Two weeks ago I told my hubby how badly I missed having a mantel to decorate for special occasions. Guess what? He fixed that right quick. (Two weeks is quick in Roatan, we are on island time.) And just in time for 4th of July decorations. Check it out:
This mantel decor cost me exactly: $2! Score. I shopped my home for everything… well, almost. I love my milk glass vases and schlepped those bad boys over from the States (they used to be bathroom decor.) The mirror is a $20 Marshall’s steal from 5 years ago and I have used all over my home- my daughter’s nursery, my entry, and now here. The white frame was purchased here in Roatan and had a horrid floral still-life… but for $3 for the frame I thought it was worth it. I used some light blue sparkly scrapbook paper, light red washi tape, and a white doily to create a stylized American flag (very, very stylized). The paper is sparkly, just like the red banner on the mirror because I wanted to bring in that feeling of fireworks…. I gotta get that feeling somewhere… we do not have 4th of July fireworks here. The red banner is actually paint chips that I used my Fiskars XX-Large Tag Punch on and then my beloved Martha Stewart glitter in reds and silver. I let the glitter dry over night and then I ran the tags through the sewing machine and ta-da! a banner. I scored those little pin wheels at Hobby Lobby back in May for $1/each … hence this mantel decor was $2 total. (when I went to visit the bestie and we crafted our brains out: here, here, and here.) 4th of July pinwheels are a tradition in my home, my husband used to get me one every year and then we would go to our church and have a big potluck and watch fireworks. Since Roatan is a whole new world for us we are having to learn to make new traditions. But I insisted on having pinwheels this year so when I was in the USA I snatched those up at Hobby Lobby in preparation. I am so glad I did!