Fall Home Tour: Front Porch and Fall Mantle Inspiration

Fall Home Tour: Front Porch and Mantle Inspiration plus 8 other bloggers share how they decorate their homes for the fall!

I love Fall.  I love the bright colors of the leaves as they change.  I love the cooler weather.  I love pumpkins and cornstalks and sunflowers.  So it should come as no surprise that these are the things I use and think about as I decorate my home for the change of season from summer to fall.  I’ve teamed up with At Home (who has graciously sponsored this post) to bring you some fall inspiration for your home.

As much as I would love to decorate more areas of my home, I have to take into account storage space and the fact that I’ve got a couple of little kids running around who love to explore and touch everything.  So this year, I decided to focus on two areas of my home: the front porch and the mantle.

First, I’ll show you my porch.

Fall Home Tour: Front Porch and Mantle Inspiration plus 8 other bloggers share how they decorate their homes for the fall!

The reds, oranges, yellows and greens of fall make for the perfect colors to contrast my darker exterior and I think the items I used really pop.

For my door, I made this flowers and berries wreath.  You can check out the tutorial HERE.

Fall Home Tour: Front Porch and Mantle Inspiration plus 8 other bloggers share how they decorate their homes for the fall!

I slowly started adding decor on either side of the door to fill in the space.  A small bale of hay from the craft store and this darling pumpkin from At Home helped tie in the colors I used on the wreath.

Fall Home Tour: Front Porch and Mantle Inspiration plus 8 other bloggers share how they decorate their homes for the fall!

Then I placed a sign on the opposite side with a mini pumpkin and another pumpkin from At Home which lights up.  I also love that it is a grapevine pumpkin because that also ties in with my grapevine wreath.

Fall Home Tour: Front Porch and Mantle Inspiration plus 8 other bloggers share how they decorate their homes for the fall!

Fall Home Tour: Front Porch and Mantle Inspiration plus 8 other bloggers share how they decorate their homes for the fall!

Fall Home Tour: Front Porch and Mantle Inspiration plus 8 other bloggers share how they decorate their homes for the fall!

Right in front of the door, I placed a new leaf mat.  It tends to get rainy where I live in the fall so mats are always a good idea.

Fall Home Tour: Front Porch and Mantle Inspiration plus 8 other bloggers share how they decorate their homes for the fall!

The final touch was a leaf garland.  I used two 6 ft lengths of garland and some tape to connect them.  Then I used a couple of 3M command hooks at each corner and hooked the links of the garland around them.  It’s held up really well and I love that I can just take the hooks down when I’m ready to remove the garland.

Fall Home Tour: Front Porch and Mantle Inspiration plus 8 other bloggers share how they decorate their homes for the fall!

If you’d like to check out the items I used as part of my porch decor, I’ve included a list below of where each item came from and links where applicable.

Fall Flowers and Berries Wreath  |  Tutorial by Me
Fall Leaf Garland  |  At Home
Hay Bale  |  JoAnn’s (they also carry them at At Home)
Harvest Sign  |  At Home
Grapevine Pumpkin  |  At Home
Leaf Mat  |  At Home

Now for the mantle.

If you’ve been around my blog for a while, you might remember my Spring/Easter Mantle and my Summer Mantle.  This is the main place that I decorate for holidays/seasons because it still allows me to have my decor out and is mostly ignored by my children.  (Also, this is not technically a mantle, but I use it the same as if I had one.)

Fall Home Tour: Front Porch and Mantle Inspiration plus 8 other bloggers share how they decorate their homes for the fall!

I generally have a wreath but decided to go a different direction when I saw this canvas at At Home.  It seemed so warm and cozy to me and reminds me of when I visited New England a few years ago in the fall.

To fill in the space on either side of the canvas, I used a combination of items I already had and new things to fit my style from At Home.  You might recognize the hurricane vases I made last fall.  I use them almost year round because they allow for so much flexibility in decor due to the fact that I can easily swap out whatever is inside.

Fall Home Tour: Front Porch and Mantle Inspiration plus 8 other bloggers share how they decorate their homes for the fall!

Fall Home Tour: Front Porch and Mantle Inspiration plus 8 other bloggers share how they decorate their homes for the fall!

Then, I printed out a couple of pictures of my kids from last fall and put them in the two frames.  If your kids are anything like mine, they love to see pictures of themselves. Plus, I think my kids are pretty cute too.  *wink*

Fall Home Tour: Front Porch and Mantle Inspiration plus 8 other bloggers share how they decorate their homes for the fall!

