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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14 comments:

Masshole Mommy said...

Look at all that cute stuff you got there. Love it.

Scott said...

Now if I can only find a store that will sell me some creativity! I'm lost without it!

Melissa Pezza said...

I'm not surprised you were able to make such a cute mantle for $12.00. Dollar Tree has great prices.

bxcrochet said...

What a great looking mantel. I can't believe you got all of that at the dollar store.

Michelle F.

Debi Wayland said...

We have a dollar tree by us, and I LOVE them! You got that crow there? I must go now! Love the mantel!

Cynthia Landrie said...

I am a fan of Dollar Tree! You picked some great items and made a wonderful vignette

Barbie's Beauty Bits said...

This weekend I am going to the dollar store for Halloween. I keep seeing posts on this, and no I want it!!!

Heidi Wagoner said...

I am a big dollar store fan. We did a haunted house one year and most items were from there.

Caitlin Fore said...

I can't wait to start decorating for fall! I plan on doing a little fall shopping this weekend! Pumpkins and all!

Liz Mays said...

I have got to get in there and see what I can find to spice my decor up a bit. You did a great job!

Maddi'sMommy said...

Wow I love this! You would never know it was all bought at the dollar store.

Maddi'sMommy said...

Wow I love this! You would never know it was all bought at the dollar store.

Maddi'sMommy said...

Wow I love this! You would never know it was all bought at the dollar store.

Katrina Gehman said...

you got some great deals. i love decorating for different holidays.

 
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