A year of seasonal mantels in 2012

2012 year of mantels

When I was working on my Top projects of 2012 post, I didn’t feature any of my mantels. I thought it would be fun to put all my mantels of 2012 in one post and sort of do a “tour of mantels throughout the year.”  I LOVE decorating my mantel and I LOVE looking at pictures of other people’s mantels and getting ideas. I already took down my Christmas mantel and have a “winter white mantel” just about done for January. I think I was wanted the Christmas stuff down because I was itching to decorate something. 🙂  So here they are,  all my seasonal mantels of 2012….


Valentine’s mantel

Valentine's Day mantel

I didn’t do a winter mantel last year.  I took down my Christmas stuff late, then had to repair the wall from a command product that I used so it was the middle of January before I decorated a new mantel.  So I just devoted it to an all Valentine’s theme.    And I really loved this mantel!  The hanging red lanterns, the XOXO over the mirror, our wedding pictures – it was a fun, love-filled mantel.  This year I will do a winter mantel in January and a Valentine’s mantel in February.


Spring mantel

Spring mantel

Another fun mantel.   I usually just do a spring mantel and that stays March – early May but who knows, maybe one year I will do an Easter one too.


Patriotic Mantel

Patriotic summer mantel

From early May to after July 4th I usually do a Patriotic themed summer mantel.  I LOVE red, white, and blue and love decorating a patriotic themed mantel.  I even decorate outside some too with flags and such.


Summer beach-inspired mantel

Summer mantel

After July 4th, we have usually had or are looking forward to our summer beach vacation very soon so I am in a beachy mood.  So I usually do a simple beach/summer mantel that stays up until time to decorate for fall.


Fall mantel

Fall mantel

I loved my fall mantel!  This was the first mantel that I really concentrated on decorating the hearth too and I really enjoyed that.  I made the pallet wood barn door type thing and plan to use that again in other mantels.


Christmas mantel

Christmas mantel

I went with a vintage, neutral theme for Christmas this year and I really loved this mantel too.    The hearth was decorated again and that might become something that I always do.

You can click on any of the titles to get more information on any of the mantels, where I got the things I display (most of them are yard sale finds and I rotate things all around my house during the year), and of course see more pictures too.

I hope you enjoyed this little tour of mantels!  Can’t wait to see what I come up with for this year! Smile

Do you decorate seasonal mantels (or fantels -“faux mantels”)?  What was your favorite mantel display this year?


  1. Vicki sutton says:

    Just love all your mantels. Wish I had a fireplace! Fantels just aren’t the same

  2. It was great going back to see all your mantle decor. I’ve never done much, but this year I did decorate it for Christmas and I love it! Our fireplace is in the office so nobody ever sees it but my husband and me, but I’m enjoying it so much I’ve decided it will be more than a spot to sit candles on.
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Debbie 🙂
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  3. so many pretty ideas! I can’t choose a favorite!! I’m going to try and do more with my mantle this year!!

  4. Oh wow! They all look so great. I cannot choose a favourite, it’s hard. It must be nice to have a mantel to change up (I don’t have a built-in fireplace 🙁 ) I would be doing the same. It’s fun and creative! Keep it up.
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  5. Kelly Palmer says:

    I love to decorate my mantles and I change them out for the different holidays and seasons. We have one in our living room and one in our guest room so I get to decorate two 🙂 Thanks for sharing yours with us!

  6. Those are all amazing. Seriously. You have such great ideas! My absolute favorite is your fall mantel. So gorgeous!
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  7. All of your mantels were lovely. I couldn’t even chose a favorite.
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