A Mantle for every Season

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As the year draws to a close, one of my favorite things to do is take a look back at the Decorating Projects that I completed. Especially now, since starting this blog, I have a special place to share all of my passions.

I often have readers mention to me, that they can’t believe I get so much done. I seem to work all the time, well, I do…but I LOVE it. I feel so blessed to be able to share with you all my love for my home, baking, cooking and my family! I also couldn’t do many of the things that I am able to get done if I didn’t have my husband, Doug, to help me and my boys.

Hoosier Homemade is really a family affair! Whether they are stringing garland or being forced to try a new recipe, they all help me share my passion with you!

One of the MANY projects that they have helped with during this year, is decorating the Mantle. When I started pulling this post together, Doug and I were surprised that I had decorated 12 Mantles, one for every season, Holiday and a couple others.

  • Soft Spring colors and bunnies were used on the Easter Mantle.
  • With the fresh forsythia, the Spring Mantle brings much needed color into the house.
  • The Summer Mantle with the Pinwheel Garland is one of my favorites. I absolutely LOVE Summer…I know, I’m crazy, but the hotter the better as far as I’m concerned.

  • Our oldest son, Andrew, graduated from High School and I decorated the Mantle in celebration of his graduation.
  • In our town, Fourth of July, is a BIG deal. It also has a special place in my heart, since it’s a time, 20+ years ago, that Doug and I began our relationship.
  • Moving into Fall, this Mantle has a fun Garland made with acorns and other natural elements, you can learn how to make one of your own.

  • Halloween…my creepy Mantle was so fun to decorate, with the ghouls that I printed, the black and white decorations, and of course spiderwebs, it was one of my favorites.
  • An often forgotten Holiday, Thanksgiving is always a very special time for me.
  • And last…my Christmas Mantle! Fresh green, woodland Santas and a homemade Garland make up my favorite Mantle of the year!!

I had lots of fun creating the Garlands too.  The Pinwheel Garland is made with scrapbook paper. The Fall Garland with acorns and items I collected outside is a great no cost project. The Valentine Garland uses cookie cutters for the shapes and scrapbook paper and the Christmas Garland has popcorn, cranberries and dried fruit. You can visit each of the posts to learn how to make them.

Do you decorate your Mantle for the Holidays or Seasons? Share your ideas with us!

I’m linking to… Works for Me Wednesday,Strut Your Stuff, Transformation Thursday, Show and Tell Friday, Saturday Night Special, Masterpiece Monday, Made by You Monday



  1. I need to be better about decorating my mantle. This is very encouraging. All the creativity for each season is wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. O my gosh!! As I love to decorate my home for each holiday, I especially enjoyed viewing your work!!

    My Show n Tell Link—where it’s kinda fodder for the National Enquirer Tabloids. Do stop by if you can, I’d love your opinion.

    Happy New Year

  3. Love your Valentine garland! Who says decorating is just for Christmas?

    Thanks so much for the lovely tips.

  4. I love decorating my mantle for different holidays. I don’t usually decorate for EVERY holiday but I do enjoy sprucing up my mantle for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. When we bought our house having a fireplace was a MUST HAVE on my list. My husband wanted to have a flat screen TV installed above the fireplace but I nixxed that idea as I would not be able to DECORATE MY MANTLE!

  5. You really have it all covered, don’t you? I have a wreath I change out with the seasons but that is about it.

  6. WOW!! I love them! ALL OF THEM!! I think I’m gonna bookmark this for some inspiration!! My hubby bought my a FAUX mantel a few weeks ago. Now I have some ideas popping around my head!! Thanks!! 🙂

  7. You really do know how to decorate your mantle. You’ve given me some great ideas as mantleing seems to be hard for me!
    Be a sweetie and Happy New Year,
    Shelia 😉

  8. Love your different mantels and the banners you have made. I think decorating a mantel is one of my most favorite things to decorate. Thanks for sharing all of yours with us.

  9. How fun to see all the mantles together! I usually hit summer and Christmas and the rest of the year – same old, same old! I’ll have to try mixing it up a bit this next year!

  10. So many fantastic mantles! You have inspired me to try and recreate a few on my own.

    Thank you so very much for sharing.

    Have a very Happy New Year!

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