Spring Decorating Link Party

Hello- and welcome to our first “Spring Fling” link party!

We’re kicking things off with a mantel/shelf/ledge link party here on our blog today, and KateRhoda, and Sarah will be hosting some more Spring-themed parties on their blogs on March 22nd, 27th and 29th!

I always look forward to Spring cleaning/decorating. It’s my favorite season, and I can’t tell you how much I enjoy throwing open the windows, throwing out a bunch of stuff (not out the windows- hee hee), and livening up the place with a little more green! I sprinkled it into our living room in the form of books, butterflies, a vintage metal picnic basket the other day, and I’m loving it! I also used a couple of (very realistic-looking, if I do say so myself) faux plants from Ikea…

I hope they live ’til Summer!

We made the wood art out of some 1×2’s and some “fill-it” strips from the fencing department at Home Depot, and I stained it with a combination of leftover “Special Walnut” and “Provincial” stain we had from other projects. When the stain was dry, I used our electric hand sander to give it a little age.

Next, I punched a whole mess of butterflies out of some old magazines I had, and I love the swoosh of Spring they add to the the room!

(The one in the upper left hand corner reminds me of my bike-ridin’ Mom. Hi Mom!)

I got the butterfly punch at Hobby Lobby ($14.99), and each paper butterfly measures about 2 inches across. To give the flock(?) a little more interest, I made a handful of  larger butterflies by enlarging one of the 2″ ones with my printer, and using it as a template to create some 3″ ones.

(Update: Turns out a group of butterflies can be called a rabble, a swarm, a lek, a flutter, or a kaleidoscope. How fun is that?!)

I used “Simply Tacky” mounting putty (from Hobby Lobby) to hold all the butterflies in place…

…and I got all the old crocks from my Grandma the last time I visited my family in Minnesota. I wrapped a couple in twine because I love mixing those kinds of textures…

The crocks have actually been up on our mantel since last Fall, and it’s amazing how versatile those suckers are! They were fun to mix with mercury glass around the holidays, too.

Springtime = fiiiiiinally being able to enjoy walks and eating lunch at the park around these parts, so I thought I’d create a little picnic-themed display down below our mantel while I was at it, too…

And can I just say that all those vintage metal and leather bits drive. Me. WILD?

(metal picnic basket ; wicker picnic basket ; soda crate)

Love ‘em!

Anywho, it was a super fun/super inexpensive display to put together, and we’re really enjoying the fresh new look in our living room!

Alright! Let’s get this link party started!

Many of you probably already know the drill, but just in case you’ve never linked up a blog post before, here’s how it works:

Scroll down until you see the little, blue “Add Your Link” button. Click that, and follow the instructions on the page you’re redirected to. The instructions involve uploading a thumbnail image and creating a title for the image you’re using. You may want to title it with the name of your blog, or with the title of your Spring mantel/ledge/shelf display post, but it’s totally up to you. (Note: make sure to link to your Spring Fling post- not to the main page of your blog.)

Last but not least, I created a nifty little badge especially for this party, and we’d love it if you’d post the code in the box below at the bottom of the post you’re linking up…

The Lettered Cottage
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Thanks so much for partyin’ with us this week, and here’s to an amazing Spring!

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  1. says

    I love those butterflies! I used my butterfly die cut last week and hung them from branches, but I like your idea much better.
    Thanks for hosting! Can’t wait to see all the Mantels!

  2. says

    yes for faux-i just bought fake floor plant, and i think it’s grand. i put it in a new pot, so to me this makes it more convincing. at least i hope so! love the pallet look and the butterflies. so fresh!

  3. says

    it’s beautiful! i love your pottery collection. so pretty.

    i did butterflies for my mantel too. i just love the look of those happy little lovelies flying around.

    enjoy the first day of spring!

    thanks for the party.

  4. says

    Sooooo whimsical and fun–lovely. Those butterflies take me to new heights, hehe. Love it and thanks for hosting for us!

  5. says

    Thanks for hosting the Spring Mantle party, Layla! Your mantle looks so fresh. I put a ‘rabble” of paper butterflies in a cloche the other day…don’t they just say “Spring”!

    • Layla says

      Just clicked over and saw your Spring mantel display. PRETTY, PRETTY, PRETTY! So gorgeous, Kristen!!!!! :-D

  6. says

    That is the most original and gorgeous spring mantle that I’ve ever seen. The butterflies are so pretty. Thanks for hosing Layla, happy spring!

    • Layla says

      Well aren’t you just the sweetest thing?! :-D Thank you so much, and happy spring to you too, Karen!

  7. says

    Beautiful job, Layla. Super sweet butterflies and the vintage and leather just brought to mind the countdown to fresh air, warmer temps and yardsale season!

