Ode to Oz

Last week I posted my Ode to Oz as part of Eighteen25′s Spooktacular September. Thank you so much to everyone who visited and shared such wonderful comments. Since I’m totally in love with this display, I wanted to also include it here on Inspired by Charm. Thrilled as I am to do a guest post for such amazing folks, I’m always a little bummed when I can’t share it here as well. So, I’m breaking all the rules and posting it again. Feel free to skip over this if you wish, or take another look to find things you may have missed. I even included new (and some of my favorite) photos from the shoot. Enjoy! Thanks again everyone!

Today, I wanted to share a little Halloween decorating I did in my dining room. While I love pumpkins, spiders, and ghosts, I decided to take a slightly  less traditional approach this year.

For inspiration, I turned to one of my all-time favorite movies, The Wizard of Oz. You see, I’ve had a love for this movie for quite some time. I played the scarecrow in my grade-school musical, and don’t even get me started on Wicked! Love it!

Anyway, a couple months ago I hung some new shelves in my dining room. I wanted a little area that I could decorate seasonally with the things I love. This summer I created a Lemonade Stand and a Coffee Bar.

So, I cleared my shelves and got to work. Except for some green vases I picked up at Goodwill for a few dollars, I created my Ode to Oz with items I already had on hand. Let’s follow the yellow brick road and see what I created.

Pretty fabulous, right? 

Are you seeing any Oz-inspired items? Let’s take a closer look.

A diploma (an old book page wrapped with a ribbon) and a crow represent the Scarecrow, while funnels and a heart on the print in the background stand for the Tin Man.

For the print, I found a black and white image of a farmhouse online and just printed it out on my printer.

The Lion makes his appearance in a crown and an actual gold lion I found at Pier1 a few months ago.

The green vases that I picked up at Goodwill along with a green Ball jar create the Emerald City.

While this display is lacking ruby slippers, some red roses and votive candle holders add color and sparkle. A piece of blue-and-white checked fabric tied onto a bucket (perfect for throwing water on witches) screams Dorothy.

Speaking of witches, I included some brooms, a few winged monkeys (that look a little like bats), and an apple, perhaps from an enchanted talking tree.

Even Glinda makes an appearance with some silver wand-like picks mixed with Indian corn.

To finish everything off, I added a few more flowers – yellow daisies. Follow the yellow brick road!


That’s it! My fall/Halloween Ode to Oz display! 

What do you think? Regardless of your knowledge of The Wizard of Oz, I think this display is festive, colorful, happy, and a whole lot of fun! 

Clearly, I had a hard time containing my own excitement as I’m photo bombing my own photo.

I hope all of you enjoyed my display and are feeling a little more inspired. If you are not a fan of The Wizard of Oz, feel free to use this idea for any of your favorite movies! 

If you do a similar display, please link it up in  the comments or shoot me an email. I’d love to see what you created!

Thanks again for bearing with my little repost. I hope you enjoyed it just as much as the first time. 

  1. Just found your blog via, The Idea Room. Your site is amazing…so full of fun, creative and beautiful ideas! Can’t wait to start following you!

  2. LOVE this and I didn’t see it the first time so thank you for reposting. Soooo clever, you must be a Wizard! :)

    ps your word verification is killing me :( It’s been 4 tries, here I go again…5 times now.

  3. Michael, I LOVE this! What an amazing idea!

    P.S. The only musical I’ve ever seen was Wicked – UH MAZ ING! (I saw it in London too, so it was even better!)

  4. Remember the guard at the Emerald City? “Who rang that bell!?”
    I see a space for that in that little niche in the wall to the right of the
    dresser.

  5. Love it, love it, love it!!!

    Every time I see the bird in your header I think of the Raven. You just may have inspired me to create an Edgar Allan Poe display on my mantel.

  6. I love this! Wizard of Oz is one of my favorites, too. I’m having a hard time deciding on my favorite part, but I’m leaning towards the bucket right now. Just fabulous!

  7. I absolutely LOVE the whole thing! The yellow (brick road) background is the perfect backdrop to your emerald (city) green cabinet below. Your nods to each of the characters is great – not overbearing, but just a little hint of each of the characters. I just finished reading Wicked, and your whole vignette here made me smile! :)

    Stopping by from Centsational Girl! :)

  8. Found you through the BHG Pinterest board of the month, I think that’s what it’s called, that came up today. I am hooked. Michael, you do an amazing job! Everything looks gorgeous. And your shop would be a favorite to shop if I lived closer (I’m out in Colorado). As a born and raised Kansas girl (did.not.live.on.a.farm.fyi haha) I never like anything “Oz themed” because it typically looks tacky, and well, the fact that there isn’t much in KS and people make fun of the state just gets old. If only they could see the sunsets, field of wheat and sunflowers blowing in the breeze–that is truly gorgeous–anyway, I ramble, your Oz themed corner I absolutely LOVE. It doesn’t scream Oz in your face but you pick up the theme with every little piece and it’s gorgeous. :)

  9. Hi I also just found your via Centsational Girl. I love your Wizard of Oz shelf. Very creative. I love all the clues. This is a lot of fun. Great inpiration. Thanks.

  10. Red poppies would be perfect as well, because of the poppy field on the way to the Emerald City! I LOVE the Wizard of Oz and Wicked! I’m from Kansas and I could tell your theme nodded to Wiz of Oz when I saw the first photo. :)

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