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 5×7 frame
Yellow: 8×10 textured frame
Green: a three opening collage frame
Blue: a large 20×20 frame
Indigo: an 11×14 frame
Violet: a 5×7 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 5×7 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.
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!
Masshole Mommy says
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 🙂
Adorable mantel. I love all the colors and how you incorporated you daughter's watercoloring.
Emily Glover says
Oh what a cute mantle! I love how colorful it is!
Vicky @ Mess For Less says
Love the bright colors! It just reminds me of Spring. What a great way to brighten up a room.
Rebecca Brosemer says
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 says
Love the combination of different size and texture frames! Very fun to do as a family!
ana de jesus says
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!
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 says
That looks like so much fun. I love the colors!
Veronica Pototska says
So many beautiful colorful details! Love your vision
I never see anyone focusing on the rainbow! Great idea xo
Kid Minds says
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 says
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.
That's so cute!! I feel like most people focus on green instead of gold or a rainbow!
Omg loving how your mantle came out!!!!! I also have gold mason jars!!! Totally obsessed with them at the moment!
Love the use of blank frames to make a rainbow collage. Visiting from The DIY Collective.
Emily @ Two Purple Couches says
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 says
What a fun little mantel! I love the rainbow of colors!