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Monday, February 9, 2015

DIY Valentine Mantel

a simple budget friendly Valentine mantel DIY'd with scrapbook paper LOVE sign

As I said in Thursdays post I really don't do too much decorating for Valentines Day.  If I had my way I would probably skip it all together but Miss A likes to see the different holidays decorations and enjoys helping with them. So I do just enough to satisfy her and no more.  Today I am going to show you our very simple Valentine mantel.

Scrapbook paper crafting makes a LOVE Valentine sign for the mantel

Don't you agree - quite simple and very quick to put together.

Foam board and scrapbook paper used to make a LOVE sign for Valentine.

In the center I placed a DIY L-O-V-E sign I put together with items I had around the house.  I actually made the letters for  last year's mantel.  They are made from foam core board and scrapbook paper.  I simply drew the letters, cut them out, then covered them with different patterns of paper.  I then used a Tim Holtz Distress Ink pad in vintage photo to ink each letter giving it a worn, aged look.  I placed a heart Christmas ornament in the center of the "o".  This year I wanted it to look a bit different so I mounted the letters on a foam core board that was covered in an aged looking plank paper.  It almost looks like real wood planks that have been white washed and aged. I love this paper so much I use it all the time.

A simple mantel DIY'd for Valentine's with scrapbook paper crafts and mason jar

On the left of the sign I placed a white candle stick with a glittery red candle and a mason jar tied with baker's twine and filled with little red glass hearts.

A Valentine  flower arrangement made with faux flowers and paper covered box

On the right side is another white candlestick with a glittery red candle. I also have a flower arrangement made from a box covered with red polka dot paper and filled with shredded paper then faux flowers and glittery red hearts I glued to bamboo skewers.

Dollar Store items and scrapbook paper used to DIY a simple Valentine mantel

Such a simple decor and I had everything here so didn't have to buy anything for it.  I love when I can put together a simple, quick and budget friendly mantel to celebrate a holiday with Miss A.
Did you do any Valentine decorating or do you just move straight into Spring?  Tell me about it in the comments below.  I answer all comments with email. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful week creating something you enjoy.

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  1. I don't decorate of the seasons, but this very nice. I admire you creativity and your frugal mindset!

    Great job, Cathy!

  2. I totally LOVE this (pun totally intended)

  3. Very cute! Well put together with what you had. Happy Valentines

  4. This is so pretty! And that plank paper totally fooled me!! I thought it was real wood until I read that it was only paper. It looks really cute!

  5. Lovely project! Love it! Pinned! Thank you for sharing!
    Hope you have a great week and a happy Valentines too!
    Hugs and love from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft

  6. LOVE this Cathy!

    Thank you for sharing your post this week at Brag About It Link Party on VMG206. I'm featuring you at Next Weeks Brag About It Link Party, Monday at midnight!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  7. Your mantle looks adorable. That plank paper is really neat.....was it just scrapbooking paper??
    Cause I didn't see any lines where you put it
    This was very simple yet very nice. I did decorate for Valentines day just with things I already have
    around the house, and I typically use red's in my winter decorating, so it makes it easy.
    If you want to see I have a post up right now and later tonight will be posting another one.
    Enjoyed your cute mantle and you did a great job on the love art.
    Blessings for a Wonderful Valentines Day,

  8. This is such lovely idea. My mother in law would love this for above her mantle. Thanks for the idea.

  9. I love it! I thought it was real wood too. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty - we hope to see you again next week :)

  10. Cathy, I love the foam core letters and the papers that you used! I love Valentines Day. I have a son that was born on Valentines and I have always enjoyed decorating for it. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  11. That is awesome! Luv it! Thank you for linking with Home Sweet Home!

  12. I love the LOVE Sign! I'm pinning it to my Valentine's Day Board!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ The Submarine Sunday Link Party