St. Patrick’s Day Mantel and Decor

I don’t usually go all out for St. Patrick’s Day, but I had so much fun styling my Valentine Mantel that I decided I needed to add some rainbows and shamrocks to my living room this year. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money, so I hit up the local Dollar Tree for inexpensive frames and decorations and created my own printables. I love the story of St. Patrick (see my St. Patrick’s Day Treasure Hunt post for a bit about this Irish saint) so I wanted to incorporate one of his famous quotes in my collection.

I also found the cutest set of white vases in the spring section of the dollar spot at Target and I spray painted an old pot black. I was able to style my entire mantel for about $20 and I will definitely be able to use several of the items other times of the year.

For more fun St. Patrick’s Day ideas check out the following blogposts:

St. Patrick’s Day Treasure Hunt

3 Simple St. Patrick’s Day treats

Rainbow Kabobs

DIY Valentine Wooden Hearts Craft

Valentine’s Day is just a week away and I have slowly been adding a few pops of pink and red to my mantel. I decided that I was lacking something tall to balance out all of the little nicknacks I picked up here and there. After looking at several different stores, I realized I wasn’t finding what I wanted. I already had planned to purchase some wooden X’s and O’s to paint pink and red, but inspiration struck when I saw a bag of little wooden hearts. I knew that I had an old frame somewhere in the garage that would be perfect for my project, so I went home ready for a fun Friday night of crafting…and the best part is that I only spent $4.50. #CommissionsEarned

I pulled out some pink, red, and white acrylic paints, sanded down the frame, mixed up several different shades of pink, cut a piece of white poster board as the backing, and went to work on this super simple, but adorable wooden hearts craft. The only glitch was that I should have sanded the frame a bit more, because it took about 15 coats of paint to cover the old ugly brown stain. Other than that small annoyance, the project was actually quite simple and I am thrilled with how it turned out. It’s the perfect addition to complete my Valentine collection on our mantel, and I plan to use it for years to come.

This is a little trick I used to keep all of the hearts lined up straight, and the clear tacky glue worked perfectly for securing the little wooden hearts to the poster board. #ComissionsEarned

My daughter said that she wanted to pop them off and eat them because they look like Brach’s Conversation Hearts.

For more Valentine fun check out the following blogposts:

Valentine Marshmallow Pops

Valentine Paper Garlands

Valentine Craft: Cookie Cutters & Paint

Valentine Words of Affirmation for Kids