Mantle Madness!

by Chris on September 30, 2008

Well, I forewarned you. Halloween decorating is. on. It was a chilly, windy, rainy day today (actually it was all those plus sunny, cloudy, and warm–it’s Michigan, what do you expect?). Anywho, what better atmosphere than that to start decorating for the day to eat my kids’ candy…err…Halloween? Our fireplace is pretty much the focal point of our house, so I always start with that. Here is the before:

And here is the after:
If I had a better camera, this might actually look really cute. I don’t, and it doesn’t. Until I get a better camera…look at the picture and imagine it looking 10 times better in person! I have been in love with the “boo” above, so I tried my own version of it. Little did I realize that I have nothing to hold the paper in place! It’s not quite BHG, but it’s close enough.
I already had the sticks idea in mind from Martha (of course), but when I saw Susie do it, I knew I had to join in! Why hello $1.00 crow! You’re so spooky!
And of course, we can’t forget about witch #2. I’ve kept her on the mantle, and she has since survived the wrath of Maximus. Don’t think she’s gone unnoticed though. There are times where I catch him staring at her and drooling at the thought…
Well, my one and only bell jar. I stuck some handpainted (by yours truly) pumpkins in there, but it needs more. This house is what I call a constant work in progress. Remember my dollar store jackpot? Add a little ribbon, use it as a backdrop, and it’s good to go!
Little pumpkin man keeps popping up in pictures, but I think he’s there to stay (for now!).
On a side note, I went to my one true love today. Of course I’m talking about Hobby Lobby! Duh. I FINALLY found some bell jars! Two to be exact! BUT I found something else that took precedence this time. I’ll hopefully show you that tomorrow. Bell jars will just have to wait for now. Hope you enjoyed the “spook show”!
P.S. Can anyone tell me an easy way to do a strike through on my words? I’ve found the need for it a million times, but I have no idea how to do it! Thanks!


The Berry's Patch October 1, 2008 at 12:37 am

Okay, now I’m really sad that I don’t have a mantle. Really, you make me want one bad. Yours looks awesome. Just perfect! So, I’m going to whine to my hubby about not having a mantle but having to fork out 700 billion to complete strangers. I could have a fancy mantle and a house to go around it for 700 billion. :-)

Julie October 1, 2008 at 12:52 am

your mantle looks great! I love the painted pumpkins I’ll have to try that. I got the witches hat sign at the dollar store they were so cute:) Great job on the decorations

Sarah October 1, 2008 at 12:59 am

Your mantel looks awesome! We just moved into a new house and I have a mantel for the first time. I did “Fall” decorations and had great fun. Yours are very creative. :)

Marie October 1, 2008 at 1:01 am

NO idea how to do the strike through on the words. If you find out, let me know.:o) Your mantel looks great! I love the BOO jars! I saw something similar in the Pottery Barn catalog this week (not Halloween related though) that I want to try. LOVE your little pumpkin man. I covet him. lol Can’t wait to see what you are up to courtesy of Hobby Lobby!

Sandy Toes October 1, 2008 at 1:02 am

Oh your boo glass jars are so great! I love the pumpkin girl, too! What a great mantel!
-Sandy toes

PatQ October 1, 2008 at 1:02 am

You’ve did an excellent job decorating. I think I’m going to steal some of your ideas. Good job.

AJ October 1, 2008 at 1:09 am

Well, of course I love it all. Now, I have wanted to buy that little black cat for TWO years and have talked myself out of it everytime I see it at Meijer or TJ Maxx. THEN, I had that little “pumpkin man” in my cart today but put him back. Hubby wouldn’t have been happy-thought about hiding him and claiming he was from last year but didn’t think I should start being dishonest over Halloween decorations:( Maybe I won’t feel so sorry for myself once I pull out my 501 rubbermaids full of decorations that I already own:) Happy Halloween!!

AJ October 1, 2008 at 1:18 am

Here's a way to do strike through:
enter < s > before your word then < / s > after the word. It should look like this:
< s >word< / s >

I've always wanted to do it myself but I never wanted to go through the effort. I guess it's not as bad as I thought it was.

Ok, blogger won't send this so use above code without spaces.

