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St. Patrick’s Day Decorations

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Designed by Dondi Richardson
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Great for window and door decorations.

Materials:

  • FloraCraft® Brand Products:
  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
  • 1” x 12” x 36” Sheets (number of sheets depends on the size and number of shapes)
  • ½” x 12” x 36” Sheets (number of sheets depends on size and number of shamrocks and coins)
  • Two – 4” Balls
  • Styro Cutter®, Styro Cutter® Plus or Foam Cutter
  • Black Felt (to cover pot)
  • *Option: Black Acrylic Paint or Scrapbook Paper
  • Green Felt (to cover hat)
  • *Option: Green Acrylic Paint or Scrapbook Paper
  • Coordinating Ribbons in various widths (to embellish shapes)
  • Easter Grass
  • Gold Foil (to cover coins)
  • *Option: Gold Acrylic Paint or Scrapbook Paper
  • Scissors
  • Toothpicks
  • Green Chenille Stems
  • Fish line
  • Low Temp Glue Gun Or White Tacky Glue
Instructions:
  1. Create the templates. To find the templates you can go online and search images for the designs you like.  If a computer is not available to you, children’s coloring books or greeting cards are good places to get templates from.  Just trace the image and enlarge to the size you want.  Or try drawing your templates freehand.
  2. Cut the templates out.
  3. Pin the temples on the Styrofoam sheets.  The hat and the pot of gold were cut from the 1” thick sheets and the shamrocks and coins were cut from the ½” sheets.
  4. Cut three different sizes of shamrocks.
  5. To cut out the coins; a spray paint cap punched the coins from the Styrofoam like a cookie cutter.
  6. Use one of the cutting tools as directed on the packaging to cut out the shapes.  Use a scrap piece of Styrofoam to sand any edges that need smoothing.  The hat and pot of gold pictured had the edges sanded smooth for a more rounded look.
  7. Covering your shapes: to cover with fabric, use the templates and cut the fabric out ½” larger than the template.  Cut out two pieces for each shape, center the shape on the fabric and pull the fabric over the edges and glue to cover both sides.  If the fabric does not completely cover the sides, that’s o.k.
  8. Glue ribbon around the edge of the shapes to cover it up.
  9. *If you decide to paint the shapes, choose three different shades of green for the hat and shamrocks for some variation.  Paint all the shapes as desired and let dry.
  10. Embellishing your shapes: use the ribbons to add color and design to your shapes (see photo).
  11. Print out a small banner for the pot of gold “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” or if you don’t have a computer available, hand write a banner, or you can use a greeting card by cutting out the part you want, or glue the whole front of the card to the pot.  Cut foil slightly larger than the coin shapes and glue to front and back of coins folding the foil over the edges and gluing in place.
  12. Cut the two 4” balls in half and cover the rounded side of each half ball with Easter grass.  To attach the grass, cut 2” piece of green chenille stem and bend them into a “U” shaped staple.  Push the chenille stem staples through the grass and into the ball.
  13. Glue a toothpick into the bottom of the hat and the pot.  Glue each shape to the top of a grass covered ball at a slight angle (see photo).  Glue chenille stems of different lengths into the bottoms of the shamrocks and arrange them into the last two grass covered balls, using various sizes for each.  Glue the coins spilling out the top of the pot and laying throughout the arrangements.
  14. Attach fishline and hang.

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