Here’s an idea for creating a spooky Halloween fireplace. And while showing you “how” I created it, I’m also going to cover a few of the “steps” behind my design style.
In Spring 2011, I used a green bird cage as the focal point of a bird-themed design. [By the way, the bird cage was a collectibles display that a Hallmark store was done using and decided to sell, so I picked it up for only a few dollars. This happens often in gift shops, so you should always express your interest and leave your name & number with the manager if a unique display catches your eye.] When I’m decorating, my first step is to find inspiration and this bird cage provided my first bit of inspiration for this spooky Halloween fireplace design.
My second step is to look for things to re-purpose, to save money. I knew the bird cage would look very different if I simply painted it, so I covered the mirror on the back wall (to protect it) and used a can of black spray paint to give it more of a Halloween look and viola’… a bat cage was born!
Re-purpose, before you purchase! I wanted to place the window cling on a mirror above my fireplace, but there was one problem – I had no mirror above my fireplace! LOL So, I looked around and moved a mirror from another wall (this one was over a chest in my living room), leaning it up against the wall, above the fireplace. This not only solved the problem, but once again, without spending any money. By the way, this would also be a look you could easily create over a tabletop, in a foyer, etc.
Create stories and add “action” to make decorations more interesting. This draws in visitors who see your seasonal decor and adds whimsy too – who doesn’t love whimsy, especially during the holidays? ;-). Positioning the (newly painted) bird cage next to the mirror and adding a few of the window cling bats (to the mirror INside the cage) makes it look as though the bats have escaped through the open door of the bat cage. Adding a small skeleton (inside the cage) created a little whimsy because you find yourself wondering if he was somehow helpful in unlocking the cage door, so the bats could fly free.
Include lighting (lamps, candles, etc.) in your decorations. I absolutely LOOOOOVE these new Spider candles, so I chose them to add that eerie glow to my mantel scene. These are some of the best battery-operated candles because they’re lightweight plastic, won’t melt, and not only does the faux wick light up, but also the silver, glittery spider on the front (creating some BONUS lighting).
Combine similar things to add layers to your look. I got lucky and found this large, gorgeous, silver, glittered crow at a warehouse sale, for only $3.00, and couldn’t resist perching him on top of the bat cage to create even more action.
Accessorize to fill up empty spots! I added a few small pumpkins, black twig garland (Michael’s Crafts), preserved moss and a length of wide ribbon to fill in the empty spots.
Carry the look all the way to the floor. I placed larger pumpkins, branches (I gathered outside, spray painted black & added a couple of orange spiders to) and 3 lanterns in the fireplace opening & around the hearth.
Again, add lighting! To create a lit look (inside the lanterns), I took one strand of orange lights and fed a few of the lights inside each of the lanterns to give them a warm, autumn glow.
And here’s the complete look… it’s one of my favorites I’ve ever come up with… I hope you like it too!
HAPPY HALLOWEEN… enjoy the creativity!