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Halloween Mantle Decor 2014

I’m IN LOVEEEEEE with my mantle. The pictures don’t do it justice I don’t think. It’s the perfect, sexy, vampire’s lair I was going for with my Halloween style. The best part? Everything was purchased at The Dollar Store or I already had.

Halloween Fireplace Decor
Halloween Fireplace Decor

The deep red vases were purchased at Michael’s on clearance and the flowers I bought years ago when we still lived in our condo from Hobby Lobby. I also have yellow flowers that go with these but decided to omit them because yellow seemed too happy for a vampire’s lair.DSC_0879

I draped several cheesecloth things I bought at The Dollar Store across my mantle. I used gray as the base and layered black ones on top of them.

To layer on top of that I used 2 skeleton garlands in black (also from The Dollar Store.) Here is a close up of the skeletons.DSC_0880

As you can see, the string linking the skeletons is tan. I think before I put this up next year I will color them black with marker or paint them so the string blends in better.

Here is the left side of my mantle.

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The only thing that is new is the red candle that I bought at Marshall’s Home Goods this season for around $5. I plan to have it out for the entire fall season. The crows, spider webs and spiders are all from The Dollar Store.

Here is the right side of  my mantle.DSC_0877

The only “new” thing on this side of the mantle are these two AMAZING vintage books. These are not photographing the way they actually look. The light gold color isn’t so bright in person. But the really special thing about these medical books is that they belonged to my grandfather who is no longer with us. They even have his name and address printed on the inner cover and some papers taped inside that appear to be study materials of the human anatomy. AWESOME!!! I love pairing vintage items with new and how special to own ones with family history and meaning? It’s the only thing I have (other than pictures) that belonged to my grandfather so they’ve become very important to me.

Have you incorporated any family heirlooms into your decor?

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Some Halloween Living Room Touches…

This was my first year decorating for Halloween and I decided that I wanted my color scheme to be black, gray and deep red as my accent color (rather than orange or purple which seems to be popular now). I chose red because I don’t decorate with red for Christmas at all and I have alot of orange already going on in my basic fall/Thanksgiving decor.

So here is BEFORE I transitioned to Halloween Decor.

Before the Halloween Transformation
Before the Halloween Transformation
After Halloween Decor
After Halloween Decor
After Halloween Decor
After Halloween Decor

What did I change? I added some faux spider webs (from The Dollar Store). The plush red throw on the chair is actually something I used to have at the foot of my bed back in my college days that I recently found in a box in my garage!! The yellow pillows have been on my couch before. I switched them to this space because I thought the yellow on the couch was a little to “happy” for a Halloween couch. I thought the gray pillows that were on these chairs were a better fit for Halloween on my couch since my couch is more of a focal point than this space. The skeleton is a pose and stay skeleton (so it can stand up and you can lock the arms into place and whatnot). I bought this one at Costco this season and it was $38-$39 I believe. It was the cheapest one I’ve seen so far so I snapped it up. The black crow that is perched on the skeleton’s shoulders was bought this season at The Dollar Store. There are small wires on the feet that allowed me to secure it. I don’t have children or pets that will bother the skeleton at all so that small bit of wire was fine for me but if I did have children in the house I would have used more floral wire than what came on the crow. I really want to find a top hat for the skeleton and put a deep red feather in it but I didn’t put the effort in this year to look for one. Maybe next year! On the dresser in front of the candles is a burlap stuffed pumpkin that I got for one penny last year at Michael’s on clearance. I don’t actually like the pumpkin because it has ugly painted designs on it but I figured for 1cent that I could probably sell it for more than that at a garage sale and since I needed something small for that space why not use it? You can actually barely see the painted designs on it with the dark lighting in my room anyway so it’s fine.

Then just yesterday I decided to add this knitted cheesecloth type thing that I bought at The Dollar Store onto the dresser.

Added this Cheesecloth to the dresser.
Added this Cheesecloth to the dresser.

I was slightly disappointed with this skeleton. I was under the impression that I could pose him in more diverse positions. I really wanted to make him cross his legs and pose him holding a newspaper with one of those old timey cigarettes in his hand or holding a martini glass but the joints don’t really work like a socket works. They only move back and forth rather than rotating so I was only able to sit him like this or stand him up basically. Oh well. We can’t have everything right?!

DIY Spider Door Magnets for Halloween

I’ve never decorated my house for Halloween before. I recently decided that this year I’m going to. YAYYYY!! I’m so excited I can’t stand it. I’ve been wanting to for a few years but to save money I just decided to only decorate for Fall. That way I could leave my decorations up from September until Christmas. The problem with that is 3 months of the same decor bores the S*%^ out of me lol. So this year will be different 🙂 I’m still broke so I’m going to try to make as many decorations as possible, or buy things from the Dollar Store. ENTER MY FIRST HALLOWEEN DIY: Spider Door Magnets.

My inspiration came from Delia and her blog Delia Creates.

I did mine slightly different than she did, but the idea is exactly the same. I started out with a bag of 50 plastic spider rings from the dollar store.

Plastic Spider Rings from the Dollar Store
Plastic Spider Rings from the Dollar Store
I just used normal scissors to cut the ring portion off so I was left with just the spiders. The plastic is very thin so it’s not difficult at all.

Once that was complete I decided to spray paint them. I wanted the orange spiders to be black so it was necessary to paint those. But I also decided to paint the ones that were already black because the plastic was matte and looked dull. I had glossy black spray paint on hand and thought it would glam them up a bit and make them look less “dollar store cheap.” Here you can see the difference between the glossy black painted spiders on the left and the way they looked originally on the right.

Painting the Plastic Spiders with Glossy Black Spray Paint
Painting the Plastic Spiders with Glossy Black Spray Paint

I painted the tops of the spiders and when they were dry turned them over and painted the underside so that none of the original orange color would show from any angle. It was hot out so these dried in minutes.

Once they were completely dried I went to work gluing some magnets on the back. Unfortunately I was unable to find any magnets smaller than the .5 size I already had on hand so I just used what I had. The bright side is that you don’t notice the magnets at all because they’re black and the spiders are black. Also because the magnets are round they just look like they’re part of the body of the spider. I bought these magnets at Michael’s last summer for a DIY fishing project I made for my neices and nephews and I already had the paint so this project literally only cost me $1.

Gluing Magnets on the Backs of the Spiders
Gluing Magnets on the Backs of the Spiders

DIY Magnet Door Spiders
DIY Magnet Door Spiders
DIY Magnet Door Spiders
DIY Magnet Door Spiders

DIY Magnetic Door Spiders
DIY Magnetic Door Spiders

Here you can see a close up of what the spiders look like with the magnet glued on. Disregard the glue string in the picture, I didn’t notice it at the time lol.

DIY Magnetic Door Spider
DIY Magnetic Door Spider

Now, immediately after I glued the magnets on I threw them in a ziplock bag to store them. When I opened them up to stick them on my door today to take pictures for y’all I noticed that some of the orange spiders paint had chipped off. This actually doesn’t bother me because I kind of think it makes the spiders look more real. However, if you don’t like the way this looks you may want to consider using paint made for use on plastic or possibly try priming them ahead of time. Mine are already made so…C’est La Vie. I should get a few years of use out of them before they start looking to bad to put out.

Paint Chipping from Spiders
Paint Chipping from Spiders

I still have about 15 or so spiders that I didn’t magnetize because I ran out of magnets but I think I’m going to just use them around the house in other ways to decorate. You can use these magnetized spiders on anything magnetic so use your imagination and stick them on window frames, appliances or whatever you have that will work.

–Robin