The Sweet, But Not Too Sweet Valentine’s Day Mantel

Hi friends hope you had a great weekend! I was able to finish up our Valentine’s Day mantel over the weekend and snap some pics because we finally had some sunshine! It’s been a dreary couple of weeks here.  And usually I do some pretty foo-fooey mantels for Valentine’s Day but this year I wanted to bring it down a notch. So I kept the pink boa packed away this year. Haha.

Anywho, this is what I came up with this year and I quite love it! (said in my British Downton Abbey voice)

Valentine Mantel

I love it so much! It’s still cutesy and lovey, but a little more grown up? At least that’s what I think. Ha!

The blue and red combo was inspired by those big chevron vases that I found on clearance at Kirkland’s for $13!!  (Facebook friends–those are the 2 items that I drove off with and left that day!) Then, since I really want to get my money’s worth from that rose wreath from Target that I usually use at Christmas, I thought Valentine’s Day would be a great time to use it again.  I do really love it. And I just happen to love aqua and red together too so BAM! And that’s how this year’s mantel was born. :)

I shopped the house for the rest of the items. I layered the wreath on my old antique window, framed that out with my shutters, added a few other accessories and that’s it.

The pom pom garland was super easy.

Valentine Garland

I love those pom-pom garlands you see everywhere, and I was thrilled when I was at Michael’s the other day and saw they already come made! Hence the reason they were easy. :) $2.99 for 4 ft and it comes in white, pink, or red. Love it. I just used the white and hooked them together.  Those paper heart doilies are also from Michael’s for a few bucks as well.  Sweet right?

I sat a birdcage (I think from Michael’s or Hobby Lobby?) on top of my Ballard knock-off books.


One of my favorite things on here this year is this free chalkboard printable that I got from Nest of Posies. She had 4 designs and I loved them all it was hard to choose.  But you can print them for free too and frame and boom…instant cuteness (and art!).

Valentine Printable

It really looks like a chalkboard doesn’t it?

Here are a few more shots of the mantel.

Valentine Decor

Valentine Decorating

Valentine Mantel

And that’s a wrap! Whatcha think?  I bet people are going to think I made a cotton ball garland huh? Not a bad idea I suppose! :) Sharing this post at Sarah’s Before and After Party.



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  1. Looks great! I especially love the Chevron vases! What a great price at Kirklands! That store is so hit or miss! Have you ever painted anything chevron? I have some ceramic vases that need repainted my new colors and I was thinking of trying to do a chevron on one of them! Seems like a daunting task though…

  2. I love your mantel. It is JUST RIGHT!!!!

  3. Mmmmm, I love it, Emily! Especially that pom pom garland~it turned out so adorable. :)

  4. so super pretty!

  5. Cute! I love the chalk board sign with it! Pinned & tweeted!

  6. You are so creative! Thank you for sharing! It is so inspiring :) I really love all of your stuff. Lovely!

  7. This is beautiful! The unexpected turquoise chevron totally makes it!

  8. I think I love it. Such a fun mix with lots of texture. Score on the pre made pom pom garland. Drat I don’t have a Micheal’s crafts. I super adore the aqua vases as the anchors Emily. Those are so pretty!!

  9. oh i love it all! and the unexpected pop of turquoise! how fun! thanks for including one of the chalkboard printables! so fun to see!


  10. GORGEOUS!!!! I love love LOVE it!! I can’t believe you left those gorgeous vases!! Lol I leave stuff behind ALL the time, it’s usually toilet paper and cat litter tho!!

  11. Serretta Barlow says:

    My favorite Valentine’s mantel that I have seen ever!!! LOVE the vases!

  12. I wondered what you left at the store…… :) Good Find!

  13. Traci Rogers says:

    Where did you get your mantle?!?! I love it!!

  14. Very cute! And, yes, I did think it was cotton balls at first..adorable either way!

  15. Heather W. says:

    Yes… where did you get the mantle?

  16. Beautiful as always!

  17. i love the mantel! the pom pom garland is a new fav of mine. well done!

  18. Doh…I just re-read your post for like the third time and saw that you said the vases were from Kirkland. Ha Third time’s a charm.

    I absolutely love it though


  19. It is just gorgeous Emily! I adore that wreath, and I love how you added pops of turquoise. I wish it lived at my house!

  20. Absolutely DIG those colors and the simplicity of it!! Bravo!!

  21. I really like this combo of rustic versus romantic! Cute!

  22. I want a mantel! That is all!!! :) Looks great.

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