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The Best Thrifted Valentine’s Decor Ideas

You will love these thrift store ideas if you are looking for budget-friendly Valentine’s decor ideas. I’ve gathered ten or more ideas for recycling, or up-cycling thrift store finds to use for your Valentine’s Day decorating.

You will see some simple crafting ideas that will turn your inexpensive finds into the perfect Valentine’s Decor.

Thrifting With The Gals

Welcome to the first Thrifting with the Gals of 2023. If you are new to our series, we are friends who share a love for vintage and thrifted decorating.

We all live in different parts of the country, but we come together once a month to share thrift store shopping ideas and how to decorate with your treasures.

Here are the Gals:

  • Ann from Dabbling and Decorating finds her treasures as she travels between Vermont and Maine. She decorates both homes with so many vintage treasures.
  • Kristin from White Arrows Home loves thrifting in Minnesota and adds some of her finds to her vintage store.
  • Robyn from Robyn’s French Nest loves to travel and bring her vintage treasure to her lovely Florida Home.
  • I am from North Carolina, and I love to fill my farmhouse and beach cottage with thrift store finds

Today our guest host is Heidi from Eleanor Rose Home. Heidi frequents thrift and vintage shops in Massachusetts.

If you are joining me from Kristin at White Arrows Home, I know you loved her ideas for displaying handkerchiefs.

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Thrifted Valentine’s Decor Ideas

First, I want to share a couple of recent thrift store finds that happen to be perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Thrifted Heart Hanging Basket

I was strolling the isles of GoodWill when I spied this cut heart-shaped hanging basket. It was filled with spanish moss and only $2.00.

Y’all know I couldn’t leave it behind. It’s the perfect farmhouse rustic decor I love.

All that was needed was a few red tulips to brighten it up and some red and white yarn to hang it over an old cabinet door.

Thrift Store Hanging Wall Basket - Valentine's Decor ideas

Patchwork Quilt Heart

Another find was some cute patchwork quilt heart pillows. I use these great finds all year long, but they take center stage for Valentine’s decor.

You may also want to look for old quilts to make your own pillows.

Vintage Quilt Heart - thrift Store Find.  Thrifted Valentine's Decor Ideas.

Vintage Seed Packets

This is a DIY project from a couple of years ago, but I pull it out yearly. The Vintage Seed Packet and Moss Heart Garland is perfect decor from Valentine’s through summer.

Look for old seed packets or other vintage gardening images to make this easy garland.

Vintage Seed Packet and moss heart garland over Faith Cow Painting.

Thrifted Milk Glass

I have an extensive collection of thrifted milk glass, which includes several vases.

To create Valentine’s decor, you only need to fill a vase with red or pink flowers.

I added red tulips to the vase and a paper heart garland, and thrifted vintage bottles to the bathroom vanity for an easy and inexpensive Valentine’s vignette.

Milk Glass Vase filled with red tulips and old green bottles for Valentine's Decor Ideas

Old Books or Music Pages

Another item that I collect regularly is old books and music pages. They come in handy for so many decor projects. Here are a few ways to use them for Valentine’s Decor.

Vintage Key, Thrifted Frame and Old Book Page

First, this project is a combination of three thrifted finds.

Old keys are another item I’m always tempted to pick up if the price is right. In addition, a chippy old picture frame will usually find its way to my house.

Therefore, combining these three inexpensive thrifted finds is an easy DIY decor project and a great gift.

Vintage Photo Frame with book page and vintage key.  Quilt hearts.

To make this paper heart garland, you only need old music sheets, red craft paper, and jute twine.

Cut the hearts with a silhouette cutting machine or by hand. Use a large needle to thread the jute twine and attach the hearts by running the threaded needle through the heart.

Vintage Music Page Paper Heart Garland surrounding book and candle vignette.

Cork Hearts

Another fun and inexpensive way to use old corks is to make this trio of cork hearts to be used for Valentine’s Day.

Recycle Wine Corks Heart Trio.  with antique dough bowl for Valentine's Decor Ideas

Vintage Buttons

Do you collect old buttons? I previously repurposed clothing and saved all the buttons to embellish my designs. Therefore, I have a lot of vintage buttons, but I still need to use them.

The next two ideas are on my list of projects I’d love to attempt.

Puffy Button Heart

My friend, Michelle at Thistle Key Lane, is so creative, and she recently made this Puffy Button Heart to add to a Valentine’s Day Cloche Vignette. I can see several ways to add this cute vintage button heart to your decor this season.

Vintage Button Puffy Heart

Vintage Button Heart Pillow

Another creative way to use vintage buttons for Valentine’s Decor is this cute heart pillow.

Michele at Vintage Home Design created is lovely and graciously allowed me to share her design. You can see the easy-to-follow tutorials here.

Vintage Thrifted Button Heart Pillow

Scrap Fabric

I have shared several pillow tutorials using scrap fabrics. This heart scrap fabric pillow was my very first project.

This is an easy vintage-inspired project if you shop for fabrics or have a collection of leftover materials.

All you need is a pillow cover and a small amount of fabric. The options are unlimited.

Scrap Fabric Heart Pillow Cover for Valentine's Decorating Ideas.

Can you think of other ways to use vintage or thrifted finds to decorate for Valentine’s Day?

Here are a few simple ideas that I’ve added to my list but haven’t done yet.

  • Fill vintage jars with candy hearts
  • Add red and pink vintage buttons to a jar or bowl
  • Make heart-shaped gift tags from old music or book pages
  • Use vintage Valentine’s cards – string them together for a garland or add them to a large bowl.

I can’t wait to hear your ideas.

More Thrifting With The Gals

Next up is Heidi at Eleanor Rose Home with a vintage Soup Tureen Centerpiece.

Heidi – Vintage Soup Tureen Centerpiece / Ann – Dishy Kitchen Hooks You Can DIY

Robyn – 5 Ways To Style Vintage Books / Kristin – Vintage Collection Using & Displaying Old Handkerchiefs

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Kristin | White Arrows Home

Friday 27th of January 2023

I am so inspired by you always Rachel! I love these ideas. We made little hearts and pillows from an old blanket this year and now I want to do more Valentine crafts.


Monday 30th of January 2023

Kristin, I know, the seasons slip away to fast. So much to do and so little time.

Wendy McMonigle

Sunday 22nd of January 2023

Love this Rachel, so many great ideas. Thanks for sharing.


Monday 23rd of January 2023

Wendy, I really appreciate this.


Saturday 21st of January 2023

So many great ideas, Rachel. I love the Valentine's heart basket What a fun find. I need to get out and go thrifting once I feel a bit better.


Sunday 22nd of January 2023

Jen, Thank you so much. I hope you are doing good.


Saturday 21st of January 2023

Love all of your ideas! xo


Saturday 21st of January 2023

Stacy, i really appreciate this.


Thursday 19th of January 2023

So many cute ideas. You never cease to amaze me. Hugs to you, my friend.


Saturday 21st of January 2023

Renae, I really appreciate your encouragement.