Summer Mantel Decorating

Well Summer has officially started! The boys are out of school, Nick graduated and the fun has begun! Last week I gave you a little sneak peak at the Summer Mantel and shared how to make Paper Fireworks. I’m back with the big reveal! When I first started thinking about decorating the Summer Mantel, I decided to pull in several different fun activities that shout Summer Family Fun!

Baseball…Picnics…Fireworks…Ice Cream and Sidewalk Chalk…just a few of our favorite things about Summer! And a Pinwheel Garland to add even more whimsy!

While shopping at my favorite thrift store, Goodwill, a couple weeks ago, I spotted a metal Barbecue Set. I love the nostalgic feel with the red and white checker mitts. I added some marshmallow skewers to enjoy our S’More Buffet and the silverware stuffed in a blue jean pocket left from the Memorial Day Party. Some favorite red and white checker plates and an Aqua Mason Jar filled with golf and small balls.

And we can’t forget the Washi Tape Birdhouses…fun! Learn how easy they are to make!

Baseball is a large part of our Summer! I found Doug’s old mitt tucked away in the garage.

And finishing out the Summer Mantel, an ice cream sundae glass filled with sidewalk chalk, some homemade flags in a clay pot filled with old marbles, Scrabble Tile letters to bring in our love of games and another Washi Tape Birdhouse.

A couple vintage rackets add a little height to the Mantel. Now let’s make those cute little Rustic Flags

Rustic Flag Supplies

  • Fabric – cut 6 x 4 1/2 inches
  • Wooden Skewers
  • Clay Pot
  • Floral Foam {not pictured}
  • Marbles

How to make Rustic Flags

  1. Cut fabric 6 x 4 1/2 inches
  2. Fill clay pot with floral foam
  3. Carefully glue wooden skewer onto the back side of the fabric using a hot glue gun
  4. Push skewers into foam
  5. Add marbles or pebbles on top of foam


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  1. Hi – I’m visiting from Layla’s summer mantel link party!

    This is my first visit to your blog, but won’t be my last – it appears that you live in LaPorte, Indiana? Before I moved to Texas three years ago, I lived in Long Beach in Michigan City, and my first job in the United States (I’m originally from Australia), was at a bank in LaPorte, so I know the area well!

    Anyway, your mantel is lovely – I love the birdhouses and the pinwheels – they are just darling!

    Have a wonderful week!

  2. Love, love, love your mantle – it just screams SUMMER !!!! You’ve inspired me to re-do mine in my rarely entered living room – maybe it’s time to spread out !


  3. What a happy and summery mantel, Liz! I’ve pinned the washi tape birdhouses and paper fireworks–thanks for the tutorials! 🙂

    visiting from The Lettered Cottage

  4. Amy @ Mega Quick Sale says:

    Hi Liz. Awesome decorations! And yes, this definitely shouts “Summer Family Fun”. Thank you for sharing the steps on how to create these rustic flags. Wow! If your house is in the market, for example, creating a fun and well-presented house is important, and this idea is really great. Will have to try this soon!

  5. Your mantel is beautiful and so original. It feels real and authentic, it seems to really suit your family.
    The flags in the pot with marbles is a fantastic idea. I would like to decorate our sideboard and I am struggling … I think I might borrow some of your ideas. Thanks for the inspiration!

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