Disclosure: A.C. Moore provided products to facilitate this post. All opinions expressed within are my own.
I finally have a Halloween mantel to decorate! For 7 years I have stared at my dated brick fireplace, thinking that it had tons of potential but very little character or style. Last spring, in a moment of weakness, I painted the dated (but not old) brick with white paint. Instantly the room was bigger, brighter and so much more our style. I know some folks say to never paint brick, but we planned to be here for the next 30+ years and did not see any reason to live with a focal feature that we hated.
The white paint now leaves a blank canvas for our displays, and this Halloween was our first attempt at mantel decor. I do not know what it is, but decorating a mantel is so much harder than it looks!
Halloween Art and Pumpkins
I started with a blank photo frame and added a skeleton silhouette to the outside with indoor vinyl. Easiest project ever and I think it makes a big graphic punch over the mantel.
I also painted a pumpkin with chalkboard spray paint and cut a little foam pumpkin into a glow in the dark vampire pumpkin!
Halloween Floral Display
I surrounded the photo with a vase my friends gave me, with some feathery orange leaves from A.C. Moore. I like the pinch of color it gives to the display.
I added a few other accessories like a skeleton head, a candelabra that lights up (I painted it black since it was a chintzy silvery version that didn’t match the decor), and a little clay pumpkin from A.C. Moore that I painted black and gold to match our decor.
I also found a cheap plastic cauldron, but it looked really cheap. After painting it with some stone spray paint, I thought it looked more expensive, and definitely sleek enough to store our fall blankets and pillows!
Even this creepy rat got in on the fun, peering out our window, waiting for the trick or treaters to arrive!