Friday, March 5, 2010

St. Patty's Crafts Week 1

One of my favorite past times is surfing the craft blogs out there in blogland. One of my favorite blogs is the Idea Room. Amy, has SO many ADORABLE and AMAZING crafts on this site. So for Valentines I saw this amazingly cute valentines wreath and really wanted to make one. However, I didin't ever go to JoAnn's to pick up the styrofoam heart to make the wreath. However, now that St. Patricks day is coming up, I thought I would steal the idea to make this St. Patricks day clover for my door. (Thanks, Amy, for such a great idea!!!)
Not quite finished project. So, I'll give you the details on how I made it, just in case any of you desire to make one too :)

First I took a plain piece of paper, folded in half, and cut out a heart shape. Next I took 3 styrofoam circles and made sure my paper heart template fit.
Then I cut out each of the three hearts using a standard kitchen steak knife. (I know, I use really technical and specialized equipment!) ;)

Next, I put the three hearts together and used one of the excess piecess as a clover stem and glued together. (I'm sure a tacky glue would have been better, but I'm a glue gun kind of girl!)

I purchased 6 sheets of green felt and used a small cup to trace 12 circles on each sheet. I ended up with 72 circles. Just barely enough for my clover. After all the circles were cut out, I folded each circle in half, then half again, and pushed a straight pin into the "rose bud" and into the styrofoam. I lined the outer edges (making sure it overlapped to cover up the styrofoam sides) then filled the insides.

And finally, I brushed some glitter over the tops and hot glued a piece of ribbon onto the back to hang from my door hanger.

And Voila, here it is on my door! Sorry the picture isn't very good. It was a grey, dreary day but I think it looks St. Patricks-y. :)
(Amy, at the Idea Room did a much better job on her tutorial, so you might want to check it out here.)

Next, Family Fun had this cute throw-back to the 80's with this hair barrette.
I made it in navy and white because those are my daughter's school uniform colors, but I thought it would be so fun in shades of green, or green and white for St. Patty's day. You can get the instructions here.

And again from Family Fun here are the "Wee Leprechauns" we made.

I thought the 5 year olds (Lauren and Paige) did a great job making these. Although, I wouldn't really suggest these for children much younger. I would also suggest all the pieces be cut out and ready to go before starting as my children were bored easily. (Family Fun, painted the toilet paper tubes green, however, I just glued green construction paper onto mine so I wouldn't have the mess of paint, as well as the wait time for them to dry. I think they turned out pretty cute anyways!)
Click here for instructions on making these cute "Wee Leprechauns"


  1. I saw that barrette a awhile ago and thought of you- I just bought some barrettes yesterday to make these- Very cute-

  2. Super fun ideas. Your shamrock door hanging is beautiful!