Summer projects + decorating inspiration

Summer project   decorating inspiration

With Memorial Day right around the corner, this weekend sort of signifies the beginning of summer for me.  June is about to start, the temperatures are fast approaching the 90’s, cookouts are a common weeknight occurrence, summer is here!

So I thought before I delve into all things summer (my patriotic mantel is getting the finishing touches and I will show it to you next week!), I would take a look back to some of the projects and decorating that I did last year.  Many of you are new to this blog so there are probably many of these that you have never seen.

Headed to the beach this summer?  Make sure to bring home some shells or starfish and you can create some beach inspired art for cheap!  Tutorial for that project found here.

Beach inspired art

Do you have daylily plants in your yard?  I save all my dead stems and then use them in flower arrangements!  Gotta love free and recycling!

Using dried daylily stems as decor

I turned an old window into a flower box planter.

window planter box

Fruit pizza… yum!  May have to make the first one of the summer this weekend!

patriotic fruit pizza

Summer recipes always seem better with green onions – did you know that you can RE-GROW your green onions??    Yep, I can get 4-5 cuttings off of ONE 50¢ bunch of green onions.

regrow onions

Looking for some cheap décor ideas?  How about hanging some plates on the wall with a free DIY hangar made from paperclips?

plate hangar from paperclip

Save any old hydrangea cuttings to make this hydrangea wreath. 

Hydrangea wreath

Need to spruce up your mailbox?  Check out how I did ours last summer with just some elbow grease and paint.  Made a HUGE difference and it still looks great!

Painted mailbox before and after

And since you are probably going to have the paint brushes out this summer anyways, why not keep them out and paint some striped or stenciled curtains?  Still love mine!

DIY painted striped curtains

I shared a patriotic tablescape on the blog last summer.  Loved this!  Definitely need to find a reason and time to recreate it.


I still love my spray painted lamps!  Perfect time to be watching yard sales this summer to pick up a some lamps in need of some spray paint love for cheap.


Last year I spray painted my faded chair cushions with REGULAR spray paint.  It made a huge difference, no it didn’t rub off on your clothes, but yes, it did eventually fade again.  Look for an update to this post in the next week or two.

faded chair cushions refreshed with spray paint

I also spray painted my door mat.  (Not sure what I HAVEN’T spray painted Winking smile)

door mat before after

This was my summer mantel (part 2) last year in a beach theme.  The focal point was one of my favorite projects – a DIY sunburst mirror made from… well, you’ll have to click over and see Smile)


And I used some yard sale flower stems that I found and made a yellow and white wreath for the front door.


This was my patriotic mantel last year – can’t wait to show you this years!


And if you are an avid yard sale shopper like I am, I did a whole series last year on shopping and hosting yard sales.  Plus some tips on finding and shopping estate sales. 

So there’s some summer inspiration for you!  Next week, I will kick off a whole new slew of projects and decorating ideas for you for this summer.  I can’t wait!


  1. Christina, you have such good ideas. I go out and pull the dead daylilly stems all the time because it just makes the plants look cleaner. What a great idea to save them to add texture to an arrangement. I’ll definitely remember that.

    You spray painted your cushions and door mat. I”ll remember that too!

    Keep ’em coming.
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  2. Ooooo….love these ideas!!! love your patriotic tablescape especially!
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  3. Loved all your projects, Christina. Especially the fun Summer mantel with the DIY sunburst mirror–perfect! (And I’m definitely itching to take a can of paint to an outdoor rug. It’s so difficult to find cute ones in the stores.)
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  4. love all your ideas. they are just so beautiful

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