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Thrifty Decorating Ideas: Red And Pink Mantel Display

I always have a few thrifty decorating ideas up my sleeve. Today, I’m making a wreath from a flea market find and showcasing it along with red and pink stuff to celebrate February.

Make a Eucalyptus Grapevine Wreath

I didn’t redecorate my mantel after Christmas. I just took down the Christmasy stuff and left the red wreath and a few other things on the mantel. Yesterday, I got the urge to do a little decorating.

Eucalyptus vines
I bought these three Eucalyptus vines at a  flea market. They were $3 each, which I thought was a good deal. I planned to make a wreath with at least one of the vines. I will probably use the other two to decorate my booth.

grapevine wreath

I went into my stash and found a grapevine wreath. I usually make wreaths for each season and holiday. When I get ready for a change, I take the wreaths apart and reuse everything in other projects.

wire a eucalyptus vine to a grapevine wreath

I circled the Eucalyptus vine around the wreath and cut it to size. Then I wired the vine to the wreath in 5 places.

making a thrifty wreath

The vine looked a little skimpy so I cut up the remaining part of the vine, about two feet, and used it as filler. I just shoved those pieces into the grapevine wreath making sure they were tight.

make a budget Eucalypus wreath

It is much fuller and looks more expensive.

Thrifty Decorating Ideas Red And Pink Mantel Display

I hung the wreath on an antique photo frame using a piece of multi-color fabric trim. Then I remembered the handmade quilt hearts I purchased at the shop last week. One hanging from the top center of the wreath is perfect for the month of February.

Thrifty Decorating Ideas

Next I went through the house and the workshop looking for red and pink items to decorate the mantel. The color scheme is a bit different but I like the two colors together……sometimes.

The vintage white etched glass cupboard doors are staples on the mantel. I bought them at the Nashville Flea Market years ago. The pair of poodles are vintage salt and pepper shakers.

Decorating with red and pink thrifty decor

I found the pink melamine cups at my favorite junk shop this week. I already had 5 red melamine cups. The white tin planter with the red polka dots also came from the junk shop.

how to decorate with thrift store finds

I bought the pink cabbage rose flower arrangement at Goodwill a couple of years ago. Sometimes I will slip the white container down into a burlap wrap, a tin bucket, or wood box. Just something to change it up a bit.

how to decorate a fireplace mantel with thrift store and flea market finds
It only took me about an hour to put the display together including making the wreath. What are you making today? How do you feel about the red and pink color combo?
Thanks for being here, I know you have other things to do, Kathy

Kathy Owen founder of Petticoat Junktion
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Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. I love pink and red for February/Valentine’s. Always have. I just pulled out my red and pink, mini pom-pom string, and my heart and arrows ribbon to decorate my desk at work. But you reminded me I have a handmade heart that is unfinished in my drawer and I’m gonna finish that. I also have vintage Valentine’s Day cards that I want to make into a card banner. I’m not sure if I will use ribbon or twine.

  2. I love red and pink together, Kathy. And your eucalyptus wreath with the little quilted heart is perfect Valentine decor. And I especially love the frames with the stained glass designs in them. They are so perfectly chippy! Nice display.

  3. Oh my goodness, those red and white quilted hearts are sooooo cute! I need them in my life. Love your entire mantel!