Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Paper Mantle Display

100 percent paper mantle display

A mantlescape made out of 100% paper? That is going to be tough for me. You see, I'm not really a mantle-scaping type of girl. And my husband is for sure, not a mantle-scaping type of guy. He's incredibly happy with out mantles as they are, and it took me a lot of effort to put those up! 

So I wasn't about to take down the Z Gallerie deer head over our living room fireplace...

So the kitchen fireplace it was.

The books that live on the mantle all year long are a great backdrop for the display. Plus, books are still made of paper, right?

All of my crafting is done in concert with my children, my daughter who is almost 5 and my just turned 3 year old son. The baby is only 7 months old so her crafting will just have to wait:)

For summer they decided on flowers and baskets of fruit. Here in the Bay Area, summer is all about farmer's markets and fresh fruit, so we went ahead with it as a theme.

paper baskets from paper plates

To make the baskets, we took paper plates and trimmed the edges with pinking shears.

Then I drew 4 lines on the back and cut the paper to create a pinwheel effect.

Next I folded up each section, securing it to the one next to it with a paper clip.

Once all 4 sides had been folded up and secured, you can see how the basket is taking shape.

washi tape to hold together a paper plate basket

One quick time around with the washi tape and the basket is all set.

paper plate basket with paper fruit

Except if you are one of my children, then you go around and around and around with many different colors...

To make the "fruit" I used my scallop punch to punch out red construction paper.

Then, cutting it halfway, I put two together to create a 3 dimensional raspberry.

Got this from this pinterest link, it's not letting me get to the original source, so let me know if you recognize it!

Stop over here where I share the tutorial for making the paper flowers out of your child's handprint!

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Unknown said...

I love it!! And, I can totally understand why you didn't want to disrupt that awesome Family Room mantelscape. :)

Thanks so much for the fun tutorials! Those are the cutest projects and I love that the kids got to participate!

And, thanks for joining the challenge! You rock :)

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

What a fun challenge - to decorate your mantel with paper. I love how you did it with the kiddos. I bet they love the mantel display now too.

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Adorable! Looks like I'm not the only one crafting with my daughter this week ...



Unknown said...

Love it! What an awesome craft! You can really rock these arts and crafts out! Dang girl!

Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication said...

So cute! I love the paper "fruit." I'm not one for redoing my mantles very often either...

srpprcrftr said...

Such colorful and adorable easy baskets to make (as long as you have paper plates that is). What a clever idea. You blogging gals never fail to amaze me, such incredible ingenuity.
Your kids are adorable. What a lot of work cutting and putting toether. Great way to spend time with the kids and make something they'll always remember.

Ann @ Corner of Plaid and Paisley said...

Love seeing the next generation of crafters blooming!! Your tutorials are the best! It was great fun participating in this challenge with you.

Eclectically Vintage said...

Love to see things we can do with the kids!!

Unknown said...

Too adorable!!! Love all of the gorgeous paper flowers, and the paper plate boxes are genious!


Gina said...

Those baskets are so cute! They make such a fun & colorful mantelscape.

Anonymous said...

How creative! I love it!

Kimberly @ A Night Owl said...

such cute flower baskets! i love that the kiddos can help with the project too, that always makes things that much more special! ps - i wouldn't touch that gorgeous z gallerie mantel either! hehe! it was great participating with you in the challenge!


Sara said...

These are ADORABLE!! Would love it if you would link this up at my trendy tuesday party!!

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