January 25, 2012

Valentine Mantel

 Let’s face it: sometimes decorating your home has to take a backseat to being a mama, driving the carpool, cooking, cleaning, and all of the other standard business of maintaining a household. By planning ahead just a bit to incorporate elements that can transition well from one season to the next, you can streamline your decorating investment without sacrificing your sense of style!
As I packed away my stockings after Christmas, I realized many of the elements from my Christmas mantel display would transition very well into a Valentine motif. Instead of completely reinventing the wheel and starting from scratch for my Valentine mantel, I retained certain elements from my Christmas display (the framed silhouettes, the rolled rosette tree, and the feather boa “swag”) and then put a Valentine stamp on things by adding a handful of other decorative touches, many of which I already had in my stash of seasonal decor items. What a time (and money!) saver! 
The only items I had to purchase to put together this mantel were a heart wreath form and the X and O papier mache letters. That’s it! Everything else was in my creative stash. I love when I am able to do that!

 
In case you missed it, I shared the tutorial last year for how I create these silhouette images using Photoshop Elements. I knew the perfect way to really set them off would be to hang a heart wreath at the center of the grouping. I was incredibly inspired by these gorgeous heart wreaths Myra at My Blessed Life shared earlier this month, but because I didn’t have any satin on hand in the color I needed in order to use her technique, I decided to refer back to my tutorial for how to create a simple ruffled wreath using my short-cut ruffling method (no gathering required – such a timesaver!) and scraps of fabric leftover from the Christmas stockings I made last month.
 
 
Guess what I used as a hanger on the back of this gem? You guessed it: a pop tab, a trick I shared yesterday in my 12 Why-Didn’t-I-Think-of-That? tips!
 
By removing the green bow from my rolled rosette topiary tree and replacing it with a turquoise one, the tree instantly became Valentine-worthy. I replaced the silver candle holder I used to elevate the tree in my Christmas mantel display with a clear glass holder to lighten things up a bit.
 
These little felt bird sachets were some that I created for a bird-themed baby shower I hosted a couple of years go. I thought their little heart wings made them a perfect addition to this display! The felt heart box is a gift Matt and I received from a sweet friend at our Valentine engagement party eons ago.
 
For my quilted X and O letters, I used the same basic technique from my quilted chevron monogram tutorial, with a few modifications. I’ll be sharing a full tutorial for exactly how I created this version soon, so stay tuned!
 
 
 A few weeks ago while clicking through Pinterest, I came across this tutorial for how to create this super-easy felt heart garland from Betz White. From start to finish, this project took me a half hour, and I absolutely love how it turned out! This would be a terrific project to help older kiddos hone their sewing skills.
 
 
 
I rounded things out with matching red and white plates and three pink and white striped bows. Bright and fun!
 
 
Do you do a Valentine mantel? Remember, even if you don’t have a traditional mantel to work with, you can create a fun display on top of a shelf, hutch, piano, console table, or any other flat surface!
 
Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Linking this to…
Home Stories A to Z
Tidy Mom
Serenity Now
Hoosier Homemade
The Shabby Creek Cottage
Nest of Posies
The Idea Room
Tatertots and Jello
Skip to My Lou
Decor Chick

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60 Responses to Valentine Mantel

  1. Trish January 25, 2012 at 6:37 pm #

    I LOVE the vibrant colors. Red and pink are great, but it’s nice to incorporate others for v-day too.

    I’m working on a spot in my house that I can really go wild with holiday decorating. I’m the kind of person who needs that stuff contained, so it’ll be nice when I have one dedicated spot for all things festive :)

  2. Jen-CraftOManiac January 25, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

    SOOOOOOOO ADORBS. winks, jen

  3. The Smiths January 25, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

    Oh my, your mantel decorations are adorable!!! I just love your blog. You have such cute ideas and are so talented.

  4. DHardt January 25, 2012 at 6:43 pm #

    Envious :) I don’t have a mantel to decorate and I’m not sure mine would be that pretty if I did!

  5. Shirley January 25, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

    I love what you have done!

  6. Sara January 25, 2012 at 6:52 pm #

    This is absolutely ADORABLE!! Hope you can link this up at my turquoise lovin’ party going on right now! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com

  7. {northern cottage} January 25, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

    oh so pretty – i love love the crisp bright photos – amazing!

    http://www.northerncottage.net

  8. Amanda Whitworth January 25, 2012 at 7:05 pm #

    How incredibly adorable is this! I wish I had a mantel so I could do fun stuff like this :) Nice work!

  9. Beverly {Flamingo Toes} January 25, 2012 at 7:08 pm #

    Amy this is adorable!! I love the bright colors and those letters!! Oh they are perfect. I can’t wait for the tutorial!!

  10. Rachel {BubblyNatureCreations.com} January 25, 2012 at 7:11 pm #

    Ok… this is the cutest thing I have ever seen!!! I want to recreate this exactly… lol!!!

  11. Taryn January 25, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

    This is adorable! I love everything about it! The birds are so cute and the colors are great.

  12. Jen @ My Own Road January 25, 2012 at 7:51 pm #

    Love it, so pretty and colorful!

  13. Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants January 26, 2012 at 12:48 am #

    The other day I saw a blogger who is going to have or has had a link party for you to tell who your blog crush is. I can’t remember who was doing it so I can’t join in, but you were totally going to be mine. I love everything you do and your beautiful pictures and great tutorials! This mantel totally explains why I think your blog is fantastic, just love it!

  14. Katy @ Live Laugh Love Craft January 26, 2012 at 1:46 am #

    Ugh.. I’m in love!!

