I am SO excited about my post today! Not only is this part of the Rock Your Knock Off Tour with some of my favorite bloggers, it’s also a Halloween post! I love Halloween!
This is our second Knock Off tour where we find high end décor and replicate it, but for much less. Right up my alley, right?
This tour falls at the perfect time to incorporate Halloween ideas.
When I searched for “Pottery Barn Halloween” looking for an idea, I came across this Ghostly Gallery Mantel from Pottery Barn from a few years ago:
I knew right away this was what I wanted to do, but I wasn’t sure I’d be able to pull it off.
My mantel is slate, and there is not nearly as much space between the mantel and the ceiling in my house as there is in the inspiration photo. I decided to go for it anyway.
Here is my Pottery Barn Ghostly Gallery Inspired Mantel:
It gives the impression that ghosts swept in in the middle of the night and rearranged all the photos. I love that.
The coolest part though is Pottery Barn offers these spooky images free for you to download and use in your own Ghostly Gallery! How awesome is that? (Update 10/2016: Unfortunately PB no longer offers these for download. 🙁 )
I printed my photos onto photo paper and found a few large frames in my stash. I found the smaller ones at the Dollar store:
The larger frames got a coat of black spray paint. Then I made the “mats” with poster board:
They worked pretty well! I used heavy-duty adhesive Velcro to attach the finished pictures to the slate and to each other.
Aren’t the photos spooktastic?
Remember these glass dessert dishes I shared on my Facebook page? They were 39¢ and half off since the tags were white, at a nearby Salvation Army.
They were the perfect ingredient for my glass candelabras:
I added a small glass dish I already had but didn’t use to a couple of them to replicate the inspiration candle holders, as well as small glass candle holders from the dollar store. I also added Dollar store moss and black flowers, cut up, to each of them.
I used E6000 glue to attach them to one another. They cost me less than $7 for all five!
The candles weren’t that cheap though. I found those at Homegoods for $3.99 and $4.99, totaling $22. I figure I can use them all year long though!
The inspiration photo has a couple of hats for props. I only used one, this $2 thrift store beauty:
…after a coat of flat black spray paint.
I had originally found a little haunted house at a yard sale that I spray painted black, but I thought it was a little too dark and sort of looked like a big black blob in the middle of the mantel:
See you can’t really even tell what it is. I thought it was a steal at $3, but I ended up using this little house in the cloche that we bought at Target a couple of weeks ago instead:
The books were from my parent’s attic. I removed the bindings from a few older books, and covered a few that I didn’t want to damage, with faux aged paper from Michaels. Then I smacked them with a hot tea bag to add a little age to them.
I think it’s pretty fun.
And a great knock off just in time for Halloween.
This was my last Rock Your Knock Off project, inspired by Ballard Designs:
Knock Offs are always a fun challenge. I had a lot of fun replicating this Halloween Mantel.
Several of my friends will be sharing their knock offs all week long, four more added each day! Check out what inspired them:
Do you like a little spooky in your Halloween too?
If you like what you see, there are several ways to follow along!
I love to share at some of these great parties:
Home Stories A to Z Not Just a Housewife Kammy’s Korner The Happy Housie Design Dining and Diapers Liz Marie Blog Funky Junk Interiors Savvy Southern Style Tatertots and Jello DIY Show Off Redoux Interiors Between Naps on the Porch The DIY Dreamer Oh My Creative Little Miss Celebration Just a Girl and Her Blog Sand and Sisal Interior Frugalista House on the Way Addicted 2 DIY I should be Mopping the Floor Brepurposed Miss Mustard Seed