I decorate the mantel for Christmas, but hadn't thought of dressing it up for Halloween. It proved much easier than dressing the kids for Halloween!We hunted for antlers in the spring- free. I had the crystal branches stored out of boredom with them. One stem stuck in a bud vase makes a perfect spooky tree to go with the house. The gargoyle, skeleton and tombstones were a few of the handful of Halloween decorations I let the kids scatter the last couple of years.
The candy corn garland was Pinterest inspired. We painted 4 paper plates and then cut in half and then thirds. Then I rounded the edges with scissors and punched two holes to string the ribbon. The only thing I had to buy for this project was the black ribbon for 99cents.
I came up with the idea to cut out a haunted house silhouette from a black tri-fold foam core presentation board I had stored for some unknown reason. I freehand cut the silhouette with a box cutter. All it took was patience and a lot of pressure on the blade. The shadows it casts is the best thing about it!
Countdown clock purchased after Halloween a couple of years ago for something like $4. It is so much easier to add holiday accessories after the holiday when you can pick up a few things on clearance.