Do you love spooky Halloween mantel decorations, or do you lean toward a more sophisticated and subdued style? I love it all! In this post, you’ll get Halloween mantel ideas that are delightful and not too frightful.
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I like to think Halloween has the most range of any holiday. Do you know what I mean?
It’s like your mantel’s one time of year to really party. It’s been holding back all year with conservative vases, tame book arrangements and a candleholder or two.
Now, it’s time to PAR-TAY!
When it comes to decorating mantels, there are a few must-have elements that seem to rule the season:
- Simple colors schemes (think black, white and gold with a hint of orange)
- Farmhouse signs and accents
- Picture frames with spooky art
- Black animals, like bats, ravens, crows and cats
- Dollar store painted pumpkins
- Halloween garlands
- Pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns
- Black candles and twinkle lights
- Apothecary jars and “potions”
- Skulls and skeletons
This week, I’m publishing a series on all the DIY decor elements in my own Halloween mantel, and you can follow along on Instagram Stories for a behind-the-scenes peek at my process…
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Below, I’ve gathered a few of my favorite Halloween mantel displays from blogger friends to inspire you to dress your mantel up in costume this year.
1. Black, White and Gold Halloween Mantel Decorations
I had a “vision” for my Halloween mantel, and it included lots of DIY projects. You can see all the details in my recent post about Halloween mantel decorations you can make in a weekend.
2. Farmhouse Halloween Mantel with Skeletons
Michelle’s Party Plan-It knows how to “creep it real” with this black and white themed farmhouse Halloween mantel. Gotta love the Jack/Jill skeleton combo!
3. Farmhouse Statement Sign for the Mantel
I just love the simplicity of this October 31 Halloween sign, and the best part is that Mandy’s Party Printables has it available to download and print for FREE!
4. Halloween Mantel with Bats, Spider Webs and Pumpkins
Where the Smiles Have Been created an incredible Halloween mantel with bats, spiders and pumpkins. All the hanging bats and fun candy-corn color scheme really make a statement!
5. Classy Black and White Halloween Mantel
My sweet friend Kelly at My Creative Happy put together a fabulous classic black and white Halloween mantel. I love how Kelly incorporated elements she already had on hand, like candle holders and frames, and crafted the rest. Lots of great DIY decorating ideas here!
6. Free Halloween Backdrop Printable
If you’re strapped for time to pull together a festive mantel (raises hand), try downloading this free printable Halloween backdrop from Love the Day. It’s so much easier to fill in with accents when you have a focal point.
7. Spooky Halloween Mantel Decorations
For more of a haunted house feel, check out these spooky Halloween mantel decorations by Jordan’s Easy Entertaining. You’ll never guess how she converted her framed picture…brilliant!
8. Black and White Elegant Halloween Mantel
There’s something eerie but elegant about this black and white Halloween mantel from Pink Peppermint Design. That broken mirror makes me shudder, and I love that crooked candelabra!
9. Elegant Blue and White Halloween Mantel Decor
For a more subdued look for Halloween that lasts throughout the fall season, check out this elegant Halloween mantel decor from DIY Decor Mom. She includes small, subtle nods to Halloween (like mini pumpkins and spiders) that can be added/removed in the transition to Thanksgiving.
10. Elegant Black and Gold Halloween Mantel
Adding metallic accents to your Halloween mantel can also give it a more sophisticated, upscale vibe. Botanic Bleu shares a gorgeous display in her black and gold Halloween mantel. (She even spray painted some accents.) It’s perfect for some grown-up Halloween parties.
11. The “Pop Up” Halloween Mantel
Why buy lots of Halloween tchotchkes when you can “inflate” your mantel accents instead? Dukes & Duchesses tells you how to create balloon pumpkin patch mantel decor that really pops! What a fun idea!
More Halloween Decor for the Mantel
If you don’t need the whole shebang and just want to add a few Halloween accents for your mantel, try one of these quick and easy crafts!
12. Upscale Painted Styrofoam Pumpkins
For a glam factor, try making these painted foam pumpkins using $1 pumpkins from the dollar store. You can see my whole Halloween mantel in #1 of this post.
13. Painted Foam Pumpkins and Decoupage Pumpkins
For a farmhouse look, you can also upgrade cheap Dollar Tree foam pumpkins with subtle paint colors and scrapbook paper. See this tutorial where I show you the steps to decoupage or paint dollar store pumpkins.
14. DIY Spider Web Candles
Burton Avenue has graphic files you can download for free to make these DIY spider web candles. You’ll just need a Cricut, Cameo or other cutting machine to cut the adhesive vinyl.
15. DIY Halloween Spider Sign
This Halloween, make a DIY spider sign for the mantel that strikes the perfect balance between spooky and cute. The Handyman’s Daughter has a full tutorial to put your scrap wood to good use.
16. DIY Halloween Potion Bottles
Apothecary bottles are BIG in Halloween mantel decor. The Soccer Mom Blog has a great tutorial that shows you how to make your own DIY Halloween potion bottles (free printables included) to cast a spell on your mantel.
17. Halloween Pine Cone Flowers
Adding some floral stems to a Halloween mantel always creates interesting texture. My friends at Sustain My Craft Habit have a great post on how to make pine cone flowers for Halloween in any color to coordinate with your mantel decorations.
18. Boo To You Halloween Wood Block
For a little farmhouse spin, Burton Avenue also has a “Boo to You” Halloween block tutorial. I love how this looks like a little bottle of potion…perfect for an orange and black Halloween mantel!
Shop Halloween Mantel Decorations
For your convenience, here are a few of my favorite Halloween mantel decorations (Click images to shop).
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