My site has been down, or at least the backend of it. I couldn't access anything on the backend to make any changes, upload photos, or write any posts. So I have had this Valentine mantel done and photographed but I couldn't share it with you. Now in blogland, bloggers are suppose to get their holiday projects up early so it gives people time to plan and get ideas on what they want to do in their own homes. I stink at that so my post was only going to be up about a week before Valentine's Day. Now it is posting ON Valentine's Day. Major fail. BUT.... The silver lining in this is, my decor isn't too Valentine-y. Valentine--sih? Either way, it could be used for spring decor. So we are going to roll with that. This is my Valentine decor that can transition into spring decor!
I have a lot of fun coming up with different ways to hide my TV. Foam boards and ⅛" plywood decorated different ways are and easy way to cover it. For this mantel, I glued thin pieces of wood (I used rip cut 2x4s but you could use lattice trim or paint sticks) to a foam board so it would still be light weight. I stained it to match the mantel top.
I am not a big wreath person. I am not sure why. Christmas greenery wreaths are about the only time you will see a wreath in my house. But I am loving the new trend to use a single wire form and only add greenery and flowers to part of it. I really think you can't mess this project up!
I will let you in on a little secret. I decided I wanted thinner candlestick than what I have on hand but since I was in a hurry to get this done well before Valentine's Day, I didn't want to wait to find the right ones and have then shipped. I made these out of polymer clay and dowels. That is why you won't see a close up of them ;) But covered in shiny gold paint they look less like marshmallows ready to be roasted and more like elegant candlesticks.
So I know I am late to the party, but maybe you can pin this Valentine mantel for next year, or make it now and call it a Spring mantel!
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