I have been so excited to write March Mantel as it is so alliterative, but as I wrote March Mantel as the title for this post I realised that May Mantel will sound even better, so now I am looking forward to that.
How daft am I! Actually, don't answer that! Moving on...
At the beginning of the year I decided to decorate the mantel in a seasonal way each month of the year. There will probably always be some sort of garland or bunting involved, and I am trying to use only things that I already have around our home, or have made using, as far as possible, things that I already have.
Here is my March Mantel - Ta Dah!
I have gone for a springy look inspired by the daffodils. In some ways I would prefer to keep the daffodils for April, but it will be Easter then so no doubt an eggy or bunny theme will emerge so daffodils in March it is.
The daffodils are based on the pattern for a wreath in issue 28 of Simply Crochet. These are a variation of the pattern as after making some as directed I started making two colour ones and working the ends of the trumpets slightly differently so that some flared out more than others. Just like real daffodils!
The daffodils and the chain were made mostly with stash, and the addition of one ball of very scratchy yarn that was about £1.50. Most of the yarn is Stylecraft, but the scratchy stuff wasn't! I don't want to say bad things though, so I won't share the brand. Suffice to say, you get what you pay for, but for daffodils that is fine! I used the rest of the yarn for my spring wreath which I have yet to show you and for the daffodils that I made for work. So I estimate the cost for this months mantel to be about 50 pence! Not bad hey.
I think this one below is my favourite colour combination!
Moving on to the other objects that I have gathered to decorate with. They have been selected for their colour or decoration. This little egg has been with me for probably about 25 years and was selected for the little daffodil that it has painted on it - sorry about the fuzzy picture.
You can see where I made this little bunny here. This was selected for the wonderful yellow colour - he will still be around in April too when the rest of the bunnies come out to play!
I love these trees, although they haven't made an appearance since the autumn. It is time to bring them out again though. They were a gift from Sue last year. The look as though they are blooming and blossoming, so surely had to be included as a sign of spring.
I shared my little bunch of artificial daffodils with you recently. They are ideal for the mantel as it is very narrow, so fitting a real bunch of flowers onto the mantel is difficult. These work well though!
These vases spent a lot of time on the mantel, and will probably be in residence now for the rest of the year. The one on the right was a charity shop purchase last year on holiday.
Sorry, more shots of the daffodil garland! You can see how 3D they are and how the trumpets really stand out.
Some of you have asked in previous months how I secure the garlands to the mantel. This is the little secret. I wrap the end of the garland string into a lump of blu tak. That is then covered with something decorative, most often I crochet a circle in a coordinating colour to the garland. To make the circle, chain 4 slip stitch into first chain, chain three, work trebles into the loop until you have a full circle - 17 in this case - and then slip stitch into third stitch of the chain. Tie off and sew in ends.
I will leave you with a sideways shot. I don't know why I like these so much, but I do!
Oh, and a dirty little secret. Just so that you don't think my home is perfect, what I didn't show you was what was just out of shot. Still draped over a chair is my quilt that I am no further with yet! It is all about the editing and cropping of the photos!
You can see the previous months mantels below
I am also working on a page showing all of my buntings and garlands, the link will be in my sidebar soon, so keep an eye out for it!
However you are decorating your home this month I hope that you are enjoying it!