  8. says

    What a whimsical, beautiful and colorful Spring mantel you’ve created, Layla and Kevin! Your butterflies are too cute (love that you made them out of magazine pages)! … and, I love your picnic vignette in the fireplace! Thanks so much for hosting.

  9. says

    Lots of great looks going on at this party! Love your butterflies and the picnic basket! Great job. Thanks for hosting!

  10. says

    Your mantel is so pretty and creative. The crocks and books add a unique touch and the sweet butterflies just top it all off! Thanks so much for hosting the mantel party!!

  11. says

    Layla, you definitely have the Midas touch! Your mantle is gorgeous! I love the butterflies even more knowing you used old magazine pages!

  12. says

    This is a great Spring mantle. I love the wood art piece that you created – it’s so versatile that you can use it year-round with or without the butterflies. And I’m so happy to see that someone other than me uses faux plants! They make them so realistic now that I find its much better than the dying real versions that would otherwise grace my home. :)

  13. says

    Thanks for the fun mantel party. I’m glad I was able to get mine finished in time to join the party. I love your butterflies! I made some last year to go across my old windows but they were made of dictionary pages. I love the colors from the magazine pages. Hmm! Maybe I’ll do that this year. You mantel is always so inspiring!

  14. Cindy says

    That is so very sweet, happy and clever. You’ve inspired me to do something similar for Easter. Great ideas!

  15. nancy says

    What paint did u use for your fireplace bricks? My daughter bought a house and we want to change the color of the bricks to black such as yours. Thanks for your help.

  16. Jude says

    Love it! Thanks for the 10:00 coffee break entertainment and smiles :-)
    Save that biker butterfly for me!!

  17. says

    Just beautiful! The butterflies made from old magazines is such a clever idea. Never thought of that. The wood piece is awesome and the butterflies swarming around it are just adorable . Love all the books and candles. I always try to arrange stuff like that and it just never looks good. Always looks better when someone else does it! Thanks for commenting earlier on our blog :)

  18. says

    Layla, thank you for this awesome idea! I love, love, love your mantel! The butterflies are great! You always amaze me! Thanks for hosting this wonderful link party! It’s always fun to see such inspiring ideas!

  19. says

    I love LOVE the butterflies — you may have just inspired me to go punch shape shopping at Michael’s! =) Thanks for hosting the party; I just linked up! Happy SPRING!

  20. says

    LOVE the butterflies- your mantel is so fresh and spring-y and lovely. I may need to re-adopt some crocks from my dad that got returned to him in one of our [too many] moves. Thanks for hosting!

  21. says

    I love your little butterflies and the wood art you made for your mantel! There are some really awesome inspirations linked up! Thanks for hosting!! :)

  22. says

    I have used butterflies in my last two posts; however, yours is the cutest!..I am definitely going to make those cuties!…Your mantle is so authentically magnificent..your careful selection and placement of items to create your vignette is a work of art!…..Thank you so much for hosting!..

  23. says

    That’s the prettiest, springiest mantle! You’ve inspired me to spend the rest of the day “springing” up my house…I don’t have a mantle but I do have crocks and I do have twine…somewhere I have silk spring flowers, too…off to hunt them up!

  24. says

    I’m a sucker for picnic baskets. Love yours! Your mantel is super Cute.. like I knew it would be, I ‘ve been looking forward to seeing it. Thanks for the party!

  25. says

    Layla, Thanks so much for this awesome mantel party. Believe it or not we moved into our first house with not 1 but 2 mantels this year! I know, I know we’ve never had mantels to decorate. I love the fresh and fun interpretation of your mantel decor. The 3-d butterflies floating off the mantel are AMAZING! Lesley

  26. says

    Thanks for hosting this party. Great thinking with the butterflies on the jars! It really does look like wild butterflies in frolicking in a field. So Spring!

  27. says

    I think I’m in LOVE! You make me want a butterfly punch now. (Imagine the possibilities! Though none could be more functional than my beloved heart punch…) You also make me want a mantel. :)

  28. Cortney says

    I love the spring mantle and that you reused some items and pulled in new items as well. Where do you store decorative items when not being used? We are a military family and move A LOT! 5 times in 8 years thus far. I always have items that don’t end up being used in one house or another but they stay in boxes and sometimes I forget what I have…any thoughts?

  29. says

    Wow! What a great party! I can’t wait to visit the other posts and see all of these great mantels up close! Thanks so much for hosting!! Glad to link up!

  30. says

    Oh, what a cute springy mantel you’ve put together! I love those butterflies. Thank you for hosing your fun party!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  31. Sara says

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! My mantle has been sadly lacking, and I really had no idea what to do with it (it’s my first time having a mantle, so other than housing a clock and some candles it’s been obscenely bare). I have so many ideas now! YIPPEE!!!

