How I Styled My Spring Mantel ...with a Chicken Feeder!

Happy Wednesday Friends!  I found inspiration for my spring mantel from what may seem like an unlikely source...

Whimsical Chicken Feeder mantel

I was browsing an antique mall when I happened upon this old chicken feeder and I just knew it belonged on my mantel! 

Chicken feeder spring mantel

Previously, I've used a chicken feeder tray as a dish display.  I needed something that would fit on this narrow shelf but offer adequate support for my precious jadeite--it has worked like a charm!

Chicken feeder epurposed for dish display

However, I had something different in mind for the mantel.  I already had this pretty Easter sign and I couldn't wait to add some colorful eggs to my feeder. I decided to alternate eggs, succulents, and moss.  

Vintage chicken feeder for spring mantel

Next, I added a white pitcher of dried lavender, a tiny nest and iron birdie to the left...

Vintage chicken feeder repurposed for spring mantel

...and to the right, a white china bunny and an even tinier nest.

Spring Mantel with a Chicken Feeder

Here's a peek at the full mantel--it has just the right combination of rustic farmhouse and whimsy I pictured in my mind ;)

Whimsical chicken feeder mantel

Finally, I hung a spring message on the mirror.  I found this fun chevron painted sign on clearance at Hobby Lobby.  I wanted to keep it simple, so I added only the metallic letters. 

Whimsical farmhouse spring mantel

So what do you think--would you use a chicken feeder as decor?

Whimsical farmhouse spring mantel

More mantels from my chicken feeder challenge:

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Whimsical fall chicken feeder mantel
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 Chicken Feeder Challenge: Blooms and Blessings on the Mantel

Vintage toy mantel


Boogieboard Cottage

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  1. Your Spring mantel is gorgeous! What a clever way to use an old chicken feeder and the Easter picture is so full of color. Have a great day.

  2. Really pretty Cecilia. I love how you used the chicken feeder. You are so creative. I bought several at a barn sale. You can see one in my header picture holding the green apples. I have a few more and may copy you and add some eggs and such to the other ones that have the chick feeder holes.

  3. very nice, I' d love a display like that on my mantel

  4. How charming, Cecilia...I love how you used the chicken feeder!

  5. What a pretty, Spring-y mantel! The aqua just makes it all. I definitely would use a chicken feeder.....whatever works!

  6. Awesome! Love how you pulled it all together! Great job. Inspiring me to get my act together and decorate. :)

  7. Cecilia your mantle is so lovely. Who would of thought a chicken feeder. Great idea. Hugs, Jo

  8. Eeee, I love it! Its a perfect use for a chicken feeder. And yes, I would use one for my decor. I really like the way you styled yours. :)

  9. I love your Spring mantel and that chicken feeder was a great find!

  10. I am inspired! I just might have to copy this!!! Love how you added the eggs and succulents... genius!

  11. I am inspired too! Your mantel is so pretty my friend, and a chicken feeder.... you are amazing :) Thanks for sharing your creativity with Roses of Inspiration.

  12. Love it Cecilia! I have a feeder like that and have used it for Christmas and loved it. I always plant it with Portulaca for out on the deck, but this is just precious! Thanks for sharing it with SYC. I will be featuring you this week.

  13. What a cute mantel and all the great the chicken feeder. All your spring decorating is just beautifully done! Thank you for sharing at share it one more time!!!

  14. HI- Are you using real or artificial succulents?

  15. Loving how styled it, it looks great! I Would love it if you would share this over at the Dishing It & Digging It Link party, I think my readers would love it!



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