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Friday, February 14, 2014

{No Cost} Valentine's Day Mantel

I am having so much fun with the mantel in our apartment! I didn't post it here on the blog, but if you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen part of my Christmas mantel. That one was a lot of work! I love decorated mantels so much that in our old house I considered having a faux mantel. 

I wanted to go with something simpler for Valentine's Day. Oh, and another requirement? I didn't really want to spend anything. So I went on a little Valentine's treasure hunt around the apartment and on Pinterest. Here's the result!


Here's a rundown of how I put it together:
I found this cute "love" printable from Moritz Fine Designs via Pinterest for the centerpiece of the mantel. I printed it, trimmed it, added a red border, and then used a frame I already had to hang it. 


I created the border by layering lots and lots of red circles punched from card stock.

The heart bouquet was inspired by this "Valentine's Day Centerpiece" from Create and Babble and is just paper hearts cut from scrapbook paper and taped to red wooden dowels. 

I have a spinning frame with four sides, so I printed these four Valentine printables for it:
"Valentine Subway Art" from Eighteen25
"Valentine I Love You" printable from Eclectically Vintage

I created some X's and O's using card stock.

Next I threw some red and silver wrapped Hershey Kisses in a jar with a pink ribbon next to a Valentine's tin that we've had for years. 

A couple years ago my sister gave me a frame with the phrase "Life Made Us Sisters Love Made Us Friends" on it. To me, Valentine's is about all those you love and not just your significant other, so I thought it fit in perfectly!

The finishing touch was this cute heart garland. I made it using the technique found here on I Heart Naptime

And that's it! By using things I already had, making a few other things, and utilizing those great free printables, I put together this simple Valentine's Day Mantel for FREE. You can't beat that!



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