June 20, 2013

Red, white and blue crafting and my Magpie Ethel inspired mantle!

In case you visit a Dollar Tree in the near future, I found a few things that you might want to pick up for your red, white and blue decorating. 
They are pretty enough on their own, but with a glue gun, you can layer them with other crafting supplies for a bit more punch. 

Inspired by Magpie Ethel's patriotic bells, I picked up some honeycomb wedding bells from the Dollar Tree too.  The bell is opened up partially and glued onto the fan decoration.

Another idea includes dying your mini flags in coffee to age them a bit.

After the flags were dry, I took them off their wooden rods and glued them onto the string for bunting.

Of course, I didn't stop there.  The rest of my red, white and blue decor came out too.

I purchased the patriotic gal from Magpie Ethel.  Love her bells.

I also purchased Uncle Sam from Magpie Ethel.  Laurie does such unique work.

Lots of little ladies are waving their flags at you!

The cone filled with paper curls, bingo and a playing card I made last year.

I also made the newspaper party hat and embellished it with lots of festive trimmings.  The Statue of Liberty was an acquisition from our local mission thrift store.

The penny dolls were a fun find at the Allegan Antique market.  Magpie Ethel made me the mini paper hat that you see next to the dolls.

Even though we aren't even going to be in the state of MI for the 4th, I couldn't leave my mantle bare.    Happy red, white and blue!

23 comments:

chris mckinley said...

Kim your mantel is such an inspiration!!! All sorts of great ideas!!! Your swap package is in the mail and will be at your place tomorrow morning! Sorry for the delay!

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Very cute and festive!

Off to the Dollar Tree I go! I'm so happy that it's just a few blocks away! ♥

donna said...

Kim your red, white and blue look great. I am going to have to check out Dollar Tree. Your mantel is a great inspiration.
Hugs
donna

ImagiMeri said...

You almost make me wish I decorated for the 4th of July! I just don't have another spare inch of space to store anything......unless I push my hubby out of his man cave.....naw, I can't do that......can I?

Hugs,
Meri

Jboo said...

Wow -- very cute!! Must get to the Dollar store soon!

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

Love all your decorations!! They are soo cute! I've been wanting to decorate my buffet for the 4th, and this gives me lots of good inspiration!! :) xo Holly

Lee said...

Coveting your penny dolls!
Flea market at Everlasting Blooms Friday and Saturday~and The Red Dresser is having a barn sale near our cottage Friday and Saturday~hope to make it to both!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Shirley Hatfield said...

I was thinking about Magpie Ethel when I did my own mantel...lol! Some of my dolls were from her...and one day I will have enough great stuff to really do it up Ethel style! You did a fantastic job, Kim. You have such an eye for detail...especially adding that vintage jar of glitter...how fun!

Nellie said...

It looks like you are ready for the 4th of July. Dollar Tree is an amazing source for crafting materials. xo Nellie

Courtney said...

Love all your Dollar Tree finds. I was close to ours today but didn't go in. It looks like I will have to make a return trip.

GardenOfDaisies said...

Your red white and blue bits on the mantle are all so fun. Between you and Laurie there is lots of cuteness to behold.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You put together the cutest things! And look at that little paper hat! I love it all! I think I'll pin a couple of your photos! I'm in a pinning mood today! HUGS!

Erica of Golden Egg Vintage said...

I'm dying over the banner with the lanterns! I don't have a single patriotic decoration! You're making me want to run straight to the Dollar Store!
Great Job As Always-
Erica :)

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Loving your 4th decor! Such fun! Love the ideas that you shared!
Warmly,
deb

Jodee said...

Love, love, love all of your red, white and blue! I really should give our mantel a makeover for the 4th of July but it currently still has Father's Day up!

Tammy's in Love said...

It's been raining and cold so long that it's hard to believe the 4th is only two weeks away! I put my patriotic colors up before Memorial Day so it looks like with your ideas there will be a few more soon.

laurie -magpie ethel said...

Looking mighty festive and glad some of my creations have such a patriotic place to live! I'm decorated too, but waiting to get rid of all the garage sale piles before I get a post going!

Lutka And Co. said...

So festive! Lots of inspirations here for more decorating ideas :)

Lynne said...

A Mantle . . . dressed to celebrate!

Patti said...

Oh, I just love everything you have done here! My computer died! I can't post! I'm using my iPad. But, I'm still hoping to head to Dollar Tree!

Pam said...

So much inspiration there. Your mantel looks very festive. I'll be off to the Dollar Tree in the morning!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Kim,
Love all opf your Patriotic decor!! So pretty!!

Hugs,
Debbie

Cheryl G. said...

You are so creative! Every day in your house is a party!