DIY St. Patrick’s Day marbled shamrock party hats

DIY marbled shamrock party hats for St. Patrick's Day

How are you celebrating St. Patricks’ Day this year? With a party? Do you need some hats? We got ’em! These DIY St. Patrick’s Day marbled shamrock party hats are surprisingly easy to make and you’ll never guess how we made them. Hint: someone in your house probably has it in their medicine cabinet.

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DIY marbled shamrock party hats

Materials:

    • green card stock
    • foam shaving cream
    • green food coloring
    • craft sticks
    • wax paper
    • scissors
    • green tissue paper
    • green crepe paper
    • green covered floral wire
    • wire cutters
    • glue
    • glue gun
    • hole punch
    • ribbon or elastic
    • template or SVG file and craft cutting machine
    • iron
Steps:
Step 1. Marble your green card stock. To do this, lay out a sheet of wax paper and cover the surface with foaming shaving cream (the cheap stuff works great). Drop green food coloring onto the shaving cream and drag a craft stick around in the shaving cream to create a marbled pattern with the food coloring. Press the craft paper into the shaving cream. Peel craft paper back and wipe excess shaving cream off of the paper with the edge of another craft stick. You can use the same shaving cream and add more food coloring for several sheets of card stock. Allow card stock to dry completely. If card stock ripples you may want to iron it on a low setting to flatten it.
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Step 2. Use template or craft machine to cut party hats out of marbled card stock. Assemble hats using hot glue to keep tab in place.

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3. Cut and fringe 1.5 inch strips of tissue paper and/or crepe paper. Glue fringed strips around the bases of your hats (2-3 times around looks best). Ruffle the fringe with your fingers to give it some dimension.

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4. Cut shamrock shapes out of folded squares of crepe paper. Cut 2 inch segments of covered floral wire. Hot glue one end of a segment of wire to the back of each shamrock. Hot glue a shamrock to the top of each party hat.

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5. Punch a small hole into either side of each hat. Thread elastic or ribbon through the holes to keep the hats in place on your head.DIY marbled shamrock party hats for St. Patrick's Day

Photos and crafting by Ashley Isenhour

5 Ways to wear green on St. Patrick’s day

St. Patrick's day green ideas
photography by Trisha Zemp
This post could also be called “How not to get pinched” on St. Patrick’s day. As you know, I’m a dresser upper for holidays. It used to be a lot worse but I’d say I’m a bit more toned down in my more, shall we say, “mature” years. Mostly because I work from home and I don’t leave the house much. Sometimes you just need to show that you’re not a Scrooge so you’ll add in a bit of red for Valentine’s Day and a dash of green for St. Patrick’s day. Amiright? And usually you don’t want to spend much time on it, so here are 5 easy (nearly glue gunless and sewless) ways to add in that dash of green for St. Patrick’s day.
See all 5 ways to wear green on Valentine’s Day after the jump! 

DIY Embroidered Shamrock Handkercheif

DIY Embroidered Shamrock

If you’re a beginner to embroidery, check out the Lars embroidery guide for help. We’ll coach you through a handful of simple stitches that will elevate your embroidery into beautiful designs.

Materials: 

see above

Directions:

  1. Separate out embroidery floss strands so you only have two stands. Keep the remaining strands.
  2. Thread your needle and then tie off the ends so that the thread is 4 thick.
  3. Use a simple backstitch to outline the leaves of the shamrock.
  4. Once outlined, use a satin stitch to fill in the leaves starting from middle of the leave and working outward. Once you have filled one half, return to the middle and fill the remaining half.
  5. Once your shamrock is embroidered, use a backstitch to embroider the stem.
  6. Tie off.

After you master the shamrock handkerchief, consider some other fun elements to add to your St. Patrick’s outfit, like our Rainbow Stripe Bangles or our favorite DIY Painted Shoes!

We can’t wait to see the way you are wearing green this coming St. Patricks day! Be sure to tag us with #luckylars!

Shamrock Wreath

Though I do have extensive Danish family lines I also have a lot of proud Irish blood in me thanks to my Irish grandmother. I’d LOVE to go to Ireland some day and explore my heritage (I’ve been watching lots of “Do you know you are are?” Love that show!) but in the mean time I’m celebrating St. Patrick’s day with a little shamrock style. 
You will need: shades of green paper, scissors, glue gun, embroidery hoop
Step 1: Draw simple shamrock shapes in a variety of sizes
Step 2: Cut them out
Step 3: Bend the leaves of the shamrocks
Step 4: Dab some glue onto the center of the shamrock and continue the process going around the hoop. Voila!

What are you doing for St. Patrick’s Day?

Photography by Hilda Grahnat

St. Patrick’s Day Wreath

St. Patrick's Day wreath

St. Patrick’s Day Wreath

Remember our accordion Valentine’s Day wreath? You loved it so much we decided to make a St. Patrick’s Day wreath based on it! This little beauty features the same delicate gradients, this time in hues of green. Of course, hearts scream Valentine’s Day, so we opted for four leaf clovers instead. Gotta give you some luck, right?

