I don’t know about you but Memorial Day is sort of the official beginning of summer to me. School is out, June is just around the corner, 90+ degree temperatures have begun – yep, it’s summer!
So it was time for my Spring mantel to say goodbye and time to decorate my mantel for summer. I do have to admit I usually have TWO summer mantels. A patriotic mantel from Memorial Day to 4th of July and then a summer/beach themed mantel from mid-July till September when I start decorating for fall. Yes, I am one of those people that like to change things up and yet my hubby still loves me. I am not near as bad with furniture and things on the wall – just the mantel, table, wreaths, coffee table and things like that.
Welcome to the red, white, and blue on my Summer Patriotic Mantel!
Again, I just decorated with things I pulled from around the house and many thrifted finds – I usually don’t buy anything new..
First the thrifted finds:
- I just got the large blue window a week ago at a yard sale for $3.00 and thought it would be fun to add to this mantel.
- The shutter and mirrored window were thrifted finds and stay on my mantel most of the year.
- The turquoise mason jar was a $2 yard sale find.
- The vintage coke bottle was a 25¢ yard sale buy this past weekend.
- And the “Home Sweet Home” print I grabbed off the wall in my guest bedroom. My dad found the print a few years ago in a free yard sale pile and I framed it. I just liked the vintage folk art look of it and thought it would be fun to add to this mantel.
And the clearance buys:
- The metal stars were $1-2 clearance buys from Kohl’s a few years ago (I need to spray paint one blue but didn’t have any blue spray paint.)
- The flag was a 20¢ clearance find from last year.
- The wooden flag was a $1.50 clearance buy from Hobby Lobby last year.
And I brought back my hanging red Ikea lanterns from my Christmas mantel – I love them!
I can’t get away from the whole layering thing! I need to challenge myself to do some thing totally different on my next mantel – maybe, we shall see!
I also added some red, white and blue in other areas in the house.
My kitchen table got decked out with some red, white, and blue placemats.
When I was putting them out, I noticed the price tag was still on the back. Yep, 50¢ each! Looks like they were a Wal-mart brand placemat, but I think I bought them at Burlington Coat Factory a few years ago. (Our BCF doesn’t carry placemats anymore.)
I never keep my kitchen table set like this, because we do eat there a good bit and my nieces/nephew eat there too when they are here, BUT I thought it was fun this weekend to set it out with some plates! I love these red and white plates that I have so I couldn’t resist layering them with some blue napkins (Kohl’s clearance find) on top of my placemats.
And my centerpiece… well, I am showing you a bit of my weekend finds early (will detail them on Friday in my Frugal Friday post). I found this vintage coke crate and 12 bottles this weekend! It was actually a find for my husband to go into our home office/study, but I seemed to have incorporated them into my décor for now
Yum…Patriotic fruit pizza I fixed for our Sunday school breakfast and another one for a church cookout.
Last year my mom picked up a bunch of these little flags on major clearance! They were 90% off at Dollar General so the little ones were 10¢, med. ones were 15¢, and the larger ones were 20¢.
These are the medium ones and I added them to all my potted plants on the front porch.
My large flag is hanging outside and I added a few flags to the ferns. You can see my front porch makeover that I did this spring here.
And I added some flags to our deck too. Some little ones in my vintage window planter… (amazing what 30¢ can do!)
Some medium ones to my pots. See my petunias?? They are going crazy draping everywhere!
The picture below shows them right after planting them the first week of April. And then you see how they look at the end of May just 8 weeks later!
My huge metal star (yard sale find) fits in perfect with the patriotic theme.
You can see our before/after deck reveal here.
Hopefully before July 4th, I can do something about that wreath on the door. I have not made a new wreath in a while so I think it is time for a patriotic wreath or at least a red wreath!
In fact I have a couple new patriotic crafts and such I hope to do and show you in the next few weeks.
My hubby grilled some amazing hamburgers on the grill yesterday and I made some homemade ice cream topped with some homemade hot fudge sauce! Yum! It was a good weekend!
I also have been crazy busy working on some pretty big projects this weekend, so I will have tons to share with you as soon as I can get the finishing touches done!
I trust whatever you did this weekend – projects, grilling, family fun day – you made some fun memories!
Have you added any red, white, and blue to your house? Or changed anything out for summer?