I have been working on my Halloween decor for two weeks, but I just was never happy with anything I put together. I decided this past weekend that I better "get 'er done" as I am having a Halloween party at my house this coming weekend. So I "got 'er done".
I love how this garland has a "vintage" feel to it.
I had a couple of these wooden frames that I picked up from the thrift store at least 10 years ago. The only problem is that the opening is for a 9" x 12" photo. My printer will only hold 8 1/2" x 11" paper.
I found this Victorian looking skeleton photo on Gorey Details. Cut it out in an oval shape and placed it on top of some Halloween paper. The little "boo" garland is actually some cupcake toppers that I found at Michael's last year.
The little pumpkin is actually from my garden. The crow from Dollar Tree. The magnifying glass is from either Dollar Tree or the 99 Cent Only store. I bought them at both places. I decided to make some spooky magnifying glasses like the ones I saw on Family Circle website.
See the next photo to see how he changes from a good looking young man, to a creepy skeleton.
The thing I have found about the dollar stores, they will have different stuff at the beginning that they never seem to get back in. I went in last month (when they first put out their Halloween items) and found stuff that they no longer have. And they now have stuff that they didn't have when I first went.
I decided this area needed a little garland. I found these images on The Graphics Fairy website.
Photofunia to make the images look more vintage. They have lots of cool effects on this website. I went to the "Lab" section and used the "Vintage Photo" effect.
I then added the orange tickets to the garland as I thought it needed some color. I have no clue where I got the orange tickets. I somehow ended up with a huge roll of them. Probably got them from a thrift store or a garage sale. They are fun to decorate with at Halloween.
Here is the left side of the mantel.
Here is another of the lenticular photos from Dollar Tree that I cut out and put in a different frame. The only problem with using chalk to highlight the raised parts is that it easily rubs off.
Here he is all "spooky". Since there is glass in this frame, I couldn't seem to get a good picture without getting a lot of reflection. You have to stand in just the right spot to see the "spooky" image.
I think that this is my favorite of all the photos. I found this on Pinterest. It was taken from someone's Tumblr. It doesn't have an original source. Here is the link to it on my Pinterest.
I did the same thing as the skeleton print on the right side of my mantel. I made a small garland that spells "Eek" using some Tim Holtz mini flash cards. I found mine at Hobby Lobby.
The spider web came from Dollar Tree this year. It is sort of like those spring action window covers for your car. It came all compact & it springs open to this size. You can twist and fold it smaller to store it when Halloween is over.
I found the spider at Target over the weekend. I thought my web needed a spider. So off to Target I went. This smaller one was $5.00. They have a larger one for $10.00. I love how the spiders legs can be rolled up to make him smaller to pack away as well.
The burlap pumpkin came from Hobby Lobby. It would be pretty easy to knock off. I'm just too lazy. I have it on a thrift store urn that I painted. And another spooky magnifying glass. I think this eye one is my favorite.
And a few final shots
I hope that you liked my spooky vintage Victorian Halloween mantel.
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