I live in Hawaii and don’t have a fireplace hence no mantel. When we lived in Texas the mantel was one of my favorite spots to decorate. But my daughters who live on the mainland have fireplaces with mantels that they decorate for each holiday. Here’s the one my daughter Jenny made for her Georgia home.
She used the jars that she uses for her children’s candy buffets when they have birthday parties. It’s a great way to use those jars in between parties. She filled the jars up with candy corn and popcorn kernels she found on sale at her local grocery store. The glittery foam pumpkins and skull were from Walmart and TJMaxx. The row of gold pumpkins are real pumpkins that she spray painted with gold metallic paint. We usually like to use Krylon 1000 Premium Metallic Spray Paint, (affiliate link) for our craft projects, but since she’s using reap pumpkins that she didn’t want to preserve she used the less expensive Rust-Oleum Metallic Spray Paint (affiliate link) she picked up at Walmart.
If you are going to paint fresh pumpkins follow these steps:
1. Wash pumpkin thoroughly lightly scrubbing off the wax coating on the skin.
2. Rinse all soap from pumpkin.
3. Completely dry pumpkin before you start to paint.
4. With a sweeping motion lightly spray paint on to the pumpkin for the first coat. Spray can should be about 1 foot away from the pumpkin to avoid drips. Allow to dry.
5. Spray more coats of paint on to the pumpkin until you get the desired color. Allow to dry between coats or paint will drip.
If you don’t want to use fresh pumpkins you can use the foam pumpkins you can buy at the craft store and Walmart. This way cost a bit more but you can use it for many years to come.
Fill apothecary jars, you can buy them from TJMaxx, Walmart, and craft stores, with candy corn or popcorn kernels. You can use them separately or layer in the jar.
If you don’t have apothecary jars you make Hurricane Vases from glass vases and candlesticks or goblets. Click here for instructions on how to make them.
To highlight the mantel Jenny strung a string of acorn lights she found at TJMaxx in front of the fireplace. For Halloween you can use the Halloween lights with skulls, monsters, ghosts, etc. you can find at Walmart or sometimes even the dollar store.
When Halloween is done you can easily convert this decor for Thanksgiving by replacing the skulls with Thanksgiving themed items such as acorns, dried leaves, or candles.