February Mantle

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This is a series in which I will share my mantel ideas.  I will also share links to particular products if possible or similar ones that I find.  The concept that I use is to find inspiration and try to recreate it with what I have or what I can find.  After a while it almost becomes a formula.  So you will start to see that emerge.

I generally change it around 10 times a year, or at least I have 10 themes.  Sometimes I don’t get around to all of that so I do a more generic  seasonal type decor.  I will share both in this series.

For February I like a Valentine theme.   I usually do my mantle by the month.  It doesn’t bother me that Valentines Day is in the middle of the month.  February is for red and pink, hearts and love.  You’ll see some of my key pieces making an encore appearance.

Lets break it down…………..

The large H is back in it’s place above the fireplace.  I traded out the snowflakes for some paper hearts I picked up at WalMart.  This monogram is made from wood and has a distressed finish.  So to attach seasonal elements to it, I just use a small amount of hot glue.  It peels off easily and I choose a couple of really distressed parts in case some of the paint peeled off with the glue.  I have done this many times and still use it without anything glued on it with no adverse effects.  I wish I could give you a link for purchase but I bought it locally at a sandwich shop we frequent and they have things in there on consignment.

You’ll see my subway print has changed to a Valentine theme..  I have several of these.  I bought them from this Etsy shop.  I downloaded the files and had them printed out as 16×20 poster prints at Wal-Mart.  Go to their online shop, add the files to your account, and order the poster.  You can usually pick it up that same day.    They cost about $12 per print.  I also got the frame at Wal-Mart for cheap.  To keep them put up and out-of-the-way when not in use, I keep in the frame behind the current one.  I can literally have a picture for every mantle for the space of one.The lantern came from Pier 1.  I filled it with a crystal pillar candle holder, red led candle, some valentine give-away bead stands, and another one of those paper hearts.  I finished it off with some heart-shaped Glimmer Strings.

My new Valentine Wreath is making it’s debut in this mantel!  I already have a large wreath on my front door.  I made this one specifically to go on my mantle.

The large vase in the back, I filled with various bowl fillers and this bag of hearts vase fillers from Pier 1.  I also put another strand of Glimmer Strings mingled in amongst the bowl fillers.  I like the Glimmer Strings so much because they can be turned on and off and the timer set with a remote.  You have to purchase the remote separately, but you only need one and it works with all Pier 1 candles and Glimmer Strings.

I used a trio of pillar candle holders to hold a candle, vase of flowers and a treat jar with Valentine Hershey “Kisses”.  I balanced that with a trio of small votive holders filled with Valentine sprinkles and tea light candles.

I finished it off with the banner I made using these burlap pieces from Hobby Lobby.  I cut them into the appropriate shape and size. I cut scrapbook paper to fit slightly inside of the burlap pieces then cut the letters out of glittery scrapbook paper.  I used a large die-cut machine at school, but I’m sure you could do it with one of the smaller cutting machines.  I punched holes in the top corners and strung jute string through it. I made it double-sided so “Let it SNOW” became “Be♥Mine“for Valentine’s Day. I’ll be making a tutorial for this soon.  I hung it using small command hooks on the top side of the mantle because there is not a flat side in front.

Here it is all lit up!

And here is a sneak peak of my next post!

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