    • says

      Who can go wrong with crocks?! I used to go to auctions all the time before I had three children to tow along, and I was ALWAYS so happy when I got the winning bid on crocks! What a great idea of using the old crocks with the new look of the colorful butterflies. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how you use such inexpensive ideas and make it look so expensive! Thank you!!

  32. says

    I am fashionably late to your party. : ) You have done it again! Your mantel is full of whimsy and the promise of spring’s magical moments! I adore your butterflies. (I had to share your post with my mother because butterflies are her favorite!) The inherited family crockery, the ‘antique’ crate and the enamel picnic basket — wonderful details that hold my attention.
    Your Friend,

  33. says

    LOVE your spring mantel Layla! such a creative girl you are. looks like a great party…holy moly that’s a lot of mantel inspiration. i’m looking forward to going through these links and gathering some more ideas…now i just need a mantel to decorate:)

  34. says

    Thank you for hosting!! This was fun- a good reminder to me to do something different with the mantel- and I love seeing what everyone else did as well. I love your butterflies and picnic baskets!!

  35. Bethanie says

    Love it Layla!! I just got several crocks from my mother in law, I’ve had fun using them in different ways!! Love that you used your vintage picnic basket, I have that exact one, plus about 15 more…I’d love to see people using them in different ways. Right now I have them just stacked here and there…between my mom and I, we have a huge collection!

  36. says

    I’m going to have to look at each mantel in your party. I just can’t get mine to look the way I want so these will all be inspiration. Yeah, I’m linking mine anyway since the only reason I hopped to it was to join the party!


  37. says

    I LOVE the butterflies!! I all honestly I love EVERYTHING. I especially love the wrapped twine. It’s so simple but such a perfect touch. OH, and the pictures looks fabulous!! Thanks so much for hosting, Layla! I couldn’t wait to join!! I finally finish my mantel late last night!!! :)

  38. says

    Layla, I love your mantel, do you show how you guys attached it on your blog somewhere? I saw the post about how you created the whole fireplace but wondering more about how the mantle was created and attached.

  39. Stephanie says

    I love your Spring Living Room! The butterflies are super cute. Something that I never would’ve thought of. You’re just so creative. I love all your work.

    • Layla says

      Thank you, Stephanie! Spring is definitely in the air around here and I hope you’re having fun with it in your neck of the woods, too! :-D

  40. says

    Hey there, Layla!

    I linked up late (story of my life…#293, holy snikers!), and mine’s not technically a “mantel” because I don’t have one (sniff, sniff).

    It’s a spring sofa tablescape.

    Feel free to delete it if you feel it’s not appropriate.

    I’ll just be browsing all the other prettiness. ; )

    Have a great weekend!

    ~Abbie (Five days…5 ways)

  41. says

    Linking way late but better late than never I guess. ;) Thanks so much for hosting! Your mantel is adorable, loving those butterflies!! I managed to use a lot of black in my spring/easter mantel (327) because of some unmovable objects, I always love a good decorating challenge. :)

  42. says

    I almost missed the party but happy to be linking up my vintage-inspired Easter mantel (341). I’m off to check out all the other inspiring spring mantels. Yours is so happy! The butterflies are a lovely touch and how nice your mom loves to ride her bike. I just overhauled mine last summer and can’t wait to get out on the trails myself soon. Thanks for hosting and have a nice week.

  43. says

    Just in the nick of time! I new I wanted to share my mantel in your link party, I just never thought it would take me so long to get it posted. I am totally loving how your mantel turned out. If you have any hints on how to work around a big, wall mounted tv, I would greatly appreciate them. The mantel is always the spot where i get stuck. hope your week is off to a wonderful start!

  44. says

    I love your mantel! It’s dripping with butterfly sweetness! I’ve been reading your blog for years. I LOVE it! This is the first time for me to linkup. I was third from the last! I almost didn’t make it! Thank you for hosting!

  45. Mom In RI says

    I don’t have a mantel, however, I love the butterflies as that is what my daughters bedroom is decorated in. This is just the idea I needed to add a few more touches to complete it. Now I have to go an find a punch. Thanks for sharing, love you as always. Lynn D

  46. oakley says

    I love all the butterflies. I need to go buy a paper punch to try it out. When I do I will send you my picture. This is my first reply SO excited.

  47. Amy says

    Just looking over some of your pics — I almost cried when I saw Edith Schaeffer’s “What Is A Family” book on your spring mantle. It’s my second favorite book of all time, after the Bible. Have you read it? I even did a college paper on it!

    have a great day, Amy

  48. says

    This mantel is delightful! I’m sharing your sweet butterflies in a 5 for Friday roundup of Spring Mantels on my blog today, with one pic and a link back to this post…then I’m comin’ back to browse this fab linky and poke around your blog some more! : )

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