A simple Valentine’s Day mantel.

I wanted to show you what I came up with for a little Valentine’s Day display for my nemesis, the mantel.
(I was going to post this yesterday, but I went with some healthy habits instead…)  I have the worst time with the proportions of this room, but I’m fairly happy with this fun and simple Valentine’s Day Mantel.

I don’t have anything against Valentine’s Day in particular, but I don’t really count it among my favorite of holidays, so it’s always a bit tricky for me to pull something together.  I end up with a pretty eclectic mix…
Mercury glass, chunky wooden frames, shutters and sparkle.
That kind of hurts my brain to think about that mix, but it doesn’t hurt my eyes, so I’m sticking to it for a few weeks.

The little all you need is… art piece was made out of scraps and left-overs in my craft supply stash.  Was super easy to do and it’s totally temporary.

Remember the Halloween party invitations that I made a few months ago?  I had lots of scraps of this cool black and white paper left over.  On a piece of foam board that was cut to the size of the frame, I used a glue stick and painter’s tape to layer the scraps until the board was covered. (Sort of like shingles on a roof, I just worked my way up…)

I am so lazy that I didn’t even bother to cut off the ends of the paper.  Once the board was covered, I cut out letters on my Cricut (And yes, you could buy pre-cut ones at the craft store of your choice.)  I eye-balled the letters into what looked like a balanced position then adhered them with a glue stick.  Easy.

It looked pretty good during the day, but in the evening there wasn’t enough contrast, so HH got a Sharpie and carefully outlined them to add more contrast.

Do you decorate for Valentine’s Day, or are you still cleaning up pine needles?
Or both?

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  1. says

    I have had my Valentine’s day decorations up for a couple of weeks now, I needed the love!

    Love that HH helped you out, mine would have simply said, “it looks good Babe”.

  2. says

    “Love” this arrangement! I have to admit, there are a few bits and pieces hanging around my house from Christmas. Shhhh, don’t tell anyone :) Hope you are having a great day. -Al

  3. says

    Wow! I don’t think my husband would dare outline something like that for me. I love your mantel! i need to decorate for valentines day still.

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