Decorate That House For … Valentine’s Day

valentines decor Collage 600wThere is something so redeeming about Valentine’s Day. A day set aside to show love and appreciation to the special people in our lives is such a great reminder to stop, pause and reflect. I’m all for it and adore celebrating Valentine’s Day for the entire month of February. You see, once Christmas decor wraps up, I transition to my snow-themed decorations in January. Then, I let the snow melt (figuratively) and bust out the red, pink and white to celebrate LOVE!

My Valentine’s Day decor usually revolves a table centerpiece, window art and a mantle-scape. This year, I can’t wait to involve my two year old in some of our decoration creations. The above collage is my inspiration for this year — it’s the perfect mix between rustic chic while still being family friendly.

DOILY GARLAND

If this isn’t sweet and simple, I don’t know what is! Plus, do you know how cheap those paper lace doilies are? This is an economical project if I’ve ever seen one. And hello, another use for white Christmas lights!

YARN WINDOW HEARTS

Our home will shout love from the front windows with these crafty hearts. These are a perfect DIY for the littles to take part in because there is no right way to twist and turn the yarn.

LOVE MANTLE ART

Yep, pretty much in love with this. I’d even consider leaving it up all year! I’ve tasked my hubby with building the plank base so hopefully this¬†lovely piece will make its’ debut on my mantle soon.

FRAMED “LOVE” SCRIBBLE ART

Five years ago I would have scoffed at this art project, but now my heart has been softened by motherhood (dramatic, I know) and I could practically shed tears watching my sweet girl’s joyful expression while painting. I love that this project can translate to multiple holidays too – imagine it in card format for grandparents too — find those paint shirts and plan a messy afternoon of fun!

VALENTINE TREE

I have a tree very similar to this and over Thanksgiving I decorated my center piece tree with mini leaves and our family’s “thankful thoughts”. Those leaves are packed away now and I’m excited add hearts with our notes about all the things we love.

¬†How does your family decorate for Valentine’s Day?

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Gretchen hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest along with her husband and two young children. Before transitioning to life as a stay at home mom, Gretchen worked in sales and marketing while earning her Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership. Now her days are focused on managing meal plans and nap times while organizing her sewing stash and children's toy bins. My oh my, how life changes in the blink of an eye! Gretchen writes frequently about natural parenting, becoming more environmentally conscience, her affinity for thrifted treasures, and hopes of making it out of yoga pants each day on her blog That Mama Gretchen (www.thatmamagretchen.com).

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