Half of the Style Sisters October 1, 2008 at 1:40 am

OH I love the Boo jars!! How cute is that. I like your bell jar as well it is a nice shape. Painting the pumpkins is a great idea. I must do that. I still want to decorate my hutch and my dining room sideboard thingy. You have inspired to go forth. :)

Carrie October 1, 2008 at 1:42 am

LOVE the “spooky” mantle!! And the painted pumpkins, you always have the cutest ideas. I hope you don’t mind if I steal..I mean borrow (Ok, I just learn how to strike out words thanks to your question and it won’t work…UGGHHH!!!)a few!!

Layla October 1, 2008 at 1:53 am

I wanna come over and see it!!!
LOVE your Halloween decor!

the lettered cottage

Deb October 1, 2008 at 1:55 am

Love the mantle… super cute. Where did you find the “bloodsucker” artwork. It is super perfect for a Twilight obsessed fan like me.

Beth October 1, 2008 at 2:00 am

I love your mantle! I wish mine looked like that! I live in MI too. Fenton MI!

Barbara October 1, 2008 at 2:08 am

What is so wonderful chris is the continuity ofthe spooky black decorations with that adorable orange/black pumpkin witch. Less color set the effect here. A Hollywood set dresser could not have done better. Look out Martha!

Kris October 1, 2008 at 2:08 am

What a great spooky mantle! I love it and I am so copying you with the spider webs! When I first saw your letters I thought “What is ECC?” Man, that girl teaches English and she cannot spell!” DUH. I am so jealous you found a crow – I have been to 6 Dollar Stores now with no luck – but could’ve bought a $30 crow with the gas I’ve spent!

Barbara October 1, 2008 at 2:10 am

Forgot to add….It looks really good. One of my favorites!


Half of the Style Sisters October 1, 2008 at 2:10 am

You couldn’t find any bell jars at Michael’s? What a bummer. I wonder if you can buy them online? Try that. Hope you find some…I know they were a pain to find I looked in every store around here…TjMaxx, Tuesday Morning, Hobby Lobby, Dollar Stores, Target they were no where to be found so I was really lucky to find them at Michaels.

sandra/tx October 1, 2008 at 2:24 am

I need to learn how to strike through my words. Thanks for asking for the how-to.

Your Halloween decorating looks. So. Good. I don’t even have my bones glittered yet. At this rate, I’ll end up with skeletal decor for Christmas. *sigh*

Natalie October 1, 2008 at 2:27 am

I’m totally loving this. I am also coveting your cat. I had it in hand at both CVS and Micheal’s and made myself put it back. I convinced myself they’d go on sale and I’d snatch one up at that point, lol. I am so inspired by this, that I definitely need to do some mantle tweaking asap. And to think I just threw a bunch of branches in the compost pile today. And I’ve got black spray paint in the garage that could’ve turned them into something like this. Well, a poor fascimile, but still. Love it…all.

"Hello... It's Me Again..." October 1, 2008 at 2:28 am

I love your mantle decorations, especially the BOO jars! I think I might do “FALL” or “THANKS” or something along that line after Halloween.

I love your blog!!!

Laura October 1, 2008 at 3:08 am

Love the mantle – I saw that sign at the Dollar store – much cuter with the ribbon on it!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! October 1, 2008 at 3:16 am

You know my favorite thing? The little polka dot pumpkins in the glass jar. So cute!! Everything looks fantastic though…I love the way the mantle turned out!

AJ October 1, 2008 at 3:23 am

Oh Barbara, we’re patiently waiting:)

~ Jamie ~ October 1, 2008 at 4:26 am

Hey! The mantle looks GREAT! Love all the little painted pumkins. I totally want to steal the B O O idea. Way cute!

P.S. I love your “hand” painting in the post about your advent calendar, which is WAAYYYY cute by the way.

Me October 1, 2008 at 4:55 am

where did you find that neat bloodsuckers pic?!

Cherry's Jubilee October 1, 2008 at 5:32 am

I was eyeing that bloodsuckers at Tj Maxx this past weekend. I also have that BHG pic ripped out in my inspiration files. I love it…I think they used frogs. ANDDDDDDD theres more……….I have also wanted to know how to strike a word out. I think one of us should do a post on how tos and let everyone post what they know…share the knowledge ya know. Ask and you shall receive. I know now how to enlarge my photos but my stinkin new blog look cuts them offf. argh.. cherry

Tausha October 1, 2008 at 10:20 am

I love the polka dot pumpkins! They look so cute with all the diff. colors! I also love the mantle! Want to know my opinion? Sure that you are just dying to know, most are. Anyway-I love the BOO! Cuter than BHand G-Don’t you just love it when you are better than than the magazines? Eat that Martha!

