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How to Decorate a Ladder Shelf for Valentine’s Day

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After Christmas, my house tends to look a bit bare.  Does yours?  We have over a dozen totes dedicated to Christmas decor, so when all that delightful merriness is gone, things look a bit boring.  So, I made a quick trip to my local Dollar General and filled my shopping cart with all the supplies necessary to decorate a ladder shelf for Valentine’s Day! How to Decorate a Ladder Shelf for Valentines Day

How to Decorate a Ladder Shelf for Valentine’s Day

My Dad made me a ladder shelf to hold my entire Christmas Village – it was so pretty while the village was set up, but once it came down I realized that I really had nothing to go on it!  Since I am doing Teal and Pink for Valentine’s Day, I went a little crazy at Dollar General and went way over my thirty dollar budget. But, still for less than $100, I completely decorated a 6 foot/6 self ladder for Valentine’s Day (plus got some chips to snack on LOL!)!  Plus, I have very few hearts on it, so the pinks and few teals in there will transition to Easter pretty easily (and cheaply).

Step One: Prepare for your trip to Dollar General

Measure the space between the shelves so you know how tall your items can be! Visit the Dollar General website to print out a few coupons to help you save even more on your home decor project. Save on home essentials with Dollar General!

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Decide on your colors and if you have a theme you want to stick with, write it down.  For example, my main color is pink with some teal/aqua accents and I was really looking for some Owl things. Go Shop!  Don’t overlook the less obvious!  From shiney plastic plates to decorated paper ones.  From coffee mugs to gift bags.

Be sure to check out Dollar General on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for decorating/DIY ideas and more! The choices are endless at Dollar General and you will be pleasantly surprised at how great everything will look together!

Step Two:  Prepare to Decorate

Clean your ladder shelf off completely – time to wipe the shelves down! Open packages and create any DIYs.  For example:  fill jars, create bouquets, put items into frames. Gather all your supplies together Gather the supplies necessary to decorate your Valentine themed ladder shelf

Step Three: Have Fun Decorating Your Ladder Shelf for Valentine’s Day!

The best way to accomplish this is to sort your items by size so that you can be sure to set up your decor triangles. Then, start breaking your ladder down shelf by shelf. Picture Frames add dimension to your valentine's day ladder shelf decorating project As you get down to the longer shelves, break it down by sides. Each grouping on your shelf should contain tall and short, flat and bulky to create flow and dimension. In the image above, you can see my simple little decor project! I found pretty Valentine’s Day greeting cards and pretty frames – chopped the cards down to size and stuck them in the frames.  Beautiful decor for a couple bucks!

Step Four: Shop Your Home for the Finishing Touches

Add some personalization and sweets Personalize this space with some of your favorite (matching) from around your home. In the image above you can see my beautiful letter M (for Miller) that my parents gave me for Christmas and an antique glass telegraph insulator that my grandmother gave me. In the very top of the picture, you can also see an antique creamer that belonged to my great-grandmother.  My Mom gave it to me for my birthday. These three pieces bring this entire shelf together to create something that isn’t only pretty, but holds meaning! Valentines Day Ladder Shelf Decor If you don’t love the items in your home, why do you have them?  A quick trip to your local Dollar General can help you to redecorate with things that you do love!

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Kate Evans

Thursday 23rd of February 2017

Hello Kelli, Wow! It is such a nice blog. I love the idea to decorate a ladder shelf on Valentine’s Day for your loved one. I will surely use all these tips for next year. Thank you so much for sharing.


Wednesday 27th of January 2016

I don't have a ladder shelf, but this makes me wish that I had one! It looks like it would be fun to decorate.

Marielle Altenor

Wednesday 27th of January 2016

Now I need a ladder so that I can decorate it for Valentine's Day! I love how it turned out!!

Jesica H

Tuesday 26th of January 2016

I really need to get into decorating for each holiday! We just bought a new house, and there is so much potential for style and fun!

Kelli Miller

Thursday 28th of January 2016

Right!? That is where I am with Miller Manor - finally past the rebuilding/rehab stage and into the decorating fun! :-)

Emma Spellman

Tuesday 26th of January 2016

This is so adorable! I will definitley do things like this when my toddlers get older. They are too destructive for me to have anything this nice. lol