Monday, January 23, 2012

Valentine Mantel Reveal

The best part about making over my mantel for each holiday is having a space that adds a pop of color to the room, and just makes me smile :) I really {LOVE} the way my Valentine's Day Mantel turned out and I hope you do too.

There were three simple projects I completed for this mantelscape.... {well, one of them turned out not to be so simple after all!} So we'll start with that one....


After the yarn wreaths I've made recently, I thought, how fun would it be to have some yarn letters to spell out LOVE for Valentine's Day? Hahaha! Fun is not the word that came to mind as I was tirelessly wrapping, taping, gluing and burning my fingers with hot glue :) But in the end, it was worth it. I really adore how they turned out. Tomorrow I will have a full tutorial for you {if any of you decide to take this on!} I created an ombre effect using 3 different shades of pink yarn. I decided to stack the letters, creating more height for my space.


I chose a pink color scheme because it pops nicely against my turquoise mantel, and also because I wanted to borrow this mirror from baby girl's bedroom. I got the mirror at our local Habitat for Humanity store for $10, painted it with Krylon Watermelon and added a glaze. I love it when I can "shop" rooms in my house to accesorize :)

So back to the pink... when I was shopping for my yarn at JoAnn's I came across this amazing stuff:

It is yarn with the cutest little fluffy pom poms on it, with an ombre effect! The colors were exactly the shades of pink I wanted and it pretty much inspired everything else. I used the Pomp-a-doodle yarn as an accent to hang across the edge of my mantel. I think it adds the perfect touch to tie all the colors together.


The next project was my Queen of Hearts Canvas. You can see how I transformed a simple 8x10 canvas with a photocopy and CitraSolv, here. It was a super easy project that seriously took me less than 15 minutes! Which was really nice after all the time I'd spent on my yarn letters :)


Another easy accessory was this book bundle... inspired by my friend Brooke at Inside Out Design. Check out her post here! There may be some people out there who are cringing at the thought of ripping a cover off a book... but I really don't have a problem with it :) These paperback books were sitting in boxes down in my basement collecting dust. I chose books that were leisure reads, that we'll probably never read again. And if we ever decide we do want to, they are still intact and perfectly readable :)

Once I started placing everything on the mantel, I realized that I needed something to fill in the space at the top... I wanted to create a bunting to hang from my handy-dandy hooks but didn't want to use material or anything else that would require more hot glue :)

My final project was born, a valentine envelope bunting! I gathered up a variety of envelopes from my cupboards and craft bins, grabbed some white cotton twine, and put it all together. I used double stick tape to secure the flaps down and attach them to the twine.  Then I added a few paint chip hearts (I'll be posting my paint chip project later this week) and mini bulldog clips to add some vintage goodness :)



Here's one more look at the final result:


The only items I bought to create this mantelscape were the cardboard letters and yarn. Everything else was made/accessorized with items I had on hand. I hope this inspires you to look around and find the beautiful things in your home that you can use to decorate for any season!


38 comments:

  1. that is awesome!!!!!!! love love love the yarn letters! do you know i love them?

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  2. Oh my gosh- where do I even start?!? This is awesome!!! That queen of hearts canvas is the coolest thing ever! And thank you SO much for the mention with the book bundles!! Yours came out so cute!! I love this Holly. I never decorate for Valentines Day; not for any particular reason, I just haven't done it yet. You are so making me want to though!

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  3. LOVE the mantle! I really like the turquoise wall above the fireplace... I think that's my new fav color!

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  4. Your mantle is just LOVELY! Would love for you to stop by and share it at the Tuesday To Do Party this week!
    Smiles!
    Jami
    www.blackberryvine.blogspot.com

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    1. Jami,
      Just linked up to your party... love it! We're adding it to our party list :) Thanks!

