March 5, 2011

St. Patrick's Day Decorating -- Lucky Little Shamrock Wreath Tutorial


It's always nice to greet guests with a 
bit o' holiday cheer at your front door.

With a shamrock wreath that I picked up on sale at Michael's ($2.99), a page of old sheet music, and some sweet little embellishments from my craft box, I was able to put together a quick, yet whimsical St. Patrick's Day wreath that's sure to shimmer a bit of good luck on all who pass through.


Lucky Little Shamrock Wreath

Materials
1 artificial shamrock wreath
1 page of sheet music, cut into 1/2" strips
1 die cut butterfly
Mod Podge
Dresden Clear Glaze (or any spray glaze)
Silver glass glitter
Gold micro glitter
Spun cotton toadstools
(Mine were purchased from Blumchen)
Lucky Horseshoe charms
(I bought some on Ebay a while back, but there are some for sale currently on Artfire HERE)
Needle-nosed pliers
Hot glue gun

Step 1:  Weave the sheet music strips throughout the wreath.  When you have achieved the desired balance and layout, use small dabs of hot glue to hold the strips in place at various points.

Step 2:  Cover one side of butterfly with Mod Podge.  Coat with silver glass glitter.  Dry.  Repeat on other side.  Dry.

Step 3:  Spray a light coat of Clear Glaze on one side of butterfly.  Shake on some gold micro glitter for accent.  Dry.  Repeat with other side.  Finish by doing another light coat of Clear Glaze on each side, to help seal in the glitter.


Step 4:  Create little bunches of toadstools by mixing sizes and twisting wire stems together.  Use a dab of hot glue to attach to wreath. 

Step 5:  Using your needle-nosed pliers, bend the loops of the horseshoe charms back so that they won't show.  Put a small dab of hot glue on the loop and attach to the base of each mushroom cluster.

Hang and enjoy!


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20 comments:

  1. Oh Jenn this is sweet! I love that it's very subtle but fun with those polka dot toadstools! This is going on FB right now!

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  2. Oh how cute!! The toadstools are just so fun. I love the wreath!!!

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  3. We love St. Patrick's Day here because it is my daughter's birthday!

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  4. welll isn't that cute! If only my front door looked nice with a wreath on it. :(

    great job!
    gail

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  5. Cute! Just pulling out the St. Paddy's Day decorations today. Love spread a bit o Irish luck all over the house.

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  6. Just lovely, Jenn! As you can imagine, I've made a ton of wreaths in my day, so I love the unexpected. The sheet music is just darling! What a fabulous idea!

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  7. I'm with Colleen - the sheet music is so nice. It all comes together into a beautiful front door decor. Thanks for sharing with Sweets This Week. Glad to 'see' you this week. (and thanks for the nice comment - it's been a ride)

    Sarah

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  8. I need a wreath on my front door. I guess it's about I drag myself from the kitchen and make a wreath. Great post.

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  9. This wreath is adorable!!!! And what a great idea to start with a pre-made one, and then embelish, especially for busy people!!

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  10. What a fun wreath! Love the toadstools!

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  11. That is absolutely adorable, Jenn. I need to make some decorations as well.

    Better get crackin'

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  12. So cute! Love it!

    Blessings,
    Holly
    http://hallelujahsbyholly.blogspot.com

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  13. too cute ... kinda wish I had a few spare moments to make one! Thanks for the inspiration, anyways~

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  14. What an adorable wreath! You are so darn creative!

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  15. This is such a cute idea! I love it.

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  16. That's such a nice shamrock wreath!
    Like it so much!
    :)

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  17. what an adorable and pretty shamrock wreath! thanks for linking up and I hope to see you again this week! have a nice weekend! ^^)

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