{The Great Paper Mantel Challenge} My 4th of July Mantel

Fabulous Fourth Mantel at A Night Owl

This week, I’m participating in The Great Paper Mantel Challenge with Emily from 52 MantelsEmily had her readers vote on a mantel theme for this challenge, and all-paper won! So for my paper mantel, I decided to go with a 4th of July theme so that it can get us into the spirit of the holiday, and also allow me to keep it up for at least a month! Hehe! More bang for your buck, right?

The first thing I decided to make was a large paper flag. I simply used strips of colored cardstock and white cardstock stars modge podged onto a piece of cardboard. Next I decided to come up with a fun 4th of July subway printable (that you can download for FREE below), and simply glued that to a fun striped piece of paper. Lastly, what better to make with paper that has a fun and festive Summer feel than pinwheels? I have seen so many in stores and on party displays lately that I just knew that it would give the mantel a fun and effortless feel. I hope you enjoy how it all came together. I do! Really simple, but I loved the challenge that just using paper provided and love the light airy feeling that it gives our entryway. Bring on the holidays! 

Fabulous Fourth Mantel at A Night Owl


Fabulous Fourth Mantel at A Night Owl


Fabulous Fourth Mantel at A Night Owl


Fabulous Fourth Mantel at A Night Owl


Fabulous Fourth Mantel at A Night Owl


Fabulous Fourth Mantel at A Night Owl


Fabulous Fourth Mantel at A Night Owl


And here are your FREE printables! Just click on the color combo that you’d like and you can download!
A huge thank you to Emily for this opportunity to join in all the festive fun. I’ve loved seeing all the other mantels submitted so far! Make sure you stop by and check them out! There are links listed below!

52 Mantels

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Kimberly Sneed
Hi, I'm Kimberly! A working mom, wife to my best friend and mother to two adorable boys. By day I'm a project manager and list-maker extraordinaire, and by night I attempt to make our house a home. I enjoy crafting/DIY, decorating, photography, thrifting and love to share my creative adventures with you!
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  1. Super cute, Kimberly!!! I still need to make some of those paper pinwheels… they’re so cheery :) Happy Wednesday. Hugs, Kelly

  2. This is so fun! I love how you utilized the plain white back of your paper to actually tie in all the pinwheels….gorgeous :)


  3. SO cute, Kimberly!! I love everything about this! I’ve pinned the free printable and it will definitely be used in my home!!!

    Thanks so much for participating!! Your paper mantel turned out GREAT!

  4. I loved what you made,pinned it too

    Enjoy Teaching English

  5. Girl this is too cute! I have got to make me son pinwheels! My son loves them! : )

  6. too cute!! i need to get to work on my fourth decorations! :)

  7. This turned out do ADORABLE!

  8. I love the pinwheels and the patriotic theme! I’m so happy to have been a part of this challenge with you!


  9. LOVE it Kim! The paper pinwheels are adorable :) It was fun to be in the challenge together! Hope you are having a great summer! {Holly}

  10. Your projects are so cute and smart. Thanks so much for the 4th. July printables, so generous. Love your blog.

  11. This is too cute! I like the arrangement of the pinwheels!! Thank you so much for the printable -that is something I cannot do right now (need a new desktop) and I love the use of different fonts, I think I would become a font junkie! I know what I will be using for my entry way for the 4th now! It has been fun participating in the challenge with you. Thanks again!!

  12. I absolutely love the pinwheels! So adorable!

  13. Those pinwheels are just fantastic! It all flows so perfectly.

  14. Love it! I haven’t decorated for the 4th yet, I gotta get on it. :-) Thanks for linking this up at The Fun In Functional!

  15. So fun and festive! I love it. I hope you’ll link this up to my Patriotic Project Parade.


  16. So cute Kimberly!!

  17. It’s all so adorable!, just makes me what to do a little patriotic decorating in my house!

    Thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2012/patriotic-crafts/

    Have a great rest of the weekend!

  18. Too cute, simple, fabulous, and festive!

  19. This is so cute. We will need to try this. Our son has just had his final discharge, so this is our first 4th with him in 4 years. It will be a celebration.

  20. Great paper mantel display! I like that you shared the different color palette of printables..thanks!

  21. Love the display! Thanks so much for sharing the terrific printables! :)

  22. Thanks for sharing this at our BBQ Bash! We featured it today on our blog! Such a beautiful set-up and love the printable, too!

    Take care,



  23. I see I’m not the only one who LOVES this printable!! I’ll be featuring it on my blog on the 4th of July!

  24. This is ADORABLE!! Would love it if you would link this up at my trendy tuesday party!! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2012/06/trendy-tuesday-6.html

  25. I adore the pinwheels. I feel like I should salute your mantel…it looks great!

  26. Hi there! I just wanted to let you know I featured you in my Fourth of July Round up. Stop by and check it out and snag a featured button.

    Danielle @ Blissful and Domestic

  27. Love your mantel! thank you for sharing those printables!! :) Peace…

  28. Your mantel looked FABULOUS!!! Everything looks perfect! Great printables too!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! Don’t forget to swing by this evening.. I can’t wait to see what you link up! :)


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