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Decorate your mantel for spring or Easter with inspiration from these real-home displays. Flowers, wreaths, banners, and colored eggs can easily turn a plain mantel into a pretty spring showcase -- we tell you how to get the look for each one.
Courtney (adiamondinthestuff.blogspot.com) wanted to keep her spring mantel earthy and serene. For her primary decoration, she added moss, butterflies, and dragonflies to a grapevine wreath and hung it from a chipped old window with a piece of muslin. Two moss topiaries flank the wreath along with cute ceramic bunny figurines.
A tranquil color scheme pulls all of the elements of Kerri's (apopofpretty.com) Easter mantel together. The boxwood wreath and a blue plastic egg are hung to a large mirror. Kerri flanked the mirror with cream pillar candles on tall glass candlesticks. Vintage bunnies in light blue and cream add to the color scheme, and potted grass completes the simple spring look.
Simple colors are key on Tonya's (loveoffamilyandhome.net) spring mantel. To complement the colors in the hanging picture frames, she found light blue, green, and pink tinted glass bottles and added handmade cherry blossom branches. A wooden plaque sprayed with chalkboard paint displays a spring message. Glass apothecary jars are filled with greenery, sticks, and dyed Easter eggs. A small basket containing two glass jars with pink flowers completes the sweet display.
Beth (homestoriesatoz.com) used an intricate footed bowl and pitcher to hold natural items, such as willow branches and a small bird's nest of tiny faux eggs. Teal bird hooks also rest in the footed bowl and make excellent springtime props. A white ceramic bird sits atop a stack of vintage books, and set behind the bowl and pitcher, a pretty piece of artwork with muted spring colors completes the vignette.
Jenny (ourniftynotebook.blogspot.com) reused the colorful fabric strip garland that adorned her mantel for Valentine's Day and added plastic eggs for Easter. She made topiaries from moss bunnies and plastic eggs, securing them to colorful buckets with florist's foam. A basket with faux grass and plastic eggs anchors one side of the mantel, and wooden bunnies, handmade by Jenny's grandmother, are a sentimental addition to her mantel decorations.
Melanie (blissbloomblog.blogspot.com) decorated her mantel for Easter with a few easy crafts projects and some purchased items. To make the "Happy Easter" banner, she cut block letters from sheet moss and glued them to heavy cardstock, spraying the letters with a thin coat of acrylic sealer to keep the moss from shedding. She embellished the letters with silk flowers, hot-glued them to twine, and hung them from the mantel with clear adhesive hooks. She made the framed butterfly art by cutting butterfly shapes from pretty paper, attaching them to a wire, and slightly folding their wings up to give them dimension. Ceramic birds, a birdhouse, and a flower vase complete the natural spring look.
Lime-green shutters decorate Char's (crapivemade.com) mantel year-round, and they work especially well with her Easter decorations. She lined the mantel with faux grass (available at crafts stores) and added fake carrots, a chick, and an apothecary jar filled with white eggs. She added spring touches to a grapevine wreath with faux forsythia, more artificial carrots, and mossy bunny shapes. The colorful "Happy Easter" bunting is fashioned by attaching white cardstock circles to orange, green, and yellow damask-pattern paper. Vinyl letters attached to the cardstock spell the message. To hang the bunting, Char punched holes on the sides of the squares and tied them together with ribbons, using thumbtacks to attach them to the mantel.
When putting together her mantel displays, Brook (beingbrook.com) likes to include something handmade, something personal, and something natural. She made the pink ruffle wreath with a wreath form, straight pins, and a yard of felt. She cut hundreds of circles from the felt, then folded them into fourths and pinned them to the wreath form, which she hung from the mirror with pink satin ribbon. Potted wheat grass, colorful decorated eggs in glass votives, and a family photo complete the mantel.
An old antique window flanked with white shutters is the focal point of Emily's (decorchick.com) spring mantel. To complete the simple, sophisticated look, she anchored each end of the mantel with a pretty floral arrangement, then sprinkled in ceramic birds and a wire birdcage filled with moss and decorative eggs.
Bright orange-red tulips in a pretty green pot are a stunning addition to Debbie's (inspiredhoneybee.blogspot.com) Easter mantel. Colorful word art, cloth carrots, ceramic birds, candles, and a fun garland made from fabric scraps and ribbon complete the spring look.
Erin (twostorycottage.com) created a natural spring look for her mantel with a few simple elements. She wrapped flower vases in burlap and tied them with ribbon to give them a soft feel and layered scrapbook paper on a window mirror to add blue to the display. A small twig wreath with white flower petals, a ceramic bird atop an overturned wooden pot, and a glass jar of faux brown eggs make up the main elements on the mantel; a wrought iron frame behind the scene adds a touch of elegance.
This easy Easter decoration adds a pop of color to Erin's (thesunnysideupblog.com) spring mantel. She found a half-dozen faux Easter eggs in pastel colors and placed them apothecary jars lined with straw to create this pretty spring decoration. Erin kept it simple on the rest of her mantel with neutral decorations, such as mossy green pillar candles, a twig wreath with greenery and white flowers, and a single potted plant.
Old kitchen cabinet doors flank a simple black mirror on Myra's (myblessedlife.net) spring mantel, which is simply decorated with pink and orange tulips in mason jars, a watering can stacked atop a few books, and word artwork.
To make a spring banner like Myra's, cut four 8x12 and four 4x12-inch pieces of patterned paper. Pleat the 8x12 pieces, then pinch in the center and fold in half. Hot-glue the edges together to form a fan. Pleat the 4x12 pieces, and glue them to the fan shapes to complete the circles. Using a die-cut machine or decorative scissors, cut four circles from white cardstock. Mat them with cardstock and then cut in a circle. Use a stencil or die-cutting tool to make colorful letters to spell your message. Punch holes in the circles, string together with twine, and hang.
Lisa (lisaferncreek.blogspot.com) stuck with two colors, white and lavender, on her mantel to create a pretty spring look. The pitcher centered on the mantel holds twigs from her backyard. She hot-glued lavender paper butterflies to the pitcher. She painted faux eggs purple and set them in a nest of crinkly white paper inside glass votives. To finish the display, she painted the tops of clay pots lavender.
Kim's (twigandtwirls.blogspot.com) wreath is made from rolled-up book pages, secured in layers, and attached to a green artist canvas. She used bright and fun colors to decorate her mantel for spring, incorporating touches of blue with wooden eggs that spell "spring" and paper birds. A wooden birdhouse and a few twigs with flowers finish the mantel with natural spring touches.
Kim's (bringresoration.blogspot.com) corner fireplace mantel gets decked out in all-natural elements for spring. Faux greenery in neutral ceramic pots adds pops of green, placing one on a large glass candleholder to give it height. The handmade driftwood candleholder adds a natural, beachy feel. To make it, she drilled holes in the wood to fit tea lights, creating a unique decoration that can be used year-round. When she decorates her mantel for different seasons, she incorporates treasured items she already has in her home as well as a few new pieces to change up the look.
Pillar candles at different heights add dimension to Susan's (homeroad.net) Easter mantel, while a few well-placed Easter eggs add pops of color. The twig wreath with a bluebird creates a nice focal point for her neutral spring mantel. When decorating her mantel for other seasons, Susan reuses several of the same key pieces, such as the white mirror, and carefully places each item so the mantel in visually balanced.