Beach Inspired Mantel

Summer is my all time favorite season.  When I think of summer I think of the beach, sailboats, flip flops, and long, lazy days.  Of course as an adult I don’t get to enjoy those as much as I did as a kid.  These days, my favorite way to experience summer is in my own home, with my decor.  My summer mantel this year is beach inspired…

Beach Inspired Mantel

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As usual, I shopped my house, rearranged a few things already on the mantel, and brought in a few inexpensive items to complete the look.

These little thrift store metal buckets are by far what I love the most!  They were just .99 each!  I filled them with sand (Home Depot-$2.46 for a 50 lb bag) and seashells the kids have brought home from the beach over the years.  The previous homeowners left 3 nails (off centered-grr!) on the mantel ledge that have actually come in handy quite a bit.  They’re holding the buckets and reinforced with a few strands of twine to stay put.  I do NOT recommend this for high traffic areas, or homes with curious little hands nearby :)

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I made this ‘sailboat” out of a hunk of driftwood from the beach. Come back next Thursday for the tutorial!

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From what I hear,  these Ball ‘Heritage’ blue jars are only at the stores for a limited time—run, don’t walk!

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The wicker star in the center is hung with twine.

On the left side of the hearth, I used a lantern I already had (Home Goods), and an old rusty lantern left behind by the previous owners.  I bet they think I threw out their ‘hand me downs’…they don’t know me.  The art behind those is a piece I’ve had for years.

On the right side of the hearth I leaned the chevron flag I made out of shims.  Along with another rusty lantern ”hand me down’, and that awesome long necked cobalt blue bottle.  I got that at a thrift store a while back, just wrapped a little twine around it.  The shell is from Miami Beach; I found it on the sand and stuck it in the kid’s luggage!

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On the left side of the mantel, you may recognize the wicker basket I used here, and here.  I love it so I keep reusing it-that’s how I operate!  This time I stood it up and used it as a display box.  The bottles and coral are from Home Goods.

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For a little touch of whimsy (I like ‘whimsy’), I wrapped jute twine around 2 of the blue jar necks and then tied them together.  They are draped on either side of the mantel, on small pertruding ledges.  Hmmm, I need to get some more candles to put in those!

Using more of the things I already had—I wrapped some {more} twine around jars, pillar candles, and a Yankee candle holder–anything I came across got hit with a little jute and a little sand!

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Taking into account that I repurposed my way to a new mantel look, using what I own, and my existing supplies, I didn’t spend much at all.  I bought the jars {Michael’s–be sure to shop smart thereand the bag of sand–total about $12.  NICE!

In the center of the mantel, I placed our family sign.

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To me–it’s not so much about the house, but what you do with what you have that really can make it a ‘home’.  This is our family’s home.

Check out my Summer Wreath tutorial for another fun ‘beachy’ project!

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Are you using beach inspired decor in your home this summer?


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  1. Crystal says

    Super cute!! I love the beach theme. I’ve been thinking about doing a beach theme in my bedroom/master bath. I have beach sepia pictures in my bedroom already that I love!! Thanks for the great ideas!!


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