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Summer Wreath and Mantel {tutorial}

Do you go through periods where you are super inspired to do projects and then other periods where you feel burned out and don’t want to do anything?? I do. Yesterday I felt super inspired. And I am an impatient crafter. When the feeling strikes, I dig around and find whatever is in my cupboards to make a project.

I was looking at my mantel and I really wanted to make it look 
“Beachy” and “Summery”.

So I went out in my garage “stash” and found some grapevine wreaths from the Dollar Store. I decided to use the small size. Then I found some black and white pinstripe material. And I crafted up a quick summer wreath with things I had laying around.

This is a 15-minute project.

Here’s what I did: 

  • I cut a long piece of the pinstripe fabric 2 inches wide.
  • Then I wrapped it around the grapevine wreath. I wrapped it pretty tightly and overlapped it so that it was pretty cushy with material.
  • I secured the end with my trusty glue gun.
  •  Then I took the material and cut a long strip that was 4 inches wide. And I folded it in half and ironed it so it was flat. So now the material is 2 inches wide with a closed end.
  •  I folded the material in pleats, into a flower shape and hot glued in between the pleats. Then I hot glued the flower onto my wreath.
  • I did the same thing to make two smaller flowers, except instead of a folded 2 inch width, I cut a 2 inch section of fabric and then folded and ironed it so that the folded width was 1 inch.
  • Then I glued those two fabric flowers on each side of the bigger flower.
  • I covered two big buttons with fabric and attached them to the smaller flowers.
  • Then I hot glued a star fish to the bigger flower.
That’s it!! SUPER simple and fast AND inexpensive.
Then I set about making my mantel more “Summery” and “Beachy”. I got out my glass covered vases and put vintage doorknobs inside of them.
And I talked my son and neice into spray painted an old frame beachy blue for me. I also took a rope bag that I had kept from Target and “framed” it in between an embroidery hoop. I also did this with some doilies.
I made a canvas pennant banner that I thought looked kind of beachy.
I’m not going to show you the whole mantel today though, because I just decided that it needs one more element.

I have a project in mind that I think will be perfect. I’ll work on it today. You know when you finish a project and it just doesn’t feel complete. That’s how I feel about the mantel. I need to work on that last element.

So until then, here’s my partially finished Summer Mantel :)

 Ooooh, I almost forgot… I found some cute little lamps at Home Goods a few weeks ago for my buffet table in there. Aren’t they cute?? 
I think I am going to paint that buffet table — what color do you think I should try??
 I hope you are having a great week!!! 


  1. I love the color of the frame and vase. What color/brand of spray paint? Very cute wreath, I have been in a beachy state of mind myself. Must be the heat!

  2. I’m loving the rustic doorknobs

  3. I love it!

  4. i just love this! i love the beach and since i live in kentucky i like to have at least part of my house feel beachy, and i just love this! i am trying it, hopefully it all works out lol thanks for sharing!

  5. Bellenza Wedding Bistro says:

    From scraps to a great summer decor item! Just goes to show what resourcefulness, creativity, and crafting talent can do. Can't wait to see the full mantel!

  6. I am soooo ashamed… I am AFRAID to redecorate my mantel ever! Partially because whenever my husband walks by something I've just finished, he says, 'Are you going to leave it like that?' or 'Wow, I hope that looks better after the final coat'. That WAS the final coat, grrrrr ; )
    I love how your mantel looks and can't wait to see the whole thing finished!


  7. Alan and Alexis says:

    I love the wreath! It's so cute and simple. I especially love the empty frame that goes with it. I really need to get one to put in my house.

    Alexis – weliketolearnaswego.blogspot.com

  8. Super cute, Jen! I go through stages like that too, but mostly it's the "not creative" stage and then BAM one day I'm creative. Then back to nothing. LOL

  9. nest of posies says:

    it does look so beachy! you captured such a great look. all the blue looks amazing on the mantel. beautiful.

  10. Jen~I love it!! So great and the mantle looks amazing. Can't wait to see it all together. I'm certain it will be fabulous.


  11. Denissa says:

    Cute Jen!! Love the stripes w/ the aqua frame :)

  12. Kendall says:

    Lovely wreath- I am loving your mantel so far!


  13. Donna, The Decorated House says:

    Hi Jen~
    One darn cute wreath.
    I love it when someone just NEEDS to be creative! :)
    Lovely summer decorating.

  14. LOVE the lamps on your buffet table. I've been looking and looking for ones just like that for my console table, but haven't had any luck. And we don't have a HomeGoods. :( Our TJMaxx, even thought it was recently remodeled, never seems to carry what I need. SAD!

  15. Desiree @ The 36th Avenue says:

    I just shared this at my FB page… so lovely. I am pinning now!

  16. I'm in love with those lamps… Just beautiful. Also how clever are you? The embroidery hoop project is fantastic… Always love you ideas.

    Jeanna. @. Dramaqueenseams.blogspot.com

  17. BigBearswife says:

    Your Mantel looks great! Having seashells around bring back such great memories of the beach! I like the lamps too!

  18. Dana from Our Life's Legacy says:

    Love those lamps!

  19. great work–the mantel looks gorgeous, love the different textures and pops of blue! very summery 😉 thanks for the tute as well! have a good day jen!

    katie@little things bring smiles

  20. Kelli @ RTSM says:

    Your mantel is so fun and beachy! I really need to add a more summery things to the inside of my house:) I love the new lamps! I'm thinking a shade of red would be lovely on your buffet table!

  21. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    I love it! I love all of it. There's really nothing you do that I don't love, ha! :) Those lamps are fab–love the texture. That buffet is beautiful, as is…but I'm loving gray lately. And it's neutral, so you can pair it with fun, brightly colored accessories.

  22. Lindsay says:

    I LOVE it Jen! So cute and summery!

  23. Heidiopia says:

    That wreath is inspired! Kudos, Jen!
    Heidi @ Show Some Decor

  24. Kelly (Seaux Southern) says:

    Love the wreath! Love the whole mantle! Can't wait to see what else you will be adding.

  25. The Mama @the Tinos says:

    Lovely wreath and mantel! You're not alone, I'm so impatient when i get an idea my motto is "use whatcha got"
    Great lamps too!

  26. Wow I really like it! Very summery and beachy! Looks pretty easy to make the wreath too…thanks for sharing!

  27. Anthony from CharismaticKid says:

    Mmmmm… this reminds me of sea glass. You should make a wreath out of that!