Again, here is a breakdown of where each item came from with their corresponding links where applicable.

Hurricane Vases  |  Tutorial by Me
Burlap Table Runner  |  Tutorial by Me
Colored Acorns (in hurricane vase)  |  At Home
Pine Cones (in hurricane vase)  |  Walmart
Mini Wood Autumn Sign  |  At Home
Wooden Bowl (similar)  |  At Home
Colored Twine Balls  |  At Home
Red Square Frame  |  Hobby Lobby
Wreath Stand  |  Rod Works (click here for locations)
Fall Canvas  |  At Home
Layered Candle  |  At Home
White Wood Lantern  |  Tai Pan Trading Co.
Orange Stand  |  Hobby Lobby
Green Frame  |  At Home

Happy decorating my friends!

If you’re looking for more amazing Fall inspiration, definitely take some time to look at these other Fall Home Tours by some very talented women!

Fall Home Tour: Front Porch and Mantle Inspiration plus 8 other bloggers share how they decorate their homes for the fall!
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Fall Home Tour: Front Porch and Mantle Inspiration plus 8 other bloggers share how they decorate their homes for the fall!

Fall Home Tour: Front Porch and Mantle Inspiration plus 8 other bloggers share how they decorate their homes for the fall!
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Hallway Table Makeover

Use chalk paint for a quick furniture makeover without the prep work of sanding!

Before I had my daughter, I worked for a digital scrapbooking company in their home office.  Below the main office, there was a warehouse that was rented out by a furniture store to hold their stock.  Occasionally they would have a sale on pieces that were slightly damaged or missing parts and they would invite us to come and take a look.  It was during one of these sales that I found a cute little wood table for about $20.  It had a couple of tiny scratches on the top but was otherwise in perfect condition.  So I bought it and brought it home to my husband who looked at me like I’d bought the ugliest thing in the world.

We had recently moved into our current home and I thought the table would look nice in the hallway due to how narrow it was.  And it fit perfectly!  The only problem with it was the color, which was a medium-dark brown with a slight reddish tint to it.  I had grand plans to paint it but it just sat there in the hallway, boring brown and mismatched with all our other furniture.

Use chalk paint for a quick furniture makeover without the prep work of sanding!

Use chalk paint for a quick furniture makeover without the prep work of sanding!

Fast forward five years.  I was looking at this little table one day and I got the itch to paint it.  Like, that day.  So after getting myself and the kids ready for the day, I loaded up and drove to Walmart to to buy some chalk paint.  I knew I wanted to use chalk paint because I didn’t want to have to worry about prepping the wood for painting.  When I got to Walmart, I found the brand I was looking for, but the color I wanted was completely gone.  As in, all three sizes were cleared out.  Someone else must have beat me to the punch.  So, I got back in the car and drove to another Walmart (I live within 5 minutes of two stores) and thankfully found two bottles of the color I was looking for.  Phew!  (I used Waverly Inspirations Chalk Paint in the color Agave.)

Use chalk paint for a quick furniture makeover without the prep work of sanding!

When my son went down for his nap, I took the table apart in my front room and put all the screws in a bag so they wouldn’t get lost.  Then I laid out some painter’s plastic in the garage and started painting.  I just used a regular stiff bristle brush and tried to make the strokes as even as possible.  Everything dried fairly quickly so by the time I was done with the first coat, I was able to start on the second coat.  Once it was dry, I brought it inside and put it back together.

Use chalk paint for a quick furniture makeover without the prep work of sanding!

The next day during my son’s naptime, I took the table outside and used some sand paper to distress it a little bit on some of the corners and edges.  Nothing too extreme but just enough so that if someone looked closely at it, they would know it wasn’t just a scratch on an otherwise smooth table.

Use chalk paint for a quick furniture makeover without the prep work of sanding!

Use chalk paint for a quick furniture makeover without the prep work of sanding!

And that’s it!  I put the table back in the hallway and pulled out a white vase and some pink flowers and placed them on top.  I love how simply changing the color of the table added so much brightness to the hallway.  I did the same thing with an old cabinet door that I turned into a sign and placed above our kitchen cabinets.  New paint makes such a huge difference!  (See the cabinet door turned sign HERE.)

