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Raise your hand if you have decorated your valentine mantel or some area of your house only to have members of your household tell you it’s pretty ordinary?

Did you see my hand go up?

Yup.  It did.

That’s what they said in not so many words.

It’s not a good thing when your blog name includes the word, “extraordinary.”


Black and White and Red Valentine Mantel Decor with Book Pages ::


Remember my winter birch branch mantel with the hand cut book page snowflakes?

I liked that “mantelscape.”  It was different.  And it seems that since it’s being featured a few places, some of you like it too.

Why not tweak it just a bit for Valentine’s Day?


Book Page Decor :: Black and Red and White Valentine Mantel Decor ::


And so I did….

The snowflakes were changed out for dangling book page hearts.

A pair of letters were added to the mix, some small birch stumps and pine cones were taken out of the mix, and it was nice and simple and monochromatic.

And then I heard, “It doesn’t look like Valentine’s Day.”


That’s true, if you are expecting to see some red.


Book Page Valentine Mantel Decor ::


You see, I had decided that if I would just give a nod to Valentine’s Day and we would be good.  I would love it…everybody in the house would love it…and you would love it.

A girl can dream.

Or fall asleep.

Good thing someone woke me up.

Because really….this valentine mantel is much more whimsical and fun.  And we all need a little more fun, don’t we?


Beaded Dangling Hearts Framed :: Valentine Mantel Decor ::


I got out another book and started ripping out pages and slicing them with the paper cuter, and punching out hearts, to make pennant banners and garlands.

Some frames sitting in the corner of the craft room had their glass replaced with polka-dotted scrapbook paper to which I hot glued my Mod Podged book page letters for a little bit of fun.

Recently I did a guest post and had these very fun dangling hearts waiting to do something fun and different, so I framed a few of them and used another as a book marker.

And for more fun and whimsy, I hung a birch branch and dangled book page hearts.


Book Page Valentine Decor :: Valentine Mantel ::


Do you remember this joke from when you were a little kid?  “What’s black and white and read all over?”  The newspaper.

That became the theme for our valentine mantel.  Actually, book pages rather than newspaper, but it works. Yes?


Book Page Modge Podge Letters :: Valentine Mantel ::


Now that everybody is happy with the new valentine mantel, I’ll give you another little back story.

Recently I was in the store to pick up cat litter for my favorite felines.  As I was making my way to the back of the store, I walked past an end cap with some clearance items.  My eagle eye spied some cardboard letters.  What could I do with an “X” or “8” or  “7” or “Q”?  Hmmmm.

I grabbed the “X” and the “Q” and went home all excited about my dollar purchase and my $3.00 savings.    You would have done the same thing, I’m pretty sure.  At home, I grabbed a knife from the kitchen drawer and cut the curlicue off the “Q” to make a beautiful “O” and Mod Podged torn book pages to both the “O” and the “X.”


X and O Book Page Modge Podge Letters ::


If you look closely, you’ll see that Miss “O’s” bottom corner is not perfectly round.  At one time, I would not have been able to live with that.  But, now…I just remember that the Nester says, “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.”  So although my “O” isn’t perfect….she’s looks beautiful gracing my valentine mantel and does a good job of reminding us that we each need more hugs every day.

A fun and whimsical valentine mantel.


A big change from this…


Decorating the Mantel for Winter ::


to this…


Whimsical Book Page Valentine Mantel :: AnExtraordinaryDay


What do you think?  I’d love to know!


Thank you for stopping by today.
I appreciate you and your sweet comments make my day.

Here’s to extraordinary valentine moments…


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  1. I am so into book page, music sheet ANYTHING!!! Your mantel is gorgeous! I loved the winter version too! :) Julia
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  2. Diane that is BEAUTIFUL! I don’t have a mantel, but you can come decorate something in my house anytime you want! :O)
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    • LuAnn….you are so sweet….thank you! I would love to come to your house and help you decorate. 😉
      Don’t let the lack of an official mantel stop you. The one I decorate on now is a faux fireplace.
      Actually any flat surface…other than your dining or kitchen table can serve as a mantel. Give it a shot and have fun playing and creating a vignette. It’ll make you heart smile.

