When you want to decorate for the holidays but you're not super crafty, use a semi DIY decorating method to save money AND get the look you want
In the most basic of ways, fall is my favorite season. But not for the pumpkin spice lattes and blanket scarves... I'm here for Halloween! My birthday falling on October 16 is a plus too, but mostly Halloween. I actually might enjoy decorating for Halloween more than Christmas! Black, orange, green, purple and everything seems to be covered in glitter... What more could a girl want?! I enjoy a good craft, but these days, I have limited time for my hobbies. Yet buying decorations from a store is expensive. I've found the semi DIY decorating method to be the most efficient and cost effective for a great Halloween fireplace mantel.
Ever since I could remember, I've been fascinated with Halloween. Not for the death and gore, but a fascination with ghosts and spirits and life after death. I know some people don't celebrate Halloween because "it's the devils' work" and that's so outlandish to me I have to hide a snort laugh. I don't want to laugh at anyone's religious beliefs, but I don't believe in devils or hell and I find it absurd that others do as a way to put fear into a person to "do good." I'm getting a bit off topic and going deeper than I intended to here, so I'll end saying this: Halloween was created in the early 10th century to remember the departed. Throughout the centuries, tall tales have been added about ghosts and ghouls of those who have passed and everything has gotten covered in about six layers of glitter. To me, it's all in good fun. Decorate on!
Have you ever been in a craft store, or Target, or anywhere really - and have seen all the great decorations, but choked at the price tag? And then you think, oh heck, I can make that myself! So you start to fill your cart with the individual pieces, and before you're even 10 minutes into it, you're so overwhelmed with how time consuming it's going to be, you leave your cart in the aisle and walk away? Hey, I've actually done that. I really thought I could build my own haunted house and share a tutorial on it and before I even had $30 of supplies in my cart I was like, "I CAN'T" and moved on.
What I COULD do, however, was this semi DIY haunted bouquet to round out my Halloween fireplace mantel. It's so simple: I used a Mason jar and leftover moss I had to form the base. Then I selected some favorite pieces of glitter-covered Halloween faux-flowers/plants from a craft store. I formed the bouquet in the store so I would know what would look good together. Boom! Insert moss in Mason jar, form my bouquet and you're in business with the semi DIY haunted bouquet. I spent $21 on supplies for this. Had I bought it pre-made from the craft store, it would have easily been $50. Semi DIY saves you tons of money and you get it to look the way you want!
I also semi DIY'd the garland for the fireplace mantel. It's actually four garland pieces I've strung together to make it thick, then I added the pumpkin lights. A robust, pre-lit garland is outrageously expensive, but if you semi DIY it, you can get it to fit just the right space with just the right colors for a fraction of the cost. It only takes you a little bit of thought and some time to put it together.
For the rest of the haunted fireplace mantel, I used pieces and decorations I've collected over the years. A skull cookie jar. A glittery haunted house. My fall DIY pumpkins got a Halloween face lift with some new ribbon. Now if only I can get Henry to leave them alone... They're reachable down on the fireplace hearth, but since they're plastic, he hasn't been able to destroy them. Yet.
What's your favorite holiday to decorate for? I know there's more than a few of us die-hard Halloween and fall lovers out there! Whatever holiday is your jam, try out the semi DIY decorating method. It's just enough of a craft to be fun without the frustration. It saves a bunch of money compared to the pre-made items and you get to make it just the way you want to fit your home and style. My semi DIY haunted fireplace mantel is right up my weird, Halloween loving alley!