Use chalk paint for a quick furniture makeover without the prep work of sanding!

Use chalk paint for a quick furniture makeover without the prep work of sanding!

Use chalk paint for a quick furniture makeover without the prep work of sanding!

Use chalk paint for a quick furniture makeover without the prep work of sanding!

Now I just need to find a new runner to complement my new table.  Anyone have any suggestions on great places to find one?

Cabinet Door Makeover

Easily transform a cabinet door into a customized sign for your home

A few months ago while I was browsing around a store, I found this awesome serving plate that had all the colors that I wanted to decorate my kitchen in.  The design was fun, the colors were bright and I think it cost me about $6.  Done and done.  Since buying that plate and putting it above my kitchen cabinets, I’ve slowly started filling in the space.  However, I’ve run into a few snags because of the way our ceiling slopes above the cabinets so the height varies a lot.

When we were building our house about 5 1/2 years ago, we chose a few upgrades at the time, such as marble counter tops in the kitchen, better carpet and padding, 2-panel doors and a bigger garage, just to name a few.  Looking back, one thing I wish we’d upgraded to were the staggered cabinets.  You know, the kind that  have varying heights instead of being the same all the way across.  It’s totally an aesthetic thing and doesn’t give any advantages besides maybe a little more space between the counter and the bottom of the cabinets.  But after trying to decorate above my cabinets for the last 5 years since we moved in, it’s something I’d really like to do in the next house we move into.

One day a couple of weeks ago, we were at a discount home store called ReStore which is run by the Habitat for Humanity.  They have a huge warehouse full of anything you might need for your home in terms of fixing it up.  We were actually there to buy paint for our garage (one of the many home projects we’ve been working on this summer) and I wandered over to the cabinet door section.  I’ve been searching for the right size of door so I could turn it into a sign to put above the cabinets and that day I was lucky!  I found the perfect shape and size for a whopping $4.  I couldn’t wait to get started.

Easily transform a cabinet door into a customized sign for your home

This last weekend while my husband was organizing all his tools and whatnot in the garage (with the help of our 4 year old who loves to sort) and my son was napping, I knew it was the perfect time to pull it out.  The only thing I knew for sure was that I wanted to use the word “gather”.  I thought it was a fitting word since that is usually what happens in the kitchen.

To paint the cabinet door, I used some sample paint we got when we were trying to decide what color to paint our basement.  We didn’t end up using the same color as the sample, but it was a good color for the sign.  It is good quality Behr paint with the primer and paint in one.  I didn’t worry about sanding it down at all, but I did give it a good wipe down before starting.  I used two coats of paint, getting it as even as possible.  (If you use a different type of paint, such as acrylic or chalk/milk paint, the number of coats you need may vary.)

Easily transform a cabinet door into a customized sign for your home

While the paint was drying, I pulled up my Silhouette software and started working on a design for the sign.  The cabinet door itself measures 23″ x 8 3/4″, but the space in the middle where I wanted to put the words and only measures 17 1/4″ x 2 3/4″.  I typed the word “gather” and then went through the different fonts until I found some I liked.  Then I compared them to each other and finally decided on the font Magnolia Sky which you can get for free HERE (the same font I used for my mama bear shirt).  I stretched the word out to fit the space but made sure it was still readable.

After looking at the word for a couple of minutes, I realized something was missing, so I opened my Silhouette library and grabbed some cute arrows to put on either side of “gather”.  It was the perfect touch!  For the vinyl, I used some from the pack I bought when I made my Summer Pallet Art and Mod Podge Notebook.  I’ve loved having such a great variety of colors to choose from when I need to add a little bit of vinyl to a project.  (You can buy some HERE.)

Easily transform a cabinet door into a customized sign for your home

I organized my design in my software so that I could cut all three colors of vinyl and my shapes at the same time by using the grid feature, then cutting my vinyl down to size and spacing it out on the cutting mat.  Then I loaded it up and let the Silhouette do it’s thing.

Easily transform a cabinet door into a customized sign for your home

Before I transferred the vinyl to the cabinet door, I used some transfer paper to make lining it up easier.  I also moved two of the yellow arrows to be in the middle of each set of grey arrows and cut out some transfer paper for those.  I measured the middle of the sign and the middle of the word “gather” and lined them up before pressing the vinyl to the sign.  I just kind of eyeballed the arrows before pressing the vinyl down.

