reversible summe decor blocks event 1 bloggy olympics

Reversible Summe Decor Blocks {Event 1- Bloggy Olympics}

Happy Saturday Everyone!! It has been a busy week and we have one more exciting event going on!

My girl Janel from Hating Martha has put together a whole Bloggy Olympics for you and I got lucky enough to be paired up with her for event 1- Decorating!! I was pretty flexible, I said she could put me with any event, I like a challenge but I am very happy with what I ended up with!


Here is my project; a mantle that goes from “summer” themed to “4th of July” themed and back again in seconds! The main part are my Reversible Decor Blocks:

I like that I don’t have to think about my mantle for the rest of the summer and I have both themes covered!! I may do this for every season, season on one side, holiday on the other. Look at me thinking I discovered sliced bread or something…

But anyways if my project isn’t your thing you can go check out Janel’s project, how to make an area rug for $20- seriously, I think I am going to do this one this week.

Then come back next Thursday and Friday for a link up party sharing your decorating project! Great right?!

Let’s get to it!!

First I made the blocks so that started with getting 2×4’s cut down to random sizes. My dad did that for me, and then I spray painted them white. To decorate each side I choose paper for the “summer” side and cut that to size:


And then I did washi tape for the “4th of July” side:


Then I cut the letters and embellishments on my Cricut and used one of my new favorite tools, my Xyron that I got for Mother’s Day. Seriously awesome and the easiest way to attach things, I just run them through and then they are a sticker! Fabulous!


 After everything was stuck on it was time to get decorating!

 The mirror was one that I pulled out of a frame from another project and stenciled it using my awesome Cutting Edge Stencil- You have until Wednesday June 13th to try and win one HERE if you want to!!


I made a doily garland with summery pink and yellow lollipops on one side:


The blocks of course:

I spray painted my large candlesticks white and added some washi tape to my candles:

And this is just  a wooden plague gorilla glued to a dollar store candle stick that I spray painted yellow and put a candle with washi tape embellishments on top.

Then when it comes time to change to 4th of July, all I have to do is flip the blocks around:

Turn around my lollipop garland to the other side with red lollipops:

Switch out the yellow pedestal for the one that I made with a dollar store star plate embellished with washi tape glued to a spray painted red candlestick with a washi tape candle on top.

And DONE!!

Only took a few seconds!!

 I hope you try this and save yourself some time this summer!!

Check me out at some of my favorite parties!

On Mondays I party at:


On Tuesdays I party at:

Tip Junkie handmade projects

On Wednesdays I party at:

The Fun In Functional @ Practically Functional


On Thursday’s I party at:


seven thirty three
Katie's Nesting Spot

On Fridays I party at:
Chic on a Shoestring Decorating

Over the weekend I party at:

Fantabulous Friday!


7 Responses to Reversible Summe Decor Blocks {Event 1- Bloggy Olympics}

  1. keri @ shaken together June 10, 2012 at 8:06 am #

    I LOVE your double duty summer decor - what a great idea to flip the block around and switch out a few pieces for a whole new look! I am totally inspired!!

  2. Mary Sullivan Frasier June 10, 2012 at 8:54 am #

    Hi Michelle! What a great (and really cute) idea! I love just about anything that can do double duty in decorating. Thanks so much for stopping by, following and leaving such a nice comment about my Chicken dish. I’m now happily following back (through GFC, Linky, FB, G+ and Pinterest)! Enjoy the rest of your weekend and have an awesome week ahead! ~Mary

  3. Mel the Crafty Scientist June 10, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

    This looks GORGEOUS! I love that you used a Xyron machine too - I have one and love it and am always on the lookout for more things I can make with it! Awesome way to kick off the bloggy olympics! : )

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

  4. MamaJB June 10, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

    They turned out darling! And, so nice that you can just flip them around for July. I’m a new follower :)

  5. Terrie June 10, 2012 at 7:54 pm #

    I love the time savings with the double sided theme! I’m going to try this today for my link up project. Thanks for sharing your great idea!
    One of your new followers,

  6. Liz @ Here's to Handy Andy June 11, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

    I love these blocks! I made something similar for a friend for her baby nursery! So cute!

  7. Kara @ Mine for the Making June 15, 2012 at 6:24 am #

    LOOOOOOOOOOOVE!!!! Im so annoying for saying that all the time but I totally mean it. This ROCKS my socks!! Reversible decor…GENIUS!