5 St. Patrick’s Day Decoration Ideas2014 Mar 11 | Written by: Sharee Narciso | Tags: Decoration, For Kids
St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and everybody’s out planning their parties early on in the month. To help you keep things creative and fresh, we’ll list down some decoration (and then some) ideas to kickstart this awesome day of drinking and everything green.
From party crafts to finger food to serve your guests to easy decorations you and your kids can make, we’ve got you covered. After rounding up the Web for the best and most novel ideas out there, here are what we’ve come up with for you:
#1: Felt Shamrocks
Do you have an adorable kid available for experimenti–err–accessorising? Well, this is the perfect holiday to turn all that bottled-up creativity into something cute and fun! You can make felt hammocks that they can wear as hair clips, safety pins or ribbons.
We got the idea from Marianne Canada’s post on HGTV. Here’s how you make your own:
- assorted shades of green felt
- embroidery thread and needle
- glue gun
- ribbon / safety pin / hair clip (or all three)
- Cut a strip of felt, about an inch thick. Cut this into 4 equal pieces.
- Create petals by cutting “m” shaped notch halfway up each piece.
- String them together by putting 2 stitches into each petal. String all onto the thread, and then pull the thread to cinch them together.
- Finally, glue the shamrock to your accessory of choice.
#2: Lotto Luck
If there’s one thing the Irish are known to celebrate on this day (well, obviously, except beer and the colour green) – it’s got to be luck. So why not invest on this “celebration” during your parties? Keri of ShakenTogetherLife.com shows us how to make DIY lotto gifts come the 17th of March. Check out her website for full instructions, but we’ve summed up the steps here:
- kraft card
- letter stamps
- a penny
- black ink
- brown ink
- washi tape
- a scratch off lottery ticket
- a scorer / folder (Martha Stewart has one)
- Cut the card into 23 cm x 7.5 cm strips.
- Score each tip at the 2.5 cm and 14 cm mark.
- Stamp your message at the front of the card.
- Tape the penny on the front, too.
- Fold the 2.5 cm flap at the cored line, then secure the lotto ticket inside with a stapler.
- Fold down the larger flap over the ticket and tuck it inside the smaller fold (like a matchbox).
- Ink the edges of the cards with brown ink.
- Add shamrock prints with the marker.
#3: Theme Macarons
Mindy Cone, a blogger and author, shares a very in-the-holiday-theme dessert recipe with us. And of course, we just can’t resist sharing these St. Patty’s Day macarons with the rest of you! Just looking at the photos makes us drool already, so let’s not wait any further:
- macaron shells
- filling of choice
- green candy melts
- green and white jimmy sprinkles
- green edible ink pen
- green heart shaped sprinkes
- royal icing
- wax paper
- Place filling then pair macaron shells.
- Chill for half an hour.
- Melt candy coating, then dip the macarons with it – about a third or halfway through
- Dip into the sprinkles. Let cool on wax paper.
- Draw a clover stem on the top shell using green ink.
- Secure the green hearts to form a 4-leaf clover using royal icing.
#4: DIY Crafts
Who else than the master of do-it-yourself crafts herself, Martha Stewart, should you go to when it comes to decorating your home and preparing for your party? Aside from baking and cooking and super-useful life hacks, Martha is also great at making parties extra special and festive. So, without further delay, here is a super easy way of getting into the Irish spirit on this holiday:
Here are some shamrock party accessories that you can make on your own:
- Take a heart-shaped rubber stamp (usually pink or red by default), and rinse off the ink.
- Get a green ink pad (because that makes more sense! ) and use the stamp with it.
- Use the heart stamps to create clover leaf designs on anything you want: napkins, stationery, coasters, etc.
- Using the same method earlier, stamp a clover pattern onto card stock.
- Cut them out in about 2-3 cm-sized circles.
- Using a green pencil or ink, draw stems on the leaves.
- Glue two circles with the back sides facing each other onto a skewer (see photo).
#5: Leprechaun Pins
With nothing more than scraps of extra felt and other items that are already common in one’s household, you and your kids can make this leprechaun pin project. The steps are easy enough for you to enjoy the craft and get into the St. Patrick’s Day craze. Do a handful of these ahead of time and the whole family – even friends – can join in on the fun! The project is from BHG, where more detailed instructions can be found, but we’ve also summed them up here:
- Felt scraps (ideally: beige, black, brown, and two shades of green)
- Tissue paper
- Paper-backed fusible web
- Medium-weight, non-fusible, non-woven interfacing
- Embroidery thread and needle
- Pin back
- Crafts glue
- Pattern for the project (downloadable for free here / BHG site)
- Get the pattern and trace the pieces onto tissue paper, then cut.
- Assemble the legs.
- Assemble the front of the body.
- Place the beard atop the body.
- Stitch the eyes, mouth, and jacket buttons.
- Assemble the back of the body.
- Fuse web to the back body.
- Attach the legs to the body.
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