Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Dollar Store Halloween Mantel

I don't know about you, but I don't really have a budget for holiday decorating. I see all of these amazing mantels on Pinterest and sigh because even if I bought the pieces on clearance after the holiday each year, it would still take me 5 or 6 years for my mantel to start to look like I wanted. I needed something fun and cute, without a huge price tag. I went to my local dollar store, and found some fantastic pieces, added a few other pieces and ended up with a mantel that I LOVE all for about $20. So here is the break down of what was from the dollar store and what wasn't. 

From the dollar store, in this case, Dollar Tree: 
  • the three small ceramic pumpkins, I made sure to buy all different ones
  • the two witches
  • the crow
  • the "Keep Calm and Scare On" Sign
  • the owl
  • the black and orange candy in the pumpkin 
  • pumpkin garland
  • spider web in the window

total: $12

Not from the dollar store
  • Candlesticks- I found the best way to make your mantel look like you spent a lot of money on it is to create lots of different heights. I had lots of little pieces that I loved from the dollar store, but not a lot of height. The candle sticks were a thrift store find, I got all three pieces for $1 and they create the dimension I was really looking for. This is also the reason I bought the Scare On sign instead of some of the other options, because it added height to the mantel. 
  • Glass Pumpkins- I bought this at my local drug store for $3. I wanted a candy jar and one that was clear was perfect for the black and orange candy. 
  • White pumpkin- This was my one craft store buy. I bought it using a coupon and paid less than $5 for it. I absolutely loved it and so I was OK with it being the one piece I splurged a little on, I would have loved a slightly larger one, but this one kept me to just about my $20 budget. 

total: $9 
For just about $21, I created a mantel that I absolutely love and will use again for sure. The pieces aren't huge, will store well (except for the candy) and during November I can ditch the Halloween specific pieces and use the pumpkins as fall decorations.

How do you decorate on a budget?
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