I love a well decorated mantel. It sets the mood for an entire room, and you can really do it up.
Today I'm going to show you how I made a very cheap garland. Everything was purchased from Dollar Tree and cost about ONE DOLLAR AND SIX CENTS TO MAKE. Yup, $1.06!
Doilies - $2 (I used 8 out of 60)... 14¢
Ribbon - $1 (I used about 6 feet out of 9)... 67¢
Table Scatter - $1 (I used 7 out of a zillion or so pieces)... negligible
Glitter Stickers - $1 (I used 8 out of 32)... 25¢
Gluesticks (a negligible amount)
I made this garland to sit straight across the front of the mantel mostly due to the flimsy nature of the paper doilies. I'm sure you could double or triple them if you wanted something a bit more heavy.
I measured how much ribbon I needed, left a bit extra just in case.
Next I pulled out 8 doilies, 4 in white and 4 in red. I marked my center of the ribbon and just threaded the hearts on through the lacy edges. I had to fold the ribbon in half to get it thin enough. They went on really easy, actually.
At this point I attached the garland to the mantel to finish off the detail work. Affix both ends and move the doily hearts as needed. Then put 8 of the glitter stickers onto the doily hearts!
Now get your glue stick ready cause we're gonna add the table scatter.
I pulled out a few different ones and just carefully glued them onto the ribbon, in between each doily.
Yes, and that's all. A tiny bit of creativity and a trip to Dollar Tree and you're set. I hope this will at least provide you with a little inspiration for your own Valentine's mantel. I'll be adding a couple other Valentine's themed crafts in the next few days, too!