Spring Mantel 2012

Spring Mantel Project
I fully anticipated being finished with the fireplace and wall renovation, but oh well, at least we have a mantel to decorate. Until now, I don’t think I’ve ever really decorated this mantel. We are working on the downstairs now, but in the past it’s always been a big junk room and for over a year, it was our garage (lots of tools).
I love these little dollar store birds. I wish I would have bought more, although I have quite a few up already, I think I could over do it with these and that could get a little weird.
Our Spring Banner that the kids and I made.
Wrapped eggs. I used twine and plastic eggs.
I love these moss covered branches. They are from the good ol’ Pacific Northwest. I broke them off some trees the last time I was up by Spokane.
I’m obviously getting really into this yellow, black and white theme we have going on in the basement.
Fabric that I traced in black sharpie, and Modge Podged on a plate. I think it really ties everything together.
This mantel decor was really inexpensive.
The Spring Banner was Dollar Store items and fabric scraps.
The B&W plates were 25 cents each at a yardsale.
The yellow plates are from the GW and have fabric glued on them.
The vases and candle holders were all from GW and yardsales.
Eggs in twine were things I already had.
Birds were from the Dollar Store (2 for a dollar!) They were there at Christmas time.
Flowers were from Hob Lob.
Mirror was from Lowes. I have it up year round.
Tree branches and moss…free. 🙂


  1. I love your Spring Mantel! I especially love the black and white plates…25cents from a garage sale? Way to go. The mod podge plates are great, as well!

  2. Wow! I thought the first pic was your inspiration! Love the modge podge plates and the banner, I love it all!


  3. It all ties in really nice together!

  4. So pretty! Love colors. Clever idea putting the fabric in the center of the plate!

  5. Cute! The twine eggs are my favorite part.

  6. Absolutely impressive! It is very pretty and totally looks like something out of a magazine! Great job!

  7. Hi Katie,
    Your mantle looks awesome, so cute! You and your kids did a great job on the banner
    and the whole mantel looks great, just like a magazine picture. Great ideas hon

    Blessings for a great weekend,

  8. Beautiful! I love the colours, definitely bright and springy! I’m also really loving those moss branches and yellow flower stems!

  9. Katie- It looks great- very springy and bright. I need to dig my Spring/Easter stuff out this weekend-x0 Diana

  10. What an adorable mantle! I have zero spring or Easter decorations. I need to get on the ball!

  11. Wow! You did a great job! I really love the plates with the fabric in the middle and the adorable banner your kids made!

  12. Love the mantel. The colors, and creativity are fantastic.

  13. Looks fantastic! love the little eggs on the candlesticks! Bonnie 😉

  14. You did a great job – and I love the way you spelled out “spring”! Thanks for sharing! Take care, Laura

  15. Fantastic job, Katie!! You are so creative and a talented designer! It all just flows so beautifully together. Have a great weekend! Heather @ settingforfour.blogspot.com

  16. I’m wow’d, mama! It’s beautiful! Tomorrow is our last day of stay-cation, and I’m all over the mantle decor! Great job. Happy weekend! xo
    Lauren D.

  17. I don’t normally think of “black and white” as a spring colors scheme, but when you throw in the yellow and the natural items (like the mossy branches) it is so beautiful!

  18. I absolutely ADORE the black, white and yellow! I’d love it if you would come share it at my Link Party!

  19. Holy cow! Your mantel is so beautiful! Oh how I wish I had a fireplace again!! I may be feeling some envy! lol
    xo Becca

    • This is the first mantel I’ve done in over a decade! This basement was our garage for so long, I didn’t even consider decorating it. lol

      Mantels are fun to decorate, but I’ve seen so many faux mantels, or “mantel tables” lately, that if I’m without a mantel again, I’ll just have to make a stand-in one!

      Happy St. Pat’s Day!

