February 16, 2010

St. Patrick's Day Wreath

It is time to take down the Valentine’s Day Wreath and replace it with a St. Patrick’s Day Wreath. When I think of St. Patrick’s Day I think of green, clovers, and beer. I tried to combine all of those ideas into a home décor Saint Patrick’s Day decoration.

St. Patrick's Day Wreath Tutorial:

Grapevine Wreath
Metal Bottle Caps
Acrylic Paint
Green Ribbon
Green Pipe Cleaners
Sand Paper
Hot Glue Gun

  • Begin by gathering all your materials. Grapevine wreaths can be found at any local craft store. Recycle metal bottle caps to be painted.

  • Lightly sand the bottle caps to make it easier for the acrylic paint to adhere to them. Paint the bottle caps with several coats of paint. Allow time for drying between each coat.

  • Wrap a pipe cleaner around several pieces of grapevine; glue the sides of the bottle caps around the center of the pipe cleaner. Use three bottle caps to form a clover shape. Twist the center of the pipe cleaner to hold everything in place. 

  • Form several clovers on the wreath.
  • Decide where you would like the top of the wreath to be. Wrap a piece of wide ribbon around the top and adhere with hot glue. Continue wrapping the ribbon around the wreath at an angle.
  • When you reach the top of the wreath; wrap the ribbon around again and glue the end with hot glue.
  • Cut a piece of ribbon, dovetail the ends and hot glue the center of it to the top of the wreath. This will be your bow’s tails.
  • To make your wreath bow: Take the ribbon and form a loop, this will be half the size of your bow. Make a loop on the other side. Continue to fold the ribbon back and forth over each other. Take a small piece of ribbon and tie it in the center. Bring it around again and knot it.
  • Spread the bow apart by pulling the loops out and up and down. 
  • Attach the bow to the wreath and hot glue. 
Helpful Hint: To help making the bow easily purchase a Mini Bowdabra.

FTC Disclosure: I write craft projects for Bowdabra, however I am not receiving any monetary gain by mentioning their product(s).  


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