Easy Vintage Valentine’s Day Decor Ideas

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in a simple way with these effortless vintage Valentine decor ideas. Add a touch of romance to your space with timeless elegance.

If you like to add a vintage touch to your decor for Valentine’s Day, then you will enjoy these easy DIY projects and decor inspiration.

I’m sharing how I have created easy decor for this sweet holiday using vintage decor I already have on hand. Plus I’m sharing Valentine’s decor pieces that can be printed on your home printer!

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vintage Valentine decor

Our home is open concept so when I decorate one room for a holiday, I have to consider the other rooms as well. The dining room, kitchen, and living room are open to one another and they need to have the same aesthetic. Our home is filled with vintage finds that we have come across at yard sales, antique shops, and thrift stores. It’s been so much fun to collect pieces of history for our home over the years.

We also used to sell our creations and vintage treasures in resale shops here in Delaware. So of course, every time I restocked my vendor booth, I shopped other vendor booths! It was a great way to see and collect old things.

If you enjoy vintage items as much as I do, be sure to frequent your local antique store and even your local thrift store regularly. That’s the perfect way to collect your favorite vintage pieces.

You can find vintage dishes, vintage plates, and old books in colors like red and pink that you can use for your Valentine’s Day decor. You can also use these pieces with red accents at Christmas and even the Fourth of July!

Let’s take a look at the easy ideas I have used in our home!

smart tv with vintage inspired art over a fireplace mantle with printable heart garland

painted glass jars

I used a gorgeous paint color in soft dusty pink called Tea Rose and painted these sweet little milk bottles. The bottles came in a six-pack for about $20. I’ve had them for years and have repurposed them several times.

Next, I disassembled some white flower bunches apart making several sections of floral stems. I already had these flower bunches on hand. The bunch of flowers cost about $7-$10 at Hobby Lobby a couple of years ago. I am sure I bought them at 50% off. They are always having a sale on florals!

Taking the floral arrangement apart made it easy to add a bit of romantic, wispy flowers to each of the pink-painted bottles. The great thing about the painted bottles is that I can paint them any color my heart desires! 

Stick around til the end of the post to see how I use these painted glass bottles in our home! You will also see the list of supplies I used for these ideas and easy Valentine projects, including the best soap to use when cleaning your paintbrushes. I love this bar of soap! It makes clean-up so easy!

lady holding paint brush and soap cleaner

romantic antique table setting

Do you set your table between meals? I don’t often set the table but I always create a lovely table centerpiece for our dining room table. It’s usually themed according to the time of year. Valentine’s Day is no different. However, this table centerpiece could also be for spring! I like getting more than one season out of my home decor ideas!

One of my favorite things to collect is vintage ironstone. I’ve even started to add some red transferware to my collection. Green and blue transferware are popping up in my collection too!

The red is perfect for Christmas and Valentines Day. It’s fun to hunt for individual pieces at local antique malls and thrift stores. Often you can find pieces for just a couple of bucks because they are single pieces and not part of a set.

dining room decorated with vintage inspired Valentine's decor

I got a little carried away when I said “dishes” since I love to collect dishes! Back to the vintage centerpiece idea!

Two of my favorite ironstone pitchers are on either side of a small collection of brass candlesticks. I filled the pitchers with pale pink flowers. Each pitcher sits on top of a small white plate with gold trim and it coordinates perfectly with the brass candlesticks.

BTW, battery-powered taper candles are the best! I will have them linked in the list of supplies for you later in the post!

vintage ironstone pitcher filled with faux roses for Valentines day decor

The faux roses were at Micheals recently. Fortunately, I had a $10 off coupon that one of my daughters gave me so these two floral arrangements cost me next to nothing! The cypress branches were leftover from Christmas decor from a couple of years ago.

My brass candlestick collection is growing! I look for solid brass whenever I am out thrift shopping. I share a quick way to tell if something is brass here on my blog. You’ll find that post helpful if you want true brass.

Most of my brass pieces do not even match. But in my humble opinion, that adds to the curated vintage look I love for our home.

dining room table set for Valentines day with vintage home decor brass candlesticks and ironstone

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I hope you are enjoying this project! Let me know if you have any questions. Or leave me a comment to tell me about your project and ideas!

thanks, Cindy 😀

​vintage Valentine’s Day vignettes

In the dining room, I have a plate wall that I like to change out for the seasons. It lends itself well to holiday home decor. Last year I had the idea of hanging butter pats in the shape of a heart. Don’t you love that idea?

The idea popped into my head while I was creating an alternative Christmas tree idea. Well, the butter pat heart idea didn’t happen this year, but there’s always next year!

