I had this idea earlier in the spring to create a kite themed mantle. Not a kid kite but an artsy kite.
Yeah, I know that probably makes NO sense to anyone but me.
I made a garland that I thought looked like a kite tail (You can read about that in this post: How to Make a Felt “Kite Tail” Garland for Spring Decorating) but then my plans stalled. I couldn’t find kites I liked and I thought about making my own but then I got buried in deadlines and the whole project just sort of died and my mantle looked like this for a while.
It made me NUTS!
Then I thought I’d go kind of bohemian for the summer and keep the elephants, urns and Buddhas and add some funky bohemian art to the center.
But I couldn’t find anything I liked.
So I figured I might make something.
I decided to keep that big, old, beat up black frame so I went into the garage and found a thinner piece of plywood, cut it to size and sanded the edges.
I posted the above photo on my Facebook page but let everyone know it wasn’t a tombstone project in the works. I don’t think I’ll EVER manage to work THAT far ahead.
I pulled out my trusty Mod Podge and a couple of stacks of paper and went to town putting paper ALL OVER the plywood.
The paper is Paper Passport from ProvoCraft – I’m not sure if they make it any more as I couldn’t find a link to share.
I like that it looks a little like a quilt. It’s bright and adds lot of color to that dark wall.
I even tossed the kite tails back on the frame for even more color.
I’ve still got the kite idea in my head and I imagine that by next spring I’ll have worked out what I want to do and I’ll be back with the kite idea again.