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A Spooktacular Halloween Mantel

Hosting a ghoulish gathering? Time to pull out an array of pumpkins with pops of color, dark candles dripping in glitter, and a BOO-tiful sign to greet your guests.

Halloween is the perfect time of year to try your hand at hosting a spooktacular "ghouls" night out. Make use of your DIY skills to create simple handmade projects with a spooky twist. (Trust me, this wasn't a scary process.)

I started out with a few simple ideas to accent my Halloween-inspired mantel display. 

  • A simple "BOO" banner made with cardstock lettering, a glue gun, and string.
    A simple "BOO" banner made with cardstock lettering, a glue gun, and string.
  • These "bug boxes" using inexpensive boxes, craft paint, and a glue gun.
    These "bug boxes" using inexpensive boxes, craft paint, and a glue gun.
  • And a finishing "buggy" touch to this wall hanging.
    And a finishing "buggy" touch to this wall hanging.

Creepy Crafting

The style I went with is "Halloween glam." I wanted everything to pop, so I used an eclectic mix of hot pink, bright orange, black, and white.

Display a Bugged-Out Web

My Halloween shopping adventure started at two of my favorite stores: Pier 1 Imports and Homesense Canada (or HomeGoods in the USA). Take a look at the cool, modern wall hanging I snagged at Homesense. As soon as I saw it, I had visions of spiders crawling up and all over it. Speaking of which, I had a tough time finding bugs in the stores. Yes, you heard me right. I was on a major bug hunt for this shoot, and guess what? The only place I could find them was at Party City.

Add Spellbinding Touches

I went into the stores, drooled over all the gorgeous items, and filled my shopping cart to the brim. One of my favourite items was this "spellbook" as it definitely went hand-in-hand with my new skeleton friend. Other top picks were these spider and bat reversible sequined pillows. (Quick confession: I was playing with them all day!)

It may be the spookiest day of the entire year, but I hope your day is filled with no tricks and all treats!

 

Styling, design, and photography: Debi Traub simplybeautifuleating.com