Summer officially starts tomorrow, but in our house it started nearly two weeks ago with my daughters’ last day of school! You may notice it is a little quieter on the blog over the next couple months – the reality of having a six and eight year old home with me during the day. We have lots of fun summer plans in store – swimming, trips to the museum, playing with friends. Of course, my plans also include lots of crafting behind-the-scenes, working on projects such as this summer decorated foyer for Oriental Trading’s Fun365.com.
Read on to see how I got our foyer summer ready with some tropical pineapple and flamingo decor from Oriental Trading and few simple craft projects.
This little wall in our foyer is a fun place to experiment with seasonal decor. It’s the first thing our guests see when they walk in the door, and they never know what to expect! I powered up my Cricut cutting machine (something I only learned how to use recently) to make this “Hello Summer” sign. I just cut out the letters and palm tree and added them to this wood slat sign.
These pineapples were another opportunity to play around with my craft supplies. I started with a basic ceramic pineapple. I painted this one a pretty teal and used gold leaf to cover the top of it.
I gave this pineapple a completely different look by cutting colorful pineapples from a paper napkin and adding them with Mod Podge. This is a very fun crafting technique if you’ve never tried it!
I’m also always looking for ways to incorporate old craft projects. As you can imagine, I have quite the collection by now! I made this colorful sand art a year ago, and thought the palette would go perfectly with the rest of the tropical decor.
I hope you take some time to slow down and soak in the summer. If you don’t see me posting much this summer, it’s because I’m trying to do just that! I’ve been reading a lot of books and spending time outside taking care of my potted flowers (trying to keep them alive) – two of my favorite things to do besides crafting!
For more details on each of these projects and a full list of the tropical supplies used in my Hello Summer foyer, head to Oriental Trading’s Fun365.com! This post is sponsored by Oriental Trading.