  15. Amanda @ Serenity Now January 26, 2012 at 3:11 am #

    Love!!!! I love that you included other colors besides traditional red, white, and/or pink. :)

  16. Shan January 26, 2012 at 4:02 am #

    This is pretty incredible! Yep! So glad I had the opportunity to witness such greatness. Yes, I’m serious. ;) Way to go!

  17. Robin January 26, 2012 at 6:19 am #

    What a fun mantel! Makes me really wish I had one to decorate. On my list when I start looking for a house. One day.

  18. Jensamom23 January 26, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    That is beauriful and using what you had is fabtastic! Great Job!

  19. twolivecolorfully January 26, 2012 at 9:08 pm #

    How gorgeous! I’m loving all of the non-traditional valentine’s colors going on around the blog-o-sphere. I came over from the A2Z link party!

    I’m also loving, using what you’ve got. I did my whole valentine’s mantle for the cost of one bag of pink and red m&m’s!

  20. Lynette January 26, 2012 at 10:04 pm #

    I absolutely love the color combination, so very cute!

  21. Gallamore West January 26, 2012 at 10:13 pm #

    Beautiful! I love how bright and cheery and non-traditional Valentine’s Day colors it is, but still totally looks like Valentine’s Day. LOVE it! And those silhouettes are precious!
    xo,
    Laurie @ Gallamore West :)

  22. Kerry Rossow January 27, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    What a cheery valentine display! I love the xoxo!
    Have a great weekend!
    Kerry at HouseTalkN

  23. Samantha January 27, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

    You rocked this! What a happy mantle!
    Visiting from Serenity Now. I didn’t do my mantle, but I did make some fun things. Come check them out!

    :) Samantha
    craftytexasgirls.com

  24. A Blissful Nest January 27, 2012 at 4:29 pm #

    Oh my gosh this is too cute! Just found you via Nest Of Posies link party. I love the heart wreath in the middle.

  25. A Blissful Nest January 27, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

    Ps- just shared on my FB page!

  26. Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper January 27, 2012 at 11:07 pm #

    Amazing! Just love the color combo. I hope you will link this up to I Heart Projects Linky Party.

    http://www.itsybitsypaperblog.com/2012/01/i-heart-projects-linky-party.html

  27. Karen January 27, 2012 at 11:27 pm #

    It all looks so pretty! I love the felt heart banner! So cute! love the cute silouettes! they are 2 die 4!

  28. Amy January 28, 2012 at 2:29 am #

    I looove everything about this! The silhouettes, the felt heart banner…the colors!! Fabulous! Would you consider sharing here?

    http://oneartmama.blogspot.com/2012/01/shine-on-fridays-12.html

  29. Wendy @ Ramblings from the Sunshine State January 28, 2012 at 3:23 am #

    This is so cute! LOVE the bright colors!

    Visiting from Serenity Now!

  30. Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted January 28, 2012 at 6:43 am #

    Love the silhouette art amongst the pretty color combo!

  31. Ruth January 28, 2012 at 4:24 pm #

    I love the bright mantle. The colors are wonderful. Love the combination and different elements.
    Ruth

  32. Pamela January 28, 2012 at 6:21 pm #

    Your mantel is so fun and bright. I want to make the birds. They are so sweet!

  33. TidyMom January 29, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    I’m in love with your mantel!! I wish I had one!!

    Thanks for linking up this week! I featured you post in my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2012/valentines-day-crafts-food-decor/

    have a fabulous Sunday!

  34. The Tootsie Wootsie January 29, 2012 at 11:57 pm #

    JUST LOVE!!!

    -Tootsie.

    http://www.thetootsiewootsie.com

  35. Bounced Blessings January 30, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

    What A Wonderful Mantel Display!

    The Heart Garland is Beyond Precious!

  36. (un)Deniably Domestic January 30, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

    Your mantel is ever, ever so sweet. ~Kelly

  37. Kristi January 30, 2012 at 6:50 pm #

    This is just lovely! Adore the colors of red & aqua together. Would be delighted if you’d link up to my brand new par-tay: http://www.ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com/2012/01/mop-it-up-mondays-party-1.html
    {HUGS},
    kristi

  38. the Turquoise Iris January 30, 2012 at 11:27 pm #

    Love the Portraits…just ordered some of my own kiddos.

  39. Crafty Batches January 31, 2012 at 7:49 pm #

    This would make me so happy every day I came home. Thank you so much for all of the tutorials to go along with it, amazing!

    ~Sam

  40. I am LOVD February 1, 2012 at 1:43 am #

    Came from Crafted Sparrow and just wanted to tell you how much I love your mantel – color scheme is my new favorite combo!

  41. Sue February 2, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

    I love the silhouette’s, they really add to the mantel decor. I’d love for you to submit this to the M&T Spotlight http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

  42. ClassiclyAmber February 13, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

    I totally love this – and you did such a fabby job reworking your Christmas decor into something new + just as fun! Great, great work. :D

  43. njordon February 25, 2012 at 1:32 am #

    Love, love, this! Joined and featured mantel on my site. Please stop by at http://www.gracefulmoms.blogspot.com!

  44. Amy Lou January 21, 2013 at 11:27 pm #

    Just wanted to let you know I featured your project on my “Fifteen Favorite Finds Valentines” on my blog! Thanks for the inspirations! <3 Amy Lou

    http://southernbellesoulmountainbrideheart.blogspot.com/2013/01/favorite-finds-valentines.html

  45. M January 1, 2014 at 9:26 pm #

    Where do you get the heart form for your wreath? It’s so cute!

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid January 6, 2014 at 9:00 pm #

      Hi! I found my wreath form in the floral section at Jo-Ann.

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