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I was feeling really crafty last night after realizing how plain my living room looked with all the Christmas decorations gone. Somehow I’m missing some of my regular decorations.  They were boxed up when we started putting Christmas out.  They are in the attic lost!  So I decided to go ahead and start decorating for Valentine’s Day.  I made a pretty bunting or banner, as some call it.  It’s shades of pink which matches my living room, which just happens to be pink with deep burgundy-red curtains and it has a shabby chic feel to it.  Each pennant measures about 3 1/2” across by 4 1/2” long.  It’s small but it makes a really pretty impact hanging at the mantel.  I think this is the most romantic our mantel has ever looked! 


This is the whole mantle.  I filled it with things in the same color range.  Pinks, deep burgundies and a touch of blue.  It’s full of things that are very special to me.  It’s not super fancy or elaborate, but I think it’s really sweet.  If you like the bunting/banner, I have a link at the bottom to print it out as a pdf.


This is a wreath that I laid on its side, I’ve had it forever, and it’s one of my favorites.  The painting is one that I did of the cabin that my granddaddy and great-granddaddy built.  I’m not an artist, but I love it.  I know it’s not Valentiney but it adds a little winter and some snow.


On the other side of the mantel are Pinky Blue Boy.  I’ve loved them since I was a little girl.  My mother-in-law bought them for me as a surprise.  I think they’re so romantic and he adds the pop of blue to coordinate with my painting.  In the jars are flowers that I’ve collected and dried over the years of my marriage.  They are very dear to my heart.  And yes that’s a mason jar!


Have fun with your mantel for Valentine’s!  Use what you have around the house.  I stole Pinky and Blue Boy from our bedroom, the mason jar from my canning supplies.  I didn’t have to buy anything!  Just look around your house and I’m sure you’ll find things you can use.  I’d love to see pics!  If you would like to print out the same banner just click here!  It’s free!

ShabbyChicValentineBanner I recommend printing it on card stock  then thread with yarn or a pretty ribbon.