Summer Mantel

7 years ago by in diy, holiday, mantel, summer, tutorial
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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…!)  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”

June 9, 2011 Reply

I LOVE the watermelon pictures! Your mantel looks great.


June 9, 2011 Reply

I love it! The bunting + pinwheels…perfect.

June 9, 2011 Reply

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

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!

June 10, 2011 Reply

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

Bill and Lynette
June 10, 2011 Reply

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Ashley Sumsion
June 10, 2011 Reply

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.

Looks fab-and yeah, those pictures are awesome 🙂

June 10, 2011 Reply

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

June 10, 2011 Reply

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

Sassy Sites!
June 11, 2011 Reply

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


Studio Valerie
June 11, 2011 Reply

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

Lynda @ {ubersavvy}
June 13, 2011 Reply

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

June 21, 2011 Reply

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

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July Barbecue
June 28, 2013 Reply

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