I finally got all of our Christmas taken down (why does it take sooo long?!?) which left our mantel nook looking pretty bare. I debated doing some wintery decorations, but my goodness, it’s been so unseasonably warm here that I just couldn’t bring myself to decorate with snowmen and icicles. So I jumped straight to Valentine’s Day..even though it’s technically a winter holiday, it still gives me the first hope of spring!
I was taking inventory of what items I already have laying around and trying to come up with a concept. I don’t have a lot of choices for large scale pieces that take up visual space in our mantel nook, so I knew I wanted to use my antique window with the bird drawing on it. And from there sprang the idea of using a ‘Love Birds/Love Nest’ theme. I already had several items that fit the bird decor and I browsed Hobby Lobby and Jo-Ann’s to come up with the rest. Jo-Ann’s actually already had their V-day decor at 40% off (!) which was a nice surprise. I figured with it being over a month away, it would surely be full price. Hooray for early markdowns!!
So here’s my little Love Nest aka my Valentine’s Day Mantel:
Like I said before, the large ‘anchor’ piece, if you will, is the antique window. Then I layered a small canvas in front of it that I made with some circles of sparkly scrapbook paper. I don’t care how many times/ways I see a chevron pattern, I always love it! Then I layered a smaller little framed bird (from Jo-Ann’s) in front of that one. I love how the sparkle of the scrapbook paper ties into the red sparkle on the frame. And I didn’t even plan it. Boom! I also strung a little sequin garland across the window. I got it in the Christmas section for about $0.15 (90% off). Always remember to look through discounted seasonal decor for things that can serve multiple holidays!
I used an antique scale that my MIL got me for Christmas to give some height to one of my little birds nests. The birds nest is really just two small grapevine wreaths tied together with some spanish moss filling out the middle. Then I perched one of my beloved brass birdies inside.
I placed a couple topiary balls that I got for 30% off at Hobby Lobby in front of the scale along with a little birdie made of stone. And check out the leaves on the topiary balls..they look like tiny hearts! Love little details like that!
On the other side, I perched several bottles on top of a cake stand I already had. And I made a fun little ‘love potion no. 9’ printable to attach to one of them 🙂 I put my other brass bird/birds nest combo and a topiary ball on this side, as well, just to try and balance everything out. Then I sprinkled some sparkly scrapbook paper confetti around and called it a day!
Oh! But of course I can’t forget my little garland! I printed out the words Love Nest on some cardstock, cut it out with some decorative scissors, and then glued each letter to a foam heart and strung it with some twine! I punched two holes in the top of my foam so they wouldn’t twirl around and face every which way.
So who else is busting out the V-Day decor?? I don’t know why, but I’m getting extra giddy over it this year!
Linking up at Home Stories from A to Z , Nest of Posies, and Decorchick.