Halloween Mantle 2011 {Frugal Décor}

I love décor, but I am a cheap ass.

I said it. I have no shame. I love all things beautiful, sparkly and fabulous, but only if I can afford them. Hence, why $1 stores are my BFF for every holiday season. You can find so much stuff there, if you shop early. For instance, most of the stuff I used on my Halloween mantle is from Dollar Tree and I bought it in August. No joke. People were still buying school supplies, and I was like, “Um, excuse me, are these all the ceramic pumpkins you have?”

Yeah. I’m THAT girl.

There I was…ahead of the game in August. And here I am, today, the girl who JUST finished her Halloween mantle. But hey, it’s done, I love it, and I seem to decorate well under pressure. The only thing I DIY’d for my mantle are my spider web votives. Everything else I pretty much bought as is from Dollar Tree or Hobby Lobby. I focused on using the stuff I had, and making a lot of impact with minimal money, time and effort.

Here is how my mantle has looked for about 6 months. It makes no sense. I’m almost embarrassed to show you all because it’s so not fabulous.


A mess. A hot mess.

So I cleared it all off, and got to work brainstorming…


I remembered I had the IKEA Ung Drill frame that I never did anything with + some damask wrapping paper left over from my DIY wedding cardbox, plus the stuff from my trip to Dollar Tree, plus some spider webs I got on clearance last year and I came up with this:


But, as is that’s not good enough, I then decided to light the candles + I incorporated 6 LED tealight candles to give it a spooky glow.


Now let’s take a look at all the components that make up my chic, spooky Halloween mantle.

A photo of 2 lovely girls…errr, maybe not.

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This owl is actually an oil warmer from Bath & Body Works.





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The total time it took me was about an hour. The total cost, well, I will say it wasn’t much, but basically each item cost me about $1. So, let’s say about $14-$20 for the individual components + everything else I had on hand. Even better? I can totally reuse everything next year, so I won’t have to buy it again.

But don’t be surprised if I am the crazy lady asking where the pumpkins are in early August.

If you’re into DIY-ing lots of stuff, Amazon has great prices on craft stuff and most of it has free shipping with a $25+ order.

New here? Here are some other Halloween tutorials I’ve posted this year (click on photo to be taken to the tutorial in a new window):

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What’s your favorite part of your home to decorate for Halloween?



  1. TheNextMartha
    October 19, 2011 / 1:50 pm

    Looks great! I don't even know if I'll get to my mantle. 🙁

  2. Jen
    October 19, 2011 / 1:55 pm

    This is ridiculously amazing! I wish we had a mantle to decorate. You did an incredible job!

  3. JendaLynnePhotography
    October 19, 2011 / 2:18 pm

    I absolutely love it!! I am a cheapy too dollar store holla.

  4. A Girl Who Loves Cupcakes
    October 19, 2011 / 3:40 pm

    That is SOOOOO cute! I love it!

  5. mary
    October 19, 2011 / 5:57 pm

    I LOVE it! So cute and festive!

  6. Dariela
    October 20, 2011 / 6:53 am

    Wow! You certainly do a lot of decorating! I love it! I don't have much but some tiny pumpkins in a plate. I feel bad after looking at this!I was most amazed by the portraits that change when you go to the other sides, do you do that or does it come like that? I'm kind of ignorant on those!My favorites are your votives!! BELLOS!

  7. October 24, 2011 / 2:17 am

    Creepy Cool and makes me miss the days that I had a mantle!We, okay I, decorated our media console for Halloween. I tried to do something on the front door and porch area, but the wind kept blowing the glow-in-the-dark skeleton into the window and freaking us all out in the middle of the night. Woooooo, scary tapping on the window!