Halloween is a fun holiday to decorate for, but it can get tacky real fast. So today I’m going to share how to create a beautifully elegant Halloween mantel without getting too cheesy. And here’s the best part – you probably already have many of these items lying around the house! So let’s get started.
Here’s what you’ll need for this project:
- 3 small decorative pumpkins
- A black feather boa
- 5 gold mercury glass votives
- 2 gold candlesticks
- 3-4 artificial gold roses
- Spooky objets d’art such as a black hand and a raven
- Black yarn
- Gold washi tape
You’ll begin by making a black and gold banner that will hang from your mantel. Cut a 3 inch piece of gold washi tape and fold it over the yarn. Cut a point into the washi flag. Repeat this process, spacing the flags out so that they are about 8 inches apart. Continue until you have a banner this is about 3 feet longer than your mantel.
Next you’ll begin styling the mantel. Put your feather boa on top of the mantel and let some of the feathers hang over the edge.
Next, place all of your other items along the mantel. Taller things should be concentrated in the middle. You may also want to vary the heights of the votives – I put tiny bowls upside down underneath two of the votives so they didn’t all look so uniform. Scotch tape may be helpful for keeping the gold roses in place.
By the way… if you can’t find gold roses at your local craft store, just buy regular artificial red roses and spray paint them!
Lastly, hang your banner from the mantel. Use a bit of clear scotch tape on either end to secure it, and pull it up in two places so it drapes nicely as shown above.
I also added a couple of gold mirrors that I had lying around at the last minute. They add some extra height and drama to the center of the setup.
As you can see, everything is either black, gold or neutral… this is what gives it such an elegant vibe. So be sure to stick to only a very few colors to ensure that you end up with a sophisticated mantel. Your guests are sure to love it!