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 with a bit of hot glue.
Design credit: Lisa (ferncreekcottage.com)
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 wood 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 ribbon with glue dots; add scrapbook letters to each one.
Editor's Tip: If you can't find a premade wood shape for "luck," just make an additional shamrock and spell the word with scrapbook letters like the others.
Design credit: Liz (hoosierhomemade.com)
Yarn-Wrapped St. Patrick's Day Vase
Repurpose (and recycle!) a wine bottle into a pretty St. Patrick's day craft. Start by wrapping bright 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 mix of different shades of green ribbon to tie on a seasonal tag.
Design credit: Tracie (cleverlyinspired.com)
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.
Design credit: Kelsey (tatteredandinked.blogspot.com)
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.
Border a chalkboard with the flowers and add St. Patrick's Day phrases -- don't forget to add a pot of gold-wrapped chocolates!
Design credit: Liz (hoosierhomemade.com)
St. Patrick's Day Planter
Give a plastic flowerpot an Irish personality with green 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.
Irish Napkin Decor
Rough twine, raffia, cording, or ribbon makes an appropriately rustic
napkin ring for an Irish gathering. Embellish with a real (or artificial) shamrock leaf.
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.
Green Vintage Books
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 binding, wrap the book covers in green construction paper.
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 add a few layers of green paint.
Green-Ribbon Wrapped Candle
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.
Bells of Ireland Display
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.
Celtic Pattern Tablecloth
Large-scale medallion and border stencils, available at crafts and
home improvement stores, create this pretty Celtic pattern. Secure a tablecloth to a flat surface. Use medallion stencils on the corners and align border stencils along the sides, then fill in the stencil designs with fabric paint.
Real Shamrock Planter
Display little pots o' luck for St. Pat's Day by planting oxalis plants (commonly called shamrocks) in jars,
cups, or bowls.
Green Glass Display
Gather a collection of green glass for an easy centerpiece. We've adorned our bottles with twists of copper wire, but you might also use the bottles as
vases for stems of white flowers with tall grasses.
Earthy Candle Display
Smooth river rocks and votive
candles in rustic clay pots evoke the rocky shores of the Irish coast and companion lighthouses. Place votives in a shallow dish and surround with rocks of various sizes. Tuck in bits of moss for a hint of green.
Green Apple Display
bowl, jar, or vase filled with green apples -- edible or not -- is a quick and easy St. Patrick's Day decoration. Use as a centerpiece or place on a bookshelf or mantel for Irish-inspired charm.
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