Hi Guys! I hope you are having a wonderful start to summer. It's been a little crazy around here. My step dad passed away from a long illness and my 46 year old sister had a stroke and is having some complications with an aneurysm. Prayers for her would be wonderful! So needless to say I haven't got to dive into summer yet. My boys are done with school on June 12th so it's not officially summer here. But I'm really looking forward to some lazy days of summer.
I wanted to share with you a Summer Mantel I did for a friend from Bible Study. Jenny is a mother of 4 small boys and asked if she could hire me to do a mantel and I said no, but I would love to come do one for her for free. So, I visited her house and it was funny she has a red fireplace wall just like me. I felt like I was decorating for myself. Jenny gave me free reign to do whatever I wanted. Her only request was she wanted a "girly girl" mantel. So I would like to show you what I did for her.
First thing I did was have her give me a list of her favorite things about summer. I created a printable for her using her favorite things. I did it in Yellow, Red and Lt. Blue. You can download a free copy in 2 different sizes below.
While I was at it I decided to do the same print with a few other colors as well. So, if you like this better feel free to download this one below in your choice of 2 sizes.
I knew I wanted to do a bunting. I did have a concern that she might have boys hanging on it but I made one and if she needs to take it down, oh well. I had some yellow burlap and thought that might go perfect with my color scheme. I cut them out and then went around each one with my sewing machine.
I then pulled the strings so that it had a frayed edge. I took some ribbon from my stash and laid out the ribbon and pinned the burlap to the ribbon. I also found in my craft stash some flowers that I hot glued onto the burlap adding some more "girlie" touches.
I knew I wanted some painted glass vases that are all over Pinterest but I did mine a little different. I spray painted mine. I cleaned the vases and then sprayed them on the outside of the bottle. It's best to use a vase that has some texture. It hides the imperfections and paint drips.
I added a flower to each vase.
I wanted to do a monogram but didn't have a big "B". I did have this blue charger that I bought at Target after Christmas for .99. I thought that might work great if I cut a "B" from vinyl. So I chose yellow vinyl. I added a big red flower to bring some more "girly girl" to the mantel.
I found this lantern at Goodwill for .99 and gave it a coat of blue spray paint and put it next to the monogrammed plate.
There you have it! A "girly girl" mantel and the best thing is, it was all done for $18.00
I hope you enjoy it Jenny!
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