Stephanie October 1, 2008 at 12:15 pm

Perfect – as always. I need to get back to Hobby Lobby I guess…

Michelle October 1, 2008 at 12:57 pm

I love the way the holidays are coming together at your house…

tidymom October 1, 2008 at 1:04 pm

I LOVE it!!! – for your jars with the BOO – you could put candycorn in the jars to hold the paper.

For the strike thru (I've done it)
Look when you are typing your post, there is a tab that says "edit html", click that, find the words you want to strike thru and put the < strike> before the word(s) and and < /strike> at the end! (don't put the space though, I couldn't post it with out the space

Shauna October 1, 2008 at 1:31 pm

So many great ideas – thank you! I love your blog and am so happy I found a new favorite!!!

Shannon October 1, 2008 at 1:33 pm

I love it all!! Your mantel is awesome! I love that glittery “Boo” on the stand with the witch. So cute!!

Meghan October 1, 2008 at 2:01 pm

You mantle rocks!!!!!!

Susie Harris October 1, 2008 at 2:02 pm

That is the cutest mantel ever!!! Love the webs~

Inspired Kara October 1, 2008 at 2:11 pm

The BOO jars are just PERFECT!

Rosa October 1, 2008 at 3:16 pm

Looks awesome! It makes me want to decorate and I do really do Halloween! :)

Glitter and Bliss October 1, 2008 at 3:30 pm

I absolutely love what you did to your mantle. Halloween is such a fun time of year. I love the BOO in the glass jars. I plant to make my own branches/crow display sometime this week. Wish me luck!!


Hillcrest Acres October 1, 2008 at 3:34 pm

Love your decorating for Halloween!!! You’ve inspired me to get my butt moving and drag out the boxes of decorations.

I love the polka dotted pumpkins. If I find the time, I might just have to try my hand at painting some.

Closet Artist October 1, 2008 at 3:37 pm

I may just have to hit the local stores for some goodies to decorate my hall table thanks to your inspiration!
Perhaps you could use candy corn in your jars to hold up the letters?

Kimba October 1, 2008 at 4:30 pm

Your mantle looks great! I love the BOO jars!

And I think your little witchy stick is adorable. Perfect for your daughter. Not that she’s a witch or anything.

Rachel October 1, 2008 at 4:33 pm

Man you make me wish I had a mantle. Can I drool over your’s instead? ;) Great job I love the way it turned out!!

Julie October 1, 2008 at 5:01 pm

Chris thanks for the great comments about my tassel it wasn’t hard i think the expense depends on what kind of fringe you buy. theres a great tutorial on tassels at Heather has great ideas wish I had found her before I made mine so much easier go see her. thanks again hope this helps;)

Our Complete Family October 1, 2008 at 5:30 pm

Loving your mantle girl! It’s out of this world! ~ Les

Sweet Simplicity October 1, 2008 at 5:46 pm

Very CUTE! I love the BOO letters inside the glass. Great idea!

Nifty Adventures into Denmark October 1, 2008 at 6:22 pm

Your mantle is stunning both normal and with the wonderful Halloween decor. Makes me wish I had a mantle as well. Can’t wait to read about more of your wonderful decor ideas.

michelle @ sweet mady's October 1, 2008 at 6:49 pm

Fabulous! So glad I found you through My Insanity.

Meg and Alex October 1, 2008 at 7:03 pm

I love the pumpkins, actually everything! Good job, so cute!

Moi October 1, 2008 at 7:03 pm

so very very cute! I wish I had a mantle!!! I have a pass thru window..maybe this could be my “mantle” to decorate! I have to get busy!!

Natalie Jane October 1, 2008 at 7:04 pm

Hun- I’m sorry, but we would be best friends in real life. don’t let it get you down. We still have the blogosphere.

Your mantel kicks a**.

Stephanie October 1, 2008 at 8:22 pm

AMAZING! I love what you did. It’s so festive and spooky. Great job!

abeachcottage October 1, 2008 at 10:06 pm

wow your’s looks just like a magazine cover, you should submit it!!

