Simple Early Spring Mantel

Early Spring Mantel

Do you remember how I went on and on about much I liked this canvas-word art-from-thrifted-painting I made? I think I mentioned that it had become the centerpiece for our early spring mantel, too, and I thought I’d take a minute to share with you how it all came together. I took cues from the canvas and limited the main colors to white and green (I left the mirrored window in place to help the canvas stand out ’cause the wall is white – I’m hoping black is like a neutral, right?).

And by simple, I mean: limited colors and only a few items to enhance the star of the show: the canvas.

Here’s the simple scheme for this early spring mantel:
  • Canvas word art
  • White pottery: topiary and vase
  • Glass: candlesticks and hurricane
  • Yellow-gold accents

The whole mantel basically started with the canvas (of course) and an ivy heart topiary I made (years ago) from a wire coat hanger. Even though the topiary’s not completely filled in yet (how many ivies have grown here…I’ve lost count -ha!), I thought the heart echoed the ‘love’ part of the canvas perfectly. To balance out the other side, I covered a foam ball with moss from the dollar store (using hot glue and floral pins) and placed it in a white vase. More moss in a glass hurricane and a collection of glass candlesticks round out the main part of the mantel decorations.


However, as I stood back to look at it I noticed a few areas of yellowish-brown paint that came through the letters of the canvas, which reminded me of a couple of items we had been given that I thought would be the perfect finishing touches.

Simple Spring Mantel

And I really love how the beeswax candle that my brother-in-law made and gave us for Christmas and the beautiful candle holder my sister brought back from a trip to Egypt add just a bit of color and interest to the mantel. And like I said about the canvas art – this mantel makes me just…happy. It’s funny how a few minutes and a few items that were here-and-there about the house can come together to make a whole new, wonderful thing to look at everyday.

In a week or two, I’ll add a few more springtime touches for Easter – I’m thinking potted daffodils or tulips and maybe a nest with some marble eggs I have – but otherwise, I’m a fan of more subtle Easter/spring decorating. Not too many bunnies, chicks, eggs, and pastels here. But I am thinking if I found a ceramic bunny at the thrift store and painted it distressed white like the turkeys I made for Thanksgiving, well, you might see a bunny at our house. I’m just sayin.’

How do you like to decorate for Spring?


I’m sharing at: Chic & Crafty, Fabulously Creative Friday,Weekend Wrap Up Party, Saturday Nite Special


  1. says

    Hi Jami-Love the simplicity of your spring mantel. I do the same thing-gather special items from around the house and from outside. I always like to add a bit of nature to my decor.

  2. says

    It is very pretty, and I am so jealous of your mantel! We just have a gas “wood” stove and so we don’t have a mantel. I do decorate for Easter. I have little bunnies and a spring wreath outside. Just before Easter I always splurge and buy tulips and daffodils to make our Easter spring like. It is a time we look forward to all year, winter leaving and spring coming. He is risen indeed!

  3. Sakura says

    Jami, I’ve been collecting larger rabbits that I find at the thrift store without the flowers and ribbons on their necks to paint them like you did the turkeys. I’ll use them for easter, but then I’m going to place them out in my small gardens. Now if it can just warm up enough to spray paint outside I’ll be set.


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