July 4th Mantle

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I’ve always loved this chippy wood and embossed metal shelf…ever since I first noticed it tucked away almost out of sight in my favorite local consignment store.  I was very happy to find it was an extremely reasonable price so I could justify taking it home.  Now it’s no secret that I really dislike my fireplace wall in my living room.  Suffice it to say the builder did not waste any money on it.  It’s functional….I’m thankful for that.  We use it every day in the fall, winter and spring at least to take the chill off in the mornings.  Be prepared for an upcoming blog showing an complete facelift for this area….when that happens, this little shelf will have to find a new home because it won’t be the right proportions anymore.  In the meantime, at least it gives me something to style – there was no shelf or mantle of any kind here before.  Just floor tiles around the fireplace and on the floor in front of it.  Seriously.  The same boring beige tiles that were in the front porch!

finalOkay, I digress!  Where was I?  Oh yes!  The mantle shelf.  I started by hanging this little flag above the shelf.  I had to knot the cord that it hangs from in order to make it hang a little higher and then I tucked in some faux greenery to cover that area and make it look a bit more substantial.  The flag is from Dollar Tree – you guessed it, $1.

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I made a little vignette off to one side with this amazing corbel which I am STILL madly in love with.  It looks gorgeous with everything!  I already had that so I’m not including it in the cost for this look.  I also already had the 2 pillar candles and the candle stand that I used under one of them.  You could also use a cupcake stand if you like.  The faux greenery was also something I had laying around so no cost for this side of the shelf.  See?  Shop your home!

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The red and blue stars are from Dollar Tree.  They come in packages of 1 but are each in two pieces and you just slide them into each other to form a standing star.  Super simple and they also come in a silver color.  $2 for them.  I also got the striped candle at Dollar Tree and the candle plate I already had laying around as well as the faux greenery on this side.

Along the face of the shelf I hung a star banner that also came from Dollar Tree.  It’s super cute that the little cardboard glitter stars are hung on a piece of jute string.  The total for this whole project?  $5.  Works for me!


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July 4th Front Patio

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Do you like to be outside almost more than inside?  I sure do!  Now clearly this front patio area still needs some love but that’s no reason not to decorate for the 4th of July, right?  The biggest eyesore here is the stained up concrete floor…..trust me I will be putting down some outdoor rugs just as soon as I can find some I like that don’t break the bank!

Okay!  Would you believe me if I told you I created this space almost entirely from Dollar Tree?  Well if you have been following my blog at all, then you probably would believe that by now!  Remember the little 4th of July Mirrored Shelf?  Or the festive Tablescape?

final (7)Every time I went to Dollar Tree since they brought out their patriotic decor, I’ve been trying to find an excuse to get these little paper lanterns!  Obviously they wouldn’t work with any of my indoor spaces but they were the perfect thing for this patio space!  I didn’t actually bother putting any batteries in them so these ones won’t light up but they do have that option if you want to get yourself some.  $3 for all 3 of these cuties!

final (8)I already had the adirondack chairs in this space and wanted some festive throw pillows to support the red, white and blue I had in mind.  I couldn’t find what I wanted for a good price and just yesterday I was stalking a friends blog (she has the most amazing decor ideas that are also budget friendly) and saw her idea for making throw pillow covers out of bandanas!  If you haven’t heard of her, go check out Terrie’s amazing website and blog for tons of ideas www.decorateandmorewithtip.com !  If you don’t know how to sew or don’t own a sewing machine, I was thinking that with a neutral pillow underneath, you could easily take the bandanas (one on each side of the pillow) and tie them in the corners.  I think that would also be a really cute look!  Total for these pillows?  $4 for all 4 pillows since the bandanas came in packs of 2.

Okay now for one of my favorite parts of this little area….the washtub!  I was recently at a friend’s getting some perennials for my garden.  She had several of these old wash tubs laying around and when I inquired about them, she gave me one!  New favorite item!  I can think of about 1,000 ways to use this 🙂  For this particular setting I chose to place it upside down and top it with a couple pieces of reclaimed wood to make a little table.  As you can tell those things didn’t cost me anything.

final (5)I topped the washtub with a little lantern that I recently got at Burlington Coat Factory for under $6, a vintage glass canning jar with little foam star picks and white flowers, both from Dollar Tree (total $4) and the little red metal bucket was from Walmart and cost approximately $3.  I love it’s little rope handle!

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All I need now is some ice cold sweet tea and some good company.  Wanna come over?


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July 4th Mirrored Shelf

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Is there anything better than a piece that you got for next to nothing that is extremely versatile and that gives you another excuse to decorate?  I’m thinking no….

Recently I went to a person’s home to look at a light fixture that I was interested in purchasing for my powder room.  While there I noticed this amazing mirrored shelf sitting outside as though it was waiting for garbage day.  I asked about it and discovered it was being considered useless because one of the little hooks on the back that was used to hang this on the wall had broken.  Apparently its former owners felt there was no way to fix it so were getting rid of it.  The Reader’s Digest version of this story is that I “rescued” it and easily fixed it so it can once again hang on the wall in all it’s loveliness.

Now….another confession….I’m not the most patient person in the world when it comes to decor.  When I get an idea I wanna go for it NOW.  Once this shelf was able to be hung on the wall I HAD to hang it and then I HAD to style it even though I hadn’t fixed it up as I fully intend to in order to cover various graffiti like markings all over it!  I’ll show you that makeover soon….

final (4)Another quick tour of my home and I found the necessary items to style it.  The red glass bottle is from Dollar Tree – yup, that’s right $1.  I got several of the flags in the above size at Home Depot for $0.98 each.  The blue hydrangea was also from Dollar Tree and is a little vibrant to have a whole bouquet without it looking fake but one here and one there I find looks just fine!  The little white pitcher was a recent Goodwill find and I believe I paid $3 for it.  No, it is NOT ironstone but I can pretend, right?

The scarf and little USA necklace are both from Dollar Tree.  The necklace came in a pack of 3 – one each of red, blue and silver.  I just took them apart at the little connector and I use them like bead strings.  The little duck figurine is part of a small collection of mostly Mallard Ducks that The MR has had since childhood.  The little burlap wrapped faux plant was a Walmart find and I believe it was under $2.

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The little rusty lantern is one of my favorite recent finds!  It is just SO CUTE!  It sorta has a design on it that makes it more fall/winter but I don’t care.  I think it looks just fine in a setting like this – I mean evergreen trees grow in the summer too!  I got it from Goodwill for $3!

final (5)I left the final piece for last because I’m not sure what to call it!  I know it has a name but it won’t come to me at present no matter how long I sit here and mull over it.  Okay here we go – that “decorative orb” was also a Goodwill find and I paid $2 for it!  I love it and you will probably see it popping up all over the place like the elf on the shelf!  🙂

So was anyone doing the math?  What’s the grand total?  I’m getting $15…..keeping in mind that a number of these items can be used all year around, the only items that are specifically for July 4th decor cost me a grand total of $4!

I hope this has given you some more ideas of how you can decorate for July 4th very inexpensively, with just a little creativity and a little shopping your own home.


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