Take your Irish spirit outside by decking the outdoors as well as the indoors. A few ideas to get you started:
Paper Shamrock Wreath
- Double-sided scrap paper. If you don’t have or can’t find, glue two pieces together to make double-sided paper.
7 (12”x2”) strips
7 (10”x2”) strips
7 (8”x2”) strips
- Extra scraps of paper for center decoration and back pieces
- Hot glue
- Stack one of each size paper together, gluing the ends together on one side.
- Loop the outside piece over and glue the edge down so you have a teardrop shape with the shorter pieces in the middle.
- Repeat steps 1 and 2 five more times to make six teardrops total. Group into three sets of two, gluing the ends together to form three heart shapes.
- To make the stem, make two folds on each of the three remaining strips.
- For the 12” strip, make a fold mark 5” from the left edge and 5” from the right edge. There will be 2” between the two fold lines and the section between the folds is centered.
- For the 10” strip, make one fold mark 4¼” from the left edge and the same distance from the right edge. There will be 1½” between the two fold lines and the section between the folds is centered.
- For the 8” strip, make one fold mark 3½” from the left edge and the same distance from the right edge. There will be 1” between the fold lines and the section between them is centered.
- Line up the folded strips, shortest on top. Glue ends together to form a 3-D triangular stem.
- To assemble, cut out a small cardstock circle and glue each “heart” to the circle so they fan out to form a three-leaf shamrock. Glue stem in place.
- Glue both ends of a green ribbon to back of shamrock for hanging.
Even without a patch of four-leaf clovers, you can show your Irish spirit. Plant any green herbs in multiple clay pots spray painted with gold and/or green and you’ll add color to your porch, deck or front or back yard. Your inner artist can embellish the pots further by using paint markers or brushes to draw additional St. Patrick's Day designs when the spray paint dries.
Balloon Rainbows are festive, bright and colorful – perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. Buy at least two dozen balloons in the basic rainbow colors. Inflate and tie, then attach them – in rainbow fashion – by their tied end to a surface (garage door or even poster board, which can be hung on a post in your yard) and fly your St. Patty’s Day colors with pride!
Take your rainbow to its pot of gold by stretching colored streamers at an angle from a deck or windowsill down to the ground. Attach them at ground level so they spread out to look like a rainbow touching down. Set a black cauldron of gold foil-wrapped foam blocks at your rainbow’s end. If you have kids coming over for a party, fill with gold foil-wrapped chocolate coins instead and lead them to the “end of the rainbow” with scavenger hunt clues.