Ahh the last day of Halloween week here on 31 Days of Celebration Freebies!
Next week is birthday, baby shower & wedding ideas & printables–hope you’ll come back for those!
Today’s post is my mantle for this year. I love a garland, I’ve made free printable Halloween garland‘s before. But this year I just didn’t want a garland. So when this idea popped in my head I thought it would be the perfect way to tie the pumpkins on the hearth up with the mantle.
Flying Bat Mantle
This mantle cost me less than $15 to put together and almost all of it is re-useable next year if I save it carefully–check out this post on storing paper decorations in your filing cabinet.
Below is the photo with the break down of pricing but here is what I spent.
(I did have the buckets, frames and stands already but I listed what I paid for them & where I got them)
- Branches: Free, my yard
- Orange Pumpkins on mantle: Free, my Aunt’s garden
- White pumpkins: 3 of them $0.75 each ($2.25), local apple orchard
- Stand for orange pumpkin: $6, Target a few years ago
- Silver bucket for branches: $2, Goodwill
- Picture frames: $2 each, Goodwill
- Rusty Lantern: $2, yard sale this summer
- Eeek sign: Free, download it here.
- Eyeball Mason Jar invitations used as art: Free, download it here.
- Bats: Template is free (download it below), used black cardstock to create them
- Tiny Glass cloche: Free, yard sale this summer
- Ghost inside glass cloche: free, it came off a string of lights at my Mom’s house
- Black tulle: don’t remember price but I bought the roll at Jo-Ann’s
Do you want to create your own flying bats?
It’s pretty simple. Print out the template, cut out bats (there are 3 sizes), trace with pencil on black cardstock, cut out and use double stick tape to adhere to where you want them.
We put them across the mantle, up through the branches and onto the wall. The largest bats were down low (to look like they were closer to us) and the smallest bats were on the wall (like they had flown farther away)
This would be amazing all across a front door and up the wall if you have an entry-way that is protected from the elements. Or even across a large blank wall.
Click the image below to download your own free bat template!
As always: Free for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please pin, tweet or share on facebook if you download it!
Have a happy day,
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