Mantels are one of my favorite things to decorate. In my opinion a mantel can be very forgiving with the decor that you use. So, I wanted to share my mantel decoration process. This Spring mantel decor DIY is something that anybody could replicate with things around the house or from items found at a thrift store so it is very budget friendly. For this decor post I joined a group of awesome ladies as part of the Celebrate Spring Blog Hop. Find links to all the amazing Spring decor inspiration at the bottom of this post.
First step is to take everything off your mantel, and then start “shopping” your own home for pieces that you might have that remind you of Spring. I always keep a container full of various fake flowers so that I have many options for different decor ideas. The flowers I keep on hand are ones that I consider timeless, or ones that I have in my yard but it’s just not time for them to be growing yet.
The next addition is a boxwood wreath. This is something I actually keep year round. I’ve had this particular wreath for two or three years now and I hang it usually after winter and then maybe late summer. I love that it is another timeless piece to have.
Next you will want to add some height to your display on your mantel, I used a white pitcher (another timeless piece) with fake forsythia branches arranged inside. We actually do have a forsythia tree but it won’t be blooming for another couple weeks. I like the color that the bright yellow of the flowers against the white of the fireplace.
Then I added a galvanized tin planter/container that’s has some fake greenery in it. TJ Maxx, HomeGoods and Marshals are great places to find these little pots of greenery, because they work well displayed on their own, or tucked into something.
I like to work my way from the outsides of the mantel inward toward the middle. I usually add pieces and then step back to look and rearrange if needed. I added carved wooden bowls next, some are from a thrift store and some are from my Grandma’s house that I received after she passed. I like the color of the natural wood.
While “shopping” for items around the house I saw my milk glass pieces that I keep displayed in my hutch. I like to take some of these pieces out when I’m putting together either a mantel, console table, or a centerpiece because the simple white can go with almost any season. Milk glass is so versatile and pieces can be easily found on Ebay or many thrift stores.
Up next was a beaded garland that actually received around Christmas time but I love the raw wood, because I feel like it works for any season.
After I started putting this together I realized that I needed more height on the right side, so I added a tobacco basket. I have had a set of these for years and I keep both of them to use in different decor arrangements.
To add to the middle of the mantel I found a small farm sign I had from Michaels years ago. I always like to put something smaller under the wreath so that I’m not blocking the wreath.
I found a birdhouse piece of Ray Dunn’s that I added up here.e. I just liked the bird on the front as it makes me think of Spring. I wanted to bring some yellow color to balance out the right side and I didn’t have any other fake flowers that were yellow. But then I remembered I had recently purchased a bouquet that I got from Trader Joe’s that had yellow sunflowers.
And last but not least I added fake lamb’s ear greenery. This is another staple fake flower that I use year round on the mantel, bookshelf, or on a tiered tray. I just like that it adds a little bit more to the mantel kind of gives it that finished polished look because without it, it just looks kind of bare.
And there we have a simple Spring mantel decor with items shopped from my house. And the majority of these items could be found at a thrift store. I love thrift stores for finding different pieces that are timeless and can work all different seasons without having to buy new.
Idea Sources for Spring Mantel Decor Items:
For more Spring decor inspiration check out all these awesome ladies linked below. Kelly from Live, Laugh, Rowe and Carena from The Accidental Farmhouse also joined me with a Spring console table and mantel.
Sand Dollar Lane // My Wee Abode // Postcards from the Ridge
Our Crafty Mom // 2 Bees in a Pod
Sweet Pea // DIY Beautify // Live Laugh Rowe
1905 Farmhouse // Accidental Dreamhouse
Thistlewood Farms // A Life Unfolding // Noting Grace
Blue Sky at Home // The Tattered Pew
Zucchini Sisters // Hearth and Vine // Sonya Burgess Blog
My Family Thyme // The February Fox
The Little by Little Home // Worthing Court // Aratari at Home
What Meegan Makes // The Roots of Home
Hi Amy, what a pretty mantel. Very fresh and cozy at the same time. I also love to shop my house when decorating. However, I see a few things on yours that I need to add to my antique shopping list, like the tobacco basket. Many I could make one. Hmmm. Thanks for the inspiration and happy spring!
Thanks so much Patti! I like shopping my own home, it makes it more challenging and fun!
You did such a beautiful job with your mantel! I love the pops of color and those wooden bowls are fabulous.
Thank you so much Sarabeth. I love all the items you can find at thrift stores to repurpose.
I love all your pretty finds! Thanks for sharing your spring mantel. I especially like the way your show step by step how you put it together!
I’m like you and I shop my house anytime I am decorating. You created a beautiful mantel to enjoy for spring.
Thank you Paula!
Lovely spring mantel. I also love to shop my house when decorating. I have several cabinets in my garage that need to be organized. I often find things I forgot I had. Haha. And the flowers/stems add perfect pops of color. Happy Spring, Amy.
Thanks Kelly! Yes there are so many things I forget that I have.
I love the great tips and the way you styled your mantel. Your chunky mantel is gorgeous.
Thank you Sonya!
Love your farmhouse mantel, Amy… looks lovely! I really love that wood bead garland, too! Fun hopping with you!
What a beautiful mantel! I love the boxwood wreath and lamb’s ear you tucked in. So delightful. Thanks for sharing!
What a beautiful mantel! I love all the layers – a perfect amount without appearing too busy! I will definitely be pinning this for future reference.
What a great tutorial! I wish I had a mantel like yours…maybe someday! Beautiful..pinned!
Your spring mantle is just lovely. I also like to shop my house for decorating for each season. The Forsythia branches look so beautiful on the mantle happy Spring!
Amy, your spring mantel is lovely. You’ve given great tips for decorating one. I love your combination of elements for a cohesive look. Happy Spring.
Hi Amy! I love your style. You gave such great tips on how to style a mantel.
This is a wonderful tutorial! Your Spring mantel is beautiful. Shopping the house is always a great idea – and you have so many wonderful finds! Happy Spring!
Your mantel turned out so pretty!!
Your mantle is just so pretty! Shopping your own house is my favorite way to decorate!! Yay for saving some cash. 🙂
Amy, this is so petty! Love how you showed each step.
Amy, I’ve been shopping my home more than usual this year, too to avoid going into stores. I’ve saved money and found things that I forgot about! You did a great job decorating your spring mantel. I love the boxwood wreath, forsythia and lamb’s ear florals. You brought in a nice mix of different textures. It’s a very classic farmhouse look! It was fun hopping with you. Happy Spring!
What a beautiful spring mantle! I love all of the colors and textures. Your tutorial on how to put it all together was wonderful! Pinned! Happy Spring, Amy!
Your spring mantel is so pretty! I love the wreath and the forsythia branches. And milk glass is always a favorite.