So remember the other day when I said I wasn’t feeling inspired by St. Patrick’s Day? Well, turns out, I was! On saturday morning, my friend from downstairs and I got up early to sign our kids up for swimming lessons. The Chicago Park District has a lot of really great programs and they are really cheap. But the downside is that it can be kind of hard to get into some of them at quarterly signup time. We were just trying for a swimming class and at a newer location that not a lot of people know about so we only showed up at 8 am, an hour early, to stand outside in the snow and cold. But we have a friend who wanted the only spot left in the Park District’s version of preschool at our local park and she and her husband actually camped out all night to make sure they got it. But really, for good preschool at an affordable price in the middle of downtown Chicago, that’s not really crazy.
Anyway, all that to say, after that I dropped my friend back off at our building’s front door I managed to go, all by myself, to the craft store! I had a short list of a couple of things to grab but then I took a little time to wander the aisles and for whatever reason, as it is for creativity, at that particular moment I was full of ideas. Like I said though, St. Patrick’s Day and the color green are not my favorite, but when I was standing in front of the felt I started thinking about springtime and green grass and I dreamed up this wreath–fluffy green grass with shamrocks nestled inside. Maybe it was standing outside the cold snow all morning? I don’t really know, but it made me dream of when I was little at soccer games, when I was waiting on the sidelines for my turn to play we’d sit in the sun on the grass and look for flowers and four leaf clovers. And so I made this wreath later that day and I love it and now I’m thinking maybe I DO like St. Patrick’s Day after all!
St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Wreath
1 12″ foam wreath form
Craft felt in two shades of green
hot glue gun
2. Cut the long edge of the strip into fringe by cutting down about 2/3 of the width of the strip. Don’t worry at all about your fringe being even.
3. Run a bead of hot glue along the uncut long edge of the strip and wrap it around the wreath. You only need to cover about 3/4 of the way around the wreath form, no one will see the back, there’s no point wasting felt to cover it!
4. Repeat overlapping the strips all the way around until the entire wreath form is covered in grass. Run your hands through the fringe to muss it up so it looks more like grass.
5. To make the shamrocks, cut three shapes that look like hearts but with flat bottoms instead of points. Mine were about 1.5 inches tall.
6. Put a small dot of glue on the bottom of the heart shape and pinch the sides in toward the middle like this:
8. Using a dot of glue, nestle your shamrock into the grass. Repeat until you fill your wreath with shamrocks.
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