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It was about time to change up my mantle so I started thinking about Valentine’s Day. We picked up some new DOVE® chocolate bars with new bold flavors. It totally inspired me to create some bold Valentine’s Day art for the mantle so I created this DIY sound wave art piece. I love how the mantle is so simple and striking with the perfect hint of Valentine’s Day and of course with some delicious chocolate.
Black and White Valentine’s Day Mantle
For this mantle, I really just grabbed a few things from around the house. Added a bold DIY sound wave art piece and then included CHOCOLATE! These new DOVE chocolate bars are perfect for any day. They came out with 6 new bold flavors but I picked out a few each of 3 different flavors at Walmart:
- Bourbon Vanilla – silky smooth dark chocolate is swirled with premium bourbon vanilla. I think this one is my favorite but I’m a sucker for dark chocolate!
- Salted Caramel – with a delicious blend of white and milk chocolate featuring sweet caramel notes and a hint of sea salt (I love sea salt with my chocolate)
- Almond Brittle – with rich buttery toffee and roasted almond pieces wrapped in smooth dark chocolate
You can find all the flavors at Walmart (they’re new!) in the candy aisle by the other chocolate bars.
A glass jar of chocolate totally says “Valentine’s Day” to me without hearts and flowers. And this chocolate? SO GOOD.
Check out the Bourbon Vanilla. It’s as delicious as it is gorgeous. Pick some up next time you’re at Walmart. Or get many of them to put up on your mantle for the whole family.
How To Make This DIY Sound Wave Art
I have only seen a few DIYs for making your own sound wave art and they included painting. I am NOT a painter so I wanted an easier more digital solution. This art piece is the sound wave of me saying “I love you”. You can do any phrase or even a favorite song. To make this you’ll essentially just need to screenshot the sound wave from a voice recording app. Some movie apps do this as well. I used the free app for Mac WavePad.
Record your voice, sound, music – whatever you want to display and then screenshot the portion of the sound wave that you want to display. On a Mac you can screenshot a portion by holding down option, shift and then pressing the number 4 or 5.
I opened the file in Photoshop and adjusted the colors since I wanted a black background with white sound waves. By clicking Image and then Adjustments in the menu, you can adjust the colors to your liking.
I created a 24″ x 36″ canvas in photoshop and make a black rectangle. I like to leave white around the outside as a sort of easy mat.
Drag the sound wave onto the new canvas where you want it. Save and send to a local printer.
You could definitely print at home for a smaller version or paint your sound wave on canvas if you’re comfortable with painting.
Frame your newly created art piece and display. Then step back with some chocolate and enjoy. But first, go check out some more inspiration from DOVE chocolate bars here.
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