Decorate Your Home: Easy Summer Mantel

Learn how to easily and affordable it is to decorate a summer mantel.

It’s been rainy here, so while I was stuck inside I thought I’d do some decorating by creating a summer mantel. If you are like me, then you have a lot of items around the house accumulated over the years. Things stashed in the basement or tucked away in a chest or cabinet.  Why not shop your home and use them to decorate your mantel? All you need to do is come up with an idea or theme and gather items with the colors and feel of that theme.

Learn how to easily and affordable it is to decorate a summer mantel.

In my case I was thinking of the beach, with colors of sand and the cool blues and greens of the ocean.

Learn how to easily and affordable it is to decorate a summer mantel.

I always have candles so I gathered them. A few white vases and some faux greenery. I also added blue mason jar and glass container with a starfish top, and my three little birds that always make it on the mantel.

Learn how to easily and affordable it is to decorate a summer mantel.

Next I started looking for something with height, or something large for the center. I tried a couple of paintings and prints.

Learn how to easily and affordable it is to decorate a summer mantel.

This one had a little too much yellow.

Learn how to easily and affordable it is to decorate a summer mantel.

This blue hydrangea print looked pretty good but in the end I decided I liked the blue lantern with faux succulents best.

Learn how to easily and affordable it is to decorate a summer mantel.

A little collection of cool summery colors, including my recent dried peony project and terrarium growing out of control. It was a fun afternoon project. Easy and affordable too.

I used several vases and containers but other good choices could be pretty teacups alone or stacked, plates and platters. You’ve heard of a gallery wall. How about a gallery mantel with lots of different sized frames.

You’ll be surprised at what you can rummage up in your own home. Fair warning; there’s a good possibility that you will get sidetracked when you come across old photos or other sentimental memorabilia, but you’ll probably be glad you did.

Happy Hunting.

 

 

Learn how to easily and affordable it is to decorate a summer mantel.

 

 

 

About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Garden Matter, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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Comments

  1. This is a great combination of fun! Like how you incorporated so many neat items.
    Carole

  2. I love the entire mantel decorations. Please let me know where I can find a lamp like the blue one you have shown in your mantel decoration. I love shabby chic and old buckets, old windows, old doors, etc. for inside and outside decorating. I have looked in several Goodwill and other resale stores but have not found anything yet that I like. PLEASE HELP. Thanks for sharing this gorgeous decorated mantel.

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