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Come see how I decorated my Valentines Mantel this year – on a budget and with a spring theme.

A Spring-Inspired Valentine's Mantle

I am seriously chomping at the bit for Spring to be here already.  Over the weekend, I was within inches of going for it and updating my mantle with new Spring decor.  I have never been one to decorate for Valentine’s day, but I have changed my ways this year.  Plus, I had this garland that I made last week in need of a home.

Heck, it’s only for 2 weeks anyway.  Then I can bust out the flowers and bunnies to give Spring a proper welcome.

A Budget Friendly Valentines Mantel Makeover

Since I’m not a big Valentine’s decorator, I gave myself a very limited budget.  I originally told myself $10, but then bumped it up to $14 (big spender, here, people!).

Here’s my budget breakdown:

  • Printable – $4.00 for photo printing – click here to download for FREE!
  • Burlap & Garland – Free (stuff I had leftover from other projects)
  • Silk Flowers – $3.00 – on sale at Michael’s
  • Galvanized tin pails – $2.00 – a thrift store find!
  • White decorative trees – Free – leftover from my Winter Mantel
  • White branches in clear vases – Free – stolen borrowed temporarily from my Home Office
  • Large white backdrop board – $5.00 clearance item from Ikea
  • Jars – Free – from the pantry

All-told, I spent a whopping $14 on this mantle update!  Of course, it’s fitting that I should spend $14 on my Valentine’s Day decor… Ha!

A $14 Valentine's Mantle Makeover - and that's an Ikea Cabinet door for the backdrop

I think my favorite find was from the “last chance” section at Ikea.  They had a bunch of cabinet doors on final clearance for $5 each a few weeks ago.  I wasn’t quite sure what I needed to do with a white cabinet door, but for $5 I just couldn’t walk away.

A Spring-Inspired Valentine's Mantle

I think this cabinet door makes a wonderful backdrop for my mantle decor.  I’m still toying with the idea of actually mounting the cabinet door right on the wall above the mantle.  We will see…

For the jars, I started by wrapping them with burlap.  Then, I stripped the leaves off of the silk tulips, and taped them around the jar.  Super simple!

Wrap Mason jars with burlap and leaves for easy spring-inspired decor

Wrap Mason jars with burlap and leaves for easy spring-inspired decor

Wrap Mason jars with burlap and leaves for easy spring-inspired decor

A Spring-Inspired Valentine's Mantle

A Spring Inspired Valentines Mantel



  1. Super Cute!!
    Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! I have Pinned this too!! Don’t forget to come back next week and share some more!! I love having you!

  2. I just don;t do the seasonal mantel thing – except at Christmas, but posts like this are starting to persuade me maybe I should give them a try. It’s so sweet and simple. Lovely!

  3. I love this mantle. The flowers and jars with burlap are just too cute! What a simple and sweet way to decorate for Valentine’s Day without going over the top. Thanks for sharing at the Motivational Monday Link Party! Hope to see you again this Monday!

    Love Bethany from The Southern Couture

  4. Love the way you wrapped the jars with tulip leaves. Thanks so much for linking up at Motivational Monday!

  5. I love how your $14 mantel turned out. The tulip leaves wrapped around the mason jars is a great touch! And I’m with you – Spring needs to get here fast! Thanks for linking up at Creative Spark last week. Hope you’ll join us again tomorrow – the party starts at 6am EST!

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