How do you decorate your home for Valentine’s Day? You don’t have to go big. Small parts can make a big impact. Go small with these easy ideas for making Valentine’s Day vignettes to spread around your rooms.
I love creating vignettes for different areas of our home, especially those areas that are already natural focal points. The iconic Valentine’s colors of red and pink are your starting point. After that, anything can be used to make a Valentine’s Day vignette.
Don’t you love the way Valentine’s Day vignettes bring a touch of celebration into a room?
They’re like love notes from me to my home, creating moments of joy that catch your eye. A miniature scene of romance can be a focal point or a subtle nod to the season of love, often assembled with items you already have around the house.
Valentine’s vignettes are not only easy to put together, but they also prove that simplicity can speak volumes. With a few strategic pieces, a splash of red here or a whisper of pink there, can bring the essence of Valentine’s into any space.
Already have Valentine’s decorations at home? Then use them to make easy Valentine’s Day vignettes that will be fun, whimsical, or romantic.
Just follow my lead and you’ll be on your way to having pretty Valentine’s Day vignettes dress up your home.
Color Palette: Setting the Valentine’s Tone
The mood of a Valentine’s vignette starts with the color scheme. Reds and pinks, the traditional hues of love and affection, set a vibrant, passionate scene.
I love seeing these colors work together in a space, creating an ambiance that’s clearly dedicated to Valentine’s Day.
Neutrals can Neutrals can serve as a sophisticated backdrop, allowing other elements, like textures, pattern, and shapes, to come forward. A splash of rose against a soft cream or a deep burgundy paired with taupe can strike a delicate balance.
These choices form the base of your vignette, guiding the selection of decorations to ensure your love-themed display harmonizes with your existing home style.
The Magic of Cloches and Apothecary Jars
Imagine walking into a room and your eyes immediately fall upon a stunning vignette, highlighted by the soft
curves of an apothecary jar or the delicate dome of a glass cloche.
In my décor experience, I’ve found these pieces to be perfect for creating focal points in any arrangement. A glass cloche acts as a spotlight, drawing attention to the treasures inside. Whether it’s a cluster of vintage love letters or a single, vibrant rose, the items under its glass canopy become a story waiting to be admired.
Apothecary jars offer a hint of nostalgia and intrigue. I fill them with colorful candy hearts or layers of soft pink sand and pebbles.
These jars transform into captivating eye candy. You can even nestle tiny LED lights among the contents to cast a warm, inviting glow. These elegant glass pieces not only enhance the visual appeal of your vignette but also
create a heartwarming ambiance that speaks of love and affection.
An Idea for an Easy Valentine’s Day Vignette
My inspiration for this Valentine’s vignette was some of the Valentine’s Day vignettes using cloches and apothecary jars on Pinterest.
Like this one from the amazing Leslie of My 100-Year-Old Home. I love how Leslie filled these large jars with felt hearts. A girl after my own heart.
And this Valentine’s Day cloche-ish from my sweet friends Julie and Jodie of the Design Twins. How simple, but attractive using pink shred in a glass jar.
I grabbed onto this idea as soon as I saw it. My only problem? I only had one cloche, which was too small to use for a Valentine’s Day vignette.
Don’t have a cloche? No problem. You can use any jar, glass or vase. Or several. You can mix and match.
So my interpretation is to use things that could serve the same purpose as a cloche – any glass that allows you to see inside but holds your vignette together.
If you want to purchase cloches and apothecary jars to use in your home decor, here are a few great options:
What to Use When You Don’t Have a Cloche?
Cloches are round-topped glass containers used to feature and protect the items inside.
No cloche to make a Valentine vignette? Use whatever large jars you have on hand. I used a variety of apothecary jars.
- apothecary jars – with or without the lid; turn them upside down
- a cake stand with a cover or use the cover by itself
- a trifle bowl
- glass vases – upright or turned upside down.
- wire lantern or basket
As you can see, I gathered four apothecary jars and a white cake stand with a glass cover. I threw in a couple of cupcake stands to use as risers.
Other types of glass jars to use instead of a cloche:
What Items to Use to Make Your Valentine’s Day Vignette?
You can use anything to make a Valentine’s Day vignette. I went through my kitchen drawers and my Valentine’s Day box. At this point, I didn’t have a firm plan in mind. Call it Valentine-storming.
The only thing I was certain of was where I wanted to use my Valentine’s Day vignettes: our kitchen island console table and our living room coffee table.
TIP: Gather more things than you think you will need. You’ll be surprised what you come up with.
From the kitchen . . .
- My lovely Le Creuset heart-shape casserole dish – a gift years ago from a cooking class
- red heart-shaped ramekins; (if pink is more your color, try these pink ramekins)
- a small Valentine’s plate
- small heart-shaped cake pan
- small heart-shaped tart pans
- heart-shaped cookie cutters
From my Valentine’s box (which was a bit of a mess) . . .
- a heart design gift bag
- a red and white DIY fabric napkin with pom-poms
- Valentine’s Day cocktail napkins in two designs
- paper hearts that I made with my Cricut
- Valentine’s Day candies (these are no longer edible; I just keep them in a baggie and use them over and over.)