This year I changed out some of the plates for the red transferware and small green Olde Curiosity Shop plates. They are the perfect green for our home. I also added a heart-shaped watercolor art piece from my printable library. The colors are perfect, don’t you think? You can access the printable library by signing up below!

💘💘 Find the Valentine Art Work in the ‘Printable Art’ section of the library. Look for the Winter Folder! That section also includes the heart-shaped cutouts for the garland. Greeting cards are found in the Greeting card section in the Winter folder!

vintage transferware plates displayed on the wall for Valentine's Day vignette

The sweet little vignette on the thrifted communion table we have starts off with a large ironstone soup tureen that has a missing lid. That’s not a problem for me. It’s why I got the huge ironstone piece for just a couple of dollars!

I added some faux pink baby’s breath flowers along with more of the same white flowers I mentioned earlier. Faux cypress sprigs are the base of the arrangement. 

The whole arrangement sits on top of a stack of red books. These belonged to my hubby and they are from The Happy Hollisters series. It’s so cool to still have those books in the family!

​I kept the other ironstone soup tureens, vintage silverware, and glass pillar candle holders out for Valentine’s. You just can’t go wrong in any season when you decorate with ironstone!

ironstone dishes hanging on a wall as decor and ironstone soup toureen with Valentine's Day floral arrangement
free printable artwork for Valentine's Day decor

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Valentine’s decor for the mantle

​The mantle was fun to decorate this year! I created several free printables for my subscribers and among them are these adorable heart cutouts! The hearts come on a sheet with four different designs.

If you print them on watercolor paper, they will look so authentic! I glued them onto some thin brown craft wire and then placed them on the mantle. The ends are tucked under the brass candlesticks and the centermost heart has double stick tape to hold it up. 

If you are concerned about the paper hearts near the fireplace, rest assured they are clear from the flame. You could also put the hearts on the mantle leaning them against other pieces like the candlesticks or vintage ironstone pitchers.

Valentine's Day decor on a fireplace mantle

Either way, the best part about this Valentine’s decor idea is that you don’t have to store it in your seasonal storage room! Yep, I plan on using them as kindling after the holiday! I can always print more next year.

The painted glass bottles with the florals help to frame out the TV art. We bought a Samsung Smart TV a few years ago as our Christmas gift to one another and I have never regretted it. You can find vintage art on Etsy that is sized perfectly for the screen for only a couple of bucks. I shopped and found several that I love and I will share them in the list of supplies below. 

While we’re on the topic of the Frame TV, we made our wooden frame and plan on doing a tutorial. Are you interested in that type of project? Also, our wood frame is currently stained dark, do you think I should paint it? Or maybe make it look like a gold frame? Help me decide! Tell me your opinion in the comments at the end of this post!

smart tv with vintage inspired art over a fireplace mantle with printable heart garland

Valentine decor for the kitchen

As I said earlier, our home is open concept. While I didn’t go all out for the holiday in the kitchen, I did add some simple and leftover floral stems and hearts to the kitchen island. I pulled out a large ironstone platter and placed a red transferware pitcher filled with button flowers in the center.

Then I placed some of those same white flowers on either side of the pitcher along with more of the heart cutouts. It’s the perfect amount of Valentine’s Day decor for the kitchen!

​Let me also mention that the heart cutouts could also be used as greeting cards. Once cut out, the hearts will fit in an invitation envelope. You will also see in the free printable library that I have included Valentine’s Cards in the standard size.

There are four designs all of which you can print at home! Write your message and send out the cards. 

vintage red transferware pitcher with button flowers

easy Valentine’s decor

I hope you have enjoyed the ideas I have shared with you in this post! All of them are easy to do and fun to shop for. Dig into some of the red decor you might have that could be used for this sweet holiday.

Repurposing and reusing is the best way to decorate without breaking the bank! You can also start looking for pieces that you could use next Valentine’s Day! Frequent your local thrift stores, antique shops, and resale shops for pieces as I have mentioned earlier.

Be sure to sign up for the free printable library so you can get your hands on these adorable hearts, greeting cards and printable art for your home!

💘💘 Find the Valentine Art Work in the ‘Printable Art’ section of the library. Look for the Winter Folder! That section also includes the heart-shaped cutouts for the garland. Greeting cards are found in the Greeting card section in the Winter folder!

YouTube video

Here is a video I created for you! Hope you enjoy watching and peaking into our home!

YouTube graphic with text overlay Vintage Inspired Valentine's Decor with images of home decor ideas

free printables for Valentine’s Day

free printable Valentine cards

more Valentine decorating ideas!

