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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Pastel Spring Mantel Done with Books


Good morning friends. 
 I don't know about where you are but Spring is in full swing here and I am all about bringing some of that bright color and sunshine into our home after this long winter.  I have been busy adding small touches to our decor to reflect the beautiful pastel colors of Spring. I started this process by adding a lot of pastel color to our mantel in a very simple way - using books.

Pastel Spring Mantel done with paper covered books and diy fabric rag wreath



If you have been following me for very long you know that I love books and use them in my decor in all sorts of ways.  This Spring I was all about simple and easy as I am still recovering from surgery. How much simpler can you get than covering old books with colorful scrapbook papers and adding them in an interesting fashion to your mantel.  Just the colors of the papers shout Spring - then add a few focal points and you have a pretty and cheerful bit of this season right in your family room.

Fabric rag wreath and diy topiaries along with paper covered books for a pastel spring mantel

The main drawing point is the fabric rag wreath done in yellow that reminds me so of that bright yellow orb in the sky.  This is a last years project  you can find the tutorial for here.  It is an easy project that can be done in an afternoon and lasts forever.

paper covered books with diy topiaries on a pastel mantel


Below that bright orb I have some pastel paper covered books stacked and a couple of cute little topiaries that I made and placed in a couple of pretty little blue candle holders.  I then tied some raffia around them to add a little interest to the whole vignette.

Patel diy "faux" flower arrangement in a vintage ironstone pitcher for a pastel spring mantel

On the left side are some more paper covered books stacked to support a vintage ironstone pitcher filled with a "faux" Spring bouquet of yellow, blue and white flowers.  

pastel paper covered books with a ceramic bird in a nest for a spring mantel

On the right of the mantel I have stacked a few more paper covered books.  I then added a metal candlestick supporting a moss nest with a yellow ceramic bird.  So sweet.

diy fabric rag wreath oversees a pastel mantel of paper covered books, diy topiaries, faux bouquets in a vintage pitcher

I love all the pastel colors but mainly I love the pops of yellow I have used throughout the whole vignette.  I have scattered this bright cheerful yellow color around our family room to bring lots of Spring in where I could enjoy it even on those chilly, rainy days we still get.  I will be sharing more with you in the next few days.  
So come back - I have lots more easy ways to add Spring to your home in a quick, easy and budget friendly way.
  
a Spring mantel done in pastels with paper covered books. diy topiaries, a diy fabric rag wreath and faux flowers in a vintage pitcher - all done on a budget

What have you been up to?  Do you have your home all decked out for Spring?  I love to hear from you so tell me all about what you have done in the comments below.

Until next time - have fun creating something you love.

I will be linking up to the parties listed on the Where I Party  page.  Please take the time to go by and visit them - I'm sure you will find a lot of great inspiration.

If you like this post you may also like these:

painted, stenciled and twine wrapped milk bottles made into vases and placed in a French graphic box for a vintage Spring centerpiece
               Vintage Spring Centerpiece


A quick and easy diy spring wreath done with dollar store flowers and burlap bow
                                                            DIY Spring Wreath

a diy fabric rag wreath done with diy fabric rosettes
                                                                   Spring Wreath

28 comments:

  1. Hello Cathy, I love your spring mantel! I hope you will come back and share your projects with us at our link party sometime. Have a wonderful week and a Happy Easter.
    Julie xo

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  2. Your Spring mantel is so pretty! It gives me some great inspiration to start decorating my home.

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    1. Thank you Christine - I am so glad I was able to inspire you.

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  3. Thanks for sharing your spring mantel with us at Mondays Cooking & Crafting with J & J!

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  4. Your mantel looks lovely and what a creative way to add the pastel colors of spring by covering books. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday. Pinned and Tweeted.

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    1. Thank you so much Beverly - I love using books in my decor - so simple and so much fun. Thank you for pinning and tweeting.

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  5. Cathy, Beautiful mantel! I love the beautiful yellow rag wreath with the pastel covered books! Thank you for sharing with us at Brag About It! Pinned and tweeted to share :)
    ~Laurie

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    1. Thank you Laurie. Thank you for pinning and tweeting.

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  6. I love decorating with books and you have created a sweet pastel mantel.

    Thanks for sharing at SYC.

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    1. Thank you so much Carol. Books are one of my go to items for decor. Love them.

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  7. I love the use of books and the bright pops of color! So beautiful. I would love to invite you to share over at our Funtastic Friday link party. Thursdays at 9:00pm EST.

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    1. Thank you - I also love using books in all sorts of ways. Thank you for the invite.

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  8. So springy! Love that wreath! Thanks for sharing at Dishing it & Digging It! :)

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  9. Your mantel looks great! The pastels really work up against the wood. It is perfectly styled, too!

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  10. Loving your spring mantle, I love sing books too. I admit I don't have the patience to cover them like you do. The decor books I use come from the thrift store and are usually on their last leg, so I (whispering) spray paint them. LOL

    Seeing yours I may have to start stocking up on pretty paper!

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    1. Thanks so much Christine. I get my books at thrift stores also. I think I find spray painting more work that covering them, lol... I have a huge stock of paper left over from my scrapbook store so I have to find inventive ways of using it up.

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  11. Just stopping by to let you know this awesome post was picked as a feature on the #HomeMattersParty. You can find it featured at http://adventuresfrugalmom.com/home-matters-linky-party-80/. While you are there make sure to grab the I was featured button for your side bar.

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    1. Thank you so much for the feature Melissa - I am so honored.

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  12. I love it all, Cathy! The books are the perfect touch. Your spring wreath is a wonderful focal point. I'm featuring your spring mantel at tomorrow's Snickerdoodle Sunday.Thanks for linking up with us.

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    1. Thank you so much for featuring this at your party Beverly - I am so honored.

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  13. I love your mantel, the pallet board is a perfect background, the colors are lovely!! I would like to invite you to stop by and share on my Friday Features so I can add your blog to my feature next week!

    I have also Pinned to share!! And I am following you on all social media, except your FB link gets an error:(

    I hope you have a great weekend!
    Karren

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    1. Thank you so much Karen and thank you for the invite.

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  14. Everything looks so pretty! :)

    I would love for you to share this with my FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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    1. Thank you so much Jess and thank you for the invite.

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