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Valentine’s Day Pallet Art and Doily Mantel (tutorial)!!

Valentine’s Day is becoming  one of my favorite holidays.

It makes January and February a little less dull and blah. So when the girls at Adorn It Fabric sent me their Happy Hearts Fat Quarter stack, I was excited to make something for Valentine’s Day.

I have seen so many great pallet projects around lately. And I had recently found some very rough boards on the side of the road. I decided to try my hand at making some pallet art for Valentine’s Day.

This is what I did:

  • I started off by cutting the boards into 35 inch-wide sections.
  •  I had 4 boards and once I cut them in half I ended up with 8 boards.
  • I nailed a couple smaller boards on the back and then sanded it down a little to keep from getting too many splinters in my hands (I told you their were rough – LOL).


  • Then I painted the boards white. And printed off a little saying with my Silhouette. But if you don’t have a craft cutter, I think painted the words freehand and sanding them down would be pretty!

  • Then I took the Fat Quarters and made some hearts for a banner.
  • I sewed along the edges of the hearts and stuffed them with a little quilting stuffing.
  • I hot glued them onto some pretty Baker’s Twine and attached them to my board with a little hot glue, covered up with pretty upholstery tacks.

  • Next I made a little garland with Dollar Store heart doilies, .99 Valentine lights I picked up on clearance last year, some white cupcake liners and little rounds from the Adorn It fabric I cut out with my Big Shot Machine.

  • I glued the alternated between the heart doilies and the cupcake liners with a round piece of fabric inside. I glued them all to the lights. And Voila – a pretty little garland for my mantel.
  • The last thing I did was make a simple rag wreath with the left-over fabric. I tied strips onto a Dollar Store wreath. And then hung a little heart ornament inside.

Overall, a simple mantelscape, but one that coordinates and I love the twinkling lights. Makes me happy to see the bring colors in the middle of gloomy Winter weather!


So tell me — do YOU decorate for Valentine’s Day??

What have you made to celebrate??

{Leave links to your projects in the comments so we can all come over and see them}

Be sure to check out these festive DIY Sweetheart Plastic Cup Lights from Crafts by Amanda!


And guess what!! An AdornIt Fabric Giveaway is coming up on Monday!! Yay!!

 I’m linking up to Beth’s awesome party – be sure to check it out!!

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PS — It’s Friday – my favorite day of the week!!

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  1. So cute!! You are very creative!! I used to decorate for all the holidays. Not so much lately.

  2. Beautiful mantle! I love the pallet art!

  3. Love it Jen! Your creativity constantly amazes me!

  4. Farrar Lindner says:

    Love this! I can’t wait to read more!

  5. just luv it…going to give the stuffed hearts a try!

  6. Super cute sign Jen! The little rag wreath is adorable too!

  7. Love love love the lit up garland!

  8. I love it all!! Those sewn little hearts are adorable, and I love your pallet art! Super cute and fun!
    Laurie @ Gallamore West
    p.s. I just posted mine {I CANNOT wait to have a chance to paint the mantel/rock… I call it our dungeon corner :(… but I’m loving my little love birds theme on it! http://gallamorewest.blogspot.com/2012/01/valentines-day-mantel-2012.html}

  9. awww, it’s sooo cute! NO, I don’t decorate for vt’s day. Being single, it’s not my favorite day of the year. hmph!
    can I ask, what is the overall size? 35 inch boards cut in half? or 35 after you cut them in half.
    Love it Jen!!!

    • Hi Gail!!

      The size is about 35 inches wide by 45 inches tall. It ended up being a little bit bigger than I had imagined LOL!


  10. I love this! I am just finishing up a project like this for my boyfriend for valentines day! I’ll have to link it up to your link party next week when I’m finished.

    Nice work and it looks awesome!


