I finally switched out my holiday decor over the weekend. With St. Patrick’s Day and Easter so close together this year, I had to make some decisions. I figured it wasn’t really worth the time and effort to decorate for St. Patrick’s Day then take it all down on the 18th and decorate for Easter, so I’m going with a zone plan. Hehe.
So for now the living room is getting decorated for Easter, and my fun wreath that I made last year for St. Patrick’s Day is going on the front door. I might go ahead and hang the cute shamrock garland I made several years ago on a cabinet in my dining room–I haven’t decided yet! But this way I won’t have a bunch of stuff that needs to be switched out and put away only halfway through the month, but we can still enjoy a few decorations for each holiday.
This wreath was SO easy to make, and I love how cute and cheery it turned out! I used a wire wreath form and just tied on a whole bunch of strips of green fabrics in a variety of prints. I think I have about 6 different prints here, which is a nice variety, but more or fewer would work just as well depending on what you have on hand. I cut my strips in a few different sizes thinking that would help the texture look a bit more interesting, but in all honesty I think it would work just as well with strips that are all the same size.
I cut mine in 2 widths: 1.5″ and 2″, and in 2 lengths: 9″ and 10″ long. I just used my rotary cutter and stacked several layers of fabric together, so they were all cut in no time. I cut more strips than what is pictured here (I wanted the wreath to be full and fluffy) but it all went very quickly.
I wish I had taken more photos and made notes of exactly how much fabric I used so I could make this a more proper tutorial, but I’m pretty sure at the time I was just in a hurry to get it done. Which probably means it was only days before St. Patrick’s Day last year and I wanted to make sure I got as much use out of it as I could, LOL! That tends to be my decorating style (yanno–late!) for most holidays except for Christmas. My Christmas decorations seem to go up earlier and earlier every year. 10 years from now I’ll get to the point where they just stay up year-round. 😉
But I digress. Back to the wreath!
Once I had my strips cut, I just tied them onto the wire wreath form with a simple knot. It did take a while to get all those strips knotted, but it was very easy and could be done while sitting down watching TV or whatever. It’s rather mindless.
For the “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” banner, I cut triangles out of gold glitter craft foam (again using the rotary cutter) and punched 2 tiny holes in each one with a tiny circle hole punch. I then added black scrapbook letter stickers, and then strung the triangles onto green and white twine. Then I tied the ends of the twine onto the metal wreath form. Easy peasy!
It’s hanging on the front door on a Command hook. I love those things, and they hold really well for stuff like this. I originally tried one of those wreath hangers, but my front door here is a couple feet taller than average so I had to get an adjustable hanger. And it was just thick enough where it went over the top of the door that it would pop forward when I closed the door–and launch the wreath right off! So yeah–Command hook it is!
So what are you doing to decorate for St. Patrick’s Day this year? And how are you dealing with decorating for two holidays that are so close together this year? I love hearing all of y’all’s ideas! And if you like my wreath I’d love it if you’d pin it and share it with your friends. Thanks so much!