This post was most recently updated on September 22nd, 2019
I just put the finishing touches on a Valentine’s Day-themed mantel. I wasn’t sure I was even going to decorate my mantel for Valentine’s Day this year as I’ve really been enjoying the simplicity around here since taking down the Christmas decorations. But I started tinkering with those branches I’ve been using on my mantel over the past season – see my simple Christmas Mantel (with branches and bulbs) here – and before I knew it, I went beyond the point of no return.
I started by punching a whole bunch of paper hearts from scrapbook paper to create a kinda “Valentine’s Day” tree with the white birch branches. That’s where I intended to stop, but it seemed so lonely up there all by itself ;-). So then I went hunting for some other things to add, and before I knew it, I had a huge crafty mess on the kitchen island that included mod podge, glue and paint. How DO I get myself into these things?
I made that little “Smitten” sign, by printing the word out on canvas scrapbook ‘paper’. It just gave it a softer look than printing it on regular paper. It’s adhered to a wooden heart that has bright pink card stock paper glued to it.
I loved the idea of using some of our kids’ photos on a banner since we’re pretty “smitten” with them. The kids I mean, not the photos. I just printed them on matte photo paper, glued them to canvas, and then finished them with mod podge spray gloss. (The photos, I mean…not the kids, lol). Last year, my whimsical Valentine’s Day mantel was also a tribute to our kids. Not funny to tell the stage of life we are in, huh?!?
For an unplanned decorating / craft project, I like the way it all came together. Isn’t that always the way? The planned projects are often disasters, but the spur-of-the-moment ones never disappoint.
Do you decorate for Valentine’s Day?
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Until next time,
P.S. I’m sharing this with Beth