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My orange and yellow summer Sunshine mantel

In case you missed my guest post last week on KoJo Designs, I thought I’d share it with you here.

When I think about summer, I think about the beautiful sunshine.  What color is sunshine? Orange and yellow!  I needed something vibrant to last all summer up on my mantel, and up until this week, I still had it decorated from my daughters Lalaloopsey birthday party (that was over a month ago). The color orange for this series was my inspiration.  How is THIS for a fun, summery, orange mantel?


I am in LOVE!  I was trying to think of something BIG to span the mantel to paint orange, and a nice old pair of shuters came to mind.  I found them on craig’s list with a pretty royal blue hue, but just had to paint her orange.  Nice. and. bright.

I then wanted to include a colorful sun image, and couldn’t decide if I wanted to make something out of wood and paint it, print a picture. I eventually decided to pull out my scrabook paper and covered an existing 16×20 canvas I had, and wrapped it like wrapping paper. I then crafted the lovely sun, which rays stretch out in all directions and make me quite happy.I used two quotes that I’d love to be ingrained into my children’s heads as they go through life. The one above is simple: be sunshine to others, and you will feel sunshine. Sounds delightful, doesn’t it? If you’d like a copy of this printable, you can get it HERE. The bike used to be black (World Market a few years ago), and I like to decorate it with different color strings.  In the basket, the “fruit” are gumballs. I got this giant Ball Mason jar at Hobby Lobby. Normally $6, but half off. I had thought about spraying it silver, but I thought gold matched the motif better. I may have had some dripping issues, but I’m over it by now.  I also spray painted the quote easel the same golden color. Scatter Sunshine is another phrase I love from a song, another reminder to spread the happiness around as you go along your day. Paper flowers from Hobby Lobby.
Some people are afraid of orange, but it is a shade that makes me happy and dots my house from place to place. Be bold for the summer, bring out the orange and scatter sunshine!

I was honored that my mantel was featured at The Lettered Cottage mantel link party (they found me before I got the change to link up)!

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  1. It’s just so happy! I love the pretty yellows & oranges! And the scatter sunshine is just perfect!

  2. So fun and cheerful! I love that bicycle!

  3. I love your sunshine canvas!!!

  4. Gorgeous! Love it!

  5. Love this! So happy and summery. Orange is a great color.

  6. That’s seriously adorable, Kristen. Love the little bike! I’ve been working on my summer mantle but it’s not done yet. Soon hopefully! Maybe you’ve inspired me to finish!

  7. So cute! I love it!

  8. Love the sunshine motif. Really adore the bike too. I like how you make simple, fairly cheap things that decorate the whole space! fun!

  9. Love, love, love the orange!

  10. Featured your mantel on my “weekend wonders” round up. Love it.

  11. You had me at orange :) and mini white bicycle! I love it!

  12. SHUT UP this is to stinken rotten cute. I love it. I need to know where you got that bike? NEED TO KNOW. Great job. HUGS, JEN

  13. So colorful and fun. This just screams GET OUTSIDE ALREADY!!! Love it … that scatter sunshine art is my favorite part. :) So thrilled to be featured with you at Layla’s, so many inspirational mantels to be found. :)
    Karah @

  14. your mantel makes me smile! great colors and the gold ball jar and mini bike are my favorite accents!


  15. SOOOOO much fun!!! I love the bright citrus colors — so unexpected with the usual blues/greens of summer/beachy themes. Love the whole room. It’s fantastic!

    Would love for you to link up at Hearts&Homes at!

    have a great weekend :) — lauren

  16. Your mantel is so fun and Summer-y. I love the orange and yellow. When I was 13 my mom let me design my bedroom for the first time. I chose yellow and orange. It was such a happy room. Thanks for linking to my party. This is one of my features today.

  17. Oh my goodness I LOVE this!! It’s so cheerful! I must find one of those little bikes. Super cute! xo


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