My Cheap and Easy Halloween Mantel…Plus, How to Make a Pinwheel Banner

Oct 29, 2013 | DIY, Holidays

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.  

Halloween mantel from Fun Cheap or Free

I got a late start on my decor this year, so I needed it to be quick, easy, but noticeable. There's nothing like last-minute decorating, right? It keeps things fun.

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I tossed up the pinwheel banner that I made last year. It took FOREVER to make last year, but since it's been used for two 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 2-year-old's curious fingers…)

Halloween pinwheel mantel decor, from Fun Cheap or Free

I made it by folding thick scrapbook paper accordion-style, then gluing the pieces together like shown on Ella Claire & Co.'s pinwheel tutorial.

Ella Claire & Co.'s pinwheel tutorial, from Fun Cheap or Free
Photo Cred: Ella Claire & Co.

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.

Halloween lantern on a mantel, from Fun Cheap or Free

The cute candle warmer lantern gives a nice effect…and a great smell while at it. I bought the little textured pumpkins AFTER Thanksgiving years ago for around $1 each.

Halloween decorations on a mantel, from Fun Cheap or Free

My kids decorated the mini (real) pumpkins at a party with a sharpie. Aren't they little Picasso's? I bought the spiderweb for less than $3 from Kmart last year in their “after-Halloween clearance”. It's MASSIVE!

Spiderweb decoration, from Fun Cheap or Free

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.

Looking for more cheap and easy Halloween ideas?

Happy Haunting!

Jordan Page Signature from Fun Cheap or Free


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