Simple spring mantel for a pick-me-up

Well it’s raining today and was gloomy here yesterday and the day before that.  I for one cannot deal with cloudy days for very long which reminds me of the serious words of Popeye – I can’t stands no more!

I had to do something to cheer myself up so I played around with the stone mantel in our family room.  I honestly do not like the fireplace at all.  Okay I like the stone that goes up to the ceiling but you’ve heard it before, the mantel is puny.  Puny because I can barely put anything on it and when I do, it’s uneven.  Ugh.  The Mister has told me one day I can have a real mantel.  One made from a reclaimed piece of wood but I’m not holding my breath since that was like oh… 8 months ago.

Not to bash the Mister.  He’s a busy guy and takes good care of me but man would I love a new mantel.  Anyway, with all that playing around here is the simple spring mantel for a pick-me-up.

a spring mantel for the winter blues found on

See how puny the mantel is?  What you can’t see is the tiny pieces of paper and wood I have shoved underneath the accessories to make them stand a bit more evenly.  And it’s hard to tell from this photo but the tobacco basket is 30″ wide.  I think it looks small up there.  Just one more thing about the love/hate relationship with this mantel.  But overall, I love how it turned out.  It’s happy and spring filled for sure.

Ironstone pitcher with white books for a spring mantel on

In the process I noticed one of my favorite spring colors is green.  Dark green, lime green, apple green, leaf green – all kinds of green.  How can you go wrong with green?  It’s like bringing the outdoors in.  Even though as I look out the window right now, it’s brown and dreary and gray.  Bleh.  But not the mantel!  It’s bright and joyful; two must haves for a spring mantel.

Glas vases with wood beads and baby's breath for a spring mantel pick-me-up.

Last week I was out and about with some new friends and found these wooden beads at Kirkland’s.  They were only $14.99.  I like how they help the glass vases show up a little more against the stone.  Hint: If you are using glass or anything clear, you need to add something behind it or around it so it doesn’t blend in with the back ground.  Even with red flowers, only the flowers would show and the vases would still be barely visible.

Baby's breath are perfect spring flowers for a mantel pick-me-up.

Purchased the Baby’s Breath at my local grocery store.  Can’t go wrong with spring flowers for only $4.99 – they last for weeks.  The rest of the items were things I already had around the house.

If you missed the post on the Easy Steps to Decorating a Mantel, you can find it here.  But for those that did see it… Do you see the triangle?  This triangle is asymmetrical. 😉

So do you need a spring pick-me-up?  Choose to decorate a place you see a lot.  Maybe the dining table centerpiece or the kitchen island or even the vanity in your bathroom.  Pick up some flowers or greenery and add them to a container.  The flowers don’t have to be real; faux works too.  That’s all it took for me to be in a better mood. 😉

If you like anything on my mantel, I’ve listed a few affiliate links so you can find the same item or similar item for your convenience.

Tobacco Basket – Kirkland’s

Boxwood Wreath – Amazon

White Pitcher – Ikea/Amazon

Faux Lambs Ear Stems – Hobby Lobby

Vase Set – World Market

Vase Set – Hobby Lobby (Don’t forget to use your 40% off coupon!)

The books were painted or already white and the Birch bark candle was made using paper.  You can see that super easy DIY here in this post.

Happy Soon-to-be-Spring Friends!


  1. Laura
    February 7, 2018 / 7:29 am

    Looks great! This is the perfect pick-me-up for a dreary day!! I love green in the spring too. I do think we are subconsciously willing spring to come, at least inside!! Moving things around & refreshing things always brightens my mood!! Happy Wednesday!

    • February 7, 2018 / 10:27 am

      I totally agree with you Laura. Moving things around always brightens my mood. Thanks for visiting today.

  2. Pamela
    February 7, 2018 / 8:24 am

    I don’t have a mantel but i think i can use your mantel ideas on my rectangle table i have in the entry hall! I’ll let you know how it turns out!

    • February 7, 2018 / 10:29 am

      Perfect place Pam! I chose an area I see all the time. And YES let me know how it turns out. 😉 Big hugs.

  3. February 7, 2018 / 9:16 am

    Your mantel looks great even if it’s not as large as you would like. I love the tobacco basket and is that faux lamb’s ear? Love it!

    • February 7, 2018 / 10:30 am

      Thank you Stacey! The lambs ear is as fake as they come but I thought it looked pretty darn close to the real thing. It’s even soft. Got it at Hobby Lobby! Happy Wednesday

  4. Barb
    February 7, 2018 / 12:06 pm

    Looks great Cindy. I love green in the spring and summer too!

    • February 7, 2018 / 3:24 pm

      Me too. I think you’ll be seeing a LOT of green this year. At least in my house. Big hugs Barbara!

  5. February 7, 2018 / 12:12 pm

    Love the baby’s breath in the little bottles!

    • February 7, 2018 / 3:25 pm

      Thanks Amber. Found those bottles at a garden store in Denton TX. I’ve enjoyed them. Thanks for visiting today!

  6. February 7, 2018 / 1:34 pm

    Love it! Green and white are my favorites–I live in the country where I try to bring fresh greens in year-round. Pinned to my fireplace mantel board! 🙂

    • February 7, 2018 / 3:26 pm

      Thanks Vickie! I bet the fresh greens in your home are beautiful! So glad you visited today.

  7. February 7, 2018 / 9:39 pm

    Your mantle looks great and I love greenery too! I miss my old mantle. I won’t every have a rustic cedar mantle again unless it is in a cabin!
    Think Spring!

    • February 7, 2018 / 9:41 pm

      haha! Yes think Spring and Thank you Jemma. Glad you visited today.

  8. February 8, 2018 / 7:21 am

    I love your stone mantel! So unique and not like everyone else’s. You’ve decorated it very creatively.

    • February 8, 2018 / 10:14 am

      Awww, thanks Florence. That’s very sweet of you to say!

  9. February 13, 2018 / 8:22 am

    You did a fabulous job with your mantel. The beads are awesome. It’s so nice when stuff reduces down to a reasonable price point. I can do $14.99. I love baby’s breath too. Thanks for sharing at Keep In Touch.
    Let’s Add Sprinkles

    • February 13, 2018 / 1:02 pm

      I know right?! It’s crazy how small decor can cost a fortune sometimes. Thanks for the kind words and for visiting today!

    • February 15, 2018 / 11:55 am

      Me too! And thank you for the kind words. 😉

  10. February 15, 2018 / 12:47 am

    Love how you decorated your tiny, wonky mantle Cindy. I’m no fan of dreary Winter days either, it just makes me so sad but those touches of greenery really does make all the difference. Hope Spring comes quickly

    • February 15, 2018 / 11:56 am

      Thank you Michelle. It’s dreary again today but not the mantel! Thanks for visiting.

  11. February 15, 2018 / 11:09 am

    Such a gorgeous mantel! I love all the spring touches you added here! Thanks for linking up to our Friday Friends Parade!

  12. February 15, 2018 / 9:33 pm

    Cindy your fireplace is really beautiful. It makes me long for mine when we were still in Greece. I love the stonework on yours. It really makes a huge difference. And now that it is decorated it is light and airy… and all ready for spring.

    • February 15, 2018 / 10:41 pm

      Thank you Mary, that means a lot. I’m ready for spring!

  13. February 16, 2018 / 3:41 pm

    Your mantel is lovely, Cindy! The baby’s breath is so refreshing to see and I love those beads!

    • February 16, 2018 / 3:59 pm

      Thank you Carol. Even today the Baby’s breath still looks awesome! 😉

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