  3. I think it is very whimsical and fun.It says Valentine to me.:) I guess I will wait till Easter to decorate again,seems Christmas wore ME out.Lol

    • I think maybe decorating for spring and Easter early is a good thing this year!!!
      Thanks for your sweet words. You are such a blessing Betty!! [hugs]

  4. Oh Diane…I just love it!! I can’t believe all the wonderful things that you come up with, especially your book page ideas (my favorite)! I wish you were my neighbor. :)

    Thanks for the inspiration!!

  5. Oh my gosh I love this Diane! I just haven’t been able to come up with anything that I liked for Valentines, but you’ve inspired me. I don’t know if I’ll have time because I work a lot of hours this week, but I’d love to do something. Maybe I’ll borrow your banner idea, or those 3 dimensional book page hearts. Have a lovely day! ~ Deborah
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    • Thanks Deborah! Every bit of it was super easy to do. The banner just took a few minutes. The heart garland, longer because of the gluing, and of course, beading takes the most time for me, you’re a pro. Have fun with it.

  6. Oh my, this mantle is one of my favorites I have EVER seen! I especially love the branch with things hanging down. It immediately caught my eye….
    hugs x, Crystelle
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  7. Gorgeous mantel decor! I’ve completely slacked and done nothing for Valentine’s Day this year. Oh well. Guess I’d better start planning for St Patrick’s Day now. 😉
    Sarah @ 2paws Designs recently posted..Peanut Butter & Banana French ToastMy Profile

    • Awww Sarah….I don’t think there are any valentine mantel police around…so I think you’re safe. 😉 Have fun getting creative for St. Paddy’s Day!!
      Happy Valentine’s Day!

  8. Everything looks beautiful!
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  9. This one’s adorable. But bless the folks who thought they could give their opinion (if even in a ’round about way) and not have the roof fall in. Quite gracious of you to go back to the task and create a bit more whimsy……and have FUN while you were doing it.
    Whimsy is a good word.
    Made me smile, that one red heart on the banner and the little flags with hearts overhead.

    Obviously I won’t have the time to whip this up before tomorrow. But I can store the idea away for another time.
    Of course I say that and then fail to make the time to actually create.
    Oh, but maybe for the coffee nook! *laughing* I can add it to the list.
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    • Mel….those pennant banners only took about 20 minutes. I was amazed. Of course…I had a heart punch…it would have taken a bit longer if I had to cut out each heart. I think the coffee nook wants one for Valentine’s Day!!!! 😉

  10. Love your mantel!!! Your X & O are my favorite:) Pinning
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  11. I love the look of the mantle. I think it has just enough Valentine’s Day flare without going overboard.
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  12. Your entire book page decor is gorgeous!
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  13. This is such a cute idea and I love how it looks! I am going to pin this as an inspiration for next year! Thanks for sharing at TTF!
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  14. Both mantle decors are great! I do love the V-day one best!
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    • Thanks Heather! I agree…the winter one is just so wintry. Haha! Dark like the season. I’m ready for sunshine and happiness! Hurry Spring!!

  15. Love those book pages as the background of the banner! Too sweet and love the simplicity of the whole thing! Love everything about it! I’d love to have you link up at my Skip The Housework party, live now!
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  16. This is so sweet! I’d love it you would share it on my new link party DIY:Done! at The party is open through Sunday, and every weekend, I hope to see you there!
    Cori Warner recently posted..Happy Valentine’s Day and DIY:Done! #3 Party!My Profile

  17. Hi Diane! Your mantel looks absolutely gorgeous and I’d be hard pressed to say which of these beautiful projects is my favorite – I love them all! :) Thank you so much for joining us and sharing at Best of the Weekend! Hope you have a happy and wonderful week!
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  18. This is really pretty. I love making things out of book pages and paper too.

    • Thank you Carmody! I don’t know what it is about book page and paper…but playing with them makes my heart happy.
      Hope your week is filled with extraordinary happiness, too!

  19. What a cute mantel- so creative! The paper hearts and banner are my favorite parts!
    Have a great week! :)
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  20. Such a cute idea! Love the hearts…

  21. I love the idea of using book pages, your mantel looks great! Thanks for sharing them with us at Sewlicious Home Decor! Pinned!

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  22. I love your mantel!! Using that branch to hang the banner on is so clever!! Your winter mantel was gorgeous too!! Have a great day!
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  23. This makes me wish I had a mantel!!
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  24. I love it!! Thanks for sharing at The Weekend Retreat, hope to see you back tonight!


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