I came up with the idea of creating a spooky little village painted black and lit with black tea lights to create a Halloween mantel scene. I’m not really into decorating the whole house for Halloween, especially since my teenagers aren’t as into it as they were when they were little. However, I like doing creative projects that incorporate the spirit of the season.
This is a simple scene that only took an hour to assemble and paint. This concept is suitable for any mantel or shelf and looks especially cool in the evening when small tea lights illuminate the scene.
The materials needed to recreate a Halloween village are simple. Black LED tea light. mini plastic tree. A set of wooden chopsticks. Hot glue and glue gun. drill and drill bits. black spray paint.
first step: Buy (or cut) a 1/2-inch by 3-inch thick piece of wood for the base to fit your mantel or shelf, anywhere from 3 to 6 feet. Create a visual layout of the house on top leaving space for the tree in between.
Step 2: Crush disposable chopsticks into small pieces to support the wooden house. Use hot glue to attach the chopsticks to the base of the board, then use more glue to attach the house to the base so it stands up straight. Be sure to leave room for LED tea lights to be installed on wooden bases behind each house.
Step 3: Drill a 1/2-inch hole in each tree and apply hot glue to the hole so the tree stands up straight.
Step 4: Spray paint the entire village with matte or gloss black spray paint. Let dry for 24 hours.
Step 5: Add LED tea lights to the back of each house. Small battery-powered black LEDs are installed behind each house, adding real candlelight to further enhance the ambience.
I cut the mantel in half to create a similar scene with two bookshelves. So this idea works equally well on a mantel or on open shelves.