Add some boo-tiful style to your mantel this fall season with your own DIY Halloween fireplace decor.
Bringing the spooky season to life in your living room with black and white Halloween mantel decor is a fun and simple way to make your home a bit more festive. Whether you’re a DIY fanatic or just need an easy way to get in the spirit of Halloween, this black and white mantel can be created in less than an hour without breaking the bank.
From traditional decor pieces to unique finds at a dollar store, this article will provide you with an affordable, stylish mantel that will bring the perfect ambiance of spooky season to your home. With just a few easy steps, you’ll have a chic and modern black and white Halloween theme that you’ll be proud to show off to family and friends all month long.
How to Make a DIY Halloween Mantel
Choose a Theme
When coming up with your Halloween mantel decor ideas, it works best to have a theme to plan around. If you don't have a specific theme like a vintage Halloween mantel or a mantel based off a movie, choose a specific color palette. This is a fun way to incorporate autumn colors or classic Halloween shades.
I opted for a classic black and white theme for our Halloween fireplace decorations. I love the elegance of this color combination on my fireplace accent wall. Plus, after previously doing a black and white front porch, I love the simplicity.
Focal Point for DIY Halloween Fireplace Decor
When you have a theme for your spooky mantel, choosing a main focal point is a good place to start. A black wreath, large mirror or a picture frame of art are all great ideas for a centerpiece.
This fun midcentury mirror is the main focal point at the top of the mantel in our living room. You can shop my non-seasonal living room here. I opted to leave this year-round piece and embellish it with various bat cutouts for a stunning visual.
Balance Visual Space
Next up, balance your visual space on either side of the mantel. This is very important so that your eye is drawn across the space horizontally, keeping interest in the design as well as knowing where to look as a viewer.
Balancing your space can be tricky, but it is so much easier when you can add elements of height and dimension. To do this I opted for white and black candlesticks, using tall candleholders for each and making cute ghost candles. You can also use stacks of books or small stands to add height for various items.
How to Make a Ghost Candle
- Use tall white taper candles for your ghosts.
- Soak all of your candles inside a tall jar using hot water (not boiling). This can easily be done in a mason jar depending on the size of your candle.
- Soak candles for 15 minutes and then one by one, bend them into a desired ghost shape. Make sure that you do not leave them in the water too long or the wax will start to melt and create a huge mess.
- When dry, use paint to make black eyes. Craft paint like acrylic paint is awesome. If you don't have any black paint, you can also try a black permanent marker, but I can't guarantee it will stick. And you're done!
Style your ghost candles on a fireplace mantel, table entry way or even on your kitchen table as a centerpiece in a candelabra. These are super fun and versatile as to where you decide to put them for the holiday season.
On the other side of the mantel decorations, I used another candle and a vase filled with branches. To avoid extra cost, I found twigs outside and painted them black and white with spray paint. You can do the same thing with smaller tree branches if you don't have twig size. Branches are a great way to get different sizes as well as height variations.
Incorporate Additional Fillers
When your main pieces are done, now it is time to add fillers to really make the most out of the design accents. Fillers can be any type of decoration that is used to take up space or create more visual detail. Using fillers up top and below is important because it extends the view throughout the entire vertical space.
I used a threaded black cloth to draw in more texture and color against the white mantel. Some miniature figurine and faux pumpkins are a great option too.
These cute terra cotta pumpkins are a fun accent at the base of the fireplace. This type of faux pumpkin is a nice option if you are looking for a design that is more neutral.
Suggestions for DIY Halloween Fireplace Decor
If you need ideas for additional DIY Halloween decorations for your mantel, don't forget about these items that will go perfect with your black and white theme.
- Spider webs and plastic spiders
- Black cats
- Halloween garlands
- String lights
- Mini pumpkins
- Black crows
- Small haunted house or other figurines
- Potion bottles
Love the black and white theme? Get more decorating inspiration from this color combination:
- Halloween black and white interior decorations
- Boy bathroom black and white neutral tile bathroom
- Black and white Sharpie pumpkin designs for home decor
- Black painted pumpkins for your Halloween front porch
- Girl bathroom black and white
- Easy Halloween entry
This is a fun black and white living room with a subtle orange palette added to our color combination.
Halloween is the time of year to get creative and turn your fireplace into a spooky attraction! With these easy DIY ideas, you can transform your fireplace into a gathering place of Halloween fun. From cobweb mantles to elaborately decorated pumpkins, you can create an unforgettable atmosphere for friends and family to enjoy this October. So roll up your sleeves, spark up the imagination, and get ready to craft your way to a one-of-a-kind Halloween fireplace display. Let's make it an October to remember!
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