Part of our intentional summer includes a whole Pinterest board of projects!
Think we can do it? :)
We started with the mantel.
Here's Project #1 1/2:
Patriotic Rag Wreath made with a pool noodle.
Start with a $1.88 pool noodle. I cut about 7-8 inches off of mine to create a circle rather than an oval. Just bend it until it gets to the shape you want and cut off the excess. Then duct-tape the daylights out of it. The clear tape here was just for sizing; it popped apart seconds later. Lots of strong tape will hold your form.
Then cut your fabric strips. I used about a yard each of the red and white, and maybe 3/4 of a yard of blue. The strips are just tied on and scrunched tightly together. Cluster five white and five red strips for each "stripe" section.
Ta-da! Thrifty chalkboard+favorite verse+red,white,and blue books= summery mantel goodness.
I love these mason jar candle holders.
One down, about one million to go.