I'm still playing around with the mantle, maybe tweak it a little. I can see a more summer display with watermelon or farm type things. I may add in my sunflowers. I usually bring those out in August.
I used my Clean White for the stripes and other red, blue paint I had on hand. I ended up using two different blues and the star was a stamp from a collection called God Bless America. I love how my stars are not quite perfect. I lightly stained the red, and blue field areas and sanded a little bit. Other than the Lathe this project was around $8, gotta love that! For exact directions check out the other blogs above. I modified mine a bit, the field area was 15 inches. My version is a little bit bigger than the other bloggers and smaller than PB version. My DH measured off all the stars for me and we made a pattern so I would know exactly where to put the center of each star.
So whatcha think?