Looking for easy 10-minute spring mantel decor? Here’s how to decorate a spring mantel in three easy steps in 10 minutes.

Do you know what thought went through my head when I typed the title to this post?

The word “mantel.”

A long time ago when this blog was in first grade, I wrote a post about how to create a spring mantel. Except I spelled it wrrrrooooonnnng.

I’m not sure how I missed the correct spelling in English class of the thing that goes over a fireplace, but in that post, I spelled it “mantle.”

And the world let me know.


I went and researched it then and found out that according to Merriam-Webster, “In modern usage, mantel refers to a shelf above a fireplace and mantle refers to a cloak or covering.”

But no matter how you spell it this mantel is easy and cute and only takes 10 minutes.


That’s it.

That’s all you need to make a spring mantel like this.

And the best part?

I found the easiest, simplest way to decorate it with the ONE thing we all need in our lives.

This set of real wax faux flickering candles.

They are so beautiful. They have a swirled pattern with real wax (that looks and feels so real) and the flame flickers and looks so real.

I ordered them off Amazon a couple of weeks ago. They come in different colors, but the living room is blue and white so I ordered them in white. I love that the white is a true pretty white (I’ve ordered others that were a little creamier and I like the bright white for spring).


Instant spring mantel.

Let me sing these candles’ praises.

They are battery-operated and have a remote and you can set a timer with them and you can also adjust the flame to have it flicker more or less.


I like my candles with extra flicker.

I filmed a video for Instagram and YouTube that shows you the candles flickering, but here on the blog, I thought the best way to show you how would be to compare the photo up above with a brighter light with this photo.

There’s a lot less light so you can see the flame more.

See how realistic that flame looks?

Each candle operates on 2 AAA batteries.

You can use the remote or simply switch them off and on at the end of the candle.

And in amazing news?

The entire set is $27.99 right now and the candles fit perfectly in standard candlesticks.



You can see the candles here.

Once I ordered the candles, the rest of the mantel fell in place.

Here’s how I created it.

Your ten-minute spring mantel guide step-by-step.

Easy 10-Minute Spring Mantel Decor

Step 1: Add a group of odd numbers to each side

Do not overthink this step.

Just find three things that you love and add them to each side.

Try to stick with a basic color scheme, but other than that? There really aren’t any rules.

I added a set of three candles to each side

Then I added blue and white and a little brass and some flowers to add color and texture.

Here are some ideas for things you could add in odd groups to your mantel:

  • stacked boxes
  • vases
  • picture frames
  • spheres
  • stacks of books
  • wood beads
  • pot of fall flowers
  • milk glass
  • blue and white accessory pieces

And on and on and decorating on.

You get the idea. You just need odd numbers on each side and then vary the height of the items in the grouping.

Step 2: Tuck in some flowers or greenery

Find some flowers (real or faux) for color.

I found these sweet faux flowers in a blue pot with all the colors of the living room.

I also tucked greenery into this set of blue and white planter pots.

Again, there are no rules. Here are some budget decorating ideas for spring and some other ideas for your spring mantel:

Step 3: Add the candles

Once your mantel is set, then add the candles to the display.

I only used one set of six candles for this display and I think it works great.

The brass candlesticks came from Target several years ago and the candles fit the candlesticks perfectly.

That’s it.

That’s all you need.

Ten minutes.

Three steps.

And these candles.

Such an easy spring mantel just in time for Easter and TONS of time left over for to spell all the words correctly all the time.

Starting with mantel. 🙂

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  1. Image for Teddee Grace Teddee Grace

    Very pretty. I'm eyeing that blue and white tray/platter on the left. It surely is an antique. As far as embarrassing spelling errors go...when I was a sophomore in high school I wrote an essay about my desire to be a foreign corespondent! My teacher circled every use with a red pencil without comment. Of course, I immediately went to the dictionary in a huff and was mortified at the definition. I never mentioned this to my mother, figuring she would agree that such a goal, foreign or domestic, was certainly not something she wished for her daughter!

  2. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    I love those real-flame looking candles. I have been a fan of the pillar ones for years now. I have never tried candlestick taper sized ones though - may have to now! They look great on your mantel. And I know for fact I have spelled it mantle my whole life. Huh, and I self-proclaim myself as an "editor." Yikes. Have a very happy Easter, KA.

  3. Image for Janette Janette

    I love your mantel/ mantle and however you spell it I am sure you can be forgiven for giving us such wonderful ideas. I sometimes wonder why the English language can be so complicated but that’s the way it is. Hope you have a very happy Easter weekend. Xxx

  4. Image for Lynn Mosher Lynn Mosher

    Beautiful as always! I love it. Easy to remember mantle/mantel. The L in mantle is wrapped up like wearing a cloak. In mantel, it's opened out like a shelf! Thanks for all your beautiful ideas and hard work. Always appreciated. Happy Easter, sweetie! 🥰

  5. Image for Eileen Sproule Eileen Sproule

    As always, very helpful and beautiful! Could you put a link to the picture tho? I'm thinking I'd like one too! Thank you soooooooooooo much!

  6. Image for Dianne Miley Dianne Miley

    When I read the one thing everyone needs in their life, and I saw your photo, I thought FLOWERS! (Or maybe blue and white?) Then I saw the candles in the background. I think we all need 3 things in life! Ah, but maybe they should be faith, hope, and love. 😉

  7. Image for Kathy Menold Kathy Menold

    I couldn't decorate our home without faux candles. Love them and with timers set never have to worry about turning them on or off.No more worrying about whether I left a candle burning when I leave the house and I am definitely supporting the battery makers! I do need to get some more tapers and yours look great.

  8. Image for Diana Clark Diana Clark

    Wow. My husband comes to me for spelling and I'm proud of that but I too have always spelled it incorrectly. Thank you! Your display is beautiful and I love the candles


    KariAnne, your mantel is so beautiful and those white flameless candles are so pretty. I use the flameless candles all the time. I am going to order these as they are so pretty with the spiral design. I have not seen this before. Thanks for sharing these candles with us.

  10. Image for Donna Marie Donna Marie

    I am commenting on the love story! I too have a love story of my own where my husband comes back to me after I decide I am okay being single and on my own in my own little trailer (buying it myself!) I always have it and feel so thankful it happened!!! Yours it is so sweet!!!

  11. Image for Stacy Dantzler Stacy Dantzler

    Gorgeous Darling as always. But WHERE did your artwork above the mantel come from? Please don’t say Target. I can’t go back there either BUT I got some great head shots!

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