Vintage Valentine Decorations with a Carpet Beater

Vintage Valentine Decorations with a Carpet Beater

So…Valentine’s Day isn’t much of a holiday in our house, truth be told. We’re pretty lovely-dovey all the time (I know, go ahead and roll your eyes) and I NEVER decorate for it. But, I had a Valentines Day home decor idea rattling around in my head that just wouldn’t quit. Not only did it involve vintage valentines, but it also involved a carpet beater or rug beater, which is something I’d never upcycled before. 

Carpet beater for upcycling into heart decorations for Valentine's Day home decor

You can find a rug beater or carpet beater like this in antique malls, often hanging on the wall. And the heart-shaped versions are pretty common, too!

I just think they were meant to become heart decorations for Valentine’s Day, don’t you?

Especially if I paired up a carpet beater with some vintage Valentines!

Little valentines to attach to a carpet beater for vintage valentine decorations

And when I tell you this is a craft project that ANYONE can do, I mean it. You just have to have the right rug beater to do it.

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Upcycling a Carpet Beater into Vintage Valentine Decorations

The only “crafty” part of this project involved painting the wooden handles of each carpet beater. And, it’s a completely optional step!

But since I love vintage kitchen tools with their candy-colored handles, I wanted the same pop of color on the rug beaters. So, I gave each  wooden handle a quick pop of color and set them aside to dry. 

Painting the handles of a carpet beater in pink or red for Valentines home decor

In the meantime, I gathered my collection of vintage Valentines. You can find these at antique stores, as well.

But if you can’t, you can also find them on sites like Etsy. A lot of sellers also sell digital downloads of little valentines for even cheaper, which you can print at home. 

If you purchase digital downloads, I highly suggest printing them and then gluing them to decorative craft paper to keep them flat and stiff. Anyway…

Next, I tied a simple loop of thread around the inner workings of the rug beater, which will allow me to use a single nail for hanging.

Tying a loop of craft thread to a rug beater to use as heart decorations for Valentines Day decor

Next, it was time to incorporate the little valentines or vintage valentines!

To do so, I did the same thing I did with this wooden snow shoe I made as a Christmas wreath!

Rustic Christmas decor and front door decor by using a wooden snowshoe or vintage snow shoe as a holiday wreath

Mini clothespins! I found darling little wooden clothespins in the scrapbooking section at Michaels, and they were perfect for my Valentine’s Day decor.

Clipping on the little valentines or vintage valentine to a rug beater with mini clothespins

All that was left to do was arrange the vintage valentines around the carpet beater and clip them in place!

Vintage valentine decorations with little valentines that are clipped to a rug beater

Valentine’s Day Home Decor with a Carpet Beater and Vintage Valentines

That was it- my heart decorations for Valentine’s Day was complete! See, I told you this was as easy as it could get!

Rug beater or carpet beater as heart decorations for Valentines home decor

Now I just needed to find the right place to hang this, either on the wall or on a door. AND I still had the other carpet beater to decorate, too!

Valentine's Day home decor with little valentines on a carpet beater

And if you enjoyed this upcycling idea for Valentine’s Day decor, then you’ll love this cross stitch heart, as well!

Cross stitch heart with chunky yarn on rattan cane or cane webbing for Valentine's Day decorations

Hugs, kisses…and Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. That is such a cute re-use idea! Love it!

  2. chris aka monkey says

    i have an old rug beater, it has a lot more wire pattern in it but i could find a heart, what you did is so dang cute and i love the backgrounds you chose, seems to me that valentines were always busy back in the day xx

  3. Very cute idea!

  4. I love those Valentine decorations. Thanks for the information.
    Marilyn

  5. That is really a cute and colorful project! I really like the rug beater by itself! So much charm, but it’s cute with those darling vintage cards too.

  6. Love this! I haven’t seen one of these rug beaters recycled either. And, we’re pretty lovie-dovie, too, so no eye rolling here! I don’t do much “holiday” decorating, but every once in awhile something will come over me.

  7. I SOOOOOOO Love this one! You just keep on coming up with the most unique and fun Upcycles!!! This is the first time I have seen a rug beater upcycled but I don’t think it is going to be the last : ) You knocked this one out of the park just like you do all of your projects! HUGS!

  8. Very cool! Makes me want to walk through an antique mall and find some fun goodies like this. Visiting from Remodelaholic.

  9. How cute! I love the vintage Valentines.

  10. Amazing!!! Very cute
    Bjs
    Danie
    http://www.larumdocelugar.blogspot.com

  11. The vintage Valentines are pretty awesome, but put them with the vintage heart rug beater and it’s a winner! Love it. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle. Pinned!

  12. I think it’s wonderful how you were able to combine some antique and vintage items for a great Valentine’s Day decor. I had never seen a heart-shaped rug beater, but after seeing your project, I may have to find one and complete this project!

  13. I walked through an antique store yesterday and thought of you. I thought, now Sarah would see awesome new things in all of this…. Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party.

  14. What fun upcycle idea. Wonderful creativity. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle. Pinning to my Valentine’s Board.

  15. reinventedkb says

    I love the rug beater by itself…even better with the Valentine twist.
    Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday!

  16. Absolutely adorable. I am featuring this post at Vintage Charm tomorrow. Thank you for sharing with us.

  17. What a neat idea! 🙂

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  18. Soooooo FAB!! I’m ridiculously inspired and I’m going for it. Heading out to hunt down a few supplies (as if I don’t have enough but every project deserves a trip to the Hobby Shop, right? 😉 and I’m making something like this happen…TODAY!

  19. I don’t think there’s anything that you can’t repurpose! The paper isn’t too busy at all, and I love the vintage look. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, have a great weekend.

  20. What a sweet display for Valentine’s Day Sarah!! Awesome and creative repurpose!

  21. Oh my word! This is super adorable!! Great idea!

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