Easily transform a cabinet door into a customized sign for your home

*Note: One great thing about transfer paper is that you can usually use it a few times before it’s not sticky anymore.  Just save the backing and put the paper back on it after you’re done.  This saves money and who doesn’t want that? *wink*

I found a small easel to set the sign up on and placed it above the cabinets.

Easily transform a cabinet door into a customized sign for your home

Easily transform a cabinet door into a customized sign for your home

I totally love how it turned out!  The size was perfect for the space and the colors coordinated well with the plate I used as my color inspiration.  (You can see the plate in the second picture below.)  Now I just need to decorate the rest of the space. *sigh*  One thing at a time I guess…

Easily transform a cabinet door into a customized sign for your home

Easily transform a cabinet door into a customized sign for your home

What do you have above your cabinets?  Please share so I can get some ideas!

Also, remember to hop over to the guest post for Bellissimo Bebe and enter the giveaway!  (Ends Sept 6, 2016 at 12AM.)

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How To Stain Wood

A simple, step-by-step tutorial on how to stain wood

About a month or so ago I was wandering around one of my favorite home decor stores (The Wood Connection) and I saw a cute shadow box with the patriotic decor that had been stained.  The result was a more antique look to the wood since you could see the grain.  Now, up to this point, I’d never stained anything.  Paint is my go-to and wood stain was totally foreign to me.  I decided it was time to add it to my skill set and took it up to the front to pay for it, along with the shadow box.  I talked to the ladies up front and got a couple of tips and went on my way.

As I pulled out my supplies I went through a mental checklist of the things I needed:

  • sandpaper
  • wood stain
  • paintbrush
  • old t-shirt or rag
A simple, step-by-step tutorial on how to stain wood

The first step is to prep your wood by sanding it.  The instructions on the can of stain say to use fine-grade sandpaper (#220), but I only had #150 so I used that.  The wood was already pretty smooth with the exception of one edge.  Then I used a baby wipe to wipe off the excess wood dust.

Next, I popped open the can of stain.  (I used Minwax Wood Finish Penetrating Stain in Provincial 211.)  I dipped my paintbrush in the stain and applied it to the shadow box in the direction of the wood grain, trying to get an even coat.

A simple, step-by-step tutorial on how to stain wood

After I finished applying the stain, I let it sit for about 10-15 minutes.  Then I took an old t-shirt and started wiping the excess stain off.  Then I let it dry outside for an hour or so.  (It was too stinky to keep inside.)

A simple, step-by-step tutorial on how to stain wood

When I brought it in, I finished it off with some scrapbook paper on the bottom and a wood cutout of the United States that I had mod podged while the stain was drying.

A simple, step-by-step tutorial on how to stain wood

A simple, step-by-step tutorial on how to stain wood
See that grain?  So pretty!

Now that I’ve stained wood, I don’t know what was keeping me from doing it in the first place!  It was so easy and the result is exactly what I was looking for.  (If you’re nervous about it, just start with something simple like a shadow box or a wood block.)

Do you have any tips for staining wood?

Summer Pallet Art

Summer Pallet Art--a fun and easy way to brighten up your home for the summer!

I was looking at my spring mantle this week and realizing that it was time to start thinking about summer decor.  So I looked through my summer decorations and noticed a serious lack of summer-y-ness (totally a word) in my collection.  A few months ago I picked up a 12×12 unfinished pallet board at Walmart without knowing exactly what I wanted to do with it but thought it would come in handy one day.  (This is a habit that drives my husband crazy, but sometimes I just can’t help myself.  *wink*)

So I grabbed the pallet board and opened my Silhouette software on my computer.  I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I use my Silhouette Cameo all the time on all different types of crafting projects.  I absolutely love using it to cut vinyl because it’s so precise, even on very small images or words.  My idea for this project was to use summer words on each row of the pallet board with a simple background.
To make your own pallet art, you will need the following:

  • acrylic paint (in your desired colors) 
  • paintbrushes/foam brushes
  • vinyl
  • transfer paper
  • Silhouette machine (or similar)
  • optional: stickers or rub-ons for the words (if you don’t have a way to cut the vinyl)

I found the perfect sun cut file in my library and resized it to fill a good portion of the board.  Then I typed out a few words that describe summer to me: sunshine, popsicles, flip flops, watermelon and summertime.  Then I found a font I liked and arranged the words in an order I liked.  As I did this, I realized that I could go from shortest word to longest word from top to bottom which I though flowed really nicely.

