Are you ready for spring? I certainly know that I am! The last several days I have been seeing all kinds of springy spring stuff on pinterest and the blogosphere even if there have been few signs of spring outdoors as of yet. I must say that with Spring Break beginning here tomorrow I am ready to get me some spring if you know what I mean (read: I would like some warmer sunnier weather and the beauty of new growth in the world).
Unfortunately the main place I seem to see seasonal décor is on peoples’ fireplace mantels. This doesn’t work for me. We only have a modern day fireplace (also known as a television). Yes, I wish it were a REAL fireplace with a big gorgeous mantel to decorate but that is not currently in our budget (and ranks much lower on the list then a kitchen with a working dishwasher and without peeling cabinets. Therefore, it is unlikely I will have a fireplace mantel to decorate for a good long while.
So what the heck is a gal to do if she doesn’t have a fireplace or a mantel??? Get creative of course! As such, I am forced to use my TV Armoire as a faux “mantel” of sorts, changing it out seasonally. Today I had some time so I crafted up some new springy additions to the “mantel”. And here is how the Faux “Mantel” turned out:
And in keeping with the FAUX theme of the “mantel” I used only FAUX decorative items:
- dollar store painted birdhouses (faux – these babies will not actually house any birds)
- antiqued newel posts from my favourite local store, Beckonings Upcycled Home Furnishings and Décor (faux, they don’t actually support anything)
- a big ol’ jug of forsythia branches and a little greenery-ball-topiary (both faux)
- a wee white bunny that I spray painted the tacky paint job off of (faux – no bunnies harmed in the making of this faux spring mantel)
- a little birdy 3-D art that I crafted together with some fabric I had and some dollar store faux birds (I promise I didn’t harm any birds either)
And now for a few little close-up shots… here is the left side of the springy faux “mantel”:
The middle of the springy faux “mantel” (I’ll post more details soon about how I crafted up this little birdie picture):
The right side of the springy faux “mantel”:
And here are the buntings I whipped up out of something shocking (No, not that! Napkins!). Crazy eh?? I’ll post a tutorial about how to make this really soon.
I LOVE our springy faux mantel. I think that spring might be one of my favorite times to decorate… I love the colours so much and I think it always packs so much hope for longer brighter fun days to come.
The fact that I LOVE decorating for spring so much may explain why the springy craftfest and décor kind of started to spill over into the dining room too… I will be back really soon with some more details about the changes in there. But for now, I arranged a private sneak preview just for you (sorry, no popcorn available at this showing).
Please feel free to say hello if you drop by – I love comments and will reply to each one:) And remember, my housie friends, HOME wasn’t built in a day. Enjoy the journey!
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