Jan 30, 2011

Valentine's vignette

I don't think I've ever decorated for Valentine's Day -- not because of any prejudice against the holiday, but I was just never inspired (I guess I was too busy eating those little candy hearts!). Well, that changed when I saw the adorable Valentine's-inspired decorations at Thifty Decor Chick, House of Smiths and Decorchick! I spotted those cute vases at Target that Emily at Decorchick! used on her mantle, and, well, they just jumped into my basket! And the rest just developed from there.

I don't have a mantle, but two floating shelves that since Christmas have been a little ignored. I had so much fun turning them from a forgotten feature into a romance-themed vignette.


On the smaller shelf, those aforementioned vases from the Target dollar spot, a steal at $2.50. I tore apart a Christmas pick and stuck the pieces into the vases. Behind the vases, a glittery, puffy LOVE, also at the Target dollar spot for $1 (I love that dollar spot!). I glued it onto pretty scrapbooking paper that I taped to a floating frame backing. 

On the top shelf,  I put a lovey-dovey picture of the hubs in a love-and-hearts frame I already had, and wrapped a square glass votive holder in leftover Christmas ribbon. 

On the other end of the shelf, I printed out a sweet quote about love and glued it to some more scrapbooking paper, and decorated it with ribbon and pink metallic stickers. 

I saved my favorite part for last -- a tissue-paper flower topiary. 

I made a bunch of tissue paper flowers for our wedding last summer that we never even used, but since I'm a pack rat, I held onto them -- and I'm glad I did, since I already used a couple on a Christmas tinsel wreath I made. (Get Martha's paper flower directions here). 

It took a bit of finagling, but I managed to get six of those flowers into a mostly round ball, then I held them all together with some floral wire and hot glue. For the stem, I glued together four wooden skewers and wrapped them in white ribbon. I filled the vase with river rocks to get it to stand up straight.

Isn't it super adorable? 

Let's take one last look.

Total cost for the project: $3.50. Now, who doesn't love that?

I'm linking up at Beth's Valentine's mantel party at The Stories of A to Z. Stop by and feel like love :)


House of Smiths said...

SO PRETTY! I love... the LOVE. lol.
Sounds weird saying that. ha!
But everything looks so bright and fresh, and love-ly :)
Thanks for sharing this, through your comment!
You rock!

Mindy said...

Aww, thanks! You're so sweet for checking it out and commenting!