Be inspired by some spring mantel ideas using handmade bird nests, different types of moss, and lots of texture from wood and metal pieces.
What makes you think of spring?
For me, it's the emergence of green coming back into the garden. Green moss and green buds on the trees, followed by blossoms. Birds come back, singing, and watch over their babies in their nests.
These ideas are the inspiration for my spring mantel.
Natural Spring Mantel Ideas
The center of the mantel highlights a couple of handmade bird nests that I created last week using a few different kinds of materials. These are things you can find in the yards and some materials that you may already have on hand.
The center also has an easy wild grapevine wreath from the garden. You may agree that once you have grapevines in the garden they are hard to get rid of, so I enjoy crafting with them. I added a little sheet moss and reindeer moss to this wreath. Just a little bright spring green adds to the natural appeal of the wreath.
Birds also remind me of springtime so I also added a few cement and ceramic birds among the nests. Flanking the center we have a few urns with moss balls and a small aged galvanized pail with some faux hydrangea flowers.
I really like the way all the soft green moss works with the different metals. The muted colors with bits of bright green capture the essence of early spring as the trees and garden start to grow back into their glory.
A couple of artificial flowering spring blossom branches are hung from the center of an old frame for a finishing touch.
Take some cues from nature and create a beautiful spring mantel of your own.
For more inspiring ideas stop by some of the other great posts listed below this entire week as part of the Spring Ideas Tour.
More Spring Decorating Ideas
Christy @ Our Southern Home
I adore your mantel with the mix of white, neutrals and greens against that fabulous brick. So cozy and perfectly spring!
Hi Patti! I miss you!! We just started hearing birds chirping here in Michigan... which has come at a good time. I love your spring ideas and that mantel is full of inspiration! That brick is so beautiful!!
Thanks Julie. I'm so glad you said you like our brick. We are always talking about painting it (whitewash). It's so large and the room is somewhat dark. Maybe one day.
I love how you used natural elements from your yard, Patti! Your spring mantel turned out beautifully and brings to mind the idea of growth and new beginnings. Your collection of urns is gorgeous, too. Happy to be hopping with you!
Thanks Crissy. Spring does make me think of new beginnings. I always enjoy these seasonal tours. Looking forward to seeing what else everyone is sharing.
Your mantel looks beautiful, Patti! I love all of the textures and combination of elements. So pretty and it makes me long for spring! Hopefully, soon, we'll have some consistently nice weather.
Thanks Mary Beth. I hope you are right. I can't wait to get outside and work in the yard.
Michelle | Thistle Key Lane
Love all these natural elements Patti especially the moss. Your mantel makes me feel like spring is finally here. The layered effect with the frame, crate and wreath really draws the eye.
Thanks Michelle. Moss is so fun to decorate with during the spring.
I just love your mantel and brick fireplace! The way you layered the frames and kept it true to nature is so appealing. Great job!
Thanks Marty. I love using nature because it's does all the heavy lifting.
Michelle @ The Painted Hinge
Hi Patti! I love how you used natural elements on your spring mantel! I love using natural elements too and I am inspired by what you did here. I love your handmade bird nests and I will check out your tutorial to make some of my own! The green moss works so well with the metal, and the frame and grapevine wreath sets everything off perfectly! So happy to be touring with you this week!
Thanks Michelle. Your table is so gorgeous and has a beautifully rustic and natural look that I love.
Your mantel is lovely, Patti... I especially like your grapevine wreath with the moss and those sweet little nests! Great spring mantel ideas that are now on my Spring Decor and DIY pin board! So fun hopping with you!
Rita Joy @ Harbour Breeze Home
What a pretty Spring mantel! I love the combination of white, wood-tones, and green. It's so fresh and cozy. Thanks so much for sharing your inspiration with us.
Thank Rita. It's a great time to think of spring.
Love the hushed, soft and textural look you brought together on your Spring Mantel, Patti. So pretty against your lovely brick fireplace, too. Nests on the flower frogs is a great idea!
Thanks Lora. It was fun playing with textures this season.
Patti your sweet birds and nests make me sing for spring! Like you, I love using nature-inspired accents such as mossy nests, birds, and flowering branches to celebrate the season. Your mantel looks lovely.
So fun touring with you this week. Happy spring!
Thanks Amber. Nature is so good for the soul and a great way to decorate your home for spring. This tour is a much needed distraction and they are always so fun and inspiring.
Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge
I always love seeing how you use natural elements in your decor and your spring mantel does not disappoint! Love the birds' nests! I gathered some various things from our yard a few days ago and will be attempting to make some nests soon! Enjoy the upcoming spring blossoms!
Thanks Angie. I do love a good nature craft. So far the forsythia shrubs are the only thing attempting to bloom outside of a few bulbs and hellebores. I can't wait to see the trees in bloom.
So pretty. A dumb question. How many branches on each side did you use?
Linda, are you referring to the floral branches? I believe I bought two from Michaels. So that would be one for each side.
Calypso in the Country
What a beautiful mantel! I love the cute nests and the galvanized buckets. And how nice to have such a large area to decorate too! Great hopping with you...stay well!
Thanks Shelley. It's great to have a nice distraction. Creating with nature is one of my favorite things to do.
Vicki and Jenn 2 Bees in a Pod
Patti - your spring mantel is so pretty. We too are inspired by nests and nature for the spring season. Moss is another favorite. We especially love your handmade nests - so creative!
Thanks Vicki and Jenn. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's creativity this week!
Your mantel is lovely decorated for spring, Patti! The nests that you made look like the real thing and your idea for using a frog to display them is one that I'm going to remember. The moss, birds, and spring florals look wonderful. I also love the design of your fireplace with the firebox on the left and wood storage on the right. I hope that you have many cozy spring evenings enjoying your beautifully decorated mantel.
Thanks Paula. I hope this spring tour is good for the soul. I know it was a nice activity for me. Thanks again for coordinating.