I'm pretty sure you have all your Halloween decorating done by now. But if not, I wanted to share my Halloween mantel with you to give you a few ideas on how to decorate on a thrift store budget but a Skeleton King's style. (See what I did there? I know, I'm a little corny sometimes.)
To start my mantel, I used my three wood pumpkins. I made these pumpkins years ago out of a cut three limb. There are three of them cut into different heights and painted orange. Then I painted happy smiles on the front. A pretty cheap but cool decoration that I truly love.
Below my wooden pumpkins, I created a spiderweb banner that says "Happy Halloween". The original banner has each pennant 4x5 inches tall, so I just printed the PDF with 2 to a page to make them smaller to fit my mantel.
I'm sharing the Spider Banner Happy Halloween free printable here. If you want the whole alphabet and number pennants, you can find them in my e-store here.
On the left side of my mantel, I have my Monster Halloween Chalkboard Countdown. This was a gift from my mom a few years ago. I love countdown calendars, so my family buy unique ones for me whenever they find them.
The candy dish was from Dollar General a few years ago, and I put a small candle in their from Dollar Tree to add a little height and white to the colors.
The pumpkin peekiing out behind the purple and black Halloween Spider Garland*is a mason jar I painted to look like a pumpkin. He has Christmas lights inside him, so at night, we turn him on to enjoy a little pumpkin glow with our firelight.
The right side of my mantel has my Magic Mirror from my Snow White party table. I just love him and find any excuse I can to show him off. So of course, he had to make an appearance on my Halloween Mantel. He was super easy to make, so you can check out the directions here if you want to try him.
The Happy Halloween sign was another gift I've had for several years and is used as a little bit of filler in the corner of my mantel.
Throughout the mantel, I have jars of different sizes and styles that I found at thrift stores in my neighborhood. I am always looking for unique sized jars when I go and browse because they can be used for so many different purposes. I have filled a few of them up with spiders that I purchased from the dollar store, candy gummi worms, and colored water. I kept meaning to add a few of the Halloween jar labels that I have seen around the web, but never got around to it.
Above the whole mantel is my Halloween Subway art that I made last year. I had it blown up at Walgreens during one of their 40% off sales, so it was the most expensive part of my mantel, but since I've used it for two years now and will probably use it for several more, I'm okay with that splurge.
Around the entire mantel, I weaved some black and purple Halloween Spider Garland* into the decorations. This gave the mantel some dark Halloween color as well as tied the whole mantel together. I found this garland at Dollar General a while back, so it was pretty cheap and has lasted a while in my decorations rotation too.
If you are going to make your own Thrifty Halloween Mantel, here are some suggestions for you,
- Use the decorations and items that you already have around the house
- Think outside the box. It may seem like just an oil bottle, but it can be reused into a creepy witch' brew if you have the imagination.
- Check out thrift stores all year long for items that you can use for multiple mantels and parties
- Check the web for great free printables (we have lots here on our blog. Check out the link above!)
- Craft your own decorations out of items you may have around the yard.
- Check out the dollar stores.
Do you have any other ideas for decorations on the cheap? Leave me a comment, I'd love to hear!
Plus, don't forget to get your free Spider Banner Printable PDF file.