If you have followed me on twitter you might remember I said I was getting a mantel to decorate. I have a traditional mantel with a fireplace, but because our TV is mounted above it, it is not ideal for decorating. I’ve been longing for a mantel to decorate and now I have one!
It had never dawned on me to just hang a mantel as a shelf on its own until I saw the beautiful mantel over on Decor Chick.
Isn’t that great?! The mantel shelf is from Pottery Barn and I just love the worn look it has.
I mentioned this idea to my mother and father in law and showed them the above picture for inspiration.
Well my father in law built me one! He is extremely handy and has built some other amazing things for us too.
It took me a while but I think I’ve come up with a mantel design for 4th of July that I am happy with.
For my first time attempting a true mantel display and using the items I had on hand, I don’t think I did a bad job!
The subway art was a freebie printable I found on Pinterest via the blog Eighteen 25 that I printed out and placed in a frame I had.
The silver letter 4 is an old house address number that I bought on sale at an antique store near by.
The 3 stars re from Michaels that I bought in an after season sale last year.
The large open frame is from hobby lobby and I wrapped a red and blue circle garland that I made around it.
The American flags were in the dollar spot at Target for $1 for the 3 of them! I placed them in a mason jar I had and put that on top of one of my new cake plates that I got at Home Goods to add some height.
So what do you think of my first attempt at a mantel display?
I’ve gathered an insane amount of mantel inspiration that I organized on a Pinterest board. You can check it out here.
I’m always looking for more ideas for mantel decor so please let me know if there is something I should see!
Do you have a mantel that you can decorate? Do you have any suggestions to help me out with my mantel decor?