Spring Mantel: How to decorate

Decorating our home is one of my favorite things to do. I tend to keep the Living Room more primitive and decorate with country antiques. And I decorate the Dining Room with a little more color and whimsy.

I have decorated our Spring Mantel with lots of different ideas. Last year, I used a little more color but this time, I wanted to keep it more rustic and give it an outdoor feel. So, I thought about what Spring means to me…Birds, Branches, Watering Cans, Birdhouses and Green.

I have created a tutorial for you for the Mantel as well as how to paint the birds eggs that I have in the nest.

Start with the garland and large pieces

  1. I started with the garland. Grapevine rope with some silk ivy cut and tucked in
  2. Then some burlap that I bunched up a little
  3. A galvanized antinque watering can at one end
  4. And some Forsythia branches in Aqua Mason Jars

Add the medium pieces

  1. Next came the medium size pieces, a birdhouse and nest
  2. A treasurerd birdhouse that my Dad made years ago
  3. And a nest that I made from a grapevine wreath {that I took apart}, spanish moss and eggs {tutorial below}
  4. To give it some height, I propped up the back of the holder with a small clay pot

And then small pieces

  1. A small birdhouse tucked behind a white teapot
  2. Then a couple clay pots
  3. The grass from the St. Patrick’s Day Mantel returns and a couple more eggs
  4. And a wooden candle holder that I spray painted white and added a little egg to the top

The eggs were easy to do, but they did take some time. I also realized after painting them, I would have been better to use a solid egg, and not the hinged plastic eggs. But I used what I had on hand, it worked and didn’t cost me anything.

  1. Place opened eggs on a board
  2. Spray with white paint
  3. Then paint with blue or the color of your choice {I used some leftover paint from The Sports Bedroom}
  4. Then spray with Fleck Stone paint {I used plasti-kote brand}
  5. And using an old toothbrush dipped in black paint, flick the paint to make the eggs speckled

After taking the pictures and putting the eggs back together, I did have to paint the seams a little more with blue and spray a little more Fleck Stone on them.

Everything I used were items that I already had, I just went shopping in my own home for them. Think outside the box a little, and don’t be afraid to experiment…even with a little spray paint.

Have you started decorating for Spring?




  1. Pretty! Happy spring to you!

  2. SO pretty! The painted eggs turned out great. I need more excuses to use spray paint ;)
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  3. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    I love the old blue mason jars!

  4. Lovely Spring mantel! I love the eggs. Thanks for the tip on creating them!
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  5. Lachelle says:

    Cute, Cute, Cute. I love the way it turned out!!!

  6. Kristy says:

    LOVE the aqua colored Ball jars!!

  7. Elaine says:

    I love it. Rustic decor is always a favorite with me.

  8. Susan says:

    Your country mantle is adorable!!

  9. Grace says:

    Your mantel is so pretty and definitely springy.
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  10. Sheila says:

    Personally, I like that you used the hinged eggs. I saw another blog where the whole eggs were used and there were drip marks & such, not as clean on the painting. Plus, the way you did it, you can still use them for hiding cool stuff! :-) Love the mantal display, too!

  11. Bethanie says:

    Very inspiring! We have a shop that I love to merchandise but the homefront? Lucky it gets dusted when it does let alone decorated. Maybe this is the push I needed. Thanks!

  12. Pam says:

    I love the rustic look of your mantle. Nice job.
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  13. Suzanne says:

    Your spring mantel turned out lovely. Thanks for sharing.
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  14. Janet @ I HEART MY GLUE GUN says:

    LOVE the star, I’m a huge star nut!

    It looks great!! :)

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  15. What a beautiful Spring mantel! I just came across your blog and I’m so glad to have found you…I can’t wait to see all the great projects you have. I’d love for you to check out my Interior Design & Decor website, SAS Interiors, and also link up to Saturday Spotlight @ http://www.sasinteriors.net/2011/03/saturday-spotlight-5/.

    ~Jenna, SAS Interiors

  16. Your mantle is super cute! I just love it.

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  17. Wow, this looks lovely. Hope to see you at My Dream Canvas.
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  18. Janet @ I HEART MY GLUE GUN says:

    Oh this looks AWESOME!!!

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  19. This farmhouse needs a mantel! What a great tutorial and beautiful spring display. Thanks for sharing.
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  20. Such a pretty mantle, Liz! I always love your creative projects!!!

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  21. Love how you created that Spring theme .. I too have birdhouses indoors… just because I love them.
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  22. Shaunna says:

    Love it! Too fun–found you through Layla’s party–so glad I did!

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