Happy Halloween from the Zombie Family

I did it. I finally got my act together enough to decorate our mantle for Halloween at least 15 day before Halloween. Hey, it’s better than just days before or not at all. For Halloween I decided to only decorate our mantle mainly because it’s one of the few places Grayson can’t reach…yet.

I decided to place my halloween wreath I made on a white vase I already had on the mantle to give the left side some height. I framed a free halloween printable and a spooky family photo…in black frames of course. I relocated an apothecary jar filled with moss and acorns from the built-ins to the mantel to add a bit of height to the right side.

The two green glass bottles were some random beer that Derek decided to pick up one night at Fresh Market. He seriously purchased them because the bottles were cool looking. Isn’t that how everyone buys beer?  One of the cool looking beer bottles sits on a stack of spooky titled books. The pumpkin in the middle is the pumpkin Gray picked out at the grocery store last week. Yes, it is his, but he’s more into throwing it across the room. So, on the mantle it went. I picked up the two ghost candles at our local PB outlet, and the small white pumpkin is from Hobby Lobby (40% off) and painted white.

In one of the frames I put a halloween printable from Tatertots and Jello, but changed the colors a bit. And the other a family photo that I zombie-fied using Picnik.


For the spooky titled books I used books I already owned and covered them (middle school style) with some black packing paper.

Once the books were wrapped I used rubber stamps and some paint to print spooky titles on the bindings. (Tip: I found that applying the paint, with a small paintbrush, onto the stamp worked better than dipping the stamp into a puddle of paint. It eliminates the unsightly stamp-corner-paint appearing on your project.)

I know it’s not as elaborate as most, but I didn’t want to overdo it. I mean the kid doesn’t even notice yet. I hope over the years it will grow and change into something a bit spoooooookier.

Gotta go…I’ve got some fall projects to get working on.

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