Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Canada Day Mantel and Free Printables

Mantel Spread WM

July 1st, 2012 will be Canada’s 145th birthday. To celebrate my Canadian roots, I made my first ever Canada-themed mantel!

I dipped into my stash of red decor from my Valentine’s Day mantel, and then added some Canadian touches.

1955 Plate

The license plate was something that Mr. Mechanic pulled out of our fireplace when he attempted to repair the masonry. The previous owners modified the size of the firebox and tried to fill the gap between the bricks by stuffing it full of random metal garbage. We found at least 6 plates, but this one was definitely in the best shape.

Provinces Flag WM

The Pop Shoppe bottle brings back memories of drinking Lime Rickey pop at my Grandparents’ house growing up. It was originally bottled very close to where I live. There was always a crate of these hiding in a closet somewhere. This is a fairly new bottle, but I have a crate full of these waiting for me up north in the shed at the cottage.

The globe was from Michaels and I bought it with a 50% off coupon so it only cost me $2.50. You will see it popping up in another vignette that I created with some fun garage sale finds.

The flag artwork is my first Canada Day printable created using the digital scrapbooking software My Memories Suite.

I created an 8 x 10 printable that has a background made up of all the names of Canada’s provinces and territories.

Canada Flag Provinces Printable WM

{Download your own copy here!}

I also created a second My Memories Suite printable that is not shown on the mantel.

The burlap paper effect that I chose for the background has a more rustic look to it that did not go as well with the white of my other mantel decor. It is on display in my Kitchen instead.

Oh Canada Printable

{Download your own copy here}

On the other side of the mantel, you will spy this little vignette.

Ombre Maple Leaves WM

Of course, I had to include some red paint chips in my Canada Day decor!

I lined a Gem mason jar (made in Canada) with a large paint chip and also used one as the background in my Michaels dollar bin frame. I happened to have a package of Canada-themed charms from a Walmart clearance jewelry purchase last year. My school hosted a Canadian citizenship ceremony so I wore a flag charm on my necklace to show some Canadian patriotism. I mounted the charm onto the paint chip with a foam dot.

The ombre artwork was created in Silhouette Studio using this tutorial and the Print and Cut feature. It was so easy! Even if you don’t have a Silhouette machine, the software is free to download and there is a free weekly shape released every Tuesday.

I also created my banner with my Silhouette and my favourite pennant shape.

Canada Day Banner WM

I cut three red pennants, four white pennants and two maple leaves (divided in half). Then, I attached the maple leaves to the white pieces with spray adhesive.

Once the pieces were cut and assembled, I used a punch tool to add silver eyelets and then threaded all the pieces onto red and white Baker’s twine.

I knew that I wanted to use an odd number of pennants so it worked out perfectly that the center piece of red could tie together both flags.

Canada Day Banner Zoom WM

That’s it!

Mantel Spread WM

I had so much fun putting together all the elements of my Canada Day mantel. I hope that if you’re a Canadian you might include one of my printables in your decor this July 1st!

Come back tomorrow for the giveaway details on how to win your own copy of My Memories Suite!

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P.S. Check out my other seasonal mantels here, here and here!

P.P.S. The red bandana was just a Dollar Store purchase.

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  1. Hi Claire,
    Your mantel is very cool. Love the rustic metal with the new pendant styling. Very festive and summerish. Have a great day!

  2. I love it Claire! So adorable! I love the Pop Shoppe bottle. Did you know that Zellers sold Pop Shoppe pop a few years back and I bought a bunch to share with the kids and tell them about how it was THE pop when I was a kid! Thanks you so much for your sweet comment about the sea life collage project! Happy Canada Day my friend! Angie xo

  3. Looking good, Claire! I really like how you divided up the leaves on the pennants. It adds a lot of interest! Are you hosting a Canada Day event? I hope your friends and family get to see all of your hard work!

    My Canada Day crafting has barely existed this year so far. Maybe the kids and I will get some done this weekend. Happy Canada 145!!

  4. Very cute Claire!I'm not Canadian, but my husband has family there! Hope that you are doing well! Smiles, Jill

  5. Claire thanks for the downloads and your mantel looks wonderful

  6. Thanks for the inspiration and the printable your mantel looks great

  7. This looks so awesome!! The pops of red combined with the vintage license plate is just perfect. :)

  8. This looks lovely. Your printables are awesome!

  9. What a fantastic mantel! I especially love the old license plate & banner! Great job, as usual!! Thanks for including the printables - I will definitely be printing!

  10. Love all your Canadian decor! Happy Canada Day!

  11. Love, love, love your Canada Day mantel! Happy Canada Day :)

  12. I found you in "I heart naptime" linky party. It's nice to see red and white in a sea of red, white and blue. Happy Canada Day, from the Upper Ottawa Valley!

  13. So cute! I love the bunting! It's beautiful! Happy Canada Day! Would love for you to share at the Pomp Party!

    Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

  14. I love that, Claire! I love the printable, I love the paint chip background, and I love your banner ... I think cutting the maple leaves in half looks so cool!


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