Thrifty Valentine's Day Mantel

Thrifty Valentine's Day Mantel
Let me just start off saying that I don't normally do a lot of decorating for Valentine's Day. Last year, I did much more than I usually do because my daughter wanted a Valentine's themed birthday party. This year, I just didn't have the heart to get rid of my beautiful red poinsettia plants after Christmas, so they became the starting point for my Thrifty Valentine's Day Mantel.
Thrifty Valentine's Day Mantel
Now, I know I may get laughed right out of the blogosphere for using poinsettias to decorate beyond Christmas, but I am a "make do with what ya got" kinda gal. The poinsettias are a gorgeous deep red and still looking relatively healthy. There is no need for them to go by the wayside. After I made my Paper Strip Heart Garland and put it up on the mantel with the poinsettias, it just kinda came together from there.
Thrifty Valentine's Day Mantel
I used some heart themed tissue paper from the dollar store to wrap the pots of the plants and flanked them on either side of the large round clock. On one side, I placed a cute little white lantern that my mom brought to us just before Christmas filled with yummy candies. The candy is long gone, so I put a couple of our puffy fabric hearts inside that we made last year and topped it off with a red gingham ribbon.
Thrifty Valentine's Day Mantel
Along with my "Delight yourself in the Lord" board, I placed some faux branches to fill in some of the space in the middle.
Thrifty Valentine's Day Mantel
On the other side of the mantel, I went with a simple red pillar candle on a silver holder. Did you notice that my Valentine Stamped Shim Markers are making an appearance here too?
Thrifty Valentine's Day Mantel
Of course, draped along the front is the Paper Strip Heart Garland I showed you a couple of weeks ago.

Finally, on the hearth, I placed a basket of the Drop Cloth Heart Pillows and more of the puffy hearts from last year. (Scamp thought he might like to be in this shot too. How could I refuse that face?)

So, basically, this mantel decor cost me $1.00 and some change...and that was just for the tissue paper. Everything else was shopped from the house, except the poinsettias, of course, but they were left over from Christmas. I don't know what I'll do if these plants make it past Valentine's Day. A dear friend of mine has kept hers alive from last Christmas and it is a beautiful green plant...maybe all the red leaves will fall off of mine in time for spring decorating ;-)

Do you go all out for the Day of Love? Or just put a few Valentine touches here and there? Thanks so much for stopping by! I love it when you visit with me!

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8 comments:

  1. I didn't even notice that your flowers were poinsettias. I just saw them as red flowers. Your mantel looks lovely. Come over and see my frugal mantel decorations for Valentines. It's and "older post" from the current one. Hope you have a wonderful week!

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  2. Oh, I love your Valentine mantle. So creative! I've never thought about decorating for Valentine's Day but I've seen some cute ideas. Yours is definitely one of them. Thanks for sharing. And I know your daughter had a blast on her special day. :-)

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  3. I love it. How fun and your heart garland is perfect. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  4. I just adore this little garland. So simple and elegant. I'm so glad you shared it with us on Twirl and Take a Bow! ~Tammy

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  5. CUte Cute Cute! Thanks for sharing on DIIY Sunday Showcase! I pinned this one!

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  6. I have no mantle, but if I did I would decorate it like this! Visiting from Moonlight and Mason Jars linky party.

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  7. I think the poinsettas are perfect for valentines! I've kept them long after Christmas before too. I can't see throwing away a perfectly healthy plant. Your mantel turned out so pretty. Love that lantern. Thank you for sharing this and your yummy sounding cookies and Shoepeg corn at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a lovely week! ~Deborah

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  8. You are so creative! We always love your ideas. Thanks for sharing this and you'll be featured in our Feature Friday post today! Happy Sweet Valentine's Day! Susie @Bowdabra

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