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Summer Mantel

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I have been working on a couple of fun summer projects for my mantel lately and thought that I would show you what I have finished so far.   
First of all, my sisters and I got together and made these fun firecrackers.  They are super simple to make and totally inexpensive.  I really love the way that they turned out!
The frames were a cream color, but I decided to freshen them up a little bit and painted them white.  I am so glad that I did because it really made a huge difference in the way that it all came together.  It was a subtle change, but one that was worth it.  I filled the frames with some of my favorite summer-y pictures.
I have been toying with the idea of making a pennant for a while now.  They are so fun and cute, I just have never found one that I just HAD to make.  After I made the firecrackers, I thought it would be fun to make one that goes on my mantel that is 4th of July-ish.  I really like the way it turned out too.  It is also a super easy and inexpensive project.  All you need is a couple of scrapbook papers, some brads, grommets and a sack from Roberts.  (Yes, that is what I used for the brown behind.  See…..cheap!)  I added a little detail by stitching around the pennant sides with my sewing machine.  I think it really makes it even cuter. 

Here it is all put together.  I really like it so far, but feel like it is missing something.  Any suggestions?  I am all ears!

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16 Responses to Summer Mantel

  1. Danielle June 9, 2011 at 5:51 pm #

    I LOVE the watermelon pictures! Your mantel looks great.


  2. Barbara June 9, 2011 at 6:22 pm #

    I love it! The bunting + pinwheels…perfect.

  3. Becky June 9, 2011 at 8:43 pm #

    Wow, you’re so creative! Wish my brain could work a little more like yours…

  4. Amy at Ameroonie Designs June 9, 2011 at 9:35 pm #

    Love it! The pictures of Lillie are darling- love that huge slice of watermelon. :) The banner is great- the pinwheels just make the whole thing pop!

  5. Sandy June 10, 2011 at 1:52 am #

    You need flags, flowers and/or flip flops. My favorite summertime accessories!
    Love you!!

  6. Bill and Lynette June 10, 2011 at 3:29 am #

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  7. Ashley Sumsion June 10, 2011 at 3:31 am #

    Looks great! It would be even more complete with a picture of me and Mitch in the center. I will print one for your convenience.

  8. Steph @ Crafting in the Rain June 10, 2011 at 1:56 pm #

    Looks fab-and yeah, those pictures are awesome :)

  9. shopannies June 10, 2011 at 3:45 pm #

    your decor looks rather fun and ready for summer what a great time it looks like you all will be having come see me at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

  10. Emily June 10, 2011 at 9:04 pm #

    I love the firecrackers and the shutter with the pinwheel bunting. so darn cute.

  11. Sassy Sites! June 11, 2011 at 7:02 am #

    So cute! I love the pinwheels! Thanks for linking up at Sassy Sites for our ffa party! Have a wonderful weekend! xoxo!!


  12. Studio Valerie June 11, 2011 at 3:40 pm #

    The pennant is really cute and I especially love the addition of the pinwheels! Your firecrackers are adorable too. Beautiful mantle!

  13. Lynda @ {ubersavvy} June 13, 2011 at 7:56 am #

    The bunting is beautiful. i love the stitching- i have pinned it onto my boards at pinterest! Thanks

  14. Abby June 21, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

    I love the Fireworks! How did you do the wick at the top?


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