Monday, March 11, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Wreath

This week is our Spring Break (I'm a teacher) and this weekend, I finally found the time to make something to decorate the front door for St. Patty's Day. I call it a wreath because I wasn't really sure what to call it. But here's what I ended up making.

Here's how I made it. I had fabric leftovers from making St. Patty's pillow covers, so I just cut the leftovers into 2 inch strips.

I've had this frame from Goodwill sitting in the garage for a while. It came with this artwork but no glass. I didn't want the artwork anyways. Just the frame.

So I took the lovely artwork out and just wrapped the frame in the fabric strips.

I used my staple gun to staple the strips. 

The corners were a little tricky.

And I ran out of fabric (I had about 1/4 of a yard and an 11 x 14 frame. Next time, I'll make sure I have 1/2 a yard.

So since I didn't want to buy more fabric (Hobby Lobby is closed on Sundays anyways), I decided to make pinwheels out of paper.
I cut them in various widths (2 inch, 3 inch, 3 1/2 inches) but always the same length of 12 inches. I tried one at a 4 inch width but it tore. So I don't recommend 4 inch strips (unless you have maybe 3 strips or something...I'll have to try that).

Fold each strip, according style. My folds are slightly larger than 1/4 of an inch.

Hot glue the ends of them together, so you 1 one according folded paper.

Hot glue the ends together and stand the paper up as seen below.

Press down with your fingers.

And hot glue together in the middle.

Then I hot glued it to the frame.

And I added buttons to cover the hot glue in the middle.

I attached black  ribbon across the frame using a staple gun. Then I glued foamy shamrock stickers onto the ribbon.

I staple gunned a variety of ribbons to the top using my staple gun and tied it into a knot.

And here it is again, finished. Cheap and festive!

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srpprcrftr said...

When you've got lemons make lemonade, that's how you covered the empty space on your frame, smart gal. So cute, loving it, very cheery and colorful, great how you put it all together.
I used to have so many of those frames but guess I must have gotten rid of them before we left San Diego, many years ago (92').
I had a picture like your tiger too. That must have been in the animal period of decorating, lol. I bought for the frames at flea markets in San Diego. Sure wish I had those frames now, oooo, what I could do with them all, had lg/med/sml sizes.
At least they were wood, not plastic. The prices of frames at thrift stores has gone crazy here in Western CO,(Grand Junction).
Love your blog. Happy Days

Jeanette said...

I love taking thrift store finds and making them beautiful! Way to work around your fabric shortage - genius! I too love pinwheels and think I might have to find a way to make some St. Patty's Day wheels!

VMG206 said...

Super cute and smart idea! I love your square wreath, lol!
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EmmaK said...

I love this wreath idea! So creative and original
Popping over from the Thursday Favorite Things Bloghop

EmmaK said...

I love this craft idea! Super stylish and original
Popping over from the Thursday Favorite Things Bloghop

D @ The Shady Porch said...

Very cute! I pinned it to my wreath board. My hubby's a teacher and we don't get a break until April! I also wanted to invite you to share your project(s) at my party the Rock N Share. Blessings, D

Sumo @ Sumo's Sweet Stuff said...

Cute wreath! I love the use of fabric, and love that it's more non-traditional! (And yay for teachers! I taught for six years!)

I'll be featuring this on my blog tomorrow!

Thanks for linking up!

Katherines Corner said...

Love this , so creative. Thank you for sharing your lovely blog at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

This is such a great wreath. Love that you were thinking outside the box on this one! Pinning your tutorial on making the pinwheels, because believe it or not, I have never tried one! So cute!

Sne┼żana Maricic said...

This is very nice, and your tutorial is exselent!
Thank you.

Emily @ The Benson Street said...

I love it! i like that it isn't a traditional wreath, it makes it more whimsical and fun!

Anonymous said...

I really like this wreath, a little different than the traditional round ones, and the pinwheels are a nice touch too! Thanks for linking up to Sweet Treats & Swanky Stuff!

donna said...

You are always so creative!

Robin said...

Love the happy! Thanks for linking up w/ TTB!