Valentines Day Decorations with Vintage Valentines & Antique Rug Beater

Valentines Day Decorations with Vintage Valentines & Antique Rug 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 decorations idea rattling around in my head that just wouldn’t quit. AND it involved something I’d never repurposed or upcycled before: an antique, heart-shaped rug beater. 

Rug beater or antique rug beater to be upcycled for Valentines Day Decorations by Sadie Seasongoods /

Ever pass one of these up in an antiques store?

Antique rug beaters are fairly commonplace in antique malls (and in vintage shops like this one on Etsy) and easy to hang on the wall- and while they’re not the cheapest treasure you can find, they aren’t regularly repurposed that I know of.


This is something super easy that anyone can do if you can find the components. The only crafty part (painting the wooden handle) is completely optional! I did it because I felt like the rug beater needed a pop of color somewhere…and it made me think of vintage kitchen tools with their colorfully painted handles. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Upcycling a Rug Beater into Valentines Day Decorations

Painting handle of rug beater or antique rug beater to upcycle into Valentines Day Decorations by Sadie Seasongoods /

For just a bit of color…

So, I gave each rug beater handle a quick dose of color and set them aside to dry. In the meantime, I gathered my collection of vintage Valentines …some from my mom, and some from Etsy.

Vintage valentines to upcycle with rug beater into Valentines Day decorations by Sadie Seasongoods /

Aren’t they just the cutest?

Aren’t they the sweetest? Colorful and dainty, they’re ideal for the display idea I had in mind. I padded my inventory of vintage Valentines a little further by purchasing some super inexpensive instant downloads from Etsy that I printed up.

Printed vintage valentines from Etsy to create vintage valentines day decorations by Sadie Seasongoods /

Hurray for digital downloads!

To stiffen up my printed vintage valentines, I carefully adhered them to colorful craft paper and set them under heavy books to dry. I used patterned craft paper…but now I’m wondering if they’re too busy? Perhaps plain red and pink paper would have been better…oh well! But that’s the wonderful thing about instant downloads…I can print them over and over again.

Making valentines day decorations with vintage valentines digital downloads from Etsy by Sadie Seasongoods /

Craft paper pizzazz…

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.

Using thread to create a hanger on rug beater or antique rug beater to upcycle into Valentines Day Decorations by Sadie Seasongoods /

For easy hanging…

Then it was time to incorporate the adorable vintage Valentines and turn these into Valentines Day Decorations! To do so, I used the same method I had used this past Christmas for my front door décor- miniature clothespins to clip the cards to the rug beater wire!

Using mini clothespins to clip vintage valentines to rug beater or antique rug beater by Sadie Seasongoods /

No permanent damage to my Valentines this way!

See? My vintage Valentines are safely clipped to the rug beater- secure, but temporary as Valentines Day decorations.

Making valentines day decorations with vintage valentines and repurposed rug beater by Sadie Seasongoods /

Now to clip and arrange…

DIY Vintage Valentines Day Decorations

Once I was satisfied with the cards I clipped on, it was ready to be hung on the wall! Doesn’t that make for adorable Valentine’s Day décor?

Handmade valentines day decorations with upcycled rug beater and vintage valentines by Sadie Seasongoods /


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  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.

  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

  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:

    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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