Friday, August 10, 2012

Back to School Mantel

It's getting close to that time.
The time for school to start.
Honestly where did the summer go?
(some days it didn't go fast enough)

The 6 year old is excited about going back.
She actually complained about NOT being in school
I am serious.
The hysterical crying complaining.
She loves it that much.

So we decided to spruce the Mantel up.

This was fun to do.
I decided to do a countdown since the 6 year old can't wait to go back.
She is loving getting up in the morning and looking at the number of days left.

I found some great printables.
US Map and Star Constellation found here
ABC Flash Cards found here
Banner and Flag Tags found here

Cabinet door made into a chalkboard
(and I didn't use chalkboard paint...tutorial to come)
Background is my Dictionary Page Covered Canvases.
I used a pant hanger and washi tape to hang prints.
Stacked books and Jars filled with school supplies.
(don't you just love the smell of new Crayola crayons?)
and random other things I found in my stash.

Its a nice change from my Summer Mantel
Then of course we get to decorate for Fall after this.
Back to School always makes me think of Fall
My favorite time to decorate.

Are you ready to send them Back to School?


  1. What a beautiful blog with fun ideas...I love your mantel and wreath...I'll be back to visit soon. I'm real impressed! My party opens today at 7pm central, I'd LOVE for you to join in the fun!

    XO, Aimee

  2. what a great display! gorgeous blog - new follower

  3. This is seriously adorable! What a fun mantle!

  4. What a sweet mantel! Love that your 6 year old is so excited about school... can't ask for better than that, right?!

    Definitely would love for you to come link your mantel at the new BACK TO SCHOOL Linky at :)

    hope to see you there!

  5. Your mantel is just darling! So glad your daughter is excited to go back to school. My daughter is all grown up and a teacher now. Not sure she's quite ready for the summer to end just yet!

  6. ADORE!!! going to share this cuteness on my COM-FB page. winks, jen

  7. Such an adorable mantel! I love the feel with your choices of colors and items :D

    Melissa, I am (now) a follower and I would appreciate you following along with me too! Have a fabulous day!

  8. Girl, you are fabulous. I just found your blog and love it! I would for you to be a guest judge on my blog, CSI Project and I would love for you to come on over and link up this week. It is the Back to School challenge. Monday thru Wednesday.Then wednesday night the competition begins. Come on over!
    Email me if you want to be a guest judge!!! and I am sharing on my FB page. Love this mantel!!

  9. Such a cute idea.. I wanted to do one of these, but I couldn't come up with any ideas.. you are a genius! Nice job!

  10. This is so cute. i love the canvases... I'm struggling with white walls and I think this is the answer! I'm your newest follower!

  11. This is absolutely darling! I love all the little details that you remembered. I love back to school-probably as much as your 6 yr. old does. :)

  12. Kim - this is so cute! I love everything about it! Featuring you tomorrow :)

  13. Just adorable! Most kids started school in my area this week.

  14. Love the mantel! I also am struggling to find something fab for some white walls and may just have to copy your canvases. What a great backdrop to add things to, as you did. So excited!

  15. Your mantel is so great! I love it!!! The chalkboard countdown is perfect! I hope you have a fabulous weekend...I'll be featuring you tomorrow. XO, Aimee

  16. I love this! I was featured at I heart naptime too, where I saw your mantel. Too cute! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Loved your mantel! So fun! Hope you're having a great weekend! XO

  18. Cute cute cute! Thanks for linking up to my Back to School Link party today!

  19. I love this idea - really helps bridge the transition from school holidays to term time again.

    I would love for you to link up this post at the Empty Your Archive party - we're focused on back to school posts this week but you can also share your great old posts on over 100 different topics in the Mummy Archive, which is a fab resource bank for mums - Alice xx



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