- DIY fabric ticking hearts* that I made – be sure to check out that easy project
- tissue paper in pink, white, and red
- DIY red glitter heart boxes – made quite a few years ago
- big red bow*
- pink curly ribbon
*both were part of last year’s Valentine’s heart wreath
- Valentine heart garland
- felt ball Christmas garland – I made this cute garland for Christmas, but I didn’t pack it away. I transferred it to the Valentine’s Day box.
I also had Valentine’s Day items I made using DIY vinyl stickers.
Once I gathered every Valentine’s thing I could find, I was ready to start making my Valentine’s Day vignettes.
Valentine’s Day Vignette: the Kitchen Console Table
I knew I wanted to make a Valentine’s Day vignette for the kitchen island console table.
The cake stand would be a main part of the Valentine’s Day vignette.
It’s not only a charming and efficient way to display your Valentine’s decor, but it also adds height and interest.
Imagine it layered with heart-shaped cookies, little cups with pink and red candies.
Trays create a defined boundary, helping to cluster your items into a visually appealing group. Considering the
occasion, you could opt for a heart-shaped tray or one in a rosy hue to keep with the Valentine’s theme.
Also in the vignette (see the links to some of these items above):
- two of the heart-shape ramekins
- cookie cutters
- a cupcake stand
- red/white baker’s twine
- a Valentine dish towel
- two ceramic bowls with Valentine’s stickers
Valentine M&M’s and strawberries are must-haves.
Red Velvet cake is Sweet Shark’s favorite. I love macarons, so I had to include a few.
A simple bow made from red-striped baker’s twine puts the icing on the top of the cake stand top.
As you can imagine, the cupcakes and macarons won’t last long.
Valentine’s Day Vignette – Pretty Pink on an End Table
Here is a very simple arrangement: I paired the pink bud vase with a Dollar Tree wine glass adorned with heart stickers and filled with Hersey kisses. Placing the two items on the heart plate grounds them. The pink fabric DIY napkin adds more pattern and color.
Decorating the Coffee Table with a Valentine’s Day Vignette
The coffee table is always a focal point. Add pretty red and pink Valentine’s vignettes and it becomes the star of the room. It’s the perfect canvas for your creativity, and when Valentine’s rolls around, it transforms with ease.
Imagine walking into your living room each day, greeted by a charming display that seamlessly blends with the
season’s romantic sentiment.
For this vignette, I used:
- four apothecary jars of varying sizes
- one glass vase
- one ceramic vase
- a red check fabric napkin
I knew the large apothecary jar would be the center of my Valentine’s Day vignette on the coffee table.
TIP: Start with your largest element and then fill in around it.
First, I began by using my yarn and pom~pom garland as filler. Yes, a garland can serve as a vignette filler.
Then I removed the ticking fabric hearts from the wreath and added them around the inside of the jar. Here is how to make the fabric hearts.
Next, I placed a cupcake stand inside the center of the apothecary jar to add height (which you can’t see).
Finally, I prepared a bunch of pink roses and arranged them inside a glass vase. I set the glass vase on the cupcake stand inside the jar.
I probably should have used red roses to keep the red theme going.
To complete the Valentine’s Day vignette, I prepared the remaining three apothecary jars and vases.
Again, I used two different garlands to fill the jars. This is such an easy way to add color, pattern, and interest.
I used three colors of tissue paper for the tall, skinny jar for an ombre effect.
Years ago, as part of the decorations committee for our Junior League ball, we used inexpensive glass vases filled with crumpled tissue paper on the tables as centerpieces. It was beautiful and no one thought, “that’s tissue paper”.
After the original real red roses had wilted from my Valentine’s Day sticker photo shoot, I replaced them with faux flowers from my Kentucky Derby box.
Crumpled white tissue paper and a random red pom~pom filled another glass vase, allowing the Valentine’s Day decal to show.
Once all my containers were filled, I was ready to combine them to make my Valentine’s vignette.
I surrounded the large center jar with the other apothecary jars and vases.
There is something to look at and enjoy from every angle.
Next to my Valentine’s Day vignette, I stacked three coffee table books with a pink theme. Two of my favorite vintage pink sherbet glasses filled with candy complete the coffee table vignette.
I loved that I was able to use many of my Valentine’s decorations. What did I have to buy?
- pink roses
- a red velvet cupcake – that did not go to waste
- red macarons – yummy!
- M&M’s – lasted a few days
- Hersey kisses – where did they go?
We will enjoy the roses and Sweet Shark loved all the sweets. O.K., me, too.
Here are more ideas for using Valentine’s Day decor in your home.
Valentine’s Day Vignette Ideas: Tips to Use at Any Time
I hope you can see how easy it is to make a Valentine’s Day vignette – or any vignette.
- Gather all your Valentine’s Day decorations and any others that may work.
- Find any containers that you think might work; have an open mind.
- Don’t hesitate to mix ingredients up. It will make your vignette more interesting.
- Think outside the box; use ingredients in unusual ways.
- If one combination or arrangement doesn’t work, just move things around until you like the arrangement.
There are so many parts to these Valentine’s vignettes that you will want to PIN this post on your Valentine’s Pinterest posts.