A Valentine Tree How-To

I don’t know if it’s because I put up four Christmas trees and dread taking them all down, or if it’s because I don’t want to give up the cheery lights when it turns dark at 4:30 . . .  but I decided to morph one of my Christmas trees into a Valentine tree this year. And I’m loving it!

valentine tree how-to

A few months ago, my local Habitat for Humanity Restore had a huge lot of 9-foot, white flocked Christmas trees still in their original boxes. I’ve always wanted a flocked tree, but never took the plunge to buy one. I got this one for a great deal and decided it was worth the risk of the messiness that I knew would come with owning such a tree!

valentine tree by the decorologist

It was messy putting it up for Christmas, but it was so worth it. The white background makes the ornaments really POP so much more than a traditional green tree. I’ve had a Valentines tree in the past when my girls were younger, but it was just a small tabletop version. I figured that I’d just go for it and transition right my library Christmas tree right into a Valentine tree.

The first thing I did was remove the “Christmas-y” ornaments and anything that wasn’t white, pink, or red. I packed those away and pulled out a box of Valentines decor that I hadn’t really pulled out in years.

pink valentines tree ornaments

Here are some things that work well as ornaments for a Valentines tree:

 

  1. White, pink, and red balls from your Christmas ornaments
  2. Anything heart-shaped
  3. Snowflakes or anything snowy
  4. Birds (white or pink)
  5. Pink or white floral stems
  6. Wired pink ribbon
  7. Items that have the word “LOVE”
  8. Small dolls
  9. Vintage Valentine cards

 

These things don’t have to be hangable – just small enough to tuck into the branches!

flocked valentine tree with ornaments

Years ago, I liked to make cards and did the whole stamping crafty thing. I used pink paint swatches to make little Valentine’s cards and decorations, which I also pulled out of storage for the first time in many years.

Valentines ornaments decorations

You may notice that I included a few small books about Valentines or love, as well as a small fabric doll. These are vintage Joan Walsh Anglund, one of my favorite children’s book illustrators. The floral stems are from Michael’s. I’ve collected old Valentines from estate sales and antique shops over the years, and small ones work perfectly.

valentines tree

 

After removing Christmas decor from the mantel, I found a few items to replace those to complement my Valentine tree. I’ve always loved these little vintage snow toddlers!

valentine mantel decoration

There used to be a fabulous store in downtown Franklin that had amazing Victorian pop-up cards for every holiday. I’m glad I saved some of those I bought almost 30 years ago. Here’s a similar set of 6 romantic pop-up cards.

valentine pop-up card

 

And finally, I used faux pink cabbage stems to create a little arrangement for the coffee table, set in vintage milk glass footed bowl (similar to this one).

pink cabbage decor

Decorating a Valentine tree was the perfect activity for a snowy day like the one we had over the weekend, and the white tree and lights certainly keep this corner of our library bright and cozy to help us get through winter (and cancelled appointments)!

valentine tree in front of snowy window

Thank you for joining me today in the coziest spot in Granbery Manor this winter.  It’s not too late to decorate your own Valentine tree – I’m so glad I did. Now I don’t have to take this one down for another month!

You may want to pin this for next year:

valentine tree tutorial

May 2022 be filled with hope and love for all of us.

 

To help you find sources for your Valentine decor, I’ve included a few Amazon affiliate links in this post.

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Suzy
Suzy
4 months ago

Beautiful! And after Valentines a Mardi Gras tree! Very popular in New Orleans!

Christy Byers
Christy Byers
4 months ago

Super cute!

Colleen
Colleen
4 months ago

Kristie,
Such a clever way to extend the season. Beautifully done. A wonderfully colorful display to keep spirits elevated. Your idea is a keeper! When the time comes to pack up the Christmas decor, the interior always seems a little sad.
Once Christmas was packed away this year, I decided to leave I out and style mini trees and greenery to add some pizzazz keeping with the wintery theme. Special touches like you shared help us to get through the winter doldrums. Thank you.

Dana
Dana
4 months ago

I like the paint sample cards tucked in the tree! I should have done this! I would love the twinkling lights to be around a little longer. I haven’t put my small flocked tree away yet. Forecast is calling for 12-16 inches (historic) snow storm here in VA later this week. Maybe I’ll be cutting out hearts.
Your tree is lovely!

Lynne
Lynne
4 months ago

I love your Valentine tree and your beautiful library!

Emily Sandelin
Emily Sandelin
4 months ago

What a fun project! The tree turned out perfectly. It’s so nice during our cold, dark winters to have lights up for a few months—just makes me happy.

Karina
Karina
4 months ago

Your tree is beautiful!! I remember the shop on Main Street that had all the old pop up cards! I loved going in there and miss it!

Madeleine
Madeleine
4 months ago

Thanks for sharing! This was the first year I had an artificial tree and haven’t taken it down yet! I decorated it for fall, then Christmas and now it just has the white lights is so pretty. I know what my next decor will be!

Marcy Terwilliger
Marcy Terwilliger
4 months ago

If there were more room in our home having a tree up year round would be wonderful. Your tree is decorated in such a beautiful way and any shade of pink is such a delightful color. Why take it down at all with springtime coming soon? Think about delightful Easter eggs blown out, hand painted hung by pastel ribbons, little birds & nests, Easter cards, little garden gadgets, rabbits, flowers, the list in endless. July brings everything red, white & blue while September does too! Dazzle away with star pic’s, flags, etc. Just have fun!

Marcy Terwilliger
Marcy Terwilliger
4 months ago

Can’t wait to see it and the decorations are endless!

Keri Lynn Campbell
Keri Lynn Campbell
4 months ago

It’s gorgeous! I love it!

Briana from Texas
Briana from Texas
4 months ago

I love your Valentine decor! And I especially love your Valentine tree!

Lisa
Lisa
4 months ago

That tree is so pretty! What a great idea!

Rhonda
Rhonda
4 months ago

I love your Valentine tree! And your gorgeous room!! I’ll enjoy yours vicariously with my own Christmas tree still shining… until I get ready to take it down. Can’t say when that will be, but I’m known to keep the Christmas decor up for a long time, whenever I get tired of it. Lol!

Robin
Robin
4 months ago

I am totally going for it lol!! My trees are still up as well! I too love the cheerfulness the pretty twinkles give off. Now I know what my next step will be.💗Can’t wait!! Superb idea. Thank you muchly!!!

Linda M
Linda M
4 months ago

This is a perfect transition! I love the snow babies and vintage cards and the cabbage!! I have some cases of old cards of my great aunts’! I’m going to dig through them! I love the Valentine’s Day tree!

Kathryn Lackey
Kathryn Lackey
4 months ago

Love this!!! I never would have thought of this transition into the next holiday. Thanks for the tip!

Mary Burchette
4 months ago

Your Valentine tree is beauty-full and such a great idea! It’s sure to cheer up the dreariest winter days and nights!!

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