Summer mantel decorating is never my strong suit. I look at magazines and other blogs and I’m all like “how in the world did they know to put that frame with those candlesticks?!?” Then I try to put something together and it looks like a hot mess. So now I do the polar opposite of those beautifully produced mantels and I do the bare minimum to make it look good (to me) while staying on this side of too much junk. Honestly, I probably don’t have enough stuff on there if I were a real designer. But I’m not – I’m like the furtherest thing from that… I’m just me, trying to make the most of what I have without spending eleventy billion dollars on stuff I’ll hate in three months.
Back to the point…
I took some photos I made a few weeks ago at the beach, framed in clearance rack Homegoods frames, and centered them, then added my little concrete succulent planters beneath. I’m brilliant… I know. But, I felt like as a whole it was missing something. So I broke out my vinyl and got to work.
Because I wanted to get all summery, without screaming “BEACH COTTAGE,” I thought a simple star was the trick.
I measured the place on my fireplace to center the graphic, then marked it with some Frog Tape. (If you’re perfect, you could neatly cut a precise V shape – I’m everything imperfect, so I just ripped my V. Lazy girl alert.)
I picked off the negative vinyl space and used transfer tape to move the vinyl to where I wanted it (although you can use tape to do it, too.)
So now the framed prints (you can get the free beach photography here), concrete planters, and vinyl star all live happily and minimalistly on my summer mantel all together. Funny how adding just a little something extra can pull it all together, huh?
Want another great summer project idea? Jump on over to see my friend Roeshel at DIY Showoff to see her beverage station!
*Thanks to my friends at Happy Crafters for partnering with me on this post. All ideas, opinions, photos and words are 100% my own.*