valentines day love letters mantel decor

I absolutely love love love Valentine’s Day!  I have such fond memories thanks to my sweet dad who always left a small box of chocolates for his 5 daughters on VDay.  And what’s even sweeter is he drives all over town so when we wake up now as adults, we still get a box on the front porch.  I know, luckiest daughters ever!  LOVE how it’s not just a holiday for romance, at least not for my family.  So when I saw this display at Christmastime, I knew I wanted to knock it off for Valentine’s Day.  And since it’s a neutral rustic pallet, you can use it year round as well…score!  But I’m diggin these valentines day love letters mantel decor for the big lovey dovey day as well.

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What I love is how little I spent to create this look.  I bought the grapevine wreath from the dollar store, score!  The letters and sequin heart were all from JoAnn’s and they took 40% off coupons from their app as well as 2 other craft stores apps.  Nice!  PLUS she honored an additional 10% off coupon so these were super cheap, my fav.  I wanted a neutral color pallet for these letters so I can use them in my master or in the house year round.  Since love is so universal, it works!

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I used Deco Art’s Americana craft paint to create the paint technique.  I took a dry paintbrush and lightly dipped it in the top of the paint bottle.  I dry brushed the Neutral Grey over the L and only the edges of the already white E.  The V was dry brushed in Espresso then lightly again with the grey.  So easy.  I mean, so stinkin easy that my 9 year old could have done this in minutes, like I did.  Love a fast and cheap project!

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The heart I bought originally had ribbon to hang it but I ripped it off.  I decided I wanted it to stand up so I used 3 pins and pushed them in a triangle shape in the bottom so it’s now freestanding.

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I think it’s cute either way.  Which way do you like it better?

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Eh, not a huge difference and those pins come out easily…I guarantee little hands will get ahold of it soon enough! (;

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Is it too early for Valentine’s Day decor?? I hope not, we’ll have lots of tutorials coming up in the next couple weeks!

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Come back tomorrow for a simple bakers twine lace doily bunting….

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Check out all our Valentine’s Day ideas here!

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Visit our other lovey dovey decor ideas like our coffee filter wreath,

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as well as our inspirational round ups like our 17 Valentine’s Day decor ideas!

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  1. 1

    Ok, so the heart with pins to stand up is freakin genius! I also love the new tabs on the side bar. I just love you..both..a lot!

    • 2


      Love you too, Taush! Thanks for the comment love (;

  2. 3

    So cute! And super clever using the pins to stand the heart up. Love the makeover the letters received!!!

    • 4


      Thanks, Michele! Can’t beat cheap and easy!

  3. 5

    I heart the standing up version! (see what I did there?)

    • 6


      Hahah, hilarious, Loretta!! :D

  4. 7

    I loved that Noel display I have it pinned. I love your “Love” one, its so darling. What I love most of all, is you sharing your sweet fathers gifts to all his daughters. I so got teary-eyed readint that, its just so unbelievably presh. Thank you for sharing that with us. What a sweet father. Lots of love, jen

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      We’re so blessed to have him. He’s really an amazing dad and grandpa. Thanks, Jen! XOXO

  5. 9

    Love your letters! And the little heart is so cute too.
    Saw you sharing at Transformation Thursdays.
    Debbie :)

    • 10


      Thanks, Debbie! Love that other blogs host link parties!! xo

  6. 11

    OMG I love this! I have to go to JoAnn’s later anyway, I will def. be picking up some letters, and I already have the wreath. We always celebrated Valentine’s Day as a family holiday, too, so I continue the tradition with my kids. We were already making paper hearts this morning, so it is not too early! :)

    • 12


      Agree Elysha! I love this holiday! It’s fun for everyone!! (:

    • 13


      What size grapevine wreath worked? Wondering where you got yours?

      • 14

        Hi Kay! It’s just a 4″ wreath from the Dollar Tree (:

  7. 15

    how simple and adorable! love it.

    • 16


      Thanks so much!!

  8. 17


    What a sweet dad! Love the *LOVE*

    • 18


      He’s the best, we’re so blessed to have him!

  9. 19

    This is so cute! The heart really punches is up.

    • 20


      Thanks, Donna! XO

  10. 21

    What’s not to LOVE about the word LOVE being displayed :) So So So cute!! I especially Love the NIFTY way you decided to make your Heart stand… It’s like a Heart Space Ship just Landed on your Mantel.

  11. 22

    I love this! I may have to do something similar! The colors and everything are perfect, very similar to the style I have going on! :)

  12. 23

    that is so adorable. i must do something like that:) i loooved the christmas theme and this is a great way to keep it going through the year:)

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    Super cute!!

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    Judith I

    This is so cute!!! I am totally doing this for my valentines mantel. I cannot wait to go to JoAnn’s.

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    Judy H.

    This mantel is darling, but please tell me you haven’t put this up yet! My mantel is still in its Christmas mode. I like to leave Christma decor up in my house through the first week of January.

  16. 27

    Seriously cute, Kelli! I especially love that you were able to stand the heart up using the three little pins. I’ve never thought of that! Too cute!

  17. 28

    Beautiful!!! I love the rustic letters and sparkly heart, fabulous combo :)

    xoxo, Tanya

  18. 29

    Love Love Love this idea! I hope to give it a shot to have around as a photography prop. I think this would be gorge in a family or couples session!
    ♥ ♥ ♥, Niki

  19. 30

    So cute! I love your idea of how to stand the heart up.

  20. 31

    Very cute idea. Love your blog.

  21. 32

    Very cute! I love the wreath for the “o”! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  22. 33

    Absolutely darling! :)

  23. 34

    Beautiful little decoration. Great idea :)


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