Ooooooh friends! I am so excited for this time of year, as I’m sure you are, too! I woke up Monday morning to pouring rain and I was so cozy under the covers I barely made it out for work. I usually like rain to begin with, but there’s something about rain on the first day of October that seems magical. Like I have said before, I am usually resisting the weather change but this year? Bring.it.on.
If you remember for the mantle last year I took a more combination approach to the mantle for Halloween. I kept a lot of fall decor and added a few subtle decorations for Halloween. This year I wanted the whole mantle to be decked out for Halloween. I took a lightning quick trip to Michael’s and Joann’s with my mom on Sunday, because I had some ideas for it that I wanted to do before another work week crept up on me. I didn’t really know everything that I wanted but I usually like taking a trip to the stores when I’m not 100% on an idea yet. I feel like I always find more and I’m pleasantly surprised. I had seen some black roses with orange and purple glitter on them about two weeks ago at Hobby Lobby, but they’re closed on Sundays and this was the only day I could make it out.
Michael’s was a bust this time. I don’t know if everything was already picked over or if they just didn’t get much this year, but I only found a few roses. I decided to wait and we went to Joann’s. I didn’t see much there, either but then Mom spotted a section with all of the floral picks and that was the winner! I bought a variety of things – purple glitter twigs, black flowers and leaves with orange glitter, and some large and small glitter roses. I am also that crazy person who lays everything out on the floor in the store to kind of get an idea of how it will look…I can’t help myself when I start to create, I need visuals! I scooped up my large bouquet of twigs and roses and headed home.
I got home, unloaded everything, and got to work!
Here is the finished look! I picked up the halloween pillow last year at Joann’s, but instead of putting on the couches, I thought the mantle would be the perfect place to showcase it this year. I’m also a font/lettering fanatic so I adore the lettering on this pillow.
I knew the purple twigs were going to be the background, so I grabbed some wire cutters to shorten the black and orange leaf picks. I cut off about eight inches on each stem so that they would be a bit lower than the purple ones. The burlap on the top of the mantle and the pillow created just enough of a tight space to hold the picks in place! I added two all black rose picks on each side that I kept tall so that they filled in some of the white space higher up the fireplace.
I also brought back a few things from last year, like my jack-o-lantern bell string, and my skeletons! Skeletons are one of my favorite decorations for Halloween. I had a life-sized paper skeleton decoration that I would hang up in my room as a kid, and I loved that thing so much! I wish I still had it!
I was able to nab a few pie pumpkins a few weeks ago, and I added those to the mantle. The little white ones though…I’m a sucker for them because they are so dang cute.
And of course there’s Boo, my all-time favorite Halloween decoration. My mom painted this light up statue in ceramics class probably twenty years ago, and he lights up and blinks and makes me SO HAPPY. I usually put him in a window, but this year I wanted him here. He fits perfectly! I love having him lit up at night when Joey and I are hanging out in the living room.
Then of course because the bottom of the mantle looked really plain, I had to add something to it. I picked up this adorable trick-or-treat, jack-o-lantern stack sign at Joann’s as well. I was going to use it outside, but I decided to put it here. Sometimes I see things and I absolutely cannot walk out of the store without them. This was one of those pieces! I wrapped some burlap underneath it, grabbed my mini haybale and put my favorite glitter pumpkins around it. It ended up being such a sweet, happy corner!
I hope you are all enjoying October and getting ready in your houses for Halloween!