How to Make a Spooky Shelfie Using Items From Target's Halloween Boutique

Spooky shelfie Halloween decor
credit: Trisha Sprouse

Step into our web of scary-chic style, where we're channeling mystical vibes to transform our everyday shelves into a spellbindingly spooky shelfie. Inspired by the bohemian qualities of the vintage fortune teller aesthetic, we raided the Hyde and Eek! Boutique collection at Target to trick out our shelves with otherworldly items that also happen to be eerily affordable. Since we love holiday decor that you don't have to put away, we even mixed in some pieces that you can use year round.

Spooky shelfie Halloween decor
credit: Trisha Sprouse

1. Choose a theme.

Brass float frame with butterflies, crystal ball, crow skeleton
credit: Trisha Sprouse

Once we settled on a fortune teller theme, this informed our selection of decor items ranging from a crystal ball and tarot cards to palm-reading and third eye prints. We wanted to craft a cabinet of curiosities kind of vibe, so naturally we had to throw a few creepy spiders and skulls into the mix. For easier styling, be sure to select a variety of items like art prints, books, and candles, in addition to the various Halloween-themed objet d'art you'll find at Target.

GET THE LOOK: Ivory & Bronze Ceramic Frame ($12.34) | Palmistry Print ($17.99) | Crow Figure ( $3 ) | Brass Float Frame ($12.34) | Crystal Ball ( $15 ) | Raven Skeleton ( $10 )

2. Streamline your color palette.

Black and gold candlesticks, white and gold frame with palmistry print, and a crow
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Keep your color palette tight by limiting it to two or three dominant colors. We went with black, white, and gold for a sleek but scary look. By turning the book spines to the back of the shelf, we were able to incorporate books into our shelfie without distracting from the overall color palette.

GET THE LOOK: Adjustable Taper Candle Holder ($9.99) | Ivory & Bronze Ceramic Frame ($12.34) | Palmistry Print ($17.99) | Crow Figure ( $3 )

3. Mix spooky and chic items.

Etched white pumpkin, books, skeletal hand, skull in cloche
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It's tempting to go overboard with all the wickedly fun Halloween ephemera, but the key to achieving the spooky-chic look is by tempering all the scary stuff with some regular decor pieces. For example, a marble pillar candle holder takes on a ghostly quality when paired with a skull and cloche. A plain stack of books assumes creepy crypt vibes when a skeleton hand is placed on top.

GET THE LOOK: Large Etched Pumpkin ( $10 ) | Skeleton Hand ( $3 ) | Large Cloche ( $10 ) | Open Weave Skull ( $10 ) | Marble Pillar Candle Holder ($14.99)

4. Layer big and small pieces.

Black skull candle, pumpkin succulent planter, and brass float frame with tarot cards
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Place larger items toward the back of the shelf and smaller items in front for a layered look. By grouping pieces of various sizes, it keeps the eye moving around the shelf and prevents everything from looking too flat. Here we've taped tarot cards inside a floating frame for easy DIY artwork, and then layered a skull candle and pumpkin succulent in front. (Fun fact: this black skull candle drips blood-red wax when you light it.)

GET THE LOOK: Bleeding Skull Candle ( $10 ) | Pumpkin Succulent ( similar, $3 ) | Brass Float Frame ($12.34) | Tarot Cards ($10.85)

5. Follow the Rule of Three.

Wood vases, gold sun frame with eye print, spooky bowl and crow
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Items tend to be more visually appealing when they are grouped together in odd numbers (generally, in groups of three, five, or seven). Stick to the rule of three when placing items on your shelves, and you can't go wrong. Here we've created two separate trios: 1) tall wood vase + short wood vase + gold frame; and 2) crow + spooky bowl + books.

GET THE LOOK: Large Wood Vase ($16.99) | Small Wood Vase ($12.99) | Sunburst Frame ($14.24) | Evil Eye Print ($20.59) | Crow Feet Candy Bowl ( $15 ) | Crow Figure ( $3 )

6. Edit, edit, edit.

Spooky Halloween bookshelf
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You know that famous quote by Coco Chanel that goes, "Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off"? The less-is-more approach applies to spooky shelves, too. Beware of over-styling your shelfie. Too many items = clutter. Leave some breathing room around your pieces for a more curated look.

Spooky Halloween bookshelf
credit: Trisha Sprouse

And that's all there is to creating a spooky shelfie that'll have all the ghouls and goblins liking it on the 'gram. Be sure to tag us @hunkerhome if you post your own spooky #shelfie!

Pssst ... in case you're wondering how to transition some of these pieces to regular decor after Halloween, be sure to check out our article on fall decorating tips, also using Target items.


Trisha Sprouse

Trisha Sprouse

Trisha is a writer, video producer + maker with a knack for creating modern DIY content. When her hands aren't covered in paint, she's most likely holding a camera or power drill or both.