Leanne at Organize & Decorate Everything is a woman after my own heart. She is tries to come up with free and low cost ideas for her mantlescapes and for Independence Day she created great mantle for FREE! (Isn't that paper straw wreath and star not just the cutest thing?)
Kim at Star Shine Chic (great first name by the way) has a wonderful mantle in more muted colors. I’m a sucker for those tin stars, plus the way she turned the folding measuring stick into a star shape was so clever!
Speaking of tin stars, Christina, at The Frugal Homemaker has them too and once again, they look great. She actually has done multiple patriotic mantels and I don’t know which one I like more.
I love the sailboat in this one:
but this one has those wonderful lanterns. (And of course I’m also swooning over the marble on the fireplace itself):
The pinwheel banner on this mantel from Dandelions And Dust Bunnies is my favorite. I never would have thought to thread pinwheels onto a string.
The curved USA bunting on this mantel is something I’ve never seen anywhere else. I am tempted to copy it:
I love these mantles from Landee See Landee Do because of their simplicity:
Landee sells printables, and this is a great example of what you can do with them.
Even though it isn’t a true “mantel” this vignette easily could be. (So if you don’t have a fireplace you can play along too..)
This one from Detailed Oriented Diva caught my eye because of the perfect symmetry.
Blue Hydrangea Furniture has a beautiful set up this year. I love the blue shutters (I need to get some shutters..) and the way she made the little flag bunting out of jute webbing!
I would be remiss if I didn’t include one of my idols, Brittany of Pretty Handy Girl and her “lazy girl’s” mantle. We never would have known the red shutters and stick stars are actually leftover from Christmas if she didn’t tell us:
And finally, since today is Flashback Friday I am including my own past patriotic mantels.
Last year’s was one of my favorites. I love the bunting most of all. I am not sure if I will reuse it this year, but when I look at it again, it sure is tempting.
In 2012 I put together a Fourth of July mantel on a $10 budget, and you can see I’ve reused a lot of those elements year after year:
This year I already put up a vintage inspired red, white and blue mantel that would be perfect for Independence day.
And if you are looking for more Mantel Inspiration, be sure to visit my Marvelous Mantels Pinterest board,