Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Simple Valentine's Day Decorating

I do like to decorate for every holiday,
and adding handcrafted or gathered items that you might already have on hand
is a simple and inexpensive way to add some sweet touches. 

To coordinate with my color scheme, I created a heart shaped wreath in subtle colors.

I simply painted a grapevine wreath with off white craft paint.

I tucked in sprigs of faux winter berries, then added bits of moss with hot glue.

Sheer, moss green ribbon creates a loop for hanging.

I also created painted heart boxes.

These were easy to make out of cardboard heart shaped boxes from the craft store.

I used the same off white paint to paint them inside and out.

I added a bit of lace trim, with craft glue, around the top edge.

Paper roses were hot glued on top.

These make sweet gift boxes with a cozy nest of tulle or fiberfill.

Cookie cutters make a holiday appearance displayed in a tart pan.

A vintage hankie dresses up the Kitchen Queen shelves.

A precious nose-gay embroidered with tiny hearts.

Perhaps a special token for a Sweetheart or Dear Mother, long ago.

Now a pretty touch for Valentine's Day.

I hope these ideas inspire you to do some easy Valentine's Day decorating of your own.

By using colors to match your decor and vintage items you might already have on hand, these simple touches can be enjoyed long after the holiday is over.

Vintage Cottage Style.
My frugal grandmother, Beatrice Euphemie would surely approve.


Thank you, Dear Friends for your sweet visits.

Love is like the wild-rose briar; / Friendship is like the holly-tree. /
The holly is dark when the rose briar blooms, / But which will bloom most constantly?

- Emily Bronte -


  1. Good evening, Karen. I love the pastels and all things heart. So pretty. You always post such lovely nature photos. Stop by and see my Very Favorite Bend. Happy Lincoln's Birthday tomorrow! Does anyone remember anymore that the great day is actually the 12th?

  2. Hi Karen, I love how you made the heart wreath and the heart boxes are just so delicate and pretty and perfect for Valentine's Day. I love the hankie and the vase with the roses. Do have a wonderful Valentine's Day.

  3. Those little heart boxes are darling!! I have the felt heart you made me on the dining table with a red cracked glass vase and those little red wooden hearts I got when we were shopping on Saturday in a gold glass pedestal dish. It looks so pretty. I love you!

  4. A beautiful job on that wreath Karen! It is just awesome!!! And when I saw your hankie it reminded me of my grandmothers Christmas hankie that I carried on my wedding as we got married in December. I should pull that out to display it like you did...yours looks so pretty in your cupboard! Thank you for the inspiration friend! You are so thoughtful in all of your touches around your home! A happy week to you! Nicole xoxo

  5. All of your pretty decorations look so romantic and festive...love your heart-shaped wreath!

  6. Your valentine day decorations looks wonderful...

  7. All so lovely, and especially drawn to these cute heart shaped boxes. Your wreath is also just lovely! Hope that your Valentines day is just filled with love, and can see that it is. Hugs to you from Texas

  8. I love your decoration for valentines day, beutiful wreath!!!
    Have a nice day!!!

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  10. So pretty, Karen! I love the colors you used to add a festive touch to your decor!

  11. those heart boxes are so sweet. you are so full of ladylike grace. :)

  12. Your sweet Valentine touches are so charming, Karen! The boxes are just too pretty and I love the dried roses in the vase :)

    May you have a wonderful and joyful day, friend!

  13. I've got hearts and teddy bears with hearts and love and all up around my house. :)

  14. Fabulous projects! Your moss heart wreath and is so beautiful! I have come to realize that I don't really have any hearts to decorate my home. So I guess it is time to make a heart stash for next year. Have a wonderful day!

  15. Lovely sweetheart touches in your lovely home! You have made a haven in the wilderness, and it is perfect! Happy Valentine's Day!

  16. What a romantic you are, very pretty. :)

  17. Beautiful romantic touches in your lovely home, Love the wreath & boxes...the vintage hankie is Gorgeous....Happy Valentine's Day to you all... Hugs May x x x

  18. Your frugal grandmother is not the only one who approves, Karen. Lovely ideas! <3

  19. Your home looks so romantic and your wreath even more so. Have a wonderful Valentines day my friend. xx

  20. I love the floral wreath and the sweet handkerchief - so unexpected. Lovely.

  21. Beautiful touches of hearts everywhere. I especially like the cookie cutters and the sweet handkerchief. Your pretty wreath is festive enough to leave up all year long.

  22. it looks lovely I like your wreath very much

  23. Hola beatrice que casa más romántica adore ese corazón tan lindo en su puerta

  24. Hi Karen,
    Love your sweet boxes! I was admiring your wreath wondering where snow berries where to be found after the deep freeze (wasn't it wicked?) then I saw they were silk ( :-) ) beautiful job!!
    Happy Valentines Day to you and your Sweetheart....

  25. You fill your home with so much love and beauty during every season...I love the heart wreath and the pretty boxes....

  26. I love your wreath- it's very pretty- and I love the wreath hanger too. Where did you find that?

  27. So very pretty! You are so creative, Karen. Happy Valentine's Day!

  28. You are very creative Karen. I love your little homey decors, makes it look inviting and welcoming.
    Enjoy your valentine's day.



  29. Karen, Happy Valentine's Day! I took your idea and made heart hearts also here to celebrate with my husband .... is always good for a celebration!
    I love the wreath.
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    Big kiss and a beautiful Valentine's Day for you guys!!

  30. So very pretty! I love the grapevine wreath and how you have the cookie cutters displayed. Beautiful decor that is festive but still totally you!


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