Good morning sunshine! (referring to you and not necessarily the weather as I typically write these posts at night).
Have you been taking down your Holiday decorations? Perhaps you’re already done? Maybe you’re planning on being proactive and leaving them up all year in preparation for next year?
Don’t laugh – stores start Christmas decorating before Hallowe’en – AND they now have “Christmas in July”, so it’s not that far a stretch.
My family – or my Mom anyways – is very superstitious, and one of her mandates is that there are only 12 days of Christmas, and if you leave your tree up beyond the Epiphany (January 6th), you’re destined for bad luck all year.
I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that her birthday is January 9th.
So, while I don’t necessarily believe in superstitions, I also know to ride the fence and err on the side of caution. (with bad luck and my Mother)
So the tree came down this past weekend….
but not all the ornaments.
My little birdhouses, previously on my red and gold tree, have hearts in them – which TOTALLY count as Valentine’s Day decor – so they can stay out for another month or two.
All of the red ornaments from the tree can also stay out as Valentine’s Day decorations.
I’m not lazy, this is repurposing decor here!
This might have looked Christmas-ish if it weren’t for the cute, heart-covered branches in the centre.
Just cut or punch out tiny hearts from construction paper and attach them to some clipped branches with glue dots. One heart on the front of the branch and one on the back (so you don’t see the glue dots.)
The girls helped with our Valentine’s Day decorations / vignette, so it’s an easy craft that you can
make the kids do with the kids.
Tuck your branches into a vase and you have whimsical and inexpensive Valentine’s Day decor.
Think long branches in a tall vase for an entryway display, or shorter branches (perhaps with pine needles still on?) in votive-sized vases to tuck into bathrooms or on your desk.
It’s a tad early for Valentine’s Day decor I know, but it will help your home feel less empty after the chaos and clutter of Christmas.
Have a great one!