Step 1: Find yourself a stag head and hang it. Real or fake, expensive or not, this piece adds rustic charm to a mantel. After much searching for a decently priced version, I ended up
finding this deer head at Home Hardware just before the Holidays last year.
Step 2: Frame your deer. A simple paper floral wreath (tutorial on my blog www.akadesign.ca) and a vintage frame gave this deer added presence. The paper floral wreath almost looks like a winning horse’s garland of roses received at a derby!
Step 3: Add a few bird cages/houses. Balance the height of the cages across the mantel. My bird cages came from various sources. Fill each one with faux flowers, moss balls or vintage books.
Step 4: Hang some bunting on the front of the mantel. Burlap, fabric, paper or a combination of these materials will add texture or whimsy depending on what style you choose. The wreaths hung on my mantel came from Etsy and my own making (tutorial on my blog www.akadesign.ca).
Step 5: Fill in the blank spaces. Fill a bowl with rocks from a walk along the beach and tuck in a candle or two. Maybe add a ceramic bird. The key is to fill the space without making it look cluttered.