It’s less than two weeks since Valentine’s Day and I already have my Valentine’s decorations down and my St. Patrick’s decorations up! And it’s not even March yet! I am feeling on top of it! I like decorating for St. Patrick’s day because the time between Valentine’s Day and Easter is a bit long, so it’s nice to throw in a random holiday in there to break it up. Plus, I think that St. Patrick’s day decorations are cute… even though I don’t get the actual holiday itself.
Several years ago, for a girl’s night (speaking of girl’s nights; you can get some great ideas here), I made this printable and had the supplies for everyone to make a St. Patrick’s day sign. It was very cheap and easy to gather the supplies and we had a lot of fun making these. Everyone’s turned out a little different and they all looked great. I thought it would be good for me to learn how to post a printable on my blog, so let me know if it doesn’t work because I am still learning all this tech stuff!
First you will need to print the printable (st. patricks day) in color. I like to go to the library and use their laser ink printer because the quality is so much better than my printer at home.
Next, you need to cut a piece of cardboard a bit larger than the paper you printed. I wanted mine taller and just a bit wider than the printable.
The other supplies you will need are a glue gun and glue sticks, burlap (any color), shamrock decorations (shamrock wire like I used or you could get green ribbon or yarn or even the foam clover cut outs. This is where you can get creative on whatever you can find), and a few pieces of felt (different shades of green and white or black are probably the best color options.)
Here are a few links for some supplies from Amazon if you can’t make it to the dollar store or Walmart:
Start by covering your cardboard with the burlap. I just wrapped it around onto the back and glued the corners down.
Now you just play around on the front to see where you want everything. I didn’t glue anything down until I had it how I liked it.
If you want to make some felt flowers for this project here is a quick tutorial on how to make those.
Once you have everything placed where you like it, then start gluing it down and you are done!
Quick and easy projects that I can reuse year after year help me to feel nice and happy! I hope you will try it out!
My sister is the crafty one in our family. She is seriously amazing with the things she can sew, decorate, DIY, and create. In her guest room and guest bathroom she had these wild-colored picture frames on the wall and accent pillows against white walls and a white bedspread. Then for an added pop of color she made these felt flowers in bright colors and used those with the frames and on the accent pillows. She also glued them onto the shower curtain in her guest bathroom. It was such a simple thing to add color and personality to the rooms. We have found several other uses for these felt flowers since: little girl hair bows, holiday decorations, and other decor around the house. I used them in this St. Patrick’s Day decoration I made and by using scrapbook paper my sister made this cute flower vase for my bathroom.
To begin you will need to cut a square from the material you are using (felt, fabric, paper, etc.). The size of the square depends on how large you want your flower.
Now you will cut a spiral out of the square. Just start at the edge and slowly twist it around until you get to the center of the spiral.
Now cut off the corners of the square.
This is where you can get creative: you can take the center of the spiral and start rolling it either backwards or forwards. You can play with this to see which way you like the flower. If you roll it backwards (opposite as the spiral) the center of the flower usually ends up a bit sunken down like the yellow flower I did here. If you roll it forward (same direction as the spiral ) then the center seems a bit higher.
OR you can start rolling it with the end of the felt instead of the center. The green and white flowers above were rolled this way. You will still glue the petals together every few rolls and tuck the end (which is now the center of the spiral) on the bottom of the flower and glue it down. The shape of these flowers is just a bit different than if you start rolling from the center. Try all the different ways and see which one you prefer.
Put a small dot of glue to hold the center in place as you start twisting it. Now, just keep twisting it around using a small dot of glue every few times around.
Once you get to the end you will tuck the last little bit on the bottom of the flower and glue the edge down.
That’s it! Now you can begin gluing these cute flowers all over your house 😉
Fun Fact: Did you notice my crooked pinky in that last photo?? My grandpa had weird pinkies, my mom’s are super short with big joints, mine are crooked and so are two of my four kids!
Since we live in a new house this year, I have noticed that I need a few more holiday decorations. In my old house I mostly decorated on a small console table by my front door, but in this house I have a spot upstairs and downstairs that I would like to decorate for the holidays. I was lacking in the Valentine’s Day decor, so I made this real quick using a scrap piece of 2×6 from my balance beam project.
You could use any type of wood and any size that you have lying around. Paint it the base color of your choice. I chose gray.
Use a pencil to freehand draw the hearts, or if you want them perfectly symmetrical you could trace a cookie cutter or print and cut a heart to trace.
Using something straight like a ruler or book, add the lines to connect the hearts and to make the tail and point end of the arrow.
I traced my lines with a paint pen next because I was planning on painting the hearts and arrow white, but then decided to use teal. I would recommend that you first paint it the color of your choice.
After the paint is good and dry, then you can outline everything with a paint pen.
You can be finished right here, or if you would like to distress it this would be the time to sand it down. It was fast and easy to use this little hand sander, but you can always use a sanding block or some sand paper.
Wha La! Done! I also thought that I could maybe make another holiday sign on the back of this board so it can serve double duty. I’ll be working on that idea…
Completing a simple craft in the middle of the day made me feel nice and happy.