Well hello again, so glad you are visiting me today. I’ve got something to show you today that I am so so happy about.
Look what I did this weekend:
I gave my ‘mantel’ a makeover! I created a Layered Photo Frame Mantel Decoration. And since it is a bit of a heart shaped display, I think this qualifies as a Valentines mantel.
And that must be my first. My first Valentines mantel that is. We don’t ‘do’ Valentines day over here. Commerce is trying to push us towards it, but it still hasn’t caught on. Fine by me, I love a bit of good romance, but not if it involves a specific date on my calendar and lots of frivolous, pinky fluff. I’ll take the chocolate though…. 😉
Anyway, back to my mantel, that is sporting a bit of a heart and lots of sentimental, images full of love-filled memories.
I had an image of a modern black and white, art filled photo collage in my inspiration file. I found it online one day, probably in a Google search, and saved it to my laptop because I loved the look (I retraced it to a Dutch home decor magazine).
I wanted to create my own version, making it a bit more homey and personal by using my own images and graphics that had meaning to me. And making it heart shaped ♥ .
I love it so much. It really suits our style.
Oh and those pictures are not really blurry and I haven’t hooked up with a notorious criminal either. That is is just my guy, purposely blurred out, because he still insists on remaining anonymous, spoilsport.
Okay here are the steps I took to make this heart shaped layered photo frames mantel:
1. Empty out your canvas and take some measurements. You will be hammering in a lot of nails so you do want to get it right-ish the first time.
2. I cut a heart shape out of some cheap tissue paper so I could get a feel for the dimensions I was going for.
3. Place the paper heart on your canvas to see if it is right and mark where it goes.
4. Lay out all your big and small frames to see if you have enough of them and to figure out how to position them.
Paint all your frames in your color of choice.
While the frames are drying, have some lunch. This is an important step and easily forgotten when decorating and crafting.
Tape your paper template back up to help you get your outline. Start with the biggest frames first, than with the ones that determine the outline. Fill in with smaller ones. As you can see I hung them all with twine, slightly overlapping.
Be fine with some of them hanging crooked. The road to happiness is not a straight line….
Loving my Valentines mantel so much…..
I keep staring at it. So many memories in one place.
I think this one is going to be with us for quite some time.
So what’ye think? Can you tell the heart shape in there (the spoilsport in my home could not….).
Let me know what you think and if you like it, feel free to pin or share it.
Pssst I have since updated this mantel to a summer version.
Marianne Songbird is the founder of Songbird, where she hopes to inspire everyone to create a home they love, one DIY project at a time. She shares anything from craft ideas to home decor inspiration and from DIY projects to decorating hacks. Originally from the Netherlands Marianne and her husband Lex are currently renovating a 250-year-old farmhouse in Germany.