I love switching out the themes on my mantle, but after Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine's Day, and Easter, I was looking for something I wouldn't have to change through the summer. This is what I came up with. I am digging it. It's a little coastal, a lot summer, and nice and bright.
I made the big wooden "flag". I had a few pieces of 1x3 board, and I had J cut them into 2 ft. pieces, I attached them together with the Kreg Jig on the back after staggering them randomly. To paint it, I used some leftover blue and white paint. The white is just an acrylic white paint by Apple Barrel, and the blue was from our dresser update, found here, it is a Valspar color called Vintage Blue. The metal stars were from a little garland that I pulled off, and spray painted white, then roughed them up to let the metal show through a bit. I hot glued them on with huge globs of glue.
And to finish, I had to rough up the edges a little, and sealed it with a satin sealer. I accessorized with stuff I already had, milk glass, candle holders, grapevine balls, a fat birdie, candles, and flowers.
I definitely think it will carry me through summer. Plus, it was perfect for Memorial Day, and for the 4th since it's sorta patriotic. Almost all of my patriotic stuff is now in the office since it's kind of our military themed room.