A few weeks ago, I finally got the “Halloween decorating bug” and did up our dining room mantel. Hazel and Owen had fun helping me and making their own decorations too.
Mainly, I used items we already had, decorations from previous years, and some crafts we worked on together. The only new purchases were all of the pumpkins and gourds.
Here is what we put together…
Although I MUST WARN YOU!! Before we venture ahead…
I took a ton of pictures of our mantel, Halloween tree and other decorations that the kids made around the house. Since I waited until Halloween to share all of this with you, I have to cram it all into one post.
I hope you will forgive me for the overload and enjoy this mini “Halloween tour” from inside our home.
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Since everyone always asks about our mantel: we found it a local architectural salvage shop about six years ago. It came out of a home in the Rochester area which is pretty cool. I love pieces of history being saved and given a second chance.
Hazel drew faces on some baby boo pumpkins which were the perfect fit for this mantel vignette. I love my kids drawings 🙂
We decided to fill in the bottom of the mantel with this season’s collection of pumpkins and gourds. We found the large ones at a farmer’s market and the small ones at Walmart! I was surprised when I saw them there and was tempted to take every one they had. I love the soft colors and unique look each one has.
Hazel and I made a faux wood “Pumpkin Patch” sign together out of cardboard. It was the perfect finishing touch.
When Hazel was a toddler, I had her paint some rocks white and I drew faces on them to make a tiny ghost family. The kids decided they belonged in the patch too.
We have a white tree that has been on our back patio for awhile (I last used it for Hazel’s wolf birthday party), so I decided to bring it in and do it up as a Halloween tree. I printed off various vintage images on card stock. I think my favorite is the Man in the Moon as the tree topper. Most of these came from The Graphics Fairy.
A strand of burlap “Happy Halloween” ribbon, more of our pipe cleaner spiders and some pumpkins that Hazel drew faces on finish off the tree.
In our living room, we displayed lots of white paper ghosts on all of our windows. I cut them out for Hazel and Owen and then they drew faces on them.
Hazel got very creative with hers adding mustaches, hair bows and even made one look like Charlie Brown from It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! It’s definitely one of my favorites.
Finally, we had a “pumpkin carving party” with my mom and step-dad over the weekend. My step-dad, Gary, and I worked together to make the kids’ pumpkin carving wishes come true. I did the drawings…he did the carving. This year, Owen wanted Iron Man and Hazel wanted a unicorn. They were pretty excited when we put them outside lit up!
Well, I hope you made it through this whole post! And I hope you have a very happy and safe Halloween tonight!
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