It’s the most wonderful time of the year, everyone!
I’ve always been a HUGE fan of Halloween, and thank goodness my mom always loved making costumes as much as I loved wearing them. I’m working on gathering up past costumes for an AWESOME post so keep your eyes peeled for that!
Besides dressing up in costume, decorating is another favorite part of the festive season. I’m so excited about my townhome turned out this year I just HAD to share it with you! I would also like to give a public shoutout to my husband because he doesn’t really like Halloween and has been VERY sweet about my Halloween takeover. (Confession: I started decorating September 12…)
Here’s a look at our dining room, I used a $3 burlap table runner from the Target dollar section and some fake gourds that I got at the Dollar Tree. I used three packs so only $6 for our tablescape and all of our dining room decorations will stay up until December since they’re Fall themed, not Halloween.
Here’s a closer look at our table. The gourds are actually really cute, especially for a dollar!
Last but not least, our mantle! I’m OBSESSED with how this turned out, especially for less than $30!
Here’s the breakdown of everything if you’re interested! Orange skull (Target; $3), Wood picture frame (old, Michael’s), raven (Dollar Tree; $1), Ghostly Greetings sign (Target; $1), black basket (Target; $3), Sirius Black’s wand (old), raven/skull decoration (Dollar Tree; $1), various photo frames (already had these from our wedding), large wood empty frame (stole from my mom but you could probably find one for cheap at a garage sale or thrift store), web (Dollar Tree; $1), fabric (Dollar Tree; $1 – 2 pieces), black roses (Michael’s; $1.50 each), clear glass jar (Target; $3), mini skills (Wal Mart; $3), tombstone (Dollar Tree; $1), rat (Dollar Tree; $1), lamp (free, someone was just throwing it out!), candles were leftover from our wedding. Total spent = $25
I think the easiest way to do a Halloween mantle is just get a LOT of stuff. Sounds silly but the more cluttered and dirty it looks…the better! I just gathered things from my house first to see what I had and then filled in the gaps using items from the Dollar Tree and the Target Dollar spot. Filling picture frames you already have with free online printables is a great way to save money and it lets you switch up the look every year. I’m not a huge fan of bright colors for Halloween color so I kept it all neutral except for the orange glitter skull.
Using fabric (I think it might be called cheese cloth?) really ties everything together. I got mine for $1 and used one sheet on the bottom and then draped another over the large picture frame in the back.