Shamrocks vs. Four Leaf Clovers

Speaking of four leaf clovers, we want to make sure we addressed some of the comments we received in response to our St. Patrick’s Day bracelets last week. In a few past posts, we have mistakenly called four leaf clovers shamrocks. Here’s a little clarification: Shamrocks have three leaves. This has religious roots–each leaf represents a member of the holy trinity. On the other hand, a four leaf clover has four leaves and is not considered a shamrock. They are considered lucky, though! That’s because four leaf clovers are more rarely found in nature. Shamrocks, with three leaves, are the more common default. Here’s an article that talks about the difference if you’re interested.

Our apologies for mixing up the two!

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How to Make a St. Patrick’s Day Wreath

All formalities aside, here’s how to make this beautiful St. Patrick’s wreath!

Prepping the Paper

  1. First, download the wreath template found here.
  2. Print and cut out the templates. We printed ten of each page of the pdf, but you can print as many as desired.

Making the Four Leaf Clovers

  1. To make the accordion four leaf clovers, fold each gradient into small accordion folds, roughly 1/4-1/2 inch. Do the same for the stems.
  2. Once that’s done, fold each gradient in half and glue where they meet. They should now look like hearts.
  3. To assemble the leaves, glue four of the gradient hearts together. If you want to make shamrocks instead, you can use three instead of four.
  4. Last, add the stem to the center of the bottom and secure with a dab of hot glue.

Assembling your St. Patrick’s Day Wreath

  1. To assemble your St. Patrick’s Day wreath, make a wreath form out of the thick gauge wire, taping it to secure. Make it however large or small you’d like.
  2. To attach the four leaf clovers, simply hot glue them onto the wire wreath form.
  3. Keep going until the wreath is as full as you’d like.
  4. Add a pretty ribbon of your choosing to the wreath and voilá! You’re done!

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St. Patrick's Day wreath top view

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More Inspiration

Did you love this tutorial on how to make a St. Patrick’s Day wreath? You might also be interested in our Valentine’s Day variation, found here. If you’re looking for other St. Patrick’s Day ideas, check out these sweet St. Patrick’s Day beaded bracelets and avoid being pinched. Also try this St. Patrick’s Day crown, or these kid-friendly coloring pages! And if you’re in need of a new spring craft, try our DIY Paper Orchids!

 

St. Patrick’s Day coloring pages

St. Patrick’s Day coloring pages

You are definitely going to be ready for St. Patricks day with these coloring pages on your tables! For the young and young at heart everyone is going to love this activity!

You can find the coloring pages here.

Be sure to tag us with #luckylars so we can see all of the luck and charm you are creating for this St. Patricks day!!

DIY Celtic Knot Pillow

DIY Celtic Knot Pillow Tutorial

You can find the Celtic Pillow instructions in our e-book here.

If you don’t feel up to sewing, though, you’ll want to check out a few of our favorite pillow picks from our roundup! There, we’ll walk you through selecting the perfect pillow accent for any room design. We are ALL about keeping as many cozy, pretty pillows on hand as we can!

Shop the look:

Mustard futon  |  Blue and green artwork by Abby Clawson Low  |  Teal Tea set 

Be sure to tag us with #Luckylars so we can see your celtic pillows!

St. Patrick’s Day Beaded Bracelets

St. Patrick’s Day Beaded Bracelets

I’m guessing I’m not alone when I say there have been more than a few St. Patrick’s Days where I’ve been subjected to a fair amount of pinching. I’m not sure why, but I guess I just don’t buy much green. Well if you’re in the same boat, this St. Patrick’s Day beaded bracelet is the perfect solution! It’s a quick and easy option that gives you a fun pop of green without having to go out and buy something on the spot. Plus it’s lovely and delicate. It’s pretty enough that you don’t have to wear it just one day a year, either! Save it for a spring tea party or other special occasion–it’s a subtle little touch of feminine class.

How to make a St. Patrick’s Day Beaded Bracelet

One of the best things about these sweet little St. Patrick’s Day Beaded Bracelets, aside from being lovely, is how easy they are to make! Here’s how to do it:

  1. First, take a piece of string and measure your wrist. Now double the thread and leave a little ease on each end.
  2. Next, thread the needle and pull the thread through so it’s even with the other end of the thread.
  3. If you’re using jewelry clasps, tie one onto the very end of the string and make sure it’s securely knotted.
  4. Now you’re ready to begin threading the beads! To do this, simply choose a pattern of beads you like and slip them onto the strand of string with the needle. See our step photos for help making the beaded four leaf clovers.
  5. When you have a length you’re happy with, tie the end with the corresponding jewelry clasp. If you opted to do the bracelet without clasps, simply tie off the bracelet at each end with multiple, secure knots. Leave enough ease so you can tie the bracelet.
  6. Done! You’ve made your own St. Patrick’s Day beaded bracelet!

More Inspiration

Loved this simple tutorial for a St. Patrick’s Day beaded bracelet? Here and here are some other options of bracelets if you’re interested! All you need to do to make it appropriate for St. Patty’s Day is add a little green. Need more fun St. Patrick’s Day crafts to try this year? Here’s a fun little crown to give you a pop of green to wear. Looking for an activity for your kids? Try these St. Patrick’s Day themed coloring pages! Or do you or someone your know have a March birthday? Have a St. Patrick’s Day party with these fun, marbled shamrock party hats.