I couldn’t help myself and I found some more ideas for you! My blogging friends are so creative and they want to share their ideas with you!

other vintage Valentine’s Day decor ideas

  • vintage Valentine’s Day cards placed on the mantle instead of the printable heart cutouts
  • vintage postcards stacked in an ironstone bowl
  • heart-shaped cookie cutters in a large clear glass jar on the kitchen counter
  • vintage wooden blocks to spell words like love, together, and heart
  • ​printable heart cutouts scattered on the coffee table
  • heart cutouts as place cards for a table setting
Pinterest graphic with text overlay easy decorating ideas for Valentine's day

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Vintage Inspired Valentine's Day Decor Ideas

smart tv with vintage inspired art over a fireplace mantle with printable heart garland

Celebrate Valentine's Day in a simple way with these effortless vintage Valentine decor ideas. Add a touch of romance to your space with timeless elegance.

Prep Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour

Instructions

  1. Paint glass bottles in pink and add faux florals in white and pink colors.
  2. Print hearts from the freebie library on my site. Cut out the shapes and attach them to wire to create the heart garland.
  3. Add vintage artwork to smart TV for inexpensive art that changes with the seasons.
  4. Fill vintage ironstone pitchers with faux roses in soft pink colors. Add battery-powered candles to vintage brass candlesticks to create a romantic table centerpiece.
  5. Create a floral arrangement in a vintage ironstone soup tureen using pink baby's breath and other faux greenery to create a lovely look on a buffet table.
  6. Display vintage ironstone platters, red transferware, and other decorative plates on the wall using plate hangers. Add printable art from my freebie library for a festive touch.
  7. Decorate the fireplace mantle with pink bottle floral arrangements and garland made from hearts.
  8. Add button flowers to a vintage red transferware pitcher, heart cutouts, and faux greenery to a vintage ironstone platter for a kitchen island centerpiece.

Notes

Be sure to visit the blog at ReinventedDelaware.com to gain access to the Free Printable Library stocked full of Valentine's Day printables and other seasonal designs!

Cindy Rust

Cindy has been decorating her home with thrift store finds for 40 years. She is an avid thrift store shopper who loves to makeover the items she finds into vintage-inspired home decor and furniture. When she isn’t thrift shopping or painting a piece of furniture, you can find her making homemade butter, working in her garden, or painting with watercolors.

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16 Comments

  1. Do Dodson says:

    Stunning Valentines decor, Cindy. Pink is in the air. 💕 Thanks for sharing your beautiful work with us. xo 😘

    1. Cindy Rust says:

      So glad you enjoyed the pink decor Do! Thanks for stoppping by!

    1. Cindy Rust says:

      Thanks Mariya! I hope you found the post inspiring and helpful!

  2. Wendy Howard says:

    All these things are beautiful I love vintage things. Many blessings.

    1. Cindy Rust says:

      So glad you enjoyed the post Wendy! Blessings to you too!

  3. Michele - vintage home designs says:

    I love all of these cute Valentine’s Day decor ideas Cindy! And those printables are adorable.
    Thanks so much for sharing my Heart Pillow DIY!

    1. Cindy Rust says:

      Thanks Michele! I’m so glad you enjoyed the decor! It was my pleasure to share you heart pillow with my readers – I know they loved it!

  4. Loving all your vintage Valentine’s Day Decor! I’m sharing this post in my newsletter this weekend.

    1. Cindy Rust says:

      Thanks for sharing Lynn!

  5. Cindy- First I have to say, you are endlessly talented. I had no idea you could paint so beautifully. The hearts and so many of your freebies that you paint are so CHARMING. You could be a card designer. Thank you for sharing the link for my “Vintage Gifts for Valentines Day”. Also – I love that you re-painted those glass milk bottles several times. It shows how we can re-use what we already have.

    1. Cindy Rust says:

      Well thanks Anna! I didn’t paint the hearts although I would have loved to! The freebied library is full of art that other talented artists have painted and I have gathered togethe to create the freebies. My readers love the designs! I only painted the Partridge in a Pear Tree for Christmas 🙂 I wish I had the time to paint more!

  6. Also – almost forgot – PINNED!!!

    1. Cindy Rust says:

      Thanks Anna! I appreciate all of your encouragment!

  7. LOL – that was NOT what I envisioned when you said “button flowers.”

    Thanks for the printables.

    Sheila

    1. Cindy Rust says:

      I would love to know what you envisioned as button flowers! Maybe I could make them 🙂 These were made years and years ago before I had a blog and YouTube channel. People over on YouTube are asking me to show them how I made them. Let me know your vision for button flowers and maybe I could share that idea too! have a great day and I’m so glad you enjoyed the printable!