Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Red, White, & Blue Fireplace Mantle

I've been asked about the details of my latest mantle decor, so here goes...

There are quite a few elements that stayed put from the last mantle... The old chippy window, shutters, blue metal milk can, wood cheese box, and wreath were all mentioned in my Easter Mantle post.  

The bunting is made from jute webbing, usually used for furniture reupholstering.  I loved the color and texture and thought it would made a neat bunting, plus it's on $.99 a yard at Hobby Lobby!  I had the jute cording and Fabri-Tac glue. The bunting cost less than $1.50 to make!

I made one flag and then used it as a template for the others.

 Cutting & assembling over coffee ;) 

I used Fabri-Tac to glue the webbing to the just rope.  I got both from Hobby Lobby. 

The frames are from the Threshold line at Target.  No, I'm not being paid, I just really love about everything from that line.  The larger one looks a little like wainscoting. I found a free printable on pinterest and adjusted the color a bit so it would match my decor a little better.  I cut the flag out and centered it on a piece of burlap just to give it a bit of texture. 

The smaller frame is fan shaped, also from the Threshold line.  I printed off a patriotic star that I made using power point.   

I added some very cheap, like $.99 for the bunch cheap, red geraniums from Michael's, to the cheese box for a pop of red.  

A better view of my clearance bird cage.  I really liked the color.  I didn't want to do bright red, white, & blue, but more of a grey, muted blue to go better with my existing home decor. 

I had a hole on the right side, so I took a mason jar from my craft room, tied some ribbon that I had on hand around it, put cream hydrangeas in it, and set it on some books that I had on my book shelves.  

The blue birdcage was a $6 Hobby Lobby clearance score.  The dark red berries are also from Hobby Lobby and I believe they were 50% off and only $.99 each (I used 4) and just sort of stuck them in there for some color.

My lazy side it really hoping that this mantle will get me through the 4th of July.  I have the feeling that this summer is going to pass in the blink of an eye.  I still haven't figured out where April and May went.

Do you put patriotic decor up around your home or do you keep it to one area like a mantle or front porch?

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