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Simple Spring Mantel with Milk Glass Vases and Daffodils

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blue fireplace mantel with yellow daffodils in vintage white milk glass vases

Simple Spring Mantel with Milk Glass Vases and Daffodils

My spring living room mantel decor is so simple and thrifty and it might just
be my favorite ever. I put this together using only things I already had, plus
a few colorful flowers picked from the yard. Zero investment and minimal
effort is always a good thing, amiright? 

yellow daffodils in vintage white milk glass vases on blue mantel

It’s my contribution to this month’s Thrifty Style Team challenge, hosted by
my friend
Julie at Redhead Can Decorate. Each month, we share ideas using thrifted, gifted, or low budget things to
decorate your home. All of this month’s ideas are at the bottom of the post
and there are some great ones, so be sure to visit everyone!

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I’ve been craving simplicity lately and didn’t want anything too cluttered or
busy on the mantel. And I’m also trying not to expand my stash of home decor
items since it’s already too big. So I was happy to use these thrifted
white milk glass vases
that I’ve had for a while.

yellow daffodils and pink lenten roses in vintage white milk glass vases

You can often find these at thrift stores, yard sales, estate sales, etc. (see
my tips for shopping at estate sales here:
How to shop estate sales like a pro). I’ve been collecting them for years and have a variety of shapes and
sizes. FYI, they’re also plentiful and affordable on etsy here:
white milk glass vases

wooden arch window frame with yellow daffodils and pink Lenten roses in vintage white milk glass vases

I picked some daffodils and Lenten roses from the yard to use in my thrifted
vases. Here’s how I arranged them:

  1. I placed the 5 taller vases in order based on their size and design. I
    knew I wanted the tallest one in the middle and the shortest ones on the
  2. The flowers with the longer stems went in the middle vase and the shortest
    ones were placed in the end vases. I added multiple stems to each vase as
  3. I added the shorter vases with the Lenten roses for more variation in
    color and height. 
  4. Each vase was spaced about 2″ – 3″ apart.

Easy, thrifty, and pretty. What’s not to love?

vintage white milk glass vases with pink Lenten roses and yellow daffodils

I know the flowers will fade pretty quickly and actually might get moved
outside to the deck before that (thanks, allergies). But for now they look so
pretty in the family room and add a fun pop of color. 

Here are more great ideas for thrifty decorating from my talented friends. Be
sure to visit everyone!

Redhead Can Decorate – Simple Minty Green Scrunched Tissue Paper Tree

DIY Beautify – Blue and White Decoupage Chargers

2 Bees In A Pod – Painted Frame Makeover

Postcards From The Ridge – Simple Spring Mantel with Milk Glass Vases and Daffodils

The Creek Line House – How to Whitewash a Stone Wall

The How To Home – Easy DIY Paper Bunny Garland

The Tattered Pew – Flea Market Style Spring Centerpiece

Sweet Pea – Easy to make Spring Wreath

What Meegan Makes – Champagne Bucket Spring Floral Arrangement

Cottage At The Crossroads – DIY Bunny Garland

I Should Be Mopping The Floor – DIY Potted Hyacinth Bulbs

Lora B. Create & Ponder – Simple Garden Theme Decor DIY

White Arrows Home – Nautical Candle Holders

Our Crafty Mom – How To Tint Mason Jars With Food Coloring

Chas’ Crazy Creations – How To Stencil On Wood

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For more thrifty decorating ideas, visit these posts:


  1. Angie – your spring mantel is beautiful! We too love free-to-us decor.The architectural window is the perfect centerpiece. Milk glass is always a good idea – and you showcased your finds perfectly with spring blooms.Thanks for sharing!

  2. Wow what a find with all of those milk glass pieces. I love how your mantel looks and how the yellow pops. Thanks for sharing and wonderful hopping with you.

  3. Your mantel looks beautiful, Angie! It's wonderful that you already have daffodils blooming in your yard. There are some early varieties blooming in town that I have enjoyed seeing. Hopefully, I'll have some blooms in my yard very soon. I've always wanted to grow Lenton Rose in my yard but have never started it. Alternating the two flower types looks wonderful in your milk glass vases.

  4. Such a beautiful mantel display, Angie, and I'm jealous that your flowers are already blooming! I have a few more weeks before I get any blooming here and in the meantime, I'll just enjoy yours.

  5. Angie you always do a beautiful job with your mantel. I love the simplicity of the 2 kinds of flowers and varying milk glass vases. Just gorgeous and perfect for Spring!

  6. I love thrifted milk glass! Your vases are so pretty for Spring! And I'm loving your fireplace, I don't remember it being blue, did you recently paint it?

  7. Your milk glass collection is so lovely, Angie. What a perfect way to decorate for Spring. The daffodils really pop for a bright, welcoming touch. Thanks for the idea! I will definitely be on the look for milk glass, now. Have a great week.

  8. This is so pretty! I absolutely love milk glass! I'm a collector too! I love how it looks with those blooms! ~ Kristin | White Arrows Home

  9. Love the pretty simplicity, Angie:) I always keep a stash of milkglass vases around, too; I use them all the time!

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