Butterfly Spring Mantel: DIY pastel clay mushrooms, and watercolour rainbow butterflies made from old book pages make a magical spring mantel.
This spring mantel is full of rainbows and butterflies and mushrooms… there’s everything but fairies and they might show up any minute! This butterfly spring mantel was so fun to put together, and full of easy crafts and DIYs. This is the perfect little project for a maker this spring.
I’m joining in with the Seasonal Simplicity Spring Series, so be sure to check out all the other spring mantels and links at the end of this post for more inspiration.
The starting place for this mantel was the fun pastel coloured mushrooms. I made them from air dry clay and painted them. There is a full tutorial on how to make them in this Spring Mushroom Wreath post, where I used them as well.
Once they were dry, I drilled small holes in the wood pieces and stuck them in. This worked really well. Then I added some moss to the wood stumps as well.
There are also a few other mushrooms tucked in, including some paper mache ones that I made a few years ago. I used a tin foil base for them and then paper maced them with old book pages.
A Rainbow of Butterflies
I also made a rainbow of butterflies for the mantel. My cricut worked great to cut out some water colour paper -find my cut file here. I made three sizes of butterflies. Then I cut some out of old book pages.
I used watercolours in different shades of pink, yellow, green, and blue (to match my kitchen shelves that you’ll see on my spring home tour next week). Be sure to paint them on both sides so that the book pages don’t curl up.
Once the butterflies were dry I hung them on the blackboard with simple tape rolls. I tried to fold their wings up a little to give them a little dimension.
I love how they turned out. This project cost me next to nothing because I had all the materials already and I’m so pleased with it.
Macrame and Butterfly Bunting
I thought it would be fun to bring the butterfly themed down to the front of the mantel too, so I layered a little butterfly garland on top of the macrame bunting. See how I made the macrame here.
To make the butterfly garland I used more of the watercolored butterflies and sewed them on my sewing machine.
This spring butterfly mantel feels so perfect for spring, and I really did have fun crafting all the elements for it one weekend.
More Spring Mantel Inspiration
Today I’m joined by some of my talented blogging friends who are also sharing their Spring Mantel (or vignettes) with you. Be sure to see what they are sharing by clinking the links below the images.
Simple Pink Spring Mantel Decor (with free printables) at The Happy Housie
How to Style Kitchen Shelves for Spring at Cassie Bustamante
Propagating Pothos as Simple Spring Mantel Decor at Grace in My Space
Spring Mantel Decor Trends at Hallstrom Home
Spring Bulb Centrepieces at Craftberry Bush
Early Spring Mantel at Finding Silver Pennies
How to Decorate Your Mantel for Spring at Modern Glam
Simple Spring Flower Mantel at Tatertots and Jello
A Traditional Spring Table Vignette at Sincerely, Marie Designs
Farmhouse Style Decor Idea for Spring at She Gave it a Go
Minimalist Spring Mantel Decor at Cherished Bliss
Neutral Spring Mantel at Two Twenty One
Serene Living Room and Mantel at House by Hoff
Seasonal Simplicity Spring Mantel at Willow Street Interiors
Butterfly Spring Mantel at Life is a Party
Spring Vignettes & a Hyacinth Printable at Deeply Southern Home
Free Spring Coffee Bar Printable at My Sweet Savannah
How to Decorate for Spring for Free at This is Our Bliss
Easy Spring Decorating in the Living Room at Maison de Cinq
Spring Mantel with Large Floral Art at Place of My Taste