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Irish-Inspired St. Patrick's Day Decor

Browse these ideas for gorgeous green accents to decorate your home for St. Patrick's Day. We've gathered our best inspiration -- from door art and wreaths to simple frames and repurposed glass bottles -- to help you bring the luck of the Irish to your home in March.


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    • St. Pat's Decorating Ideas

      Get ready for the greenest holiday of the year with our brilliant decorating ideas for St. Patrick's Day. You'll love the shamrock-inspired designs for your home.

    • Swinging Shamrocks

      Hanging shamrocks add instant St. Patrick's Day festivity to your home. Cut four half-inch rings from a flattened cardboard tube (like a toilet paper or paper-towel tube), then cut through one of the folds on each ring. For three of the rings, bend and glue the two ends to form a heart-shape leaf. Fold the fourth ring into a triangular stem; glue the ends together. Glue the stem between two leaves, then glue on the third heart-shape leaf. Paint the shamrock green. When it's dry, hang it with fishing line or string.

    • Clover Mantel Decoration

      Add a touch of Irish-theme decor to your mantel with an easy-to-make framed clover. Trace a clover shape onto a 1-inch thick piece of plastic foam; cut out. Cover the shape completely with crinkled tissue paper to add texture. Spray-paint the clover green, let dry, and apply an antique glaze to highlight the textured areas. Secure it to a framed piece of burlap using a bit of hot glue.

    • Green Vegetable Centerpiece

      Create a creative St. Patrick's Day centerpiece with green veggies and white candles. To make, stretch two rubber bands around a pillar candle, then tuck green beans or asparagus under the bands. Cover the rubber bands with satin ribbon. To make the artichoke candleholder, cut the top and a bit of the center out of the artichoke. Set the candle in the hole.

    • Four-Leaf Clover Door Hanging

      Bring a bit o' luck to your home with this simple but eye-catching St. Patrick's Day door hanging. Start with wooden shamrock shapes (available at most crafts stores). Use spray adhesive to attach a variety of green scrapbook papers to the wooden shapes; let dry. With a utility knife or scissors, cut out the shamrock shapes. Apply Mod Podge with a foam brush; let dry. Attach the shapes to a length of ribbon using glue dots; add scrapbook letters to each one. Top the hanging with a wooden "luck" cutout.

    • St. Patrick's Day Wreath

      Turn a simple grapevine wreath from plain to charming just in time for St. Patrick's Day. Embellish the wreath with crafty clovers made from an old green T-shirt, sheet music, and scrapbook paper. To make the clovers, cut heart shapes from your green fabric and patterned paper, then glue together for a layered effect. Wrap twill ribbon around wooden discs and glue buttons to folded green printed ribbon for a few smaller accents. Hot-glue everything to the wreath, including a pennant banner made from scrapbook paper and chipboard letters.

    • Green Planters

      Decorate your home this St. Patrick's Day with a natural green collection of planters that celebrate your family. Select a glazed planter with smooth, straight sides. Print a family member's photo, enlarged so that the head is roughly the height of your pot. Cut out the head, then trim across the top of the forehead. Cut a piece of clear contact paper a few inches taller than the pot and wide enough to encircle it. Peel off the backing. Center the head, facedown, on the top edge of the contact paper. Wrap the contact paper around the pot, smoothing any bubbles as you go. Trim the edges with scissors or a crafts knife. Add a green plant that creates a hilarious looking hairdo.

    • Watch: How to Fold a Clover Napkin

      Learn how to fold a green napkin into a fun clover shape to add to your St. Patrick's day decor.

    • Rainbow-Theme St. Patrick's Day Mantel

      Tissue paper flowers surround a chalkboard for a pretty Irish-theme mantel decoration. To make each flower, stack eight sheets of colored tissue paper, making sure to line up the edges evenly, and accordion-fold (each fold should be 1-1/2 inches wide). Wrap a piece of wire around the middle, and round the corners of the horizontal stack with scissors. Carefully separate each sheet, pulling it toward the center.

      Adhere the flowers around a chalkboard, and add St. Patrick's Day phrases -- don't forget to add a pot of gold-wrapped chocolates!

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      Celtic Stencil Art

      Beautiful Celtic stencils and a box of paints are the secrets behind sophisticated St. Patrick's Day art. Lay the stencil on a sheet of watercolor paper using painter's tape to secure. Fill in the design with acrylic paints or watercolors, using a light touch to create light and dark areas for depth. Let the paint dry. Lay the design on crafts paper to give it a matted look; display in a simple glass-clip frame.

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      Yarn-Wrapped St. Patrick's Day Vase

      Repurpose a wine bottle into a pretty St. Patrick's day craft. To make, wrap green yarn or embroidery floss around the neck of the bottle, securing the loose end underneath the yarn as you go. End your wrapping an inch or so from the bottom of the bottle; secure with a dab of hot glue. Use a variety of different green ribbons to tie on a seasonal St. Patrick's Day tag.

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      Irish Napkin Decor

      Rough twine, raffia, cording, or ribbon makes an appropriately rustic napkin ring for an Irish gathering. Slip a real or fake clover into the tie for added St. Patrick's Day charm.

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      Celtic Pattern Tablecloth

      Large-scale Celtic stencils, available at crafts and home improvement stores, create a pretty Celtic pattern. Secure a tablecloth to a flat surface. Secure medallion stencils on the corners and align border stencils along the sides using painter's tape, then fill in the stencil designs with fabric paint.

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      Green Vintage Books

      When decorating for St. Patrick's Day, you don't need to restrict yourself to shamrocks and leprechauns. Opt instead for something creative and fun that incorporates the color green, such as a collection of antique books. If you can't find books with green bindings, wrap the book covers in green construction paper.

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      Green-Ribbon Wrapped Candle

      Basic candles wrapped with green ribbon are simply perfect for St. Patrick's Day. Secure the ribbon with decorative pins. Be sure to monitor the flame so it doesn't get too close to the ribbon, and never leave a burning candle unattended.

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      St. Patrick's Day Planter

      Give a plastic flowerpot an Irish personality with green washi tape torn and attached to its surface. Use tape with subtle patterns to add interest. Fill with a nonflowering plant to continue the green theme.

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      Bells of Ireland Vase

      Long stems of bells of Ireland in a green or white vase create a beautiful, classic St. Patrick's Day touch. Offset the vase with antique green books and vintage croquet balls, as Ireland is one of the founding countries of croquet.

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      Green Picture Frames Display

      Give your everyday decorations, such as picture frames, a bit of St. Patrick's day flair -- just add green! Switch out your year-round picture frames to green ones at the beginning of March to make the change worth the effort. If you're having trouble finding green frames, purchase plain ones and paint them.

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