Well.. it is that time again. MANTLE TIME! I have had a couple people ask me on Facebook if I go crazy and change the decorations in my whole house every time I change my mantle.
The answer is a resounding NO!
For bigger holidays (Halloween, Christmas, Easter) I do more decorating, but for the smaller holidays (Valentine's Day, St. Patty's Day, Fourth of July) I only do a mantle and maybe a front door wreath.
This year, for Valentine's Day, I was inspired by Cristina's wonderful 2013 mantle (although this year's mantle is pretty kick butt too!)
I loved the simple bright red and bright white. So I came up with my own red and white version:
My favorite part of the whole thing are these little 'milk bottles':
If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know I spend at least a few minutes of every day at my local Starbucks. I am a coffee junkie. And to supplement my love of all things mocha, I drink these bottled frappucinos that I get from Costco.
They are so cute that I decided to fix them up by adding foam letters to them:
And spray painting them ballet slipper pink (by Krylon.) Here they are when they were still drying (which is why they are sitting on post it notes):
The other project I incorporated was some paint chip art (re-using my paint chip heart garland) in some thrift store frames.
I picked up these two of these (admittedly) FUGLY frames at Savers, and I snapped them up because:
1. They were brand new.
2. They were a matched set.
3. They were only $2. I figured I could just use the glass for something even if the frames themselves were useless. However, for this project I only used the frames and saved the glass for something else.
In order to make them more appropriate for the mantle, I painted them cherry red:
The garlands are just taped on with scotch tape:
Here you can see how I used them in the vignette:
I normally try to make my mantles symmetric, but this time I mixed it up a little. And of course I used my new vellum garland (which I love more and more!)
Do you decorate for all the holidays too or just the big ones?