Simple Spring Mantel Decor with DIY Cherry Blossom Stems
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
I have to say I’m a little excited about this challenge! I’ve done everything from a Halloween Mantel to a Winter Mantel, but this is officially my first spring mantel.
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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Your mantel is absolutely gorgeous! It’s just fresh, light and airy. I think your flower DIY is perfect!
Thank you, Christy! This was a fun little mantel to put together. So happy to be hopping with you again for this challenge!
Hi Crissy, love your take on the spring mantel challenge!
Hi Rachelle! Thank you so much for stopping by. It’s good to see you here again. I need to stop by to see what you’ve been up to lately, too! I hope all is well! Hugs, Crissy
Yor flowers looks amazing, you did such a great job making them. Can’t wait to see the video. Love that mirror, is is stunning and adding the birdcage was such a clever addition.
Thank you, Marty! I need to wrap up that video soon. I’m glad you liked the mirror there. I’ve never tried one over the mantel before. Happy to be “hopping” with you!
Hi Crissy, I came over from somewhere but can’t remember which blog🥴. You have such a cute style of writing and seem so down to earth. I will add you to my short list of bloggers that I follow and look forward to more entertaining posts. I’m excited about how to make a Cherry blossom 🌸 branch!
Hi Cecilia! Every once in awhile, I receive a comment from a reader that completely makes my heart sing. Yours did that today! I truly appreciate your kind and thoughtful words, and I’m feeling fancy now for being on your short list.😄 I’m working on my cherry blossom post tomorrow and hope to get that out very soon. Thanks for following along!
Crissy, I love your mantel and its pretty cherry blossoms! I’m glad you had fun making them as they turned out really pretty. Adding the scrolled birdcage adds much to your mantel and just says “spring!” <3
Enjoy spring as it finally gets here! Nice to be with you on the PC tour again, too. <3
Thank you so much, sweet Barb! It’s a joy to be on this hop with you, too! Aren’t you ready for spring now that we completed this challenge? I know I am! Hugs back, Crissy
As always, your post gave me a giggle and a smile more than once! You are too cute, my friend! Can’t wait to see the tutorial on your branches! And I know your hubby is just waiting to help you in any way he can! 😉 Your mantel is lovely!
Hee hee. I’m thrilled if it gave you a giggle, my friend! Yes, thank God for my hubby who is always willing to indulge me in my blogging visions. Thanks for the sweet comment, as always. Big hugs!
Crissy, So glad your boys are getting big enough so you can enjoy a little more decorating time! You’ll be swapping up that mantel by the season before you know it! Love your tissue flower branch version; can’t wait to see the how-to video! Man, I need to get the video thing going; just so. many. things.
Thanks, Lora! Ha ha. Yes, the boys actually enjoy seeing the changes, and they give me their opinions now! I hear you on the video thing. I was getting really burned out by trying to do everything. It’s fun once you get started, though. Let me know if you want any tips from this novice!
Well done Crissy! I always like to see how well you match the inspiration photo and once again you nailed it! Love that elegant mirror and yes it does reflect a beautiful room.
Thank you, Michelle! I’m so glad you’ve joined the challenge, too. I was telling someone that our fireplace mantels are very similar in style, so I look forward to getting more ideas on how you decorate yours!
LOL! I agree with whomever told you never to put a mirror above a fireplace because it doesn’t reflect anything pretty. I thought the same thing when I broke the rule the other day. I made sure I reflected the chandelier and shelf on the other side! Hahahaha. And I feel guilty for adding new holes so it’s staying for a while or the Mister will not be happy. If your hubby needs counseling, he can call mine. He deals with that quite a lot. 😉 Love your mantel and how happy it looks. Pinned!
Hee hee! Isn’t that too funny, Cindy?! I hadn’t realized how heavy our mirror was. Aren’t we blessed to have hubbies who are willing to put up with our blog demands? We’ll need another challenge with large mantel art to cover up those holes…
Thanks for hosting this great challenge. It’s always a blast!
Your spring mantel looks so pretty, Crissy! I love the cherry blossoms that you made and I’m looking forward to reading your tutorial and hopefully watching your YouTube when you share how you made them.
Your husband is a great sport to move that mirror for you. Having a helpful husband makes having a blog a whole lot easier.
Thanks so much, Paula. I hope I can post the tutorial soon!
Yes, my poor husband got measuring tape out and everything. It does make it a lot easier having a partner who will oblige me with my crazy blog ideas! Ha!
I’m loving all your home decor and lake house updates, by the way!
Looks gorgeous and I’m so glad I was able to inspire you. Thanks for the shout out!
Love your blog !!
Thank YOU for the inspiration, Deborah! We appreciate you allowing us to use your decor as inspiration. It was a really fun challenge, and you have a beautiful mantel!
Chrissy, I just love your DIY Cherry blossoms. Adding the little yellow center made them look so pretty. I can’t wait to see the YouTube video on what you have next for us.
Thank you, Terrie! I know you had fun making your forsythia branches also. Isn’t it a joy to make DIY decor for your home?
So simple and pretty Crissy, great job on the flowers!!
Thank you, Pamela! Love the way your mantel turned out, too!
Your blossoms are perfection! I love the addition of the birdcage.
Thanks, Laura! I loved your tutorial, too.
You nailed it. I do love your black candlesticks. Your branches are perfectly spring.
Thank you, Katie! I really try not to buy anything for these challenges, but I’m glad to have these candlesticks for future projects. Happy to be hopping with you again!
Your mantle looks wonderful. You did a great job with your cherry blossoms.
The mirror sure is a beauty.
Thanks so much for stopping by, Cindy! I appreciate the kind comments. This was a fun project to try, though it took a little effort to learn how to make cherry blossoms! Hugs, Crissy