  11. I lOve your pallet art Jen!! it is soo cute :) I really like the way you turned the lights on your mantel into such a pretty garland, it’s easy and adorable and I can never get enough of that extra little sparkle! Thanks for sharing!! 😀 hehe I’m excited to show all of you a similar project over on my blog “life at lower mountain” too. Check out my pallet art at:


    Thanks again, enjoy your weekend!!!

    love from
    Laura at

  12. I lOve your pallet art Jen!! it is soo cute :) I really like the way you turned the lights on your mantel into such a pretty garland, it’s easy and adorable and I can never get enough of that extra little sparkle! Thanks for sharing!! 😀 hehe I’m excited to show all of you a similar project over on my blog “life at lower mountain” too. Check out my pallet art at:


    Thanks again, enjoy your weekend!!!

    love from
    Laura at

  13. Beautiful! I need to make that sign and do a garland like that cuz I love it! I decorated my entryway table this year and It is so cute! My family blog is private but maybe I’ll have to email you a picture cuz it is so cute! Thank you for sharing your creativity! It is contagious. :)))

  14. this is adorable! I love it! I have some muffin cups left over from Christmas that are red and white I am going to break out my Christmas lights and see what I can come up with!! Thanks for the idea!!

  15. Oh, this is just too sweet and precious – the project isn’t bad either;-) Love the doggie!

  16. So stinking cute Jen! Extra, super adore the garland. Happy Valentine’s day =)

  17. I have this quote on our bedroom wall. I love the pallet idea MUCH better. Darn! Ah well, next house I suppose 😉 LOVE THIS!!! And the garland hearts strung from the top.

  18. Such a cute idea. Love the simplicity of it! It looks perfect on your mantel with all your other valentine’s goodies.

  19. I am so in love with the light garland. It is so adorable! And done on the cheap!

    I also decked out our mantle for Valentine’s Day with stuff I found around the house, free printables, and a heart paper chain. I love it. I’ve never really decorated for Valentine’s Day in the past but this year and I really into it!


  20. Oh my that is so CUTE!! I am gong to make on this weekend:)

  21. Oooh that is gorgeous! I love this! I so want one now!


  22. I am a medium decorator! I love how fun and colorful Valentine’s can be without all the mess that Christmas entails! I made a paper heart chain for my mantel and just love how it turned out. Here’s the how to:


  23. This is super cute! The little sewn hearts are my FAVorite!

  24. I LOVE THAT!!! I’m adding it to my “to do” list!

    I don’t normally decorate for Valentines day, but this year I’ve made some stuff I’m giving away AND I made something that I’m keeping:


  25. I have fallen in love with Valentine’s lately too! And your SUPER cute pallet art makes me love it even more:) Those cute puffy hearts are adorable! I haven’t really been decorating a whole lot for V-day but I have been making party favors and yummy treats! Play-Doh Valentines: http://the-wilson-world.blogspot.com/2012/01/play-doh-valentines-with-printable.html and Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Waffles: http://the-wilson-world.blogspot.com/2012/01/chocolate-covered-strawberry-waffles.html

  26. So adorable! I love the saying on the sign. Everything looks so beautiful!



  27. I’m having some trouble seeing your pics again today, but I love the mantel shot! You know how to put everything together so nicely! :)

  28. I do decorate for Valentine’s day! I have a whole wall (my wannabe fireplace) http://www.balancinghome.com/2012/01/my-valentines-wall.html

  29. Jen, what an great reveal of your mantel! I’ve been looking forward to seeing it! I LOVE it!!

  30. I so love this! I can’t decide which I like more, the pallet or the rag wreath. All so cute! Thanks for sharing.

  31. Love it! I HAVE to try this sometime! Thanks for sharing:) I love the heart doily banner!

  32. Such a sweet project! Thanks for sharing! ooh, and it is made from pallets, that makes it even cooler!

  33. What an adorable project! I’ve been wanting to do a piece like this for a while, so thanks for the reminder and the awesome inspiration.

    I don’t go overboard with Valentine decorations, but I do put out a few things. Here’s a project I made last week: http://paperturtle.blogspot.com/2012/01/valentine-wood-blocks.html

  34. Love, love, love the pallet art!! I don’t really decorate that much for Valentine’s Day (not really sure why…hmmm…), but that pallet is just to die for! I could definitely see that on my mantel! Great job and thanks for sharing! xoxo

  35. Beautiful mantel display, your wreath is gorgeous, the sign, hearts, everything is beautiful.

  36. Jen,

    The little rag wreath – did you use an embroidery hoop and how long did you cut the strips? Love the look and who knew that cupcake liners could be so useful.


    • Hi Maureen!

      I used a 9 inch wreath form and cut the lengths into 9″ lengths. I used a woven wreath form from The Dollar Store.


  37. What a fantastic project! Will pin this (and hope I remember next year lol). I don’t usually decorate for Valentine’s day, but am going to start making annual mixed media paintings for V day. Must get cracking on that this weekend.


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