Fresh, Simple and Free Spring Mantel

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As I’ve shared before, I’ve always been a bit skeptical about seasonal decorating.  It just seems like a lot of time and effort to put into something that is only going to last a few weeks.  (Or more likely, is going to linger way past the appropriate season and lead to “I still haven’t taken down those snowflakes in April” guilt.)

But all of that just might be changing. Because when my college roomie Hannah was visiting this past weekend, she helped me put together a spring mantel for the first time in my life.  And I kind of love it.

Disclaimer:  Yes, there is a huge, ugly black TV right in the middle of my mantel.  That is reality.  Sure, it would look a lot cuter if we lost the TV, but the mantel is really the only place in the room the TV can go.  And I’m betting I’m not the only one trying to decorate around a big old black TV.

fresh and simple spring mantel


The best part about this spring mantel is there is not anything on it that can’t be used in other seasons as well.  Plus, I did not purchase a single thing for this mantel – just rounded up things I already had.


aqua and green spring mantel

The real stars are the beautiful daffodils and forsythia which managed to keep blooming through a few snow showers last week.  I was also pretty thrilled to find a home for the repurposed book and ruler box I put together earlier this week.  The jar, candlestick, frame, and large book are all yard sale treasures.

S is for spring mantel

The big S is my favorite part.  It started as a big old pink S that came from a thrift store for $1.  To freshen it up, I just covered it with some scrap fabric I had – an old Amy Butler print.  I simply wrapped the fabric around the S and duct-taped it in the back so it can easily be removed later if I decide to change things up.  The jar, candlesticks, cloche, and books are, of course. yard sale finds.  The cute little moss ball was created by Hannah by wrapping some real moss from the yard around a tea light and setting it in an old zinc jar lid.

fresh, simple spring mantel

I’ve gotta say I’m pretty thrilled with my first Spring mantel.  (Also thrilled to have a great friend like Hannah to help put it together!  She is the queen of mantels – if you missed it, you should definitely check out her home tour.  She has four gorgeous mantels of her own!)

I love that the mantel is totally putting me in a spring state of mind…and if I don’t feel like changing it in a few weeks, I can just change out the flowers for something fresh and it can take me right through summer as well.  Seasonal decorating that can last multiple seasons is something I can definitely do!

And I am super excited to be participating in Thrifty and Chic’s Spring Parade of Homes with some of my favorite bloggers.  Be sure to come back Monday to check out the full tour.


I am linking this post at Link Party Palooza. Have a great weekend!

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  1. says

    Super cute! I totally get you when it comes to decorating for each and every holiday that comes along, but I love the idea of adding some decor for a season – even better if it will work for two! The blues, greens, and yellows are perfect!
    Mantels are my downfall – and mine is 12′ which makes it really daunting! For the time being, I have a random collection of frames strategically placed, but I hope to decide on a more permanent option soon. :)
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