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Goodwill Home Décor Expert - Merri Cvetan

Merri Cvetan

My weekly column for Amazing Goodwill and my design blog, Design Coach, are about all things design, living a stylish life and entertaining (like setting a great table). I share DIY projects, decorating and design tips, as well as ideas and secrets.

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Little Shop of Horrors

Posted by Merri Cvetan on Sep 28, 2016 4:44:44 PM
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Shop of HorrorsOne of my favorite decorating spots in my house is the fireplace mantle. It’s in our family room, so we look at it every day. A mantle display is also easy to change. I don’t redo it every month, but certainly each season. Since fall is such a busy time I decided to come up with an arrangement for Halloween that can be quickly transformed for Thanksgiving.

Fabric and paper pennant banners are a cute way to add seasonal color to any room. I was thinking ahead and made a two-sided banner. One side with Halloween colors, and the other side for fall.

I glued two pieces of scrap-book paper together range glued to brown and green. A glue stick works great, but spray mount is just as good.

Then I cut out triangles. Mine measured 5 inches across the top and 6 inches on each side. You can make them any size your little heart desires.

Using a needle and some string, I tied them together. You could punch holes and tie them with ribbon or look for those round-head paper fasteners available at the stationary store. 

I arranged a group of gourds and pumpkins with a candle and black key on the right. To balance the fruit arrangement, I gathered an unusual collection of weird stuff that looks like they belong in a haunted house along with more candles on the other side of the mantle. To make the room a little darker, I draped black cheesecloth on the mirror.

It’s simple and fun and will be easy to change at the end of October. Check back and see what I did!

Topics: Halloween decor, fall decorating, Merri Cvetan, home decor expert Merri Cvetan, fall decor, Goodwill home decor expert Merri Cvetan

  • Shop of horrors

    Since fall is such a busy time I decided to come up with a mantle arrangement for Halloween that can be quickly transformed for Thanksgiving.

  • Shop of horrors

    I glued two pieces of scrap-book paper together range glued to brown and green. A glue stick works great, but spray mount is just as good.

  • Shop of horrors

    I glued two pieces of scrap-book paper together range glued to brown and green. A glue stick works great, but spray mount is just as good.

  • Shop of horrors
    Then I cut out triangles. Mine measured 5 inches across the top and 6 inches on each side. You can make them any size your little heart desires.
  • Shop of horrors

    Using a needle and some string, I tied them together. You could punch holes and tie them with ribbon or look for those round-head paper fasteners available at the stationary store.

  • Shop of horrors
    I arranged a group of gourds and pumpkins with a candle and black key on the right.
  • Shop of horrors

    To balance the fruit arrangement, I gathered an unusual collection of weird stuff that looks like they belong in a haunted house along with more candles on the other side of the mantle. To make the room a little darker, I draped black cheesecloth on the mirror.