My cheap and easy Halloween mantel…plus, how to make a pinwheel banner

Halloween is almost here! To celebrate the impending arrival of one of my favorite holidays of the year, I thought I'd share my quick, easy, and super-duper cheap (naturally) Halloween mantel with you.
I got a late start on my decor this year, so I needed it to be quick, easy, but noticeable (much like our Halloween party that I mentioned yesterday)
I tossed up the pinwheel banner that I made last year. It took FOREVER to make last year, but since it held up for 2 years now I guess it was worth the effort 🙂 #NotACrafter
(Well, it held up all except part of the “T” that was a recent casualty to my 2yo's curious fingers…)
I made it by folding thick scrapbook paper accordion-style, then gluing the pieces together like shown on THIS BLOG:
I hot-glued some letters and Halloween shapes to the middle (I used a Silhouette machine but you could buy cut-outs or print them off your computer and cut them by hand). Then I hot-glued the pinwheels to dollar store ribbon and voila!
 I displayed a few lanterns that I got from the Target dollar bins last year (as shown in this TV segment that I did)
The cute candle warmer lantern gives a nice effect…and great smell while at it.
The little textured pumpkins I bought AFTER Thanksgiving years ago for around $1 each from Tai Pain Trading.
 The mini (real) pumpkins my kids decorated at a party with sharpie. 
Aren't they little Picasso's?
The spider web I bought for less than $3 from Kmart last year in their “after-Halloween clearance”. It's MASSIVE!
The mirror, though non-Halloweenie, was $60 (marked down from $200) at a furniture store that was going out of business. It's 3 or 4 feet tall and weighs about a million pounds.

So there you have it! Remember to stock up on clearance AFTER Halloween to help decorate your home for next year. Happy Haunting!

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