Friday, 21 October 2011

Complete Halloween Mantle

So, I think my halloween mantle is complete!

We picked up this mantle a few months ago through Freecycle, you'll notice (obviously) that I have yet to come up with a permenant idea for the space, and our "hearth" is a shelf we bought from the hardware store and cut to size so the mantle wasn't simply sitting right on the floor.  Anyway, that big glaring gap is a project for another day ;O) 

Here is the top half, including a few of my blog crafts:  my BOO artwork, Halloween Countdown Blocks, Papier Mache Pumpkin, Spooky Spiders and web.  I decided to off-set the mirror from the centre and quite like it, and my spider is kinda filling the gap above the other half.

The kids and I also make a ghostie garland, and used the leftover bat embellishments from my Halloween Wreath to make a pattern above them.

Here is the lower half, on the "hearth"

A friend of mine was throwing out the little green foot stool, so I thought I would try to make use of it!

You'll notice there is a particular author who is a favourite of mine - with the dust jackets off the colours are nice and muted for the most part, and the books help to fill up a bit of that empty space.

I added some seasonally coloured books on the other side to add a bit of height - the bowl is a papier mache one I made a few years back.

I'd love to know your thoughts on the overall look - I look at it one minute and think "Hell yeah, it looks awesome!" and then the next time I look I think the combo of the top half and the bottom half makes it look too busy!!

I guess now that this is finished, I need to start thinking about Christmas crafts...!

Nikki x

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  1. I love it! I think the black paper pumpkin is my favorite! I don't think it is to busy unless the rest of the room is empty. Even then it would be awesome.

  2. I'm also thinking of such a mantle for a certain wall in our living/dining room and I love to see what you did with yours. I esp. like the ghost garland and your BOO art work! By the way, we also own all those books by King, and I like this author - or most of what he writes. We have one book shelf that only hold his books.

  3. Thanks Jule, the ghost garland was one of the quickest things we made, and it turned out pretty good! Love Mr King, looking forward to his new book next month!

  4. Very cute! How fun to get such a great piece for free. Love the Halloween decs, thanks for sharing.


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