More surprisingly, I'm posting about my Summer mantel this late, though I love it. This is exactly what I would like to do right now...
Sail Away! :)
Well, truth is, I was not planning on creating a Summer mantel, no. I was happy with Gloria, remember the rabbit on my last Easter mantel? You can see it, right HERE. It didn't look right any longer but it was OK by me until I saw this ship wheel at T.J.Max and couldn't resist buying it ($15). At the store it looked huge but when I hung it on the mantel it looked puny :/
So, I went looking for one of my display boards to beef it up. This tree branch was used for one of my past Fall mantels, the size was perfect but the wheel didn't look right on it.
Two coats of white paint and the tree was gone. Washi tape was cut lengthwise to make thin white lines.
Using acrylic paints (dark blue, light blue and white), the three lower sections were first painted the darkest blue. Add plenty of water to your brush.
Then, the two top sections blending in some more white/light blue.
Just the same for the remaining sections until is all done. Remove the tape.
With the wheel in place and the "Sail Away" words that were printed and glued on, the main art project was finished. The font I used --> "Always in my Heart".
A starfish garland was put together with some Sea Star Figurines I found at Target a couple months ago.
Shells from some of our Summer vacation trips to the beach, a blue fish bottle my son brought me from one of his school trips to the Chesapeake Bay...
A wood rope nautical decoration and some more shells complete the mantel.
Sail away, have fun!
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