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!
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.
- 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.
- Floral cutters
- Hot glue if needed
- Separate the stems if you are using a floral spray. Otherwise, trim individual pieces to 6 inches.
- Trim off five short pieces of a different type of floral stem,
- Cut a piece of baker's twine to 5 feet or long enough to hang draped across your mantel or shelf.
- Space your floral stems out on the twin alternating between the two types and lengths.
- Start with the middle floral stem and tie a knot at the bottom edge of the stem so the flower is hanging down.
- Secure with a dot of hot glue if needed.
- Work your way out to each side evenly spacing out the flower stems upside down and alternating between the two until complete.
- Secure the garland to your mantel with tape or use a small command strip hook if you prefer.
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.
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!)
- 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.
My yellow balls were attached to a wire so I just bent the wire into a hook and hung them on the string.
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!
After all the cozy and warm layers for winter, it’s nice to have some cleaner lines and light layers for Spring.
I can’t wait to share more of our spring decor tomorrow along with 20 other bloggers this week.
And a more maximalist one with cherry blossoms and tassels.
Now let’s go see more Spring DIY inspiration from my friends!
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.
Join me on Instagram for behind-the-scenes, DIYs, decorating tips, room tours, and home inspiration. I’ll see you over there!
What do you prefer? DIY seasonal decor or store-bought? And if store-bought, what are your favorite stores?
- How to Paint Candles with Ombre for a Simple Scandi CenterpieceElevate your candle game by using our step-by-step tutorial for painting ombre candles and creating a beautiful Scandi centerpiece. Hello friend. I hope this holiday season is treating you right! … Read more
- Crafting Feathered Friends: A Step-by-Step Guide to DIY Paper Mache BirdsLearn how to make paper mache birds with supplies you already have using this easy DIY and step by step instructions for handmade modern decor.“ Birds of a feather stick … Read more
- How to Make Fabric Picture Frames: An Easy Boho Tutorial!Revamp old picture frames with boho flair! This step-by-step DIY tutorial shows how to make fabric picture frames perfect for gifting or decor. Do you love creating handmade gifts for … Read more
- How to Make a Pom Pom Garland in 3 Easy StepsLearn how to make an adorable DIY pom pom garland in three simple steps, and decorate your home with this playful accessory. I enjoy decorating with neutrals during the holidays and … Read more
- Easy Matching Mother Daughter Halloween Costume Ideas with Clothes You Already HaveUse clothes in your closet to create easy and creative costume ideas for mother and daughter halloween or costume party outfits. Howdy, friend. The joy of dressing up and letting … Read more