Monday, February 28, 2011

Shamrock Garden

Since Valentine's is well and over its time to start the St. Patrick's day decor.  This is the first year that I have really embraced decorating for all the holidays.  Now that I have my mantel shelf I'm really enjoying changing it out month to month and having to a place to create my holiday vignettes. 

By the way, I've received a lot of questions on where I got my shelf.  My husband built it for me.  I know, so lucky!  He has agreed to sit down and write some basic instructions and measurements so you can attempt your own if you wish.  So that will be coming soon.

Anyway, when trying to decide what to add to my mantle to St. Patty's Day it up, I of course thought of shamrocks.  This is what I came up with.

Not bad right?  Here's how you can make your own.

First gather your supplies.  The shamrocks I cut with my scroll saw using a basic shamrock image that I printed online as my template.  They are about an inch thick.  The bases are little wood plaques I found at Micheal's.  You will also need dowels (two are 9 inches long and the other is 12 inches), scrapbook paper, modge podge, sanding paper, hot glue, craft glue, and glitter.

You will need to drill a hole in the center of your plaques and the base of the shamrock that's the same width as your dowels. (B)

Start by painting all your wood peices green. Or any color you want your shamrocks, but I suggest green. (A)  Give it a good sanding to distress the finish. (C)

Then cut a piece of scrapbook paper that is a bit larger then your shamrock. (D)  Apply a generous coat of modge podge to the shamrock and put the paper on, rubbing all the air bubbles out.  Allow to dry.  Once dry sand away all the excess paper. (E)  My paper was really thick so I cheated and used the palm sander.  If you don't have access to a palm sander, I recommend using thinner paper if using this modge podge technique.  You can always cut you paper to fit before applying too.

Then to give it a little extra somethin somethin, I outlined them with craft glue and gold glitter. (F) 

Then all that's left is assembling the pieces.  I used hot glue in my joints to keep everything secure.  Be sure to get it straight before your glue dries!

And there you have it.  Your own little shamrock garden.

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Erin said...

I can't wait for your instructions for your mantel!! I have been dying for the mr. to make one and ♥ yours so much!

April said...

Cute!! I really like these!

Aly said...

These are adorable! I really need to make some St. Patty's Day our house "Lucy the Leprechaun" sneaks in leaving her tiny green footprints on the wall leading to some golden chocolate coins. She also turns the milk green :O). And sometimes leaves behind some new green clothes to wear that day!

I'm new to the craft blog world...stop by sometime.

Lyssa said...

I love these! And it can be any shape too and it would look adorable! Thanks for sharing. I'm your newest follower!
I just started a scrapbook sundays party on my blog, born-again crafter and would love for you to link up!

Lauren @ YoungNester said...

I love these! Mod Podge is a girl's best friend! I would love for you to link up to my Ten Buck Tuesday link party!

Jill said...

Cute! I love your St. Pattys day mantel, particularly because it's not TOO green. It's subtle, which I think makes it perfect!

PartyMom said...

So cute! And I'm so jealous of your power tools and power tool skills! Thanks for sharing!

Sweet Little Smoothie said...

Love those shamrocks & your pretty shelf! I'm your newest follower :)

Christine said...

I made some similar to these but didn't post a tutorial, so I am linking your tutorial to my post. Hope you don't mind!
Christine @

Lowri said...

Wonderful project. Love the colours you have used. Visiting from Whipperberry

Allison Wagstaff said...

So cute! Love these.

Erin said...

Too stinkin' cute!!

I love your blog, found you through Not Just a Housewives linky party...definitely becoming a follower. :)


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