  20. Hi Katie
    Thank you for the lovely comment on my post. I love your spring colours…very fresh and inspiring!xx

  21. Katie, You are the best! I’m in love with your mantel!!! Decorating with black and white has been a favorite of mine for years and this would totally look great in my house… would you mind flying over and decorating my dining room for me, it needs some help! 😉

  22. This look great, stopping by from the girl creative. I just had to click on you cute mantel it really caught my eye!

  23. Beautiful!!! What a great collection of things. This is when I wish I had a mantel to play with!! Until then, I will just be envious of yours. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    Visiting from http://www.dottedlinecrafts.blogspot.com

  24. Love the white, black and yellow theme you’ve got going on. I can relate to wanting to have fireplace renovation done — the materials for ours have been in the garage “maturing” — like fine wine, don’t want to use it before its time! Only that time keeps extending at our house! I would love it if you would consider linking to Busy Monday at A Pinch of Joy, a Sunday through Thursday link party for ideas that make life easier, better and more fun!

  25. Your mantel is gorgeous! I love the intricate details, they really shine and make it fabulous!!

  26. I love your banner! So beautiful and the yellow is gorgeous 🙂

    The Farm Girl

  27. I LOVE how you’ve incorporated the black into it….we have a lot of black in our house and sometimes it’s hard to decorate for Spring/Easter and Summer with it. Thank you for the inspiration!

    Many Blessings,

  28. Love the colors for your mantel! The plates are great!

  29. Totally and completely BEAUTIFUL. I have been looking for some gorgeous inspiration and I found it. Thank you!
    Hugs, Cindy

  30. Your spring mantel decoration is fantastic. I love all the colors you used. The yellow looks so good with the dark gray bricks of your fireplace.

  31. Anonymous says:

    This is so cute! Love the way the basement is decorated.

  32. Fabulous mantel, just love it!!!! Thanks for linking up.

  33. It looks beautiful! I love the black and yellow together!

  34. Really cute!

  35. Awesome mantel and I love your job!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  36. Katie, I love it!!!! And your moss covered branches are the perfect compliment. Glad you had the thought to see them for their glorious beauty. Mantles are so much fun to decorate. I have fireplaces but no mantle. 🙁 Hope you can come for a visit. xo

  37. You have some great stylish ideas!! Hey don’t forget to add me your link party list for Wednesdays!! I need crafty inspiration like this!! thank you so much for linking to SHOW US YOUR FIND!! This is super cute!

  38. Katie, I love this colour scheme. It screams out spring and sophisticated at the same time. And those plates – love. Thanks so much for sharing at our party this week.

  39. This is soo lovely! your basement looks nothing like it used to! You have amazing and wonderful things to it :). thanks for linking up to the STinky Linky Party!

  40. Had to stop by and say THIS IS SO BEAUTIFUL! xoxo Malia
    Newest follower via Linky Followers

  41. I love the black and white plates! The fabric on the plates is a great idea. I never would have thought of that. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays. I’m following via twitter now too.

  42. Wow! Totally gorgeous spring display! Love the classic look that is just my style!


  43. I love the black and yellow color scheme! Thanks for sharing at Fabulous Friday.

  44. I love your Spring mantel!! I’m featuring it tomorrow at Mantel Monday!! 🙂

  45. Very pretty!
    Great colors…and fun items with milkglass and eggs! Love the flowers too!
    Thanks for coming by to link up…I would love to have you back this week!
    See you there!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  46. What a fun mantel!! Love the moss covered branches and the plates.
    Was already following but now following thru Linky too.

  47. This is so festive and pretty. Very fresh. I’m your newest follower, btw. Hope you’ll stop by my blog one day.

  48. This is so beautiful! I love how you used the kids’ banner as a real focal point! hanks for sharing this at Drab to Fab last week!
    This week’s party which is live right now!


    I’d love for you to link up again this week with more of your amazing stuff! Old or new is always welcome 🙂

    Amy @ Sugar and Spice

  49. Hi Katie,

    I love your mantel! Just wanted to let you know that I featured it on my blog today.

    -Erin Spain

  50. I really love the design of your Spring Mantel 2012. The colors are so perfect. Like those lovely birds too. Your house is really a nice place to live with your family. 🙂

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  51. Very nice one of my favorite color combo yellow, black and white…beautiful


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