My Halloween Mantle and other creepy decor

My Halloween mantle this year is brought to you courtesy of the creative people in blogland (and some Hobby Lobby and Target Clearance items).

Halloween potion mantle

The “Eat Drink and Be Scary” download is from Craftily Ever After who also has some other fun download options.  It adds a fun punch of orange to my mostly black and white collection.
The other framed pictures are graphics that I downloaded from the Graphics Fairy.  Again, a great place for images for what ever projects you are working on.
All I did was print them and insert them in frames of pictures we normally use (sorry about the wedding picture, hun.  It will be back in November, probably.  :-))
Then I found these great labels ready to go, here, and I had to make a little potion collection.  My daughter was very insistent that we use colored water, although the colors don’t show up too well in this picture since I wanted them to be dark.  We just found interesting shaped bottles (yes, those are some of the left-over IBC bottles from the pirate party, now turned “life-renewal potion”), glued on the labels and filled will water tinted with food coloring.
Do you like my jar of eyeball.  We inherited some of those gummy eyeball candies a year or two ago, but they were pretty gross to eat, so they were hanging out with my cake decorating stuff (gross, I know).  They had dried out and hardened, so I popped them in this bottle that used to hold capers, I think, with some corn syrup to give them a little goo factor and a little more realism.  I think it does the trick!
Maybe these potions are what those little witches are stirring up.
This dollar store bird perches on top of a moss topiary I use year-round.
The black lantern was a recent Target Clearance find–not intended for Halloween, but it seemed like it should have been.  The bird and pumpkin duo came from Hobby Lobby after Halloween clearance–when it was really cheap, a couple of years ago.
Everything sits on this gauzy cloth (Target, I think–maybe Dollar Tree), that enhances the eerie feel.
Our house has also turned into a bat cave.
I had traced all of these bats onto black poster board in a previous year, but never was able to bring my vision to fruition.  My daughter found them this year, and got busy cutting.  We used fishing line to suspend them from the upstairs railing.  They look even better in person.
One more Halloween decorating project to show you.  This one hasn’t found it’s permanent home, yet.  I purchased the vinyl on clearance at Hobby Lobby a while ago, but hadn’t used it yet, because I wanted to be able to put it on something that I could put up and take down each year.  I rescued this small strip of beadboard from another project that my husband was trying to throw away.  Turns out it was the perfect length for the vinyl.  I used a paint pen to add the spider webs and little spiders by hand.  Undoubtedly, I was inspired by the Halloween clock that Chris @ Just a Girl created.
So how about you?  Is your house spooky yet?  (This is the spooky part–the mess that comes from having the kids on Fall Break is just plain scary!)
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Comments

  1. Julia @ Hooked on Houses says:

    Love the "Eat, Drink & Be Scary" sign! How fun. 🙂

  2. Beth@The Stories of A to Z says:

    How festive and fun! Love your potions collection, bats, and crows. The sign is great too! Thanks so much for linking up!

  3. Tammy@InStitches says:

    I love your potions !!

  4. Kim @ Starshine Chic says:

    Spooktacular mantel and Halloween decor.

  5. Everything looks so great!

  6. I love every detail! Gotta love those blog friends! The poisons and potions are so cool, and I looove those bats! How awesome that you're daughter could help you get it done!

  7. The labeled jars I LOVE!!!
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  8. Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top says:

    I love everything! I need to make a potions display at our house. So fun and spooky! And don't you love when projects just work out like your vinyl did? It looks wonderful!

  9. I love it! I used the other "Keep Calm & Scary On" sign in my house, but I love yours! I just found your blog and will definitely be doing some browsing here 🙂

  10. Lisa's Creative Home says:

    Love your Halloween decor! I just found the Graphics Fairy and love her! I am going to use some of her Halloween images this year too!

  11. Ashley @ Domestic Fashionista says:

    your mantel is awesome! love eat drink and be scary! You did a great job…very spooky!

  12. WOW! I can only imagine what the rest of your house looks like. That is too cool. Thanks so much for linking this to our blog hop. I'm so glad you were able to participate, and I can't wait to see what you post next month!

  13. Wes and Tracy says:

    Love your Halloween decor. I've been meaning to print up some anatomy/skeleton graphics to frame & labels to use on bottles, but keep putting it off. Now you have added to the long list of tasks that I really want to get this done this year. Thanks?! 😉

    We also do bats hanging from fishing line (in our foyer). It really adds a cool twist to the Halloween decor. Plus, the neighborhood kids really get a kick out it when we open our front door.

    Blessings, Tracy @ birshykat.blogspot.com

  14. Kati @ Obscured Flair- says:

    I have that same swirly bat/ spider candlestick holder! Your mantle is GORGEOUS!

  15. pink and green mama MaryLea says:

    The eyeballs are completely gross AND completely awesome Kendra!!

  16. I love the Halloween decor… fabulous and creepy all at the same time!

  17. Desert Domicile says:

    I love your Halloween decor, especially those potion labels! That candlestick holder is great as well 🙂

  18. You did a fantastic job! My favorite are the eyeballs and the bats! I like reading your blog. I've done DIY projects and posted on http://www.makemania.com Hop on the swap home decor ideas and feel free to promote your blog!

  19. paisley penguin says:

    Great mantle. I also downloaded from Craftily Ever After. found you through CSI project.

  20. Laura @ Ms Smartie Pants says:

    I love these bottles. I want to make some of them, great mantle!

  21. Each and Every Thing Look so great, awesome, beautiful, i cannot describe in words. thanks for sharing.

  22. Summer @ Idea Cupboard says:

    Kendra I just LOVE this mantle – it is soooo creepy 🙂 I love everything about it!

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