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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.
Give your living room windows a quick dose of the St. Patrick's Day spirit by pinning green ribbon down the center of your curtains and loosely tying a bow at the end
Editor's Tip: If green would clash with your curtains, make new white curtains in a snap. Back a rectangle of fabric with light-blocking fabric. Hem to fit your window, then iron and starch in pleats before stitching them in place
Use green place mats to make your own Pop Art this St. Patrick's Day. Both fun and versatile, this display can change with the seasons or be removed with minimal traces. Measure the wall to determine how many place mats you'll need. Look for green mats with a flower or leaf design, if possible. Punch small holes 2 inches from each side and a half inch from the top of each mat. Then use S hooks, frame-mounting wire, or fishing line to connect the place mats at an equal distance. Hang each column of mats from two small finishing nails.
Want a long-lasting green look that spans the seasons? Give your dresser a touch of the Irish in the form of a paint treatment. Enlarge a leaf shape, such as a shamrock, or choose something multiseasonal, as shown here. Cut as many leaves as you want from repositionable adhesive vinyl (find at a signmaker's shop). Place the leaf cutouts on the dresser drawers, apply a thin coat of acrylic matte medium, and roll on several thin coats of the finish paint. Carefully remove the vinyl when the paint is dry to the touch, using a utility knife on stubborn edges.
Available at crafts stores, moss-covered balls add an earthy green feel to this living room. A vintage metal table topped with glass offers a perfect place to showcase the Irish-inspired decor, but a large bowl or vase would also do the trick.
Editor's Tip: If moss balls aren't available, wrap strips of green fabric around foam or wood balls. Glue the ends to secure.
These intricate looking pieces of art are easy to make and display for St. Patrick's Day. All you need are stencils (available at crafts and home improvement stores; we got ours from Stencilwerks.com), watercolor paper, stencil brushes, and paint. Position the stencil on watercolor paper and fill in the design with paint. Adhere the design to mat board or decorative paper and frame.
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.
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 binding, wrap the book covers in green construction paper.
Display little pots o' luck for St. Pat's Day by planting oxalis plants (commonly called shamrocks) in jars, cups, or bowls.
This topiary is a perfect addition to your St. Paddy's Day decor. Made from bells of Ireland, jingle bells, and a silver cup, this festive tree is easy to assemble. Insert stems into a florist's foam cone. Then randomly scatter jingle bells secured with twisted chenille stems. A satin bow makes a fancy finish.
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