Back to School Mantle

Can you believe it’s August already?!  Yesterday was our first day back to school, my youngest started Kindergarten and my oldest started 4th grade.  Have you all started school shopping yet or already started school?

Today I’m happy to be teaming up with my fun blogging friends again to bring you some great Back to School ideas.  I’m sharing my Back to School Mantle,  I originally wasn’t going to do a themed mantle until the holidays rolled around again but now that my fireplace is such a great backdrop for everything since painting it how could I not do one!  I love how it turned out.

Back To School Blog Hop Collage

There are actually a couple of recent projects that I was able to incorporate in to the mantle. Like these Numbered Mason Jars and the DIY Travel Map Chalkboard that I made this week. They fit in to this design perfectly!

I also grabbed some books from my son’s room and a few of our favorite vintage books (Where the Sidewalk Ends, and A light in the Attic) love those books! I grabbed a few other small things like a clock and the black glasses (used to be 3D glasses). The big apple is seriously one of my favorite things in my house.  It’s from my youngest son’s room, we bought it when he was a baby and now he’s in Kindergarten this year.  I also added a jar with some vintage scissors and bright yellow pencils.  The two yellow jax have been in my stash closet for a year waiting for a home in my new master bedroom re-do (whenever that happens) so for now they have a happy place to sit.

To finish off the mantle I added a burlap & Faux Chalkboard Banner that I strung on some jute.
I think the thing I love most about this mantle is that it’s pretty casual and simple.  It definitely gets the point across and gets us all pumped up for school to start!  Do you decorate for the first week or day of school?
Don’t forget to visit my other blogging buddies to check out their back to school ideas!

1. Back to School Mantle by The Crafted Sparrow
2. Churched up Backpacks by Maybe I Will
3. Back to School Wreath by Among the Young
4. Flour-less Cookies by Hollyhocks & Honeybees
5. Portable Homework Station by The Benson Street
6. ABC Book Page Bunting by She’s Crafty
7. Back to School Trends by Flats to Flip Flops
8. Back to School Shopping List by Free Time Frolics


  1. says

    One of the cutest ideas I have ever seen! Thank you for inspiring me to do my mantel. Miss E starts preschool in Sept! Eeks.

    PS: I sent you an email about doing a review on Snow in Seconds. I hope you want to do it. Your boys would like it or I know you would have fun using it for some sort of fun event. Just let me know when you have time.


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