Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Halloween Banner and Mantle

I made my Halloween banner using Authentique's Glowing line. It's taken me a long time to post this though because I decided to paint the tile, mantle and mirror before I decorated it.

This is how it has looked for the last 10 years.
This is how it looked after I painted the mirror, mantle and tile with two coats of Annie Sloan chalk paint, and three coats of finishing wax. One coat of clear wax, one coat of dark brown wax and a final coat of clear wax.

Now, back to the decorations! Here are some close-ups of the banner. I cut the flag pennants and pennant shadows out on my Cricut using SCAL. The ornate ovals I scanned from some CTMH Halloween felt shapes. Then I turned them into an SVG file and enlarged them for the letters. The font is a free Halloween font I downloaded.

In between the pennants are "Margie Romeny-Aslett junk bows" from tulle, pages of an old book, and bits of ribbon.

On the mantle you will notice some Apothecary jars. These jars were made from some glass jars and vases that I scrounged up from local thrift stores. Then I painted them with a watered down mixture of black and brown paint and mod podge. Then I added some labels I purchased or downloaded for free from the internet.
Here is the final out come . Also, to get your candles to look all melty, heat the tops and cool them, heat them and cool them with a heat gun. It takes about 5-10 minutes depending on how melty you want them.
I also found the angel statue and column at a thrift store, (it reminds me of some of the gravestones at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia!) along with the ornate frame. The pictures I had to scour the internet to find. They are some of the portraits you will find along the hallways of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland.
The broken handled urn I and decorative mirror I also found at two different thrift stores. I think the urn may be one of my favorite finds!! and I love that it was already broken. I only had to distress it a little.
And here it is -- the finished product. It has been a lot of fun to gather these things up, and to paint and distress all of them.


Laurie said...

Very creative. I feel like I'm in the Haunted Mansion when looking at the finished product! Sounds like you had a really fun time with this.

blupixy said...

Your mantle turned out amazing! I love all of the poison bottles and things! So creepy! Love it! Wish I was there to see it in person to see all of the detail!

Jeannie from PolkaCabana.wordpress.com said...

I am speechless! How fun for you to go through all this work for a holiday...I can't wait to see what kind of things you do for Christmas!!

Julie Casey said...

Like I said before--SO COOL!! Love it all!! You do awesome stuff!!

Laurie Zeller said...

Holy cow!! Where do I even begin???
Let's start with your incredible painting job. It is truly stunning. Seriously. I am just in awe that you did that. It must have been tons of work but the end result is gorgeous.
I love the bottles!! I am going to have to try painting bottles like that. I've seen those labels and now I'm gonna get my hands on some.
The complete effect of the completed mantle is fantastic. Very Haunted Mansion which I just adore. Absolutely fabulous job, Tami. Hats off to you!!

Banners Portland said...

I love your banners! They are elegant, not spooky, but still perfect for the Halloween:-)