A fun tablescape for Halloween does not have to break the bank! Check out these tricks to create your own SPOOKtacular Halloween Scape for under $20!
If you read my About Page, you saw that I am obsessed with dishes and tablescapes. I have dishes for every occasion, but I realize that not everyone shares my obsession. So for this post, rather than show you my Halloween Tablescape with dishes and decor I have purchased over the years, I decided to create a new tablescape that anyone could easily put together. The best part is that everything costs less than $20 and can be purchased at Dollar Tree and Target.
I love shopping Target’s Bullseye’s Playground and Dollar Tree for inexpensive seasonal decor! Target was my first stop for this project. I feel like the Bulleye’s Playgroud, or what I call the dollar section, gets better and better every season. I immediately found several items I knew would be perfect.
When I’m working on a new tablescape, or any project, I never really have an exact plan. I always buy more than I need, knowing I will return whatever does not work. This project was no different. After a little digging, I had more things in my cart than I knew I could use and was of course, over my budget.
A few years ago, I had one of my little students over to help me decorate for Easter. When we were working on the tablescape, she said, “Do you just buy a bunch of random stuff and then try and figure out how you are going to use it?” My response, “Hmm… yes, I guess that’s what I do.” That little 6-year-old nailed it!
Here is my bounty from this Target adventure:
After I started arranging, I knew I had to stop and hit Dollar Tree. I like the black branches but they are eating way too much of my budget. The center of this table is already at $15 and if I add all black pumpkins to my plates I will have to keep both packages of the pumpkins, which will put me at $21. Over budget and a little too boring.
My wheels were spinning when I started browsing the Halloween aisles at Dollar Tree. I kept thinking about the purple in the witch’s hat. I knew I wanted to add some more purple, but wasn’t quite sure how I was going to do that since most of the things I was finding were the traditional Halloween black and orange. And then it happened! I found purple felt spider webs! Table runner or place mats? I wasn’t sure but knew they would add the pop of purple I was looking for.
I still needed something to replace the black branches to put on the sides of the witch’s hat. What you focus on you find my friends! I know this is just a tablescape but I really do believe when you focus on something you will find it. As usual Dollar Tree did not fail me! I found exactly what I needed to replace the $10 black branches for $5.
Here is my Dollar Tree bounty:
OK aren’t the purple felt spider webs and the black flowers with the spiders perfect? Now I had plenty of “random stuff” to work with and knew I could pull something together for under $20.
I decided to start with trying to make a runner with the felt spider webs and then everything evolved from there. I stuffed the witches hat with paper and put it in the center of the runner and then started adding in the other pieces.
I bought the black beaded spider ribbon because I knew it would add some texture. I thought I would use it to make napkin holders but then I had the idea to wrap it around the purple vases. Adding layers of texture anytime you are decorating is important because it appeals to the senses and creates interest. Before my trip to Dollar Tree, the center of the table was definitely lacking layers of texture, which is why I found it boring. Not boring anymore!
I think it came out super cute!!! It can be displayed just like this with your other Halloween decor all season. I have it on my kitchen table, but it would also look great on a dining room table.
The grand total was $19.00!
Black Glitter Pumpkins – $6 (Remember they came 4 in a pack for $3 but only 2 were black so I had to get 2 packs)
Purple Felt Spider Webs – $3 Dollar Tree
Witch Hat – $3 Target
Vases – $2 Dollar Tree
Flowers – $2 Dollar Tree
Tombstones – $2 Target
Black Beaded Spider Ribbon – $1 Dollar Tree
You could also add in some Halloween decor that you already own. I thought the hat could use a little height so I added this pumpkin I purchased from Hobby Lobby a few years ago.
With the addition of some white dishes and simply moving the black pumpkins you will be all set for a fun dinner with your family or friends!
Of course, I couldn’t stop there and went out to the garage to see what else I had in my Halloween box. I found the perfect straws for my mason jar mugs. Looks like Glinda from The Wizard of Oz and Hermoine from Harry Potter will be joining us for dinner!
I have to say, “One of my best tablescapes ever!” My family will tell you that I say that every time I come up with something new! I hope this inspires you to create your own Spooktakular Halloween Scape.