Playful Summer Mantel

Good morning, fabulous people! I hope you had a nice Memorial Day weekend. Ours was great! We worked in the yard like crazies and tackled various DIY projects (more to come on that soon!). On Monday the kids {ours and my niece and nephews} totally loved playing in the bubbles, the sprinkler and anything else they came up with. I worked on my Summer Mantel yesterday too. I wanted to keep it simple and fun, but I wanted to only use things I already had.

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Mission accomplished.

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You might recognize a few things from last year’s Summer Mantel. ;) The life ring is SO super cool and old and chippy. It was calling my name. I had to use it! And I also used my DIY Playing Card Specimen Art to anchor the entire vignette. Everything is so fun and playful!

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I snagged the Childcraft books at the thrift store for 0.25 each. I might have happy danced just a little bit. I loved the Childcraft books when I grew up. And they are so pretty and colorful too!

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This lantern has been around for a few years. I added two pressure gauges that my dad saved for me.

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I love the chalkboard sign from last year. It’s a keeper! :)

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Again. Seriously awesome, I know.

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I got the two wood stools at TJMaxx on clearance. I LOVE them!

Here are a few more photos just for fun!

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I hope you enjoyed that quick look-see of my Simple & Playful Summer Mantel! :)

It was fun to put together!

What is your favorite element on my mantel?



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  1. I always love your mantel posts and this one is great! Thanks for sharing. Pinned!
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  2. The ChildCraft books!!!! Oh the memories they brought back! We had them in our class when I went to school too! Love that lantern and “gone swimming” sign too! That’ll be us in a month! Have a happy day, Myra!

  3. Nancy cox says:

    The life ring of course!

  4. Love the playfulness of this–especially the tube.
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  5. I absolutely LOVE it Myra! So fun and definitely playful!

  6. Oh I cannot just say one thing. I like the life preserver with old kid cards. I love the old lantern. Love the phone wire conductors of that blue glass. Wow!!! How neat it find the set of encyclopedia!!! Awesome find!!! I guess I love it!! And love the mantel.

  7. Friends just gave us a set of Childcraft books! I’d never heard of them but quickly flipping through a few I determined we were keeping them because it looked like they would be great fun for our girls once they can read!
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  8. Anne Saenz says:

    I love that there’s a lot of turquoise and red, a fave combo of mine; the trick with the playing cards is brilliant, and I like how they speak to the beautiful books – books as decor are always wonderful! I like how the whole space is used but not overfilled; and most of all the the happy, summery story of the whole assembly – it’s genius!

  9. I love the lantern, the old patina look totally ads character to your mantel

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