*4th of july mantel*

4th of July Mantel by Rescue Your Dreams

Target’s “Dollar” Spot and I have a great relationship.  I need cute and cheap seasonal items and can always count on them to provide.  I do not decorate my entire house for each holiday or season, but I do love decorating my fireplace mantel. Even though it’s the end of May, I’m putting up these 4th of July cuties. I figure if Target is selling them…I should be using them!  Plus, I don’t have to change it for another 2 1/2 months.  Bonus!

4th of July Mantel by Rescue Your Dreams

Here’s what you can do to create your own 4th of July mantel:

  1. Search for 4th of July decorations. Obviously stop by Target’s “Dollar” spot.  Even though not everything is a dollar, the most you will pay for an item is $5.  The Dollar Store, Walmart, Micheal’s, Hobby Lobby, and JoAnne Fabrics are other great places to find goodies as well.
  2. Don’t spend more than $20 on your vignette! I will not buy a seasonal item if it costs more than $5.  You are only using it for a short amount of time.  And with all the places you can find cheap holiday decorations, you don’t need to spend a lot.
  3. Search for free printables online. There are a gazillion to choose from.  You can obviously put them in a frame, but think creatively too.  I taped the smaller printable inside a white crate.  I liked the dimension and character it brought to my vignette. You can find the 4th of July Subway art HERE and the Proud to be an American printable HERE. 
    4th of July Mantel by Rescue Your Dreams
    4th of July Mantel by Rescue Your Dreams
  4. Layer your pieces! It’s OK to put items in front of one another.  Notice I even have a banner on top of another banner. Your mantel will look much more interesting.
  5. Incorporate some of your older pieces. I love how the stack of old books, the crackled white window, and ball jar add more character to the mantel.
  6. Add different textures.  I have burlap, twine, cloth, pallet board, glass, paper, wood, and metal.  Combining these elements will make your display more dramatic.
  7. Don’t always use items for their intended purpose.  Remember the white crate I used for a picture frame? And you would never know, but the wooden stars are actually a banner.  I took it apart and placed the red and blue ones on top of the window.  I used the white ones to add more layers and dimension.  To make the white stars “pop”, I drew a design with a red and blue sharpie.
  8. Try, Try, and Try again!  It takes me a few days to be happy with the final product.  I’ll move things around several times.  It will not be perfect right out of the gate, so just have fun and let your creativity flow.

4th of July Mantel by Rescue Your Dreams

Happy 4th of July and Rescue Your Dreams!

-♥- Amanda

 

*i love christmas decorations*

You know those huge 30 gallon storage bins?  Well I have not one…not two…not five…but SEVEN filled with Christmas decorations. In my defense, I blame my mother because she has twice as many.  My husband rolls his eyes every year when I say I need more Christmas decorations and promptly reminds me of how many heavy bins he has to bring down from the attic.  Does it stop me though?  Absolutely not!

Since I LOVE decorating for Christmas, I wanted to share a few spots around our house.  I hope some of my Christmas vignettes and tips will inspire your decorating this season.  For additional help, HGTV has a great article with 8 tips for making beautiful vignettes. 

Living Room

Decorating with Christmas Vignettes

TIP: Do you notice how nothing is on the bottom shelves? Toddlers!  Enough said. Don’t feel everything has to have a decoration.

Lay wreaths and pictures against the backs of bookshelves to add height. When you put other decorations in front of them, it will give the shelf depth. Arrange like objects in odd numbers.     Lay wreaths and pictures against the backs of bookshelves to add height. When you put other decorations in front of them, it will give the shelf depth. Arrange like objects in odd numbers.

TIP: I like to lay wreaths and pictures against the backs of bookshelves to add height.  When you put other decorations in front of them, it will give the shelf depth.  I also arrange like objects in odd numbers. Notice the three red candles and the five trees?

Choosing items that are similar in color make your vignette more cohesive.

TIP: On the mantel I chose to decorate with an aqua blue theme. Choosing items that are similar in color make your vignette more cohesive.

Dining Room

Use the Internet for a plethora of free Christmas printables.

TIP: Use the Internet for a plethora of free Christmas printables. I chose to stick with a chalkboard theme. The Oh Holy Night printable can be found HERE.  The Have Yourself a Merry Christmas can be found HERE. The Baby It’s Cold Outside one can be found HERE.

Fill glass jars, bowls, cake plates, vases, etc. with Christmas ornaments and other like decorations.  Fill glass jars, bowls, cake plates, vases, etc. with Christmas ornaments and other like decorations.

TIP: Fill glass jars, bowls, cake plates, vases, etc. with Christmas ornaments and other like decorations.

Decorating your hutch for Christmas Tuck away candies and ornaments in your dishes.   Tuck away candies and ornaments in your dishes.

TIP: A hutch with dishes is a great place to tuck away some tiny ornaments and Christmas candies.

Start your Christmas gumdrop tree

TIP: If you don’t have a gumdrop tree, you must start the tradition this year!  I remember looking forward to doing this with my grandpa every year.  It’s a great activity to put in the advent calendar too.  Mine is from an antique store, but you can also purchase them on Amazon HERE.

Front Stoop

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TIP: Don’t forget to decorate your front stoop. Most people only use Christmas lights outside.  During the day though, those twinkling lights can’t be seen.

Merry Christmas and Rescue Your Dreams!

-♥-Amanda