted it to reflect the magic of Halloween as seen through the eyes of my children. I can’t wait to show you how it all came together!

My springboard for this display was a quote I discovered in the Halloween issue of Celebrate Magazine,ย which came from a poem called “Rock Me to Sleep” by Elizabeth Akers Allen.
Backward, turn backward,
O Time, in your flight,
Make me a child again
Just for tonight!

The poem leapt off the page to me in such a dynamic way that I knew I had to incorporate it somehow into my Halloween decor, and so I made a printable version of it to frame as the anchor object for my display.

If you love this poem, too, stop by tomorrow when I’ll be sharing the free download for a couple of different versions of this printable!
Instead of the traditional black and orange color scheme, I found myself gravitating toward a palette of black and lime green, along with notes here and there of antique brass and gold. I had fun putting together a number of craft projects for the display.
A polka-dotted witch’s hat (the how-to for this is coming soon)ย sits on top of one of my decoupaged lace pumpkins, which I elevated on some fun stands from Hobby Lobby…
…and my creepy bottle of “Powdered Vampyre Fangs” adds another playful touch.
To go along with the black felt spiderwebs from the dollar store that I used in the display, I added a lot of spider-related elements, too. I had so much fun making these beaded spiders, which I perched on top of a green (could it be poison?) apple…
…as well as on my Spiderweb Embroidery Hoop Art.ย (You can see the sequin-covered balls from my Sequin Teacup Topiaries peeking out in the photos above and below.)

I couldn’t resist adding these brass owl figurines to the mix, which I inherited from my husband’s grandmother. Isn’t it amazing how vintage items like these look so current now?

I rounded things out with my Halloween Countdown “Trick or Tree,” which I know is going to be a hit with all of my children this year!
Let’s have more look at the display in its entirety. Have I said lately how much I absolutely adore Halloween?

(By the way, the tutorial for the spiderweb throw pillow seen on the rocking chair is coming up later this week!)

Do you decorate for Halloween? How is your decorating coming along?
Thanks so much for reading!
Linking this to…
Skip to My Lou
Serenity Now
Home Stories A to Z
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Tatertots and Jello
Flamingo Toes
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30 Responses to Halloween Mantel

  1. southernscraps October 2, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

    I love it! Love the pops of green, the witch’s hat, spider webs- love it all.

  2. Amanda @ Serenity Now October 2, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

    Love your mantel, Amy! It’s sophisticated, but still whimsical. The quote is beautiful. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. southernscraps October 2, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    I love it! Love the pops of green, the witch’s hat, spider webs- love it all.

  4. Bronwyn October 2, 2012 at 1:44 pm #

    Love the green and black! There’s not a hint of orange yet this is Halloween – full throttle!! The quote is marvelous – I may hold onto it for Christmas Eve. The sentiment works perfectly there too.I love you lace-covered pumpkins – very pretty.

  5. Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon October 2, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

    oh… Love this Amy!!!

  6. A Pretty Life in the Suburbs October 2, 2012 at 2:19 pm #

    I love your mantel! It’s spooky and festive! I love the combo of the green and black! Very fun!

  7. Our Pinteresting Family October 2, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

    What a fantastic mantle! I love the spider webs and the owls. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} October 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    So cute, Amy! I am in love with the color scheme. Can’t wait for the witch’s hat tutorial! I’ve been wanting to make one. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. MB October 2, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

    GREAT mantle! Can’t wait for the printout tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚
    Also, where did you find your green broomsticks? LOVE those! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Richella October 2, 2012 at 6:32 pm #

    AMY! This is absolutely darling. I just love that poem–you know people will be thrilled to get that printable! Your whole mantel looks great. I like Halloween, but don’t like things to be too scary or spooky. This strikes just the right note!

  11. nest of posies October 3, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

    amy – this is such a gorgeous Halloween mantel. my goodness, so classic & stylish!


  12. Debbie Blair October 3, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

    What a wonderful mantle and I LOVE your blog. I love the elegant yet creepy decorations. I am new at blogging and can only hope to have a nice one like yours. I just posted an original ideas for a Halloween banner on my blog. I made it out of paint sample cards and cupcake liners.I hope you stop by and take a look. I am sciscribing now so I don’t miss out!And I will tel my daughters

  13. Jennie Larsen October 3, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

    LOVE IT ALL, those were my colors last year. GREAT JOB, so darn cute. HUGS, jen

  14. Laura@Elegant Nest October 3, 2012 at 6:30 pm #

    Love your mantel Amy! It is my favorite Halloween mantel I have seen so far. Gotta get to the Dollar Store and look for those adorable felt spiderwebs!

  15. Beverly {Flamingo Toes} October 3, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

    I just love your style Amy!! It’s like spooky chic or something. Too awesome!

  16. Bobi Jensen October 4, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

    I have never seen more glamorous Halloween decorating. Love, love, love it!


  17. Sally October 6, 2012 at 12:03 pm #

    The poem is fantastic! I love the whole thing. Great job!

  18. Maria October 7, 2012 at 12:12 am #

    What a fun mantel!!! Love those spider webs!!!!

  19. Penny Phillips October 7, 2012 at 2:08 am #

    I love your choice of colors for your mantle! I’m doing pink and black this year just for fun! Hugs, Penny

  20. Taryn @ Design, Dining + Diapers October 8, 2012 at 4:26 am #

    This is one of the prettiest Halloween Mantels I have ever seen! I just love the lace pumpkins and the hint of green. Fabulous job!

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