DIY St. Patrick’s Day Decoration Ideas

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You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy celebrating the feast day of the patron saint of Ireland. St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect excuse to have fun crafting decorations for your home. As a secular holiday outside of Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration of Irish culture and all things green.

Bells of Ireland St. Patrick’s Day Topiary

The unusual Bells of Ireland is an annual with tall spikes of tiny fragrant white flowers, each surrounded by a modified green leaf called a calyx. Excellent as a cut flower, you can find Bells of Ireland spikes at a florist shop.

Create an interesting and beautiful topiary with:

  • One bunch of Bells of Ireland flower spikes
  • Florist foam cone
  • Scissors
  • Decorative vase, cup or holder to hold the topiary
  • Small jingle bells
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Silver bow

Directions:

  1. Moisten the florist foam cone so it is damp but not dripping.
  2. Fit the cone into the cup or holder.
  3. Cut the Bells of Ireland spikes into individual flowers, leaving a length of stem on each piece.
  4. Push the stems into the foam, spacing the flowers until you’ve completely covered the cone.
  5. Use pipe cleaners to create stems for the jingle bells, and push into the cone, scattering the bells evenly around the topiary.
  6. Attach the bow near the bottom of the cone.
  7. Display the finished topiary as a centerpiece or side table display.
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DIY Blarney Stone

The Blarney Stone is a block built into the outer wall of Blarney Castle in Cork, Ireland. According to legend, anyone who climbs the castle tower to the parapets, leans over the edge and kisses the stone is blessed with the gift of gab.

Make your own Blarney Stone, and invite all guests to your home to kiss it for luck. You can create your stone from paper mache.

You will need:

  • Newspaper
  • Water and glue mixture, 50/50
  • Inexpensive paintbrushes
  • Gray, brown and black craft paint
  • Cardstock or craft paper
  • Marking pens
  1. Crumple newspaper into a large ball the size of the stone you want to create. Press the form into a roughly square shape.
  2. Tear remaining newspaper into long strips. Place strips over the form and brush with glue mixture to hold in place. Continue until you have covered the form with at least two layers of paper strips. Be sure to cover every strip thoroughly with glue mixture. Let dry.
  3. Paint the form with brown paint, then speckle with gray and black paint to create the look of stone. Let dry.
  4. Label with a small sign reading “Blarney Stone” and have guests give it a kiss.

Green Bottle Vases

Use old bottles to create a vase, and then finish with green flowers for Irish flair!

You will need:

  • Old wine bottles or similar glass bottles
  • Masking tape
  • Green paint
  • Inexpensive paintbrushes
  • Water
  • One bunch of white tulips or daisies
  • Green food color
  • Large raffia bow
  1. Fill a vase or pitcher halfway with water, and add green food coloring. Snip the ends off the flower’s stems, and then let the flowers soak overnight in the green water. This will color the white flowers green.
  2. Cover the empty bottle with small, torn pieces of masking tape. Layer the pieces to give an uneven, interesting texture.
  3. Paint the bottle with green paint, let dry.
  4. Tie the raffia bow around the neck of the vase.
  5. Display your green flowers in the vase. Change water daily to keep them fresh as long as possible.

DIY St. Patrick’s Day Garland

You can make a length of garland to decorate your mantel, staircase or door. Use shamrock-shaped cookie cutters to outline the design.

You will need:

  • Several squares of green flannel
  • Calico fabric in a mostly-green design
  • Shamrock cookie cutters in two different sizes
  • Glue
  • Green yarn
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  1. Use the larger cookie cutter to trace the shamrock design onto the flannel, the smaller cookie cutter to trace the design onto the calico.
  2. Cut out the shamrock shapes.
  3. Glue a calico shamrock onto the center of each green flannel shamrock.
  4. Space the shamrocks evenly across the green yarn, and glue into place.
  5. Let dry, then hang your garland where it can be best admired.

Shamrock Wreath

Bring the luck o’ the Irish to your front door with a festive wreath.

You will need:

  • Foam wreath form
  • Green crepe paper
  • Metallic shamrock garland
  • Plastic gold coins
  • Large green bow
  • Hot glue gun
  1. Wrap the green crepe paper around the wreath form until it is completely covered. Use hot glue to seal the ends.
  2. Circle the metallic garland around the wreath, spacing it so the wreath is full and nearly covered.
  3. Use hot glue to fasten the gold coins to the wreath, spacing them evenly.
  4. Fasten the green bow to the bottom of the wreath with hot glue.
  5. Let dry, then hang on the front door.

Set your crafty side free on St. Patrick’s Day, and create some easy and fun decorations to give your home a little touch of Ireland. You don’t need anything elaborate, just a touch of green and the spirit of the Irish. For more St. Patrick’s Day decorations, see Easy St. Patrick’s Day Decorations.

Last Updated: March 1, 2012
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About Michelle Ullman Michelle Ullman has lived and gardened in Southern California since childhood. A freelance writer, she covers topics ranging from gardening to home improvement to health issues. She also has experience as a catalog copywriter and poet. Michelle has trained and worked as a respiratory therapist and surgical technologist, but prefers to spend her time gardening, and walking with her dog. Michelle holds a Bachelor's Degree from Redlands University in Business Management. 

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