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.”


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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?


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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.


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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?


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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.


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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?


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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.”


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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 :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net


to this…


Fun Book Page Valentine Mantel :: AnExtraordinaryDay


What do you think?  I’d love to know!

For more Valentine’s Day ideas… check out these posts:


3-D Hanging Paper Hearts Tutorial for Valentine's Day

3-D Hanging Paper Hearts Tutorial for Valentine’s Day

8 Low Cost Valentine Decorating Ideas

8 Low Cost DIY Valentine’s Day Decorating Ideas

S'more Valentine Wishes Gift Tag - Free Printable Ideas

Easy S’mores Valentine Gift in a Mason Jar and Printables


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

    • Diane says

      Thank you so much Julia!! I too LOVE book page crafts and decor.
      Hope your week is off to an extraordinary start!

  2. Diane that is BEAUTIFUL! I don’t have a mantel, but you can come decorate something in my house anytime you want! :O)

    • Diane says

      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. Betty Brown says

    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

    • Diane says

      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. Debby says

    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!!

    • Diane says

      You are so sweet Debby! You sure know how to make a gal feel special. [hugs]

  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

    • Diane says

      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
    Crystelle Boutique

    • Diane says

      Crystelle…you totally made my day! [hugs] 🙂

  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. 😉

    • Diane says

      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!

    • Diane says

      Thank you so much, Megan!!!
      Happy Valentine’s Day!

  9. Mel says

    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.

    • Diane says

      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

    • Diane says

      The mantel was all about the X & O….and I’m thrilled that you are loving and pinning!! [hugs]

  11. I love the look of the mantle. I think it has just enough Valentine’s Day flare without going overboard.

    • Diane says

      That’s so nice of you to say that, Erlene. Thank you!!!!

  12. karen says

    Your entire book page decor is gorgeous!

  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!

  14. Both mantle decors are great! I do love the V-day one best!

    • Diane says

      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! http://www.reasonstoskipthehousework.com/skip-housework-4/

  16. This is so sweet! I’d love it you would share it on my new link party DIY:Done! at FlyingC-diy.com. The party is open through Sunday, and every weekend, I hope to see you there!

    • Diane says

      Thank you Cori!!
      And thanks for the invite too!

  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!

    • Diane says

      You are so kind to say that Cindy. Thank you so much!!! 🙂
      Hope your new week is simply Extraordinary!!

  18. This is really pretty. I love making things out of book pages and paper too.

    • Diane says

      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! 🙂

    • Diane says

      Awwww….thanks so much Whitney!!!
      Your sweet thoughts make my day!

  20. Bev says

    Such a cute idea! Love the hearts…

    • Diane says

      Thanks so much! 🙂
      Wishing you An Extraordinary Day, Bev!

  21. Marti says

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


    • Diane says

      You are so sweet Marti! Thank you so much! I have a huge weakness for book page anything. 😉

  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!

  23. This makes me wish I had a mantel!!

    • Diane says

      Awww…thanks Maria! I haven’t always had a mantel and believe me….I’ll take any cabinet and use it as if it were. 🙂

  24. I love it!! Thanks for sharing at The Weekend Retreat, hope to see you back tonight! http://www.mommyondemand.com

    • Diane says

      Thanks for hosting and popping by with your warm thought!!


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