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Rustic Spring Mantel with Flowers, Birds and a Faux Fence

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A fresh and rustic spring mantel that includes fresh flowers, birds, and a rustic fence looking piece. Inspiration for your own mantel.


When we built our mantel last year, I knew I’d have fun decorating it each season. And have I ever! I will admit though that it’s taken a bit of practice to figure out – you know, the balance and the elements to make it all work. I never have a complete picture of the finished look in my head when I start. It was no different for this year’s rustic Spring mantel – just a bit of an idea and then a LOT of playing.

mantel wall shelf with flowers and spring things, rustic spring mantel

A fresh and rustic spring mantel that includes fresh flowers, birds, and a rustic fence looking piece. Inspiration for your own mantel.

I don’t know if you remember the book page art we had up before, but I thought it was time for a change. You know with it being spring and all. We had some scrap wood kicking around out in the shed. Dean put it all together (screws and nails), I stained it with Minwax dark walnut stain and then Dean added some cheap black gate hinges. That provided the backdrop for the rest of the accessories.

A fresh and rustic spring mantel that includes fresh flowers, birds, and a rustic fence looking piece. Inspiration for your own mantel.

I picked up the birdcage at Homesense (Canadian version of Homegoods) a couple of weeks ago. And I just bought the bird yesterday at The Yellow House – sort of a birthday present for myself. The berry wreath was a Superstore find and cost about $14 or so. I already had the various balls in natural materials which fill the birdcage and the books & candles too.

A fresh and rustic spring mantel that includes fresh flowers, birds, and a rustic fence looking piece. Inspiration for your own mantel.

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The candlesticks are Debbie Travis from Canadian Tire. I bought them a few years back and painted them white (they were originally black). I rubbed some Walnut Distressing Ink on them to tone down some of the stark white. We picked up the flowers last night. They are mums that look like daisies. I really wanted tulips – but every store we visited only had bright pinks or purples, which was not quite the look I was going for!

A fresh and rustic spring mantel that includes fresh flowers, birds, and a rustic fence looking piece. Inspiration for your own mantel.

 A fresh and rustic spring mantel that includes fresh flowers, birds, and a rustic fence looking piece. Inspiration for your own mantel.

I had some dollar store moss in my craft drawer and the little nests with eggs were actually on sprigs of faux berries from Dollarama.

A fresh and rustic spring mantel that includes fresh flowers, birds, and a rustic fence looking piece. Inspiration for your own mantel.


Have you decorated for spring?

xo,
Shannon

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  1. Claire@alittlesomethinginthemeantime.blogspot.com says

    Your mantel looks gorgeous, Shannon! The new backdrop is fantastic – especially the gate hardware. Great touch.

    I love that I could turn around and find just about all of these things because they are from the same places that I shop for decor. In fact, one of the little Dollarama nests sneaks its way into the photos of my chalkboard tray project from the weekend. I keep seeing beautiful birdcages on mantels and wish that I had just bought the one that I saw at HomeSense last week (since you know how quick something goes if you don’t scoop it up)! I’m still sporting a St. Patrick’s Day mantel at my house but that’s sure to change soon. I’d love for you to have a look at my blog since I’ve been reading yours for so long!

    Happy 1st Day of Spring!

    Claire

  2. Heather - Diapers&Divas says

    I’m diggin’ the book page projects. I made apples for my mantle out of old paperbacks. I really like the wood planks you’ve got as the focal point. Really simple and understanded. That birdcage is a great find, too!
    Stopping by from The Lettered Cottage’s Link Party.

    • aka design says

      Thanks, Laura! Loving your vintage hankie wreath and that library ladder – what a great find!

    • aka design says

      You know, I almost bought a little birdhouse, but then saw the bird and swapped it right away! Hope you had a great first day of spring Danielle!

    • aka design says

      Birds and nests and birdcages – all say spring to me! I can’t believe you successfully decorated a wreath with flowers made from milk jugs and nail polish! WTG!

  3. Dianne says

    It is lovely. I love the contrast of your mini “door” with all the other accessories!
    When you stain, do you use a cloth, brush or sponge?

    • aka design says

      For this project I used a brush to get the stain into all the cracks and crevices. Then after a few minutes I wiped off the excess on the surface with an old tea towel. That way all the dents and such stay darker!

  4. Jessica @ TSOP says

    I AM DOWNRIGHT SMITTEN with your mantel. Oh I wish I wish I had a mantel but I settle for two bookcases next to each other. I am currently trying to squeeze some Spring Loveliness out of decorating the top and I just can’t seem to make it work. But THIS! My word, it is gorgeous. Truly inspirational. I am totally blown away that I just found your blog today. A total treasure of goodies to be inspired! LOVE IT!
    Hugs,
    Jessica

    • aka design says

      Hi Jessica! Isn’t it amazing how many blogs are out there? I am always blown away by new-to-me blogs! We didn’t have a mantel for a long time either. And technically ours is a big shelf…there are two chairs under it! But I do love to decorate it each season. SO fun! Bookcases work too – so creative!
      xo,
      Shannon

  5. Judy H. says

    Shannon, I was just walking through my house yesterday and saw a forgotten Christmas cardinal on my built-ins and a small mercury vase filled with silver beads on my sideboard! I was dazed, realized it was Spring and started to think about decorating. Your mantel is so beautiful…just enough…just the right touch of everything Spring.

    • aka design says

      Oh Judy! That is funny! But it happens to all of us…I recently put away some Christmas doodads too!

  6. Chelsea says

    This is without a doubt the FAVORITE mantel I’ve ever seen! I’m pretty new to DIY and was wondering what kind of wood you used? I love all the swirls the stain brings out. I don’t have scrap wood lying around, so what type of wood (and width) would you recommend? Thanks for sharing your stain color! I can’t wait to try this all out. Thanks for your help.

  7. Caitlin says

    Hi! How did you secure the pieces together? You say screw and nails, did you put them in the back so they are not visible from the front?

    • Shannon says

      Hi Caitlin, sorry that was never meant to be a tutorial – although we could have done one! Yes, the pieces are all attached together from the backside. We used short enough screw so they would not show through.

  8. Carol Paulus-Kalis says

    I love your faux mantle. What a good idea. Isn’t it fun to change it out for the seasons? I have a really large mantle as I have a wrap-around fireplace. My home was built in the mid-50’s and 2 and 3-sided fireplaces were popular back then. When we purchased our home, there was no mantle and at all and it totally looked like a 50’s fireplace. So the following year, my husband arranged for a man from the woodworking mill to come out and design a mantle for my birthday which falls on Christmas Day. Now I have so much fun changing it for the seasons and my friends always comment on it.

    Carol P-K

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