I only wish I had a mantle to decorate


Tanya October 1, 2008 at 10:08 pm

I just love it! That is awesome. You do such a great job!

ROXY October 2, 2008 at 4:17 am

I just love the boo in the bell jars!! Your mantle is spot on with the magazine cover!! I agree with abeachcottage, You should send it in!!!

Bella Casa October 2, 2008 at 11:04 am

Oooooooooooo, I bought that same sign at The Dollar Tree a few weeks ago, now I feel so in with the in crowd ;)

I LOVE YOUR MANTLE, love the Apo…jars, who can spell that, not me and I am normally a pretty good speller ;)

So sweet! I was not going to do the branches and bird…then I changed my mind..then of course, could not find the bird…dumb bird. lol

Always enjoy my visits to your blog :)


lipstickandlaundry October 2, 2008 at 4:25 pm

You did a fantastic job… I just bought two glass jars yesterday and I have one at home, just might have to BOO too… It’s looks great!

THE Stephanie October 2, 2008 at 6:57 pm

Oh how I wish was a decorator. Everyone’s Fall decor looks so cute, I just don’t have the gene…

~Mommy & Me~ October 2, 2008 at 7:23 pm

I just love all of your decorating! The holiday decorations look great!! I was wondering, wasn’t it you that had the decoration that was 3 white pumpkins that spelled out boo on top of 3 tall candle holders? I was trying to find that pic again and couldn’t.

~Mommy+Me~ October 2, 2008 at 7:27 pm

I just love reading your blog, your Halloween/Fall decorations look great! I was wondering, wasn't it you that had the white pumpkins that spelled out Boo on top of 3 tall candle holders? I was trying to find that pic again & I couldnt.

Laurel MacD October 2, 2008 at 9:06 pm

I have the same metallic boo and the jars – now I know I can put letters in it – perfection. I can’t tell you enough how much I adore you.

Stephanie October 3, 2008 at 1:07 am

Looks great, Love it ALL! I also have that same black cat! :)

Kelly October 3, 2008 at 3:03 am

You made me wish I had a mantle…
We do have a wood stove but it’s not the same thing…

Love love love those polka dot pumpkins! I am totally gotta borrow this idea of yours!

BTW, I *coughTAGGEDcough* you..
I know, I know you did one not too long about but please do visit my blog when you get the chance, thanks ever so much. xo

Saucy October 3, 2008 at 5:19 am

Darn you! That boo jar idea is too cool! I’m stealing it from you who stole it from BHG but I will give YOU credit, leaving BHG out of the loop!

Cherry's Jubilee October 3, 2008 at 6:18 am

Where art thou?????? I finally have time here to catch up and there are no new fun posts from ya? How’s that for a guilt trip? lol, cherry

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! October 4, 2008 at 12:07 pm

well…how cool is that? You are too much girl!! So talented. i love it!!

Mrs. Jones October 4, 2008 at 4:51 pm

Great decorating! I need to get the Halloween junk out and get to work.


Carri October 5, 2008 at 4:16 pm

Your mantle looks awesome I am trying to cinvince my hubby to take away my normal things and just leave our halloween decor up. Maybe one of these days I will win.

Biteofpunkinpie October 8, 2008 at 6:35 pm

i love the branches w/the crow… scary but not too scary, kwim? so, i went to my local dollar tree to find some cheapo crows so i can make my own. alas, they didn’t have any. but they did have little WHITE birds in the christmas decor…. so, we’ll see how fake feathers look spray painted black. if it goes horribly wrong it was only a dollar, right?! everything looks great!

J'Ollie Primitives October 8, 2008 at 11:13 pm

your mantel is BOO-ti-ful!

Julie October 9, 2008 at 2:03 am

I am drooling over your Amazing spooky crafts! I am been without my computer for 11 days and today when I fired it up , I went right to your blog and it was like a hit of caffeine! AHHHH! Why aren’t you my neighbor???? LOVE everything, especially all the goodies in the jars, so jealous- I am going to HL tomorrow! Thanks for sharing

Project Queen (Mandy) September 16, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Just featured your Mantel Madness at
Thank you for sharing!

Previous post:

Next post: