Spooky Season is upon us! Whether we are attending MNSSHP at Walt Disney World, baking all the fall treats, brewing up our favorite Pumpkin Chai Latte or just enjoying the cooler, crisp air, you can believe that we will be enjoying every minute of the fall season. So our home décor is no different! And what better Disney attraction to honor during the spookiest time of year than Haunted Mansion? Especially during its 50th year! So we decided to come up with a super simple, Haunted Mansion Inspired Mantle that almost any foolish mortal can materialize!
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We decided to create a Haunted Mansion inspired Mickey Wreath for our mantle as the focal point for the display. If you’re not looking to add a Mickey to your décor, you can skip the extra smaller wreaths that make up the ears on the Mickey wreath. For the wreath, you’ll want the following items:
To create your wreath, make sure you are in a well venilated area, and be sure to use gloves and a mask if you plan to spray paint. Use a drop cloth to keep things tidy; you’ll regret it later if you don’t! Spray paint the grapevine wreaths with black, one side at a time.
Once the paint dries on both sides, cover in glitter spray paint. The glitter is optional, but who doesn’t love some extra sparkle right?!
Once the paint is completely dry, secure the “ears” onto the larger wreath using the floral wire. Be sure to wrap this super tight as it will make a difference in how sturdy the Mickey will be. Arrange your flowers and attach using the hot glue. The flowers will sometimes stick to grapevine wreaths a little easier if you can maneuver a small piece of the stem into the vines for a little extra security.
For our flowers, we decided to go with black, a few variations of dark purple and a touch of Vintage White to symbolize our favorite corpse bride in Haunted Mansion. But you can choose whatever colors symbolize the Haunted Mansion to you!
Now that your wreath is done, you can move on to the mantle.
Again these are all just suggestions, so use this as inspiration!
For the Mantle:
We actually found ours at the Dollar Tree(for only $1) but if you’re pressed for time and can’t make it to the store, or if you’re making this during any season other than Halloween, Amazon is a great source for this year round.
Another Dollar Tree find, but it can be found most places during fall and at Amazon all year.
We especially love these ones because not only are they made with real wax, but they come with a remote and can add light or flicker with a candle effect. They are exactly the ambiance we wanted to achieve and since they are battery operated, we were able to cover them in the webbing and we loved how it turned out.
Black Candelabra- we actually used one we found at a local thrift shop, but this one works too
We actually ended up spray painting this one black since it was quite creepy enough in its original form.
Command Hook (optional)
We used this to hang our wreath from in the center of our mantle display, so if you choose to go this route, we recommend using a command strip.
Or whatever color you prefer. This was another Dollar Tree item, but this one is pretty similar. It’s what we actually used to hang the wreath from the Command hook.
First things first. Decide where you want to hang your wreath. We chose pretty close to the center, but you can put it wherever looks best for your setup. Secure your command hook and let it set the recommended time, usually about an hour.
Start with the Haunted Mansion runner and place in on the mantle. Then add the creepy cloth over top and drape however you want. We chose to drape it across the front too, to give added texture and well, spookiness….
Then place your candles at both ends of the mantle, in varying heights.
Hang your wreath using the ribbon. Take a few steps back and make sure you like how things are placed. Once you add the spider webbing, it’s going to be difficult to move things(which is why we like the remote controlled candles)
Start adding the spider webbing, keeping in mind that this stuff is not only messy, but a little goes a long way. For the most realistic effect, you’re going to want to really stretch it and may need to put several layers in certain areas.
Turn on your candles, set to flicker and voila! Your Haunted Mansion inspired mantle is complete. We had other ideas of things we’d like to add to this mantle but in the end we decided simple was best. Let your imagination run wild and be as creative or as spooky as you want!