Thanksgiving Mantel

 

Thanksgiving mantelI know everyone is in Christmas mode already but I am just throwing this Thanksgiving mantel idea out there for next year if anyone wants a simple holiday mantel idea. [Read more…]

Beautifully Spooky Halloween Mantel

halloween mantel 2014

My Halloween mantel for 2014 has been brewing in my mind for a couple of years.  I had been saving cool bottles in hopes of conjuring up what one might see if they walked into a witch’s dwelling.  Let’s break it down.

Halloween Mantel_Potion

On the left we have an old olive oil bottle that has been filled with colored water.  My kids helped me mix black and purple food coloring in the water.  They were all smiles as they made their own witch’s potion.  The bottle already had a cork but I added some twine around the top of it.  On the right you will see an old mason jar filled with spider webs and  spiders next to some “potion” books with a glass cloche encased pumpkin on top.

Halloween Mantel Candles & Paper Scrolls

To make the paper scrolls, I just rolled up some papers and tied them with twine.  I did two different types of paper and varied the sizes.  The skull was purchased at Roberts crafts a few years ago, back when they were still in business.  My daughter and I burned the pillar candles ourselves until they had “hair” or in other words wax dripping down them.  To get them to be black on the top, I used one candle to burn the top wax of another.

DIY Wooden Halloween Sign_Something Wicked

I made the Something Wicked this way Comes sign (which is reversible!!) and you can see the tutorial here.

Halloween Mantel_Skeletons

Old tin can and one more bottle that I saved that used to be balsamic vinegar and similarly filled it with colored water.  I thought I had more skeleton people but I think they got used as dolls last year so now we are down to just 2.  Lastly I used one of my white chalk paint pumpkins in a black bowl.

DIY Bat Felt BannerTo tie it all in, I made a felt bat banner.   I used this bat shape from Kolette Hall and the stiff craft felt.  I just out the bat onto cardstock and used a thin chalk pencil to trace the bat onto the felt.  I cut them out with a pair of scissors.  I used a circle punch to punch out the grey circles.   I set out the order that I wanted the banner to be.  I alternated between 3 and 4 circles  between each bat.  I put together the pieces in a bit bat sandwich and then sewed them together to make my bat banner.

Beautifully Spooky halloween mantel 2014

Chalk Paint Pumpkins with Fabric Leaves

chalk paint pumpkins with fabric leaves

Last year I pinned this image of a beautiful fall mantel.  It did not have the usual fall colors but rather light green pumpkins , a green wreath and just a touch of white.   There was something so clean and yet so soothing about it.  I thought that this year I wanted to bring in a similar color scheme to my early fall mantel.   I had some pumpkins that I had purchased about 7 years ago that needed a little makeover.

DIY Chalk Paint Pumpkins with Silhouette Fabric LeavesThey were a yellowish white color and had accumulated their fair share of scuffs and dents over the years.   The first thing I did was to paint them a bright white using some Americana chalk paint.   I started off using a regular sponge brush but ended up buying a spouncer brush (bought mine from Walmart for $3) which I liked much better.

silhouette fabric pumpkin leaf

To make the leaf, I used the leaf from the 3d pumpkin paper basket by Lori Whitlock.  I wanted to make the stem of the leaf longer so that I could wrap it around my pumpkin stem. To do so I made a small rectangle and a small circle and positioned them by the original leaf circle stem thing.  I wanted to have a circle at the end so that I could have a good spot to put my hot glue.  I welded the leaf, rectangle and circle together.  I double clicked the shape so that I could edit the points.  I went through and deleted the points that were out of place.  I then cut the shape out of fabric that I had ironed onto a piece of Silhouette brand clean cut interfacing.  I wrapped each fabric leaf around the pumpkin stems and hot glued the little circle on the end of the leaf stem onto the back of each leaf.

white chalk paint pumpkins _fall decorI thought it would be neat if I was able to take the fabric leaf off of the pumpkins and put on a new color if I wanted to later on.  I love the look of all the pumpkins lined up on my mantel!

Want to see more Silhouette home decor inspiration? You can check out 21 DIY projects below!

Our Sons & Daughters Wood Shims and Word Art Simple DIY Canvas Art Pallet Signs Chalk Paint Pumpkins with Fabric Leaves Make a Personalized Scarecrow DIY Wall Art for the Bathroom Decoupaged Fall Leaves Lampshade Gimme A F.A.L.L! Eat SOMETHING Sweet Baby Love Quilt Big Reveal Sketching Inspiration for my little Dancer - September Silhouette Challenge Family Feature Presentation Wall Art Last Unicorn Shadow Box Makin' my office a little more artsy fartsy Family Command Center DIY Grandparents Sign with Photo Frame Dream Big Little Girl Canvas Art Fall Pallet Sign {Grateful, Thankful, Blessed} Pumpkins and Apples Sign Handmade Freezer Paper Cloth Napkins

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