To give me a better visual for how the finished product would look, I resized some rectangles to mimic the pallet board, then filled everything in with the colors I wanted to use.  You can see what I did below:

Summer Pallet Art--a fun and easy way to brighten up your home for the summer!

To prep for this project, I cut out the sun and words using vinyl.  I knew I was just going to use the sun cutout as a stencil so I used some less expensive vinyl I have on hand for just that purpose.  Then I cut out the words by opening a new file and copying and pasting the words there.  Using the grids, I measured how big each piece of vinyl would have to be to fit each word and then cut it out so I wouldn’t waste any and placed it on the cutting mat and cut it out.  For the words, I used some new colorful vinyl that I recently received as a promotion to try out and review.  The pack I received had 35 6×12 sheets included in all different colors and finishes: shiny, matte and metallic.  (I used the shiny kind.)  When I used it in my Silhouette Cameo machine, it cut beautifully and I didn’t have any problems.  It’s a great value too.  (You can find it here.)
*Note: I received the vinyl at a deeply discounted rate in order to try it out and review it.

Before placing the sun stencil on the wood, I sanded down some of the roughness with a piece of sandpaper.  Then I positioned the stencil on the wood and pressed it out, paying special attention to the edges so that when I painted over it that the paint wouldn’t seep under.

Summer Pallet Art--a fun and easy way to brighten up your home for the summer!

Summer Pallet Art--a fun and easy way to brighten up your home for the summer!

I like the look of distressed wood without worrying about sanding so I used some petroleum jelly (Vaseline) to distress the wood.  (You can learn how to do this here.)  I dabbed a little here and there trying to follow the grain of the wood.

Once the petroleum jelly was on, I grabbed some acrylic paint and started mixing the colors.  Originally, I wanted to do a sort of ombre with the blue background, but it didn’t quite work out.  If I look at it now, it’s a very subtle change in color and not as dramatic as I had hoped.  I only did a couple of thin coats and thinking back, I should have done a couple more, especially since the wood was unfinished and soaked up some of the paint.

I removed the vinyl stencil while the paint was still drying to create more crisp lines (just like painting a wall, right?).  Then I let it dry for another 10 minutes.  While it was drying, I added a little more petroleum jelly to the spots where the sun stencil had been so it would appear distressed there as well.

Summer Pallet Art--a fun and easy way to brighten up your home for the summer!

To paint the sun, I used a smaller brush to paint around the edges, then filled it in with a foam brush.  I used a little more paint on the sun and I think it turned out a little brighter and more how I would have liked the blue background to look.

Summer Pallet Art--a fun and easy way to brighten up your home for the summer!

I used a paper towel to wipe off the paint and petroleum jelly (refer to my tutorial) and then I placed the vinyl words on the board.  I would definitely recommend using transfer paper for this.  One trick I’ve learned is that you don’t need to use a new piece of transfer paper for each piece of vinyl.  It will stay sticky enough that you can reuse it a few times. 

Summer Pallet Art--a fun and easy way to brighten up your home for the summer!

I did run into a little bit of a problem with the wood soaking up some of the petroleum jelly and it was a little hard to get it off and it had sort of a greasy look around the edges of each spot.  I think this happened because the wood wasn’t sanded down and there were lots of nooks and crannies for stuff to get caught in.  But not to worry–I have a solution!

Solution: To soak up some of the petroleum jelly, I sprinkled some baby powder over it and left it for a couple of hours before I blew it off.  There were a few places that I had to use my fingernail to get some of the powder off.  Overall, the powder did a great job of soaking up the greasiness and I was a lot happier with how it looked.

Summer Pallet Art--a fun and easy way to brighten up your home for the summer!

And now I have a fun, new, summery decoration for my house!

Summer Pallet Art--a fun and easy way to brighten up your home for the summer!

Summer Pallet Art--a fun and easy way to brighten up your home for the summer!

Summer Pallet Art--a fun and easy way to brighten up your home for the summer!

What holiday/season do you lack decorations for?

My Favorite {Free} Kitchen Printables

Over the last few months I’ve been working on redecorating our kitchen.  I got rid of a few items above our cabinets that I’d had forever and didn’t like anymore and picked up a new color scheme that flowed better between our living room and kitchen.  To replace one of the items I got rid of above the cabinet, I decided to print out a cute kitchen quote.  I found a lot of free kitchen printables, but many of them came in a group and I don’t have a lot of wall space in my kitchen so I settled on a single print.

