$7 Halloween Mantle Decor

Painting is our family painting we did when Wolfie turned 1

Hello there, happy October!

We have been looking forward to decorating for Fall/Halloween for months so when October 1st hit, we knew it was the day!

Now onto the good stuff! Have you seen the black butterfly Halloween decor picture circulating the internet yet? Here it is in case you missed it:

Featured by @Dominomag design by artist Carlos Amorales, photo by Isabella Magnani

Hubby thinks my take on the black butterfly thing is morbid and maybe so, but I love that I haven’t seen it in past years and that it’s a slight spin on Carlos’ butterfly display! Get it? Spin, web, 🕷

Where does one get black butterflies, you ask? At the Dollar Tree! They come in packs of 2 and are… a dollar each! 🤪 I got 6 packs of butterflies and one pack of fake spider web.

The webs were smaller than I had hoped, but there were a lot in the package so I used the clips on the butterflies to piece them together.

I used some sewing pins I had on hand to stick into the wall because I didn’t want to make visible holes in our wallpaper and because I wanted to be able to clip the butterflies onto the pins.

If you use pins too, be very careful to stick them into the wall far enough that they can’t fall out. Be especially careful if you have kids or pets!

Steps to get this look:

  1. Pin up the spider web(s)
  2. Make sure all pins are in the wall securely
  3. Clip or stick on butterflies
  4. Adjust the web as needed
  5. Snap and share with #ClassyArtistHome!

Butterflies: Dollar Tree (not online) / Amazon

Spiderweb: Dollar Tree (not online) / Amazon

The Dollar Tree webs also come with spider rings that you can optionally also add in. I decided to use them with some of the extra web and put them on the laundry room door, dining room mirror, and a plant.

My 3-year-old loves it when I scream and “pretend” to be afraid of spiders so I usually scream when I walk past the webs with him and then he says, “it’s ok mama, see? It’s just an itsy bitsy spider!” Then today when he got home from school I forgot to scream and he looked at me with a big smile, pointed, and said, “Hey– Mama! Look… it’s a spider!!!!!”

Of course, I screamed bloody murder so he could comfort me. “It’s ok mama. I don’t know why you’re so afraid of spiders.”

I do it all for you, son. 😉



…halloween recap…

We kept our costumes a secret this year until the day of Halloween. We usually do that because we don’t plan ahead, but this time we had a plan and it was so much fun!


Beckett’s costume was easy. All he needed was an ax, flannel shirt, jeans, hiking boots, a beard, and suspenders. He had all of that already.

For me, I just needed a red riding hood, an apron, a black shirt, leggings, and Mary Janes. I had everything except the cape.

our-family-halloween-2016For Wolfgang’s outfit I bought a bear onesie from Babies R Us and a wolf hat and gloves from Party City and sewed the hat and gloves onto the bear outfit. The hat has a chin strap that was too big for him this year so I tucked it in and sewed the hat on loosely.

We couldn’t resist dressing Wolfgang as a wolf this year and it may become a tradition. I think next year we might dress us and our pup as the 3 little pigs! We’ll see though. It might be fun to dress as the same thing each year and watch Wolfie grow in the pictures each year!

Also, we tried trick or treating in our neighborhood, but I guess we went too early. Beckett didn’t remember what time to go and I grew up in a family that didn’t allow trick or treating so we went around 4:30 and our neighbors didn’t answer. They either hate Halloween or they were still at work. lol Probably the latter.

We got to go later that evening in Beckett’s sister & bro-in-law’s neighborhood! It was really fun for Beckett and me, but Wolfie didn’t know what was happening. He gave out a few sympathy smiles to people who tried to make him laugh, but was otherwise pretty somber. I think he was tired.

Do you have any halloween costume traditions?