Monthly Archives: February 2015

Valentine Mantle

ValentineMantle

I’m baaaaaack…..
It’s been a while since I’ve done a post on here. It’s been a crazy few months and I will do a post soon to update you on everything.

So anyway…I HEART VALENTINE’S DAY :)
It’s one of my favorite holidays so I couldn’t pass up the chance to do a cute mantle.
My starting point for the whole thing was the large beadboard heart.  I had a vision of it in my head and it turned out exactly how I had pictured it!  I started out by buying a large sheet of unfinished beadboard at the home improvement store.  To make the shape of the heart I had a large sheet of butcher paper, folded it in half and then traced one half of the heart onto it.  That way both sides of the heart were the same.  I cut the heart out and then I taped it onto the front of my beadboard.

tracing heart
After I had traced it on a good friend helped me to cut it out with his jigsaw.  He put some tape on the line as he cut to help keep the wood from chipping.

cuttingoutheartAfter a little bit of sanding around the edges it was ready to be stained.  I used the same gel stain that I’ve used on a lot of my projects.  I love this stuff!  Just wipe it on with a cloth and that’s all there is to it!

walnutgelstainstaining heartTo hang the heart I just used some Command velcro strips (LOVE those things!)

command strips heart

I also made a fun LOVE sign from a canvas that I had stashed in my craft room closet.  I am SOOOO happy with how it turned out!  If you have a Cricut or any other die cut machine you can make this pretty easy.  I just cut the letters and heart shape out of some vinyl, stuck them onto the canvas and painted over the top of it.  When you pull the vinyl off you are left with the white lettering underneath

valentine sign love vinyl(the letters are different colors because that was all the vinyl I had)

love sign vinyl removalAfter I had removed the vinyl then I used the flowers from a silk hydrangea and hot glued them inside the shape of the heart.  It turned out super cute and was really easy!

valentine hydrangea love sign 1love signThe letters didn’t come out perfectly but I actually like that.  Makes it look a little more crafty 😉  Isn’t this so cute!????

And of course, I had to make a garland.  This was so easy.  I found some really cute little pink clothespins, some paper doilies, burlap hearts (already cut into a heart shape.. nice) and just attached them to some cute baker’s twine.

clothespinsandtwinevalentinegarlandSimple as can be.  My kind of project 😉

And last but not least was this slice of wood that I painted with some chalkboard paint.  I love the initials.  Reminds me of when couples carve their initials into a tree.

wood slice

I hope you’ve all enjoyed my lovely Valentine mantle and I hope that it’s given you some inspiration for your own!  xoxo

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