Happy Saturday my Valentine Lovebugs! I’m all happy because I’ve finished decorating for Valentine’s Day! I only decorated a few rooms, but I still love our decor this year. I just wasn’t ready to let go of our Christmas tree, it was a new purchase this year and I’m head over heels in love with it still. The more I started thinking about our Christmas tree the more I realized it makes for perfectly acceptable Valentine’s Day decor. It’s a winter holiday so why not? January is sometimes a let down after the boom of Christmas so why not keep the holiday cheer going with the love of Valentines’s Day?
This year I tried to make things a bit more DIY and crafty, so let me show you around and I’ll tell you exactly what I did.
Those who read my blog often know that I just love tablescapes! It combines my 2 favorite loves, decorating and eating! I kept things pretty simple for our kitchen table. I left my striped table runner, it looks fabulous with everything! Then pulled out my very favorite charger plates combined with these pretty pink and red napkins.
I love buying cloth napkins, y’all should see my collection, it’s getting big! Then I simply tied a bow and sprinkled a few candy hearts.
I love red roses in our house every day of the year so of course during the season of love I’ll have a few extra around the house. For my centerpiece I filled 3 mason jars with roses and Israeli ruscus for a pop of green.
I love my fireplace, it’s my pride and joy. I love how our mirror reflects light and adds sparkle to our family room, but another benefit is that it’s great for layering a wreath. This heart wreath is on its second year, last year it was on my front door and it’s holding up amazingly well. I attached it to the mirror with a suction cup. I left our frame up from Christmas, it’s really fun and easy to switch out art, I just threw something together in photoshop.
I love our sweet Valentine’s Day tree, It probably cost me $10 to decorate. I made salt dough heart shaped ornaments and painted them pink, then cut out paper hearts, and added roses from the Dollar Tree. I also have a lot of pink and red flower napkin rings that I bought last year from Pier One so hey… I put them on the tree too. You can’t even tell they’re napkin rings!
For the heart ornaments, I used my gingerbread salt dough recipe but instead of the 1 cup of cinnamon I replaced that with an extra cup of flour. I let them dry and painted.
The girls and I had a lot of fun making paper garland together. It’s so cheerful and cost just a few dollars to make.
If you haven’t read my tutorial on how to make a no sew heart pillow be sure and check it out! You can use any color or pattern!
I can never have enough roses! I love these little paper sacks I found in the candy aisle at Hobby Lobby. I added a small cup filled with water for the roses, the paper sack adds such a charming touch.
I love mixing extreme elements together, so I added some sparkly jewelry to our pinecones on the coffee table. It’s rustic and girly at the same time.
I’m not ready to pack away the buffalo plaid just yet, I’m going to let it cruise well into Valentine’s Day! For my dining room tablescape I pulled out my favorite leopard accent plates combined with gold charger plates, I love the combo.
I decided to make my own table runner so I took a roll of 18 inch wide white paper and hand painted it. My sweet Haley Bears helped me punch out hearts with our leftover cardstock.
It’s so easy to make these rose napkin flowers, I’ll show you below.
Take a napkin and starting with the pointy end roll it up, then simply wrap it around in a circle to look like a cinnamon roll. Then take the end and tuck it in underneath. Adjust and fluff the center if needed and add some leaves. I pulled some off a shrub in my backyard.
I found when I was painting the table runner the sloppier I got the better it looked. So there is no need for perfection here!
Brian and I usually have a date night either on Valentine’s Day or the day before, then we have a family Valentine’s Day dinner at home with the kids. I can’t wait to celebrate!
Here’s a little sneak peak at my next blog post that will be up in the next few days, how to wrap pretty flowers for gifting. I hope you enjoyed our cheery red Valentine’s Day decor, and you should think about leaving your Christmas tree up next year and decorating it for Valentine’s Day. Our entire family loves having it up still after Christmas. Brian asked me if I was leaving it up for Easter too… yeah I think not. Something about the Easter Bunny and a Christmas tree just doesn’t work for me. Maybe one day…. haha.