I didn't want to go all out decorating it for Valentine's Day, considering the shelf life (GET IT??) would be a couple of weeks at best.
First up, I used the large photo frame that's been on the mantle for as long as I've been decorating it. I left the red and white chevron wrapping paper on that had been on for Christmas, but added a bit of a quote. A bit of a Mr. Darcy quote. If one can't display a little Pride and Prejudice love on Valentine's Day, then when can one?
My next bit of genius was the paper chain heart chain thing across the front. Easy peasy. Still completely free, thus far.
In the center, I used some white metal square buckets I bought from Pick Your Plum awhile ago and stuck some old beaded Christmas tree garland inside. Next to it is a canning jar filled with Valentine candy. Yep, this is the only thing I bought for the entire mantle. Three bags of the sour cherry candy cost me a whopping $5.
On the far right are the candlesticks I found last Fall at Goodwill. More info on them here.
Last but not least is Marshall the Moose.
Not bad for $5, all of which can be eaten.