The mantle is the focal point of most living rooms, so why not dress it up for the most romantic day of the year? There are an infinite number of ways to craft the perfect strand of garland; use your imagination, grab your best scissors and tube of cement glue, and get to work!
If you prefer traditional mantle decor, you may want to attach fresh fruit and cut flowers to greenery purchased from your florist. To create a classic look, cut doilies from colored paper, or collect vintage Valentines to hang from the garland. Attach decorations to a string of twinkling white, pink or red lights to give your living area a warm, romantic glow.
Make your own strand of garland from scratch for homemade flair. Using recycled sheet music or scrapbook paper, stencil and cut out letters to spell out a message of love. (We like "You're the Inspiration" and "Love of My Life.") String together the words as a garland for your mantle, Valentine's Day tree, bedroom headboard or a significant doorway in your home. If you own a collection of Valentine's Day cards from years past, attach them to a long piece of ribbon to create a strand of garland that serves as a reminder of all the people in your life who love you.