Hi there and welcome! Today I’m sharing how I added a little Valentine’s flair to my mantle for less than $2! I don’t normally go all out decorating for Valentine’s Day. I usually store up all my Holiday decorating mojo for Halloween and what’s left, goes to Christmas!
But this year, I was in the mood to create a little something for my mantle:
A quilled paper heart!
Have you ever tried paper quilling? Much like painting to me, it’s very relaxing. I quilled a skull for my Halloween mantel and I thought it would be pretty as a heart too.
I found this frame at a yard sale this Summer for $1 as is. The paper I already had, but I purchased it at Michaels when it was on sale for six sheets for $1. Great deal!
Here’s everything I used to create my heart art:
The only things missing are a glue stick and a very small flat-head screwdriver or quilling tool. The blue pen pictured is a glue pen.
I started by cutting my heart shape in red since that’s the color I planned to use to fill it in:
Then I cut my background to fit the frame and glued my heart to the center using a glue stick I stole from my kids:
I cut the quilling strips using my favorite paper cutting tool (you can buy them already cut at your craft store, but I’m cheap):
Next I created an outline of my heart using the strips and glued in place with the glue pen:
Now the fun part! To quill, simply wrap the strips around a quilling tool or tiny flat-head screwdriver as snugly as possible, then release to the desired size and add a dab of glue to stop it from unraveling further. You will get a rosette looking shape. You can also pinch one end to get a teardrop or petal shape. You can see examples of both here:
Continue to wrap and play with your shapes, gluing each one in place as you go to fill in your heart shape. To make smaller “rosettes”, cut your strips or get two out of one strip by wrapping in one direction around your tool until you get to the halfway mark. Then start at the other end and wrap the other direction until you meet in the middle:
Once my heart was filled in, I put it in my under glass in the frame and that’s it. My pictures show the frame without the glass, only because it’s difficult to get a decent photo with the glass in place.
Look at those pretty details:
I liked the frame as is for a bit of bling…
I just added it to my existing mantel. Behind it is a favorite black and white family photo.
The photo to the left is me and Brennan, taken when Brennan was only a week old and the photo to the right is my husband and his mama! Isn’t it sweet?
This is just enough V-day decor for me. I made the heart garland as well using some of the scrapbook paper I picked up on sale.
Sew easy! I cut out my hearts:
and sewed them together:
That, my sweet friends, is how I decorated my mantel for less than $2!
Check out what adorned my mantel last year for less than $5!
What about you? Do you decorate for Valentine’s Day?
You guys are my favorite! Truly, I appreciate every single one of you.
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