What’s red and black and full of leftovers? Our Parisian inspired Valentine’s Day Mantel of course! What could be more romantic than the city of love, paired up with the color of love? And don’t forget the love of being able to reuse some party supplies from celebrations gone by! With a few quick DIY projects, you can transform your mantel into a focal point that will have your sweetheart swooning. BONUS: the traditional red roses and heart-shaped boxes of chocolates will fit in perfectly with your Valentine holiday trimmings.
Follow along as we show you how to transform those random leftover party items into fresh holiday décor pieces.
Leftover #1: Napkins
Leftover #2: Casino Wall Decoration
The harlequin pattern of this wall décor sign was perfect for our red and black color scheme. The casino saying, not so much. We covered the words with cardstock circles then added a black doily and glittered chipboard word on top. Now that’s a quick conversion!
Leftover #3: Parisian Party Pieces
Whether it’s a Parisian Bridal Shower or a Little Parisian Princess Party, make sure to save all those Eiffel Tower themed odds and ends. We spread glittered centerpieces and favor boxes throughout the mantel for needed high and low height. To the pair in the center, we added a gray tower which we retrieved from this hanging décor kit. TIP: the gray tower has been backed with chipboard and a make-shift easel so it will stand.
An additional gray tower from the hanging décor kit was used in this framed art piece. The plaid background is wrapping paper and the heart circle chip? … another casino décor kit discard.
Leftover #4: Paper Straws
Sure, straws are never really “leftovers” … they are generic enough to be used in a wide variety of themes. But their versatility, availability and low cost make them ideal to decorate with.
For this décor design, we cut a piece of chipboard into a heart. Next, we covered it with polka dot straws then trimmed everything up to fit the underneath shape. Lastly, we topped it with a doily and heart circle chip. Another make-shift easel back ensures that it stands on its own.
Leftovers #5 & #6: Paper Fan & Last Year’s Valentine Decor
A casino paper fan gets its new purpose when glued to a dowel and stood upright in a flower pot for visual drama and height.
Last year’s hanging heart door decor, which we found on clearance at the end of the season, becomes art when its ribbon hanger is removed and then framed under glass.
Leftover #7: Plastic Tablecloths
Disposable tablecloths are the best! Roll and throw clean up …you can’t beat that! But before you throw your next used one away, cut a section off both ends. This garland was made by simply tying strips of tablecloth to a cotton string then fluffing for volume. Doesn’t get more easy and impactful than that.
For cohesion and a touch of Parisian glam, we added gold and white accents to our collection of “leftovers”.
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