Valentine’s Day Mantel

I started out with this mantel, but I wasn’t happy with it. It was a little too symmetrical and too sparse.


So then I added the vinyl cutouts and moved pieces around a bit. Better, but still not exactly what I was hoping for.


By adding a few more birds, some berry garland and the banner I finally got the look I was going for.


I’m happy with it now. The banner was made from the alphabet cards I bought at Joann’s, again. I love how I can keep reusing them.


I added some heart cards, I made, between the words to add some color to banner. Here’s how I made the cards. I cut the inside of a doily out.


I pleated and gathered it to form a circle then adhered it to the red circle.


I cut black and white paper the same size as the alphabet cards and adhered the circle to the card. It still needed something so I added the crystals.


I only spent $4 on my mantel this year. I’ve been on a “trying not to spend money on crafts” thing lately and just using what I already have at home. I found I’ve been more creative with my supplies and have been using more of them since I started challenging myself.


{ 19 comments… add one }
  • JessaIrene January 29, 2010, 1:08 am

    I love to see how people reuse stuff in fun new creative ways! The heart cards are cute.

  • Dawn January 29, 2010, 5:56 am

    Thats an adorable mantle…. I love the mirror and the garland – so cute!!

  • Beth@The Stories of A to Z January 29, 2010, 7:19 am

    I love your mantel! Would you mind if I feature it in my mantel review?

  • Jane January 29, 2010, 8:38 am

    Your mantel is just so pretty!! I love how you showed the process of how you ended up with the final result!! The garland really added the ‘pizazz’ and I love your banner. I am seeing so many cool ones, but I like how you made the little doily into a fancy ruffle. I will have to remember that!!

    Thanks for the tip on the giveaway. These headbands are getting so popular…I love them!

    Have a great weekend!! 🙂


  • Kathy Jacobson January 29, 2010, 8:54 am

    Just enter me about 50 more times okay? Did you know Lanae’s mom has left for 3 weeks to Haiti to be a nurse there? Isn’t that awesome?! So keep them in your prayers! Cute mantle by the way!!! You are so creative it blows me away!

  • Terri Foggitt January 29, 2010, 8:54 am

    Love the mantel! I am trying the same thing right now, to not spend money on crafts!! It is hard but I am definately finding myself being more creative.

  • Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions January 29, 2010, 10:00 am

    Love the vinyl on the mirror! What a great idea!

  • Tracy January 29, 2010, 11:01 am

    Your mantel looks very nice. I love the special touches you added to it.

    ~ Tracy

  • Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish January 29, 2010, 4:23 pm

    Love what you did with the mirror!

  • denisemarie-bloomin January 29, 2010, 6:53 pm

    great job!

  • Carmen January 29, 2010, 9:14 pm

    I really love everything. The banner is TOO cute!!!! I am going to try the doily idea when I make my banner. Thanks for the idea.

  • Raysha January 30, 2010, 11:42 am

    Such adorable stuff over at Forgotten Freckles. I’d love a black headband with cream flower if I’m chosen!

  • this blessed nest January 30, 2010, 1:17 pm

    love it. your banner is just wonderful! love the vintage vibe it also has!

  • Melissa January 30, 2010, 10:39 pm

    Super cute mantel. I love the mirror! I hope that in our next house we will have a fireplace. Also fun way to use the paper doilies, and they are cheap.

  • Amy @ design-aholic January 31, 2010, 3:16 pm

    I love the glass candle holders on the mantel! Your banner is cute too- how creative you are. 🙂


  • Emily N February 1, 2010, 6:11 pm

    Gotta love an inexpensive redo that looks like a million bucks! very sweet 🙂

    ~ Emily N. from “too Blessed to Stress”

  • Laurel February 1, 2010, 9:30 pm

    The banner makes such a difference!

  • Heather February 2, 2010, 5:01 pm

    Great mantle, I love the addition of the vinyl to the mirror, and the banner is just great!

    Thank you so much for stopping by the Talented Tuesday at My Frugal Family link party, and adding this to the page! Don’t forget to stop back next week to see which links from this week are featured, and to add your new links!

  • lori February 5, 2010, 5:18 pm

    What can I say??? BEAUTIFUL that is what comes to mind.

    Thanks for joining “get your craft on Thurs.”


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