Mantel of the Month: February 2020
February 14th is known as the day of love all over the world. Couples celebrate their love, but it isn’t just couples. Everyone expresses their fondness and affection today. But, do you know the origins of this holiday?
The origins of this lovers’ holiday is somewhat mysterious. On one side, many believe that it is to celebrate the death anniversary of St. Valentine—a Christian saint who was murdered helping Christians escape prison.
Others believe that this love-filled holiday evolved from the Pagan tradition of Lupercalia. Celebrated on February 15, this was the day that the roman gods Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, and Lupercus—the Roman fertility god. How appropriate.
Now that the history lesson is over, let’s get onto our February Mantel of the Month!
This beautiful mantel was designed by Audra, the owner of The Rusty Heart.
Audra does a fantastic job of explaining how you can make your own DIY Valentine’s Day fireplace mantel in her blog post. In her blog post, everything Audra uses are items she already had on hand (if you do DIY crafts for home décor you probably have the same items laying around too!)
Because she already had it available, Audra made this gorgeous mantel without any purchases, beyond some spray paint. Many of us are still recovering from Christmas shopping, so it’s pretty nice to only spend a few bucks when you’re getting your home ready for the holiday of love!
The best part about this diy for Valentine’s Day is that it can be diy crafts for kids as well. With supervision, the little ones can help spray paint red hearts or, if you have to make any substitutions, maybe use glue and glitter to make plastic hearts really pop. *
This can be a great couple’s DIY project too (and a chance for husbands to show their sweetie how much they love them without a big bouquet of flowers—but flowers are still a good idea.)