Subtle Valentine’s Day Mantel and Decor

Valentines Mantel _NO PINK OR RED

This Valentine’s Day mantel is so subtle that it could pass for an everyday (non holiday) mantel. Or maybe it is an everyday mantel that could pass for a Valentines mantel. Can you believe that this mantel has no pink or red in it? So what qualifies it as being a Valentine’s Day mantel?  It has just a few hints of romance in it.  I included a picture of my husband and I which was really hard to find actually.  I need to do a better job of taking pictures of the two of us together.  I pinned the picture to a frame that I added cork board to.  The 3d cardboard ampersand was made by me and you can find the tutorial here. I also like the touch that the vintage camera adds.  If that little set up on the left could speak it would say something like “you and me making memories together”.  The right side has some rolled paper music page roses in a tarnished silver cup and some DIY arrow art.  You can find the tutorial for the arrow art here.  The last element is the chalkboard art.

Tracing on a chalkboard

I made it using a paper stencil and then I traced and filled in the letters. This helped me to keep it straight and evenly spaced. I cut out the stencil with my Silhouette. Since I din’t have a mat big enough to fit a 12×24 piece of paper, I used 2 12×12 papers and overlapped the bottom words on the first paper with the top words on the second paper. Then I taped the papers together. Voila! I used regular chalk to fill in the letters. Not quite your average Valentine’s day mantel but that is what I love about it!

Easy Valentines Decor

I also put up a few other Valentine-sy decorations.  I made a little heart pick cloche, porobaly the most Valentine looking thing I put up.  The heart picks are cupcake toppers from the dollar store and I stuck them in some moss.  I also put some more rolled music page roses in a small white vase.

Sublte Valentines Decor

Our coffee table got some new decor as well.  I used a black wooded tray to hold a white pitcher of fabric flowers and some old books stacked on each other with a silver key resting on top.  I made all the flowers awhile ago when I used them in paper/fabric/fresh flower arrangements.  They were just too pretty not to reuse!  You can also see the anchor heart pillow in the background that I made.  You can find that tutorial here.

Thanks for stopping by friends!



  1. I love this mantel. I saw your arrows on the SIL blog and I can’t wait to try them. What I am most loving is your chalk board-How did you make it?

    • greylustergirl says:

      It is a big piece of Luan plywood that I spray painted with black chalkboard paint. You can see the wood grain through it still but I kinda like that!

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