It’s so much fun when a Halloween theme comes together… inexpensively! Normally, I decorate The Seasonal Home’s fireplace and mantle with a “cute spook” or “fall” theme. But, check out how I decorated my fireplace this year. It was mostly inspired by Dollar Tree finds as well as 4 sets of black, glittered and lit branches I found on the www.terrysvillage.com website, at a bargain basement price, which gave The Seasonal Home a slightly haunted look.
Originally, these branches were meant to line a front walkway, but as always, I saw a different use for them…. in planters, to flank each side of my fireplace hearth. So, I began the hunt for 2 planters to hold my bargain branches. My first stop was Wal-Mart where I found 2 beautiful and large, footed, gray stone planters on clearance for $35 each. Definitely a good price and I could justify the purchase by recycling them as outdoor planters afterwards. But, I didn’t really “need” planters and I spent so little on the branches that it seemed silly to spend more on the planters, so I kept looking. I ended up at Big Lots and found these $3 bargains in white and grabbed some gray spray paint also, for $2. Once they were painted and dry, I filled the planters, half-way with (recycled packing materials) styrofoam. On top of that, I poured about 5 cups of inexpensive sand (for stability & weight). Now, they were ready to hold my glittered branches! To finish the look, I placed moss on top of the sand, which also hid the base of the branches. A few faux eyeballs and that part of my theme design was complete!
[Consider using this idea at Christmas, i.e. snowy-white branches in a silver planter, etc.]
I also added in a couple of decorations I already had: a fall leaf garland and wreath and used my existing candlesticks to display the skulls. I painted a pumpkin to coordinate with the color scheme and added in a few candles and a crow I found at Old Time Pottery for under $5 each. So, for very little expense, I created a “not-too-creepy” theme… I hope it inspires you too!