While I wasn’t able to use all the printables I found, I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you in case you are looking for a simple and inexpensive way to add a little something to your kitchen decor.  Simply click on the link below the picture and it will take you to the website where you can download and print the file.  I hope you find one you love!

My Favorite {Free} Kitchen Printables
Set of 5 Kitchen Printables  |  Yellow Bliss Road

My Favorite {Free} Kitchen Printables
Hugs, Kisses and Dishes  |  Balancing Home

My Favorite {Free} Kitchen Printables
Life Is A Kitchen  |  I Heart Naptime
*this is the one I have in my kitchen*

My Favorite {Free} Kitchen Printables
Which one is your favorite?

Spring/Easter Mantle Inspiration

Spring/Easter Mantle Inspiration--some fun ideas for decorating around the home in the springtime/Easter time that won't break the bank.

So I’ve had my spring/Easter “mantle” up for a couple of weeks, but I’ve added a couple of pieces to it that I love and I didn’t want to show it to you until I was happy with how it looks.  You’ll notice I put “mantle” in quotes because I don’t actually have a real mantle to decorate.  Instead, we have a “credenza” which is basically a narrow table with storage cabinets.  But I couldn’t very well title this post “Spring/Easter Credenza Inspiration”.  So mantle it is.  And I hope you’ll forgive me if you think the title is misleading and look at all the cute things I have to show you instead. *wink*
When I think of springtime, bright happy colors come to mind.  So that’s what I did when deciding how to decorate.  I’ve mentioned before that I like using classic pieces to decorate with, no matter what holiday or season I’m decorating for, which is what I did for spring/Easter.

Spring/Easter Mantle Inspiration--some fun ideas for decorating around the home in the springtime/Easter time that won't break the bank.

The wreath is one I’ve had for a few years.  (Usually it’s hanging on my front door during the spring and summer, but I’ve currently got a cute shamrock wreath there right now.)  I made it using a grapevine wreath and wrapped a couple of 6-ft lengths of the yellow flowers around it and secured the ends by poking them into the wreath.  I think it cost me about $15 to make.  The wreath stand came from Rod Works.

Spring/Easter Mantle Inspiration--some fun ideas for decorating around the home in the springtime/Easter time that won't break the bank.

The ‘tulip’ blocks were purchased from a cute website called Thoughts in Vinyl.  They have a huge selection of wood craft kits at awesome prices.  On the other side, it has the letters to make the word ‘Easter’.  I opted for a more natural look and didn’t bother with painting the blocks.  I just cut out the scrapbook paper and mod podged it on, then applied the vinyl.  Total cost was about $12.

I recently picked up a ‘mini post’ (far left in main picture) from a local wood craft store called The Wood Connection.  It has cute little wood cutouts that you can paint and mod podge and swap out for each month/season/holiday.  The post was $10 and the cutouts range from $2-3.

Spring/Easter Mantle Inspiration--some fun ideas for decorating around the home in the springtime/Easter time that won't break the bank.

Spring/Easter Mantle Inspiration--some fun ideas for decorating around the home in the springtime/Easter time that won't break the bank.

The small white lantern came from Tai Pan and the white crate, burlap carrots and chick came from Hobby Lobby and each cost between $2-$10.

Spring/Easter Mantle Inspiration--some fun ideas for decorating around the home in the springtime/Easter time that won't break the bank.

Another one of my classic pieces are the hurricane vases.  I made these a few months ago and they are perfect for swapping out various holiday items.  (See the tutorial here.)  For Easter/spring, I bought some of the crinkle grass from the dollar store and I already had the plastic Easter eggs.  I just put a little grass in, then an egg and so on until it looked the way I wanted.  You could also use the mini plastic eggs.

Spring/Easter Mantle Inspiration--some fun ideas for decorating around the home in the springtime/Easter time that won't break the bank.

The burlap table runner is another one of my DIY crafts you can find here on the blog.  It is so easy to make and doesn’t cost much at all.  I’ve been using it since October as the base for all my holiday/season “mantles” and I love that it adds just a little bit of rustic charm to everything.  (See the tutorial here.)

And there you have it!  I hope my mantle gave you a few ideas for your own spring/Easter mantle decorations!

Do you like to decorate for the holidays or do you keep the same decor up year round?