Wednesday, March 7, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Wreath





Hi everyone! So, I'm always stumbling around the web looking for great inspiration for DIY projects. One of the most prominent things that I see are wreaths. Wreaths for Christmas. Wreaths for Halloween. Wreaths for spring, fall yada yada yada. Anyway, I'm pretty low on decor for St. Pat's Day. I mean the only thing I have is a bouquet of green flowers with shamrocks, two figurines, and some gold coins to go on my bar. It's pretty sad. My bar is always decked out for Halloween ( MY FAVORITE!!!) and Christmas. So I decided to make a St. Pat's Wreath...which is going on my front door and not my bar. (We're not going to talk about how this project was SUPPOSED to add decor to my bar. Or how my bar isn't actually a bar but more like a bistro table that holds TV trays. But I digress.) This wreath turned out really cute and I was extremely happy with it considering it was the first wreath I've ever made. The pictures, however, are not. I'm still playing around with my camera and I've yet to create a lighting box, but I'll get there...eventually.












Supplies:

12 inch foam circle (or whatever size you wanna go with. If you decided to go bigger, plan accordingly with the following supplies.)
Two spools of 1 and 1/2 inch 4 yard green ribbon
One spool of 5/8 in 3 yard St. Patrick's Day ribbon
1 pre-made ribbon ( you can make this yourself or cheat like I did and buy one)
2 shamrock sprigs (got mine from Michaels)
1 Leprechaun sprig (Also from Michaels)
1 St. Patrick's Day sign (Michaels. Okay! So I got all my supplies from Michaels)
And your handy dandy GLUE GUN!!!


Instructions:



1. First start wrapping your foam circle with the 4 yard ribbon. Keep wrapping and wrapping and wrapping until you run out of your first spool. Then, continue with your second spool until the entire circle is wrapped. I glued my ribbon every so often with my glue gun. Made it easier for me. I guess technically you don't have to do that, but like I said. It made it easier for me. You should get this little beauty right here:


or at least something similar to it.


2. Measure some extra 4 yard ribbon to use as a hanger. This is optional. If you have one of those nifty wreath hangers you probably don't need this. Or maybe you do. 


3. Take your St. Pat's ribbon and wrap around you wreath in big circle. It doesn't need to be wrapped around as much as the bigger ribbon did.  Also, you definitely need to glue this down or else it will unwind.


4. Add your bow. Mine had a twist tie and I used that. I would probably reinforce your bow with hot glue too. Next I added the sprigs of shamrocks behind the bow with hot glue. My sprigs had two pieces of green ribbon attached to them and I removed those. I kept them though because I ended up using them for my sign. 


See. Look how pretty.


5. Add your sign. Now, my sign had a metal hanger thing, but I eventually took that off because I couldn't get it to stay on to the wreath with it. After I took the metal off of it the sign had two hooks attached to it. I just put that extra ribbon from my shamrock sprigs through the hooks and tied it to the wreath then glued them into place. 


6. I then took my Leprechaun sprig and pulled the Leprechaun off the wire so I just had the little figure and glued him on the the wreath. 




Pretty!


Oh! So pretty!



I love it! And it looks super cute on my door...when the wind isn't blowing it off the door that is. I hope I've inspired some of you crafters! Let me know if you make any of your own wreath creations. I would love to see them.



















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9 comments:

  1. This turned out so cute! I love the little leprechaun. It seems like everyone is making wreaths... everyone but me. (OK, I made one last fall).

    I'm returning the follow from Happy Hour Projects, thanks for coming by!

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  2. I like it. Very festive. I found you on LadyBird Ln and I am a new follower. Have a great weekend.

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  3. So very festive and pretty, I really like leprechaun. Wreaths are so great and so many style, colors etc. So cute. PS - I like you header. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best. I would follow you but don't have access to GFC, you might consider adding Linky (free) so self hosted blogger and follow you.

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    1. Thanks! Took your advice on the Linky Followers. Got that up now so you can follow :) See you this Sunday!

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  4. Thank you for linking up your project !!
    This week’s linky party is up!!! i hope you will stop by and link up another fabulous project...
    http://polkadot-pretties.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/you-inspire-linky-party_17.html
    Claire x

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    1. Swung by and linked up! Thanks for stopping by and checking out this week's post!

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