If you’re like me, spring can’t come soon enough! Today I’m sharing my simple spring mantel decor with DIY cherry blossom stems, and I think this decorating project will have you giddy for springtime, too!
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Simple Spring Mantel Decor: A Pinterest Challenge
It’s hard to believe it’s already the last week of February, which can only mean one thing…it’s time for another Pinterest Challenge!
Each month, Cindy from County Road 407 challenges a group of bloggers to recreate a Pinterest image in our own style. It’s like we’re bringing reality TV into the blogging world, except no one gets sent home at the end of the episode!
If you’re visiting from Decorate & More with Tip, I appreciate you coming over. Terrie is a kindred spirit with her passion for DIY projects, and she is so kind as well.
The Inspiration Photo: Cherry Blossom Mantel
Our inspiration for this month’s challenge comes from Deborah at Hip and Humble Style.
She has a wonderful tutorial on how to make faux spring cherry blossom branches as part of her mantel decorations.
I’ve always admired the cherry blossoms that bloom in D.C. and Boston, and I love how Deborah’s craft mimics the real deal!
I have a related post showing how to make DIY paper flowers using a slightly different technique, so for this challenge post, I’ll focus on the whole mantel.
In Deborah’s decor, I found a few elements I knew I wanted to recreate:
- Faux cherry blossoms (of course)
- White pitcher
- Large mirror
- Black candlesticks
My Spring Mantel Decor with DIY Cherry Blossoms
In the past, I used to transition from everyday decor to Christmas decor on the mantel…and that was about all I could handle with twin toddlers!
Now, my boys only call my name 30 times a day instead of 50, so I’m free to celebrate all the transitions between the seasons.
Can I get a high-five, please?
When I do these Pinterest challenges, I try (like the Dickens) to use what I already own.
I’ve never actually used a mirror on my fireplace mantel because a designer once admonished me that it wouldn’t reflect anything attractive. Well, I’m all about breaking the rules!
Let’s just say that this mirror is extremely heavy, and my husband might have had to screw some new holes in the wall to make sure it didn’t slip off and give us bad luck for seven years.
He’s a true sport!
Next week, the mirror will return to its home in the art niche by our master bedroom. I’m not sure if hubby knows that yet.
[Note: This mirror is no longer available, but I’ll put links to similar products at the end of this post.]
Black Taper Candleholders
As I mentioned, I normally dig through my inventory to find what I need for a challenge like this.
However, I auditioned all the candlesticks I owned, and none fit the bill for this mantel decor theme.
I’m fairly certain I ended up with the same candleholders as the ones in Deborah’s photo, though that wasn’t even my intention!
True story…at one point I considered making DIY candle holders out of air-dry clay. There’s a reason you will not be seeing a tutorial about that! #pinterestfail
DIY Faux Cherry Blossoms
While the DIY candlesticks didn’t pan out, I did enjoy making some DIY faux cherry blossoms for this spring mantel.
You can expect a YouTube tutorial with more details about that very soon!
I love how these paper flowers turned out. They remind me of my multicolored paper pom-poms, only more delicate.
I’m not sure if these blossoms are anatomically correct, but they sure do look dainty and pretty from the sofa.
It’s amazing how a few branches from my crepe myrtles and wax myrtles cleaned up so well.
To balance the blossoms on the right side of the mantel, I also added a touch of greenery in a birdcage that I already owned.
It gives just a hint that flora and fauna of springtime will soon appear. At least, this girl is hoping for that!
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