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St. Patrick's Day Dollar Store Wreath

Saint Patrick's Day, which takes place on March 17, commemorates the death of Ireland's patron saint. It was first celebrated as a religious feast around the ninth or 10th century. It was originally a minor Irish holiday. America is credited for turning it into the party that it is known for today, especially the drinking because in Ireland the pubs were closed.

I am not a huge fan of St. Patrick's Day. Obviously, because I am not Irish. I mean I did do my fair share of drinking green beer in college, usually on spring break. But since then I haven't really celebrated it. So my project for this month's craft challenge's theme of St Patrick's Day was almost a craft fail. I didn't have a great idea to move forward with. I purchased some green straws, ribbon, and flowers at the dollar store. My plan if you can call it that was to make a wreath that was green but not screaming of St. Patrick's Day or Irish. I accomplished that I think. It is actually more Mid Century Modern looking, which I like. I struggled with the production of the piece, hopefully, it doesn't show too much. 

Materials:

  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Paper Straws
  • Ultra Mod Podge
  • Floral Stem
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scrap Card Stock

Directions:


Cut the straws so one end is longer than the other. Sorry, I didn't measure, I just eyeballed it.
 


Figure out the placement of the straws. I used the ribbon spool as a guide.
I sprayed the straws with Mod Podge but then I didn't want to wait the 4 hours necessary for the glue to dry.
I then used my hot glue gun to secure the card stock ring onto the straws for stability.

This is where I almost had a craft fail. It was flimsy. I was running out of time. Enter in the frustration!
 


I broke the round balls off the floral stem and randomly glued them to the wreath.
Here is where the project turned more Mid Century Modern.
So I went with it.
 


The look of the wreath really didn't lend it's self to a bow.
I chose to weave the ribbon in and out of the straws.
I hot glued every other straw down to the ribbon which gave it stability.

At this point, you could add four-leaf clovers for St. Patrick's Day.
I think I might glue a mirror into the center of the piece.

So there it is, my St. Patrick's Day/Mid Century Modern/Dollar Store Wreath.

As I mentioned above, this project is for a craft challenge with the theme of St. Patrick's Day for the month of February. Take a moment to visit the other projects, which I am sure will relate to the theme better than this one!

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