Sunday, October 16, 2011

ten projects in twenty days :: halloween mantle

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Day Fourteen :: Project Seven

So until last weekend, I had a serious bah-humbug attitude about Halloween.  Then, all of a sudden...out of the blue...I was into it.  Much to the relief of my children.  

Last weekend we decided to scare-ify our mantle.  And here's what I came up with: 

{Note:  picture shown is purposely bad so that you will think, Ugh...THAT is an ugly mantel}

Meh.  It's ok, but it really needed something.  I couldn't figure out what that something was, but I just knew it was imcomplete.  I thought about spider webs, but they're so messy and I just wasn't sure that it was quite the look I was going for.  

But today!  Today we bought some old, ratty cheesecloth, and voila!

Big difference, huh?

Oh, and I also painted a fake pumpkin that my Mom gave me (it matches my cute little chalkboard).

I wrapped the existing candle in some of the book pages that I "antiqued" for my wreath.

Also, the blue shutters that are usually on my mantle (here) were flipped over, painted black, and distressed.  They're still blue on the other side, so I can use them more or less year-round.

So...what have you been doing to Halloween Up?


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Jenny @ Simcoe Street said...

I love this - especially that blue pumpkin!


Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Fantastic Halloween post!It turned out great and love the gorgeous blue on the pumpkin.
Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Cathy @My 1929 Charmer said...

I love that blue pumpkin, what color did you use? Your mantel looks really "halloweenish". Great job. I would love it if you posted this at my 1st Sunday's Best Link Party.

Thrifty Crafty Girl said...

Your mantle looks great! I'm glad you decided to get into the Halloween spirit!

Thanks for visiting my blog! I'm following you now!

❀ⒹⒺⒺ❀@ A Lapin Life said...

Your mantle looks terrific!
I adore the blue pumpkin.


michele said...

found you and your lovely blog via BBC and would love to have you visit and have a great giveaway at the moment!



Robin said...

I think the cheesecloth thing looks "classier" than the spiderweb things (it's an art to make Halloween classy!). I painted a pumpkin blue too. Love it!

Sara said...

LOVE this!! Would LOVE it if you would link this up at my turquoise lovin' party going on right now!!

Amber said...

LOVE the pumpkin! I have a pumpkin that I spray painted a similar color.
Thanks for sharing.
amber @

about blue cedar lane said...

I love that pumpkin! Thinking I'm going to have to paint one myself soon...

J's mom said...

Love it! Please post this, and anything else you may have,in my link party at



Dawn said...

I love the shutter with the cheese cloth. Dawn Suticase Vignettes found you at nita's blog.

B.Cheniful said...

this looks darling! Like, a little Modern Halloween, not too over the top! LOVE the blue pumpkin!

Shannon said...

I love the blue pumpkin! I'm over from the CSI project

Michele @ {Primp} said...

cute--love that blue! thanks for sharing this week at {Primp}.

Jaime Lyn at Crafty Scrappy Happy said...

I LOVE everything about this amazing mantle!!!!!!! Perfection---you completely nailed it! Thank you SO much for linking up and inspiring me over at crafty scrappy happy!
ps I am a new follower :o)

Anonymous said...

Love your mantel. Found you thru the Halloween Mantel linky party! The blue is great. I bought a blue ceramic pumpkin this year! Who says you have to have an orange pumkin!?!