Are there any other Valentine’s lovers out there? For me it isn’t the candy or the flowers. Nope! It’s the Valentine’s that make me go all gooey inside!!! And this year, it’s book page hearts that have captured my fancy!
When I was in grade school I couldn’t wait until it was time to design my Valentine’s Day box for the annual classroom contest. While others used shoe boxes or other boxes of traditional shape, not me!!! My tastes leaned towards elaborate designs using round ice cream barrels. My little brother would even enlisted me to help him create his annual Valentine’s Day box while he was in grade school. A proposition that I gladly accepted with the stipulation that I maintained total design control!
As I got older, I became totally infatuated with the soft romantic nature of vintage valentines and began to collect them to tuck into winter decor to add a festive Valentine’s Day flair.
As always, when decorating for a holiday, I try to keep things streamlined by applying my simple subtraction and addition theory. No one has time to be changing out their entire house, or even an entire main room for each holiday. I try to keep major changes to a minimum to address the change of seasons. Once the bones are in place for a season, I then simply take out items here and there and replace them with holiday items as it is fitting.
In this case, moving a picture makes room for these two small flag pole holders that get styled with vintage silver forks to display the vintage valentines.
The current dining room centerpiece is actually just a pared down version of the vintage light globe vignette that I put together for Christmas. I pared down from three globes on cake pedestals to two, and replaced the woven place mats with a basket weave tray that will likely remain the foundation of my spring and summer centerpieces. To make the new arrangement Valentine’s worthy, the base of the cake pedestals was simply filled with heart shaped candy. (Now if I can just keep the Wildman from eating the decor until Valentine’s Day is over!)
Look for materials that you already have on hand to make simple changes. The vintage church angel on the front table for winter is dressed up with a Valentines sash made from ribbon held in place by an antique sweater clip that the Wildman gave me for birthday. Presto, in just about three minutes time, your done!!!
I keep black ribbon on hand in varying sizes and finishes because it is so versatile. The red heart ribbon was only $2 on sale at Hobby Lobby. Layering the two together helps to make the adornment look more unique.
Miss Mannequin is also sporting a new sash and the chalkboard hearts are from the $1 aisle at Target! While her vintage “jewels” are still in place from her original Christmas attire, the tulle bow that was around her waist was removed. A jewel studded crown befitting her elegant Valentine ensemble is the finishing touch.
Crowns can be used to dress up stacks of books or tuck into wreaths. They are the picture of versatility! Oh, and did I mention, they’re just down right fun!
After adding candy to cake pedestals and ribbon to angels I still had a yen to do some crafting. So I opened up my supply drawers and started rummaging around to see what else I had on hand. The first thing I spied was a partial encyclopedia that was left over from making my book page wreath a few months ago. Then I dug around a little more and found some brightly colored embroidery floss and glitter. That’s when the pieces fell into place and it was so apparent.
Don’t you see it?
I just had to make some book page hearts to use on my winter garlands for Valentine’s Day!
If you have been following me for any length of time, you know that I picked up the entire set of old encyclopedias at an antique store for $3.00. The book page wreath took a little over one complete book to complete. I also used a few pages from the second book to make ghosts for a Halloween project. So this second book still has lots of pages left in it. All I had to do what cut out hearts of various sizes.
While I was rummaging around in the craft drawer I also found the brown paper pennant flags so I pulled them out use with some of the hearts.
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The embroidery floss would be used to whip stitch around the edges of the heart for definition and color. A single page was used for those hearts that would be glued to the pennants and I sewed two hearts together and poked in a little quilt batting for volume for the free standing hearts.
Using Valentine’s clothes pins from last year’s Target $1 aisle, the pennants where attached between the small pom poms on the existing winter garland that was in place on the mantle. Pine cone cluster where removed from the giant pom pom garland and large puffy hearts hung in their place.
Then I started around the rest of the great room and dining room and attached these sweet book page hearts wherever I found a bare space for them!
There are now book page hearts between the mercury glass ornaments on the chain over the buffet . . .
And book page hearts clipped into the tops of salt and pepper shakers on the front entry table . . . .
Vintage book pages and glitter! I found my happy place! These book page hearts can be made in any size you like! I focused on two sizes, but a smaller size of puffy hearts would be so cute thrown into any kind of small bowl or apothecary jar as filler! Or make a garland using multiple sizes of the hearts. The possibilities for these cute little hearts are endless!
What will you make with them? I can’t wait to see your designs!
Hugs ’til next time!