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It was about time to change up my mantle so I started thinking about Valentine’s Day. I wanted to create some sort of bold Valentine’s Day art for the mantle so this DIY sound wave art piece was born. I love how the mantle is so simple and striking with the perfect hint of Valentine’s Day!
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 some chocolate for everyone to enjoy.
A glass jar of chocolate totally says “Valentine’s Day” to me without hearts and flowers. Since I’m in a house of boys and my style is more masculine anyway, I don’t usually add a lot of Valentiney things.
I like to find new flavors we haven’t tried before since we don’t typically have a ton of sweets around the house – especially during wrestling season. It’s a fun treat!
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.
If you don’t have Photoshop you can use any photo editing software to manipulate the colors.
I then 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! Our Walgreens will print this size & have it ready in less than an hour.
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 or wrap and gift it to your Valentine.