Friday, September 21, 2012

Fall Crawl-Scary Free Halloween Mantel

My Fall Crawl day is here!
The ArtsyGirl Connection
I always enjoy the cool bloggy events Marilyn of The ArtsyGirl Connection organizes.  And I didn't want to pass this one up! So after joining I got to thinking about what today's post would be.  Lil' Hunkie has already been talking Christmas so when he does I always remind him of all the fun things we have to do before Christmas....Pumpkin day, his birthday, Turkey day then Christmas.  Well my husband caught me saying this and said I was forgetting one...Halloween. I was calling Halloween Pumpkin day! Because we take it as a day to celebrate fall not all the spooky, scary stuff.  So I thought why not make a scary free Halloween mantel? The result is perfect for my taste and how I want my family to celebrate October 31!

And guess how much money I spent?
About $5!!
2 pieces of scrapbook paper, a fabric remnant and a bag of candy was all I bought, the rest I had already!!
What I made:
Paint chip garland {tutorial coming soon!}
Scrapbook papered plaques
'October' embroidery hoop art {tutorial coming soon!}
'31' tray
'T is for Treat' sign

Tips for decorating for Halloween without the scary/spooky stuff:
{These might be obvious! But this was totally my thought process!}
*Use color. Pick a simple color scheme and stick to it.*
I did orange and black but green and black or purple and black would be great too!
I didn't want brown or yellow mixed in.
*Use pattern.*
  Again, I only have a few patterns going...damask and chevron.
*Think outside the box.*
Using '31', 'October' art and  'T is for Treat' is a little different from the norm of witches, skulls, etc.
But they still represent the holiday.

Hope those tips help!
I must say for my first Halloween mantel I'm pretty happy!

Make sure and visit the other gals in the Fall Crawl and join the fun and link up your fall projects to the Fall Crawl Link Party below!!

Happy Fall! Happy Friday!

{See my Link Parties Page for the link ups.}


Marilyn said...

Jen, I just WUUUUV ya, this is soo darling. I love the number, the trays, the little garland, the simplicity yet oh so detailed findings all around your mantle just makes me happy.. So adorable.. Thanks SO much for sharing.. I really can't express enough thanks to have you on board.. It's always SO inspiring to share and join in bloggy fun with you.. Happily falling for fall with YOU.. THANK you SO much again.. xo.. ;))

erica said...

love love love your mantle! So chic! xo

Rasmussen Family said...

the mantle really is gorgeous

Jennifer said...

Thanks so much @Carissa!!

Shannah @ Just Us Four said...

Oh, I adore your mantel. It is gorgeous and I love Halloween without the scare :)
I wanted to stop by and let you know that you were featured today at Just Us Four. I hope you will stop by and check it out.

Thanks again for linking up to the Pinworthy Projects Party.

Crafty Mischief said...

I'm not big on scary either. Your mantle looks great!

Betsy Pool said...

Your mantel looks great! I'm glad you shared it at Romance on a dime.