Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Birds and Bunnies Spring Mantel

Craftiments:  Birds and Bunnies Spring Mantel

In recent days I have seen Robins pulling plump earthworms out of the ground, cottontail rabbits joyfully jumping straight up in the air, and the irises and crocuses blooming..... I knew it was time to redecorate the mantel for spring!

Just looking out my kitchen window it was easy to see why birds and bunnies are the quintessential symbols of spring.  The theme for my mantel was a no-brainer.

Craftiments:  Birds and Bunnies Spring Mantel
Craftiments:  Birds and Bunnies Spring Mantel

Starting on the left side, I placed a birdcage filled with faux eggs and a simple moss topiary.  I made the topiary myself, hot-gluing moss from the backyard to a styrofoam ball and setting it in a terracotta flowerpot.

Craftiments:  Bird cage filled with faux eggs and a simple moss topiary in a terracotta flowerpot

Next, a framed vintage Robin print from The Graphics Fairy and two rabbit figurines.

Craftiments:  Framed vintage Robin print and two rabbit figurines

The rabbit on a raft is actually a candleholder.  I think he looks so cute rowing an egg that is almost as big as he is.

Craftiments:  Rabbit on a raft rowing an egg

At the center of the mantel I placed a pitcher of dried pussy willow branches.

Craftiments:  Pitcher of dried pussy willow branches

Next, a miniature fabric and twine bunting hung across a picture frame, a bird and her nest of eggs.

Craftiments:  Miniature fabric and twine bunting strung across a picture frame, a bird and her nest of eggs

I printed on fabric with my laser printer for the first time ever to make this bunting.  I held my breath from the moment I pressed print until the fabric finally came to a rest in the output tray, half expecting it to jam.   I think the trick to prevent jamming is to carefully iron the freezer paper to the fabric without any bubbles and then to cut it to exactly 8.5" x 11".

Craftiments:  Closeup of miniature fabric and twine bunting

And finally..... a thrifted bunny painted white, a vintage mason jar of turkey feathers, and a birdhouse.

Craftiments:  Thrifted ceramic rabbit painted white, vintage mason jar of turkey feathers, and a birdhouse

Happy Spring!!!


  1. Hi , I really like the colors you used. The accent colors of the bird picture and then how you arranged everything, I just love it! Love the tiny banner too. I love little banners and garlands. Great post.

  2. Very sweet and chic mantel- what speaks more of the coming spring than birds, eggs, nests and the like? You NAILED it!

    Thanks for sharing this project with the rest of the world!
    Suz in NW Illinois

    My Linked Project This Week

  3. Darling collection! I love your photos, too!
    I found you today at the Show me What Ya Got Linky. I hope you can stop by my blog and leave a comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  4. Love this mantel! I started decorating for Easter yesterday!

  5. What a fun "rustic" mantle! So pretty! I would LOVE to have you share this at my Homemade By You party!


  6. Your Spring mantel is lovely! Love the mix of natural elements set against the pretty mirror. Thanks for sharing,
    Pieced Pastimes

  7. aw, you have great taste lady. I'm loving those ceramic animals and have been accumulating a few this spring. So simple& pretty.


  8. I love your mantle. Thanks so much for sharing with Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop. Have a great week.
    Debi, Charly, Marci, and Suzan

  9. I'm decorating my mom's renovated bathroom in garden & birds and I am heading over to the Graphics Fairy for that Robin! Your mantel is really nice. Over from Pintastic Tuesday.

  10. I love the mantle. You have chosen such wonderful items. I really like the eggs in the Bird Cage!

    I would love it if you would link this up to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link party. It is live right now! Thanks so much - See you ther!

    Cynthia at Feeding Big

  11. You know I love everything about this mantle! I am so glad you brought this to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link party. I can't wait to see what you bring next week.

    Cynthia at http://FeedingBig.com

  12. Featuring you today over on my blog. :)

    Thank you so much for linking up to {wow me} wednesday.

    Have a happy Easter.

    Ginger @ gingersnapcrafts.com


  13. Lovely spring mantel! I love the birdcage filled with eggs. I found you over at Ginger Snap Crafts feature today, and wanted to let you know that I'll be pinning this to my Easter board - so pretty! Have a blessed Easter!

  14. WOW! Can you please come decorate my house?! :) Of course I may need to buy a faux mantle first...all the details are fabulous, from the pussy willows to the printed fabric bunting, just devine! Thanks for linking up to Showy Sunday www.leroylime.blogspot.com