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Make a Quick and Easy DIY Spring Garland with Nordic Flowers

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Update your fireplace mantel or shelf for Spring with a beautiful and simple DIY garland using dollar store flowers in just a few minutes.

When I was newly married, I use to treat myself by purchasing one generic seasonal or holiday decorating piece from a big box store as long as it was on sale. We are talking red heart-shaped dishes and ceramic animal figurines kind of cheap decor.

After having to move these accumulating pieces from house to house, I realized it was just stuff and it was more satisfying creating unique decor with repurposed and craft items and using our curated collection of meaningful decor in new ways for the holidays and seasons.

DIY Spring Garland for a Mantle or Shelf

Welcome to The Global Styler series where my friends and I love to share globally inspired DIYs.  I’ll show you how to make a Nordic-inspired Spring garland for your mantel with supplies in your crafting stash (you have one of those, right?).  Make sure to scroll down to see what the other ladies are sharing!

DIY Spring garland for mantel showing a minimalist fireplace mantel spring garland with nordic flowers on a faux white mantel with a stack of books and small ceramic houses and art leaning on top.
Spring Garland for Mantel

If you are new here, howdy! I’m a retired military spouse who moved back to Texas after being gone for 19 years. I perfected the art of rental decorating and overcoming challenges in small spaces for over fifteen years but now am tackling homeownership with a new set of challenges! Our family of four lived in some of the most beautiful coastal towns in the US and Japan which have influenced my colorful and global style with DIYs and furnishings in our one-story 60’s ranch-style home in Fort Worth.


DIY Spring Garland with Nordic Flowers

Make a hanging flower garland for a Spring fireplace mantel or shelf with this Nordic-inspired easy DIY.


  • 1. Floral stems from your crafting stash or the dollar store in two varieties. Up to six stems each.
  • 2. Baker's twine a little longer than shelf or mantel.


  • Scissors
  • Floral cutters
  • Hot glue if needed


  1. Separate the stems if you are using a floral spray. Otherwise, trim individual pieces to 6 inches.
  2. Trim off five short pieces of a different type of floral stem,
  3. Cut a piece of baker's twine to 5 feet or long enough to hang draped across your mantel or shelf.
  4. Space your floral stems out on the twin alternating between the two types and lengths.
  5. Start with the middle floral stem and tie a knot at the bottom edge of the stem so the flower is hanging down.
  6. Secure with a dot of hot glue if needed.
  7. Work your way out to each side evenly spacing out the flower stems upside down and alternating between the two until complete.
  8. Secure the garland to your mantel with tape or use a small command strip hook if you prefer.

Did you make this project?

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What you need for a Spring Mantel Garland with Nordic Flowers:

  • bakers twine
  • a handful of faux floral stems
  • wire cutters

I used a couple of dollar store Nordic-looking floral stems that were in my craft bin.  I really like the dried faux floral mixed with yellow ball stems that were leftover from a bouquet I bought years ago.

Items you need for a simple spring floral garland with nordic flowers and baker's twine.
Items for a Simple Spring Floral Garland

How to Make a Hanging Flower Garland:

  • First separate the stems from a faux floral bunch by trimming off 6 pieces about 6 inches long.
  • In a contrasting floral stem, trim off 5 short pieces.
  • Measure about 5 feet of bakers string (or customize it to your mantel or where you want to hang the garland!)
A DIY Scandinavian garland made with nordic flowers and baker's twine.
Faux Flowers
  • Arrange your pieces so that you have alternating short and long ones.  Start with the middle and tie a knot around the bottom of the stem.  Evenly place out the remaining floral stems. If any start slipping you can secure the knot and stem with a dot of hot glue.
DIY scandinavian flower garland forspring laid out on a white table.
Floral Stems and Baker’s Twine for a Spring Flower Garland
Spring garland ideas like a nordic hanging flower garland on a simple white mantel with blue and white art.
Hanging Flower Garland

My yellow balls were attached to a wire so I just bent the wire into a hook and hung them on the string. 

A simple nordic inspired Spring mantel with a hanging flower garland, books, and little houses.
Little Houses and Spring Mantel

I thought the darling little houses we picked up in Kyoto over the holidays were perfect for this globally-inspired minimal vignette.  The hanging flower garland would pop against a dark mantel too!

A modern Spring faux white mantel surround with blue and white large art leaning on top against a white wall.
Flower Garland for Mantel

After all the cozy and warm layers for winter, it’s nice to have some cleaner lines and light layers for Spring. 

A pretty vignette showing a renter friendly faux white fireplace mantel surround with a white room heater stove decorated for Spring.  A simple hanging floral garland and blue and white art on the shelf.  A snake plant in a basket planter is on a chinoiserie garden stool and a tan chair on the other side.
DIY Floral Spring Garland for Mantel

I can’t wait to share more of our spring decor tomorrow along with 20 other bloggers this week. 

Nordic flower fireplace mantel spring garland that is quick and easy to make with whatever crafting supplies you already have.  This one is on a pretty white faux mantel with books and art.
DIY Shelf or Mantel Garland for Spring

I change the decor every Spring and also do lots of DIYs with one of my friends every Easter like this Spring garland with lights.

A DIY flower spring garland with lights.
Spring Garland with Lights

And a more maximalist one with cherry blossoms and tassels.

Cherry blossoms and tassels garland on a gold bar cart with purple flowers and lots of accessories.
Flowers and Tassels

Now let’s go see more Spring DIY inspiration from my friends!

DIY Woven Basket Wall Hanging

Woven Basket Wall Hanging at Casa Watkins Living

5 Minute Dollar Store Spring Wreath

5 Minute Dollar Store Spring Wreath from The Boho Abode

DIY a Spring Banner from a Canvas Tote

DIY Spring Banner from The House Homemade

You can find all the best decorating ideas and DIYs for Spring and Easter on this page! It also includes seasonal printables and checklists and worksheets for Spring decluttering and organizing.

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What do you prefer? DIY seasonal decor or store-bought? And if store-bought, what are your favorite stores?



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