Jamison Rantz, otherwise known as the Rogue Engineer, styled these mantel decorations for our Halloween Style Challenge. We got him started with some mystery boxes of Home Depot Halloween decorations. Jamison and his wife took it from there, adding string lights, tree branches, cob webs, and some very cleverly done DIY projects of their own.
Halloween Mantel Decorations
Decorating for Halloween is always fun when you have kids, but getting to decorate two months before Halloween was even better! Our kids loved watching us put together this spooky witch’s mantel.
A box full of spider webs, two spider pumpkins, two lighted jack-o-lanterns, Halloween lights, stacked pumpkins, and one awesome jumping spider which was definitely a hit for my kids!
For this challenge we decided we wanted to do mantel decorations. The problem is we didn’t actually have a mantel on our fireplace. If you don’t have a fireplace mantel, you can’t have mantel decorations. So we decided to build one! You can get the free plans for this faux fireplace mantel on my blog. But now back to the decor!
My wife Jamie made these awesome potion bottles, which became the inspiration for our Halloween mantel. It’s almost hard to believe these potion bottles are made using recycled kitchen bottles!
After we added all our spider webs to the mantel it was then time to start adding the decor.
We used old books stacked to add height variation for the potion bottles, plus every witch needs books of spells lying around.
Spooky Tree Branches
We also added some height to the sides of the fireplace by using tree branches.
Yes, we took dead branches from the yard, spray painted them black, and stuck them in an old milk jug we had. We then added some birds to give these spooky trees a little something more.
String Lights in the Fireplace
Since the fireplace isn’t in use, we added some Halloween lights to give the appearance of a dimly lit fire.
The orange lights in the fireplace gave it a spooky and realistic Halloween glow and really added to the Halloween mantel decorations.
Bats with Lighted Wings
Another awesome DIY Halloween decor project we added to our witch’s mantel decorations was the lit bat wings.
Using some plywood scrap, metal flashing, spray paint, and battery operated LED lights we built these awesome bats! Be sure to check out the entire lit bat wing tutorial to make your own this Halloween!
Jamison Rantz is a husband and father of two. When he’s not designing planes as an aerospace engineer, he’s designing DIY furniture and publishing simple plans on his blog, Rogue Engineer.