Another Spring Mantel

This is a bit unconventional and it may kind of look like a store display, but I'm really enjoying the spring colors on our mantle.  I bought a box of reader's digest books at a recent auction. I should probably say, another box of reader's digest books. :)

The covers are soooooo awesome!!  I decided I just wanted to display them for awhile.

I picked up two of these frames at the same auction.  They had some very common portraits in them.  I  popped out the old print and covered the cardboard backing pieces with burlap.  Then I arranged some book flowers I made about a year ago and added some wire accents.  A tutorial to make the book flowers can be found here. They are really fun and easy to make!

The arrangement was missing something and then I found this tutorial to make the origami butterflies.  I was so excited because I knew the butterflies were just the touch the mantle needed.  But, instead of inking the edges of the pages as Karen did, I used my daughters' water color paints to paint the butterflies shades of pastels to coordinate with the books.

It was up in the 80s today here in Nebraska!  It will be interesting to see how the rest of our spring transpires.  I hope there actually is one as I'm not ready for summer!!

I'm linking up with Donna at Funky Junk Interiors.


  1. well, that is just beautiful! those books were made to be displayed. and the butterflies are so lovely! one thing i don't understand though, when i think of reader's digest, i think of the small thick magazines my father use to subscribe to. are those an early edition, or did someone cover them?

  2. Sweet Jill,
    love your mantle display!!

    Karen B. ~ Todolwen

  3. Simply the addition of the flying sweet :). laurel

  4. your arrangement is beautiful - yes, those old RD bookcovers are wonderful - once got a huge box for free at an estate sale - took off all the covers and made journals - they were awesome...and your flowers and butterflies are the crowning touch!

  5. Very creative and lovely! I love your framed flowers! I'm now a follower...

  6. Love it! So perfect for the season. Makes you smile, and what could be better than that?

  7. It looks great and I agree with makes me smile!

  8. very lovely...and hey, and great, if it has a store look...those kind of stores make us happy and we want to go there often, besides they have top designers thinking up stuff, you came up with all on your own.


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