Thursday, February 25, 2016

St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Mantel



I am so excited to be able to share my mantel with you today. I thought I loved this year's Valentine's Day mantel, until I created this one. This is hands down my favorite mantel I have put together. I was scrolling through Pinterest looking for mantel inspiration and I just couldn't find anything I liked, let alone loved. As much as I love Shamrocks, I love colors that pop even more. I want a bright and happy mantel, not a subdued one. 

I was lamenting lack of bright and cheery St. Patrick's Day mantels to my 7-year-old when she told me to make it a rainbow. A light bulb went off and I headed to a local thrift store to put together all of the pieces for this rainbow mantel. 
Most of the frames were different colors when I first started the project. I went to the thrift store and looked for frames of all sizes. I knew I wanted a large frame to paint green or blue to be in the middle. This is the break down of the rainbow.

Red: A prepainted square red canvas
Orange: a 5x7 frame
Yellow: 8x10 textured frame
Green: a three opening collage frame
Blue: a large 20x20 frame
Indigo: an 11x14 frame
Violet: a 5x7 frame

I wanted most of the frames to be open, but I did want a few pictures on the mantel. I made a large rainbow tutu and took pictures of my girls in it for the 5x7 frames. Find the tutu information here. My 7-year-old and I made a large Luck watercolor for the middle frame, find the tutorial here. I sanded and used acrylic paints to paint each of the frames, making sure the largest frame would be in the middle and the 5x7s with the pictures in them would be near the ends. You could fill in all the frames or leave them all open. I love the look with some of the full and some of them open.
After I finished the frames, I wanted some flowers on the mantel too, so I created these cute centerpieces with items I had on hand and from the dollar store. They were really easy, find the tutorial for them here
Overall, I am completely in love with the way the mantel turned out. It is bright and colorful, it has pictures of my sweet girls on it and a fun watercolor that I made with my oldest daughter. It is the best of all my worlds!
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19 comments:

Masshole Mommy said...

That is so cute! We're not Irish, so we don't decorate or anything, but I think it's a cute idea for those who celebrate :)

blythe32 said...

Adorable mantel. I love all the colors and how you incorporated you daughter's watercoloring.

Emily Glover said...

Oh what a cute mantle! I love how colorful it is!

Vicky @ Mess For Less said...

Love the bright colors! It just reminds me of Spring. What a great way to brighten up a room.

Rebecca Brosemer said...

That is such an adorable mantel and I love that it was made rather inexpensively. Part of the reason I don't usually decorate much is the costs associated with it.

CoCo - Our Humble ABoden said...

Love the combination of different size and texture frames! Very fun to do as a family!

ana de jesus said...

I have never celebrated ST Patrick's day before but this looks fab I love your rainbow painting it reminds me of PRIDE. Great DIY as usual!

di said...

Oh this looks super fun! I don't have a mantel (no real need for a fire in So Cal) but this would look cool on my bookcase!

Amber N said...

That looks like so much fun. I love the colors!

Veronica Pototska said...

So many beautiful colorful details! Love your vision

NatePD said...

I never see anyone focusing on the rainbow! Great idea xo

Kid Minds said...

It's very cute and festive. We love to decorate for every holiday big and small. I haven't come up with anything for fireplace yet and this looks perfect!

Rose Sahetapy said...

Love the rainbow theme you chose to celebrate St.Patrick day. A cute and creative! I think it would be a great as if hang on the wall. Just a thought.

Becca said...

That's so cute!! I feel like most people focus on green instead of gold or a rainbow!

CourtneyLynne said...

Omg loving how your mantle came out!!!!! I also have gold mason jars!!! Totally obsessed with them at the moment!

DazzleWhileFrazzled said...

Love the use of blank frames to make a rainbow collage. Visiting from The DIY Collective.

Emily @ Two Purple Couches said...

Your mantel made me smile! I love the bright colors, and it's such a fun twist for St. Patrick's Day! Thanks for linking up with Merry Monday :)

Rachel Teodoro said...

What a fun little mantel! I love the rainbow of colors!

Garima said...

Nice

 
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