The Fourth of July is just around the corner (where has June gone?), and that means fireworks, cookouts, and celebrating freedom.
Your thoughts may be turning to creative ways to deck your front porch or patio in flags and patriotic colors.
But while outdoor activities tend to be the center of attention on July 4th, don’t forget to decorate inside the house as well, especially if you’re expecting guests.
A few carefully chosen red, white, and blue items, artfully arranged on the mantel, will give your home a festive atmosphere.
For inspiration, check out the July 4th mantel decorating ideas below.
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10 Fourth of July mantel ideas
1. 4th of July mantel with banner via Landee See, Landee Do
A wreath, four simple prints, and a banner were all that this mantel needed to get into the Spirit of ’76.
2. 4th of July mantel with bandanas via Girl in the Garage
Red, white, and blue bandana strips in both the wreath and the garland, along with the hand-painted sign, give this mantel a down-home yet pulled-together look.
3. Stars and stripes mantel via Starshine Chic
A hinged wooden ruler adds a clever touch to this well-coordinated collection of primitive stars and wooden stripes, along with a natural wreath and jelly-jar candles.
4. Patriotic bunting mantel via The Kim Six Fix
The bright whites and vibrant reds and blues really pop in this colorful display. The lanterns on the hearth and mantel echo each other for a unified touch, and the crocheted blanket adds texture.
5. Anchor and chalkboard 4th of July mantel via The Crafted Sparrow
A unique collection of objects takes this modest display out of the realm of the ordinary. While not everything on the mantel is explicitly patriotic, the eclectic mix has just enough of the traditional colors and words to set the right tone.
6. Freedom 4th of July mantel via I Heart Naptime
Another simple display that would be easy to re-create with items around the house and some paint, scissors, and printables.
7. 4th of July “Fireworks” mantel via Landee See, Landee Do
This stunning display makes use of ordinary twigs painted and arranged in Ball jars to represent fireworks.
8. “God Bless America” 4th of July mantel via Craftaholics Anonymous
This eclectic display features a blue chalkboard in the shape of a US map, a pompom garland, twine-wrapped candles, a milk glass vase filled with flags, and a star marquee that actually lights up!
9. Rag garland 4th of July mantel via Confessions of a Plate Addict
A bright, shiny mirror, “firecrackers,” and ribbons contrast with a vintage metal cage candle holder and a rag garland in this energetic display.
10. Patriotic mantel via French Laundry Blog
A subdued, vintage atmosphere marks this entry, with gilded frames, matching pottery, well-worn books, and hurricane lamps. A good choice for a more traditional mantel in an antique-rich home.