March Garland and Mantel Scape
It feels so fresh and new to go from all the red of Christmas and Valentine’s Day to the renewing colors of a yellow and green March mantel scape (with a dab of pink). My March garland reads “renew,” because that’s what spring is all about. It is a hopeful season of growth and budding possibilities. It reminds me of how the Lord assures us of the changing seasons as long as the earth exists.
While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, And cold and heat, And summer and winter, And day and night Shall not cease.” Genesis 8:22 NASB
I wanted my March mantel scape to last until I adorn it with pastels and bunnies in April, so I was careful to use the St. Patrick’s Day theme with a light hand. The garland is fun to look at and easy to make. It consists of green felt, burlap, yellow gingham (there are some gingham-patterned dishes in the mantel scape), pink pom poms, a few scrabble letters, and fat green yarn.
- green felt
- yellow gingham
- flower and shamrock paper patterns (I found some free printables on the internet)
- pink pom poms
- fat green yarn ( I considered the skinny green string, but chose the fat yarn instead)
- paper and fabric scissors
- stick pins
- glue gun and glue sticks
I found some simple, printable patterns for the shamrock and flower. I would include a template, but the patterns are not originally mine. Print the patterns and cut with paper scissors. Pin the paper patterns to the desired material. Cut 4 flowers and 5 shamrocks with your fabric scissors. Cut the same amount of patterns in the burlap.
Hot glue the fabric patterns to the burlap. I used a knife handle to hold half of the fabric down while I hot glued the other half, then I flipped it around and glued the other side. Keep in mind, the burlap will be showing in front on the shamrock, but will be the background fabric for the gingham flower. I used a gloved hand to press down the fabric after I applied the glue. My hot glue gun is high-temp, and will burn.
Apply the pom poms and scrabble letters with hot glue.
Stretch the garland yarn out on a table and space everything like you want it, THEN glue. I put rubber bands around the yarn at the beginning and end of the length I wanted the garland to be. Space the flowers and shamrocks evenly between the rubber bands, then glue them on one at a time, checking placement as you go.
Your beautiful, springy garland is done! Now let’s go see the March mantel scape. Up first is a Gingham Green Metlox Vernon Ware bread and butter plate. You can see where I securely taped my garland down with coordinating pink duct tape.
The two copper buckets were made by applying a chalkboard sticker, writing “hope” and “abloom” in yellow chalk, then filling the insides with Easter grass.
The Camark Art Pottery pitcher and Snow White Regency (Johnson Brothers) coffee pot provide depth without adding too much color.
Just for fun, I added a black felt leprecon hat, filled with glittering gold ornaments, and a Corelle Spring Blossom cream and sugar set.
The centerpieces are a Metlox Vernon Ware Gingham Green butter dish and a Sierra chop plate by Max Schonfeld.
Last, but not least, is a gorgeous True Blue vegetable serving bowl from Vernon Ware. The picture does not do this beauty justice. see the small speckles?
I hope you enjoyed my March mantel scape and garland! if you decide to decorate your own mantel for March, attach a picture in the comments.
Have a great week!
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