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  5. You ladies did a fabulous job! I love the yarn letters and the banner is just adorable! The mantle is beautiful! Have a wonderful week! Angie xo

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  6. Love love!! I'm looking for inspiration for my own mantel and you have so many good ideas!! Link up with us if you have time!! xoxo Debbie at www.inspiredhoneybee.blogspot.com

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  7. Your yarn letters look great. I especially like the stripe effect. Wow!

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  8. Love it! I hope you will come by and Link Up to the I Heart Projects Party I am having on my blog.

    http://www.itsybitsypaperblog.com/2012/01/i-heart-projects-linky-party.html

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  9. ADORABLE! I LOVE those letters. I wish I had a mantle to decorate.

    Visiting from Not Just a Housewife!

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  10. I adore the LOVE letters you created!

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  11. This is so cute! I would LOVE if you shared at my new linky party!

    Thanks!
    Kathryn
    http://www.destinationcraft.blogspot.com/2012/01/destination-cutesy-monday.html

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  12. Oh my goodness, I love it! It's so bright and cheerful! Is that a large canvas back drop or is that the actual wall color? It almost looks like a canvas and that would be such an easy way to change out the color!

    Tania

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    1. Tania, it is actually the wall color... I repainted the walls a very light gray/silver color this summer and I wanted to do something fun to make the fireplace pop :) I love it, but I'm thinking about changing it out to another color this spring. It only takes 2 of the small sample-size paints from Lowes so it's about $5 to change out. Thanks for your sweet comment!

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  13. This is super sweet. I love the letters wrapped in yarn in ombre style. Super cute!

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  14. It turned out so cute !! I love it !!



    Come visit my link up !!


    http://sailingwithbarefeet.blogspot.com/

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  15. Thanks for linking this up! I love it so much!

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  16. SOOO ADORABLE COLORFUL AND SWEET. Love it. winks, jen

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  17. Love the yarn wrapped letters! Great mantel!

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  18. I LOVE the color of your accent over the mantel! The pink absolutely POPS and works perfectly with the turquoise. The letters are awesome. This is just a happy happy, makes you smile mantel with such personality. Great job.

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    1. Thanks Sherri! It does make me smile every time I walk in the room :) It is making me sad to think about taking it down in a few weeks. Maybe Valentines Day decor can extend until March? hahaha, I'm sure I'll want to do another mantel project before then :)

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  19. Wow!! So pretty! I love the garland you did with the envelops. So cute!! Thanks for linking up at Thursday's Temptation.
    Jill

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  20. Love it! Thanks so much for linking up!! Just a reminder to register for my giveaway...

    Ramsign Giveaway: Porcelain Enamel Sign {up to $99 value}

    XO, Aimee

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  21. I love it!! Turquoise and pink are such a great combo! And a little different for Vday!
    Featuring this in this week's Show & Share!! I'm getting my post ready early because we're moving but I'm wondering if this is the most viewed? Would not surprise me!

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  22. Love it! The turquoise and pinks look so great together. I feel you on the yarn wrapping/glue gun burns. I made a yarn wreath the other day and I thought it would never be over. Your effort was worth it though because the yarn love is adorable.

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  23. Hi! Visiting from sundae scoop. I 'love' your letters! tehe! I have seen this around the bloggy world lately and I am so impressed. I tried making a yarn wreath and gave up. It goes perfect on your mantel too. Love it all :)

    If you get a chance I would love for you to link this up to my Friday party going on now! :)

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  24. I LOVE the colors!! Great job! I wish I had a mantel to decorate!

    Thanks for linking up this week! I featured you post in my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2012/valentines-day-crafts-food-decor/

    have a fabulous Sunday!

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  25. Your mantel is adorable! I love it!! :)

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  26. So pretty!

    Jenny
    www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

    PS. I'm having a great giveaway from Cutting Edge Stencils and would love it if you came by and entered :)

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  27. I love the Pop of color you gave the room! I just submitted this to the M&T Spotlight http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

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  28. Great idea with all the envelopes. Super cute! Good luck from Bacon Time.

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