5 Ways to Wear Green

5 Ways to Wear Green

We made a list of five ways to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day years ago (2014, can you believe it?!), which you can find here. Well, we wanted to add to it, because it turns out we’ve had some bright ideas since then!

St. Patrick’s Day Beaded Bracelets

Just a few weeks ago, we came out with these St. Patrick’s Day Beaded Bracelets! It’s the perfect solution if you don’t want to overwhelm the world with green or don’t have any green in your closet already. These sweet little bracelets are delicate and refined, and give you that splash of green you need. You might even find yourself wearing them on other days besides St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick’s Day Buttons

These St. Patrick’s Day Assorted Buttons from our shop are another great way to add just a touch of green to your outfit. Bonus: you don’t even have to make them! Just order and you’re all set. And come on, these little beauties are adorable. You’ll be looking forward to St. Patrick’s Day just so you have a reason to wear them.

Rainbow Collar Pin

Another great accessory, our DIY Rainbow Collar Pin has been around for a while now and it’s a beloved classic! Rainbows are a classic St. Patrick’s Day icon, and the great thing is that (if you hadn’t noticed already) the color green is always present in a rainbow. Plus, I love me a good little collar pin accessory and this one fits the bill perfectly. It’s cute, functional, and protects you from the pinches.

St. Patrick’s Day Crowns

Did someone say St. Patrick’s Day party? These two St. Patrick’s Day crowns are the perfect party accessory for your guests! We have two versions, a printable and DIY version, so pick whatever suits your fancy. Not interested in having a party? Then just have fun and wear a crown for the day! Its delicate and playful and you can relax, because no one will miss that pop of green.

Painted Shoes

If you’re into the subtle details, these Painted Shoes are for you. Paint a rainbow or some green on the soles of your shoes and flash those colors when someone tries to give you a pinch!

Other Options

Here are some other ideas for how to incorporate green into your St. Patrick’s Day this year:

More Inspiration

Loved this post on ways to wear green and want more St. Patrick’s Day inspiration? Try this lovely St. Patrick’s Day Wreath. Also try this St. Patrick’s Day crown, or these kid-friendly coloring pages! And if you’re in need of a new spring craft, try our DIY Paper Orchids! Not interested in making anything? Check out our shop for some seasonal favorites you’re sure to love.

DIY Rainbow Lucky Charms Balloon Arch

In true Lars fashion, our balloon arch is BIG and COLORFUL, and made up of Anagram’s wonderful foil balloons. We said this before and we will say it again, we love these balloons because they are deflatable, and therefore reusable which we love, helps the environment and cuts cost since you can use them again!

How to make the balloon arch frame for under $10

We knew we wanted an arch that was much larger than anything we’ve ever done so we had to think BIG! For our pumpkin arch we made one small enough for our walkway and it worked so well. And this time we went double the size!

Here’s what we did to make the balloon arch frame:

  • We used three 10′ PVC pipes connected with their little connectors (all under $10!).
  • We pounded a piece of rebar on either side of the pole into the ground with a hammer and the pipe slid on nicely over the rebar.

Blowing up the Balloons for an arch

This is one of the questions we get over and over again “How far in advance can you blow up the balloons?” Well, it depends on the type of balloon and the weather and if it will be indoors or outdoors. To ensure freshness, I’d recommend 1-2 days. Anything over that is probably fine but you just never know. Some of the balloons even have tiny holes in them and you don’t know that until a few hours when it’s in the arch and starts to shrivel up.

It took us 5 people in one morning to blow up all the balloons for this arch. Mind you, we blew up waaaaay too many because we didn’t know exactly what shape we were going to build yet and we wanted to be sure. We used about 48 balloons here for this 30′ pole.

How to add on balloons to the pole

We know and love using balloon tape, but for something like this, we prefer to attach it to the pole directly with clear shipping tape. We take an 8″ piece and tie it around the end of the foil balloon and around the pole.

We added on more balloons to the base so that they acted more like clouds.

All the colors!

We must have a soft spot for holiday-themed balloons (You may remember seeing them from our favorite Jingle Bell Balloon post?) since we undertook creating this huge Rainbow Balloon Arch! Despite the helium shortage, we were able to use these reusable balloons to make our BIGGEST balloon arch yet, a full 30 feet because they are all air-filled! Perhaps the real treasure at the end of our rainbow was the rainbow itself! We couldn’t believe how great it turned out, with all our favorite colors. We used a mix of pastels and bright, saturated colors because we love the mix together! 

The Lucky Charms!

We added a few smaller rainbow balloons in to make our arch extra charmed with flour-leaf clovers, an X to mark the spot, hearts, and rainbows! Because can you even have enough rainbows?! This arch is even luckier, since these balloons are made of foil we can make this arch again and again for holidays to come.

Like I said, we sure feel lucky to be able to share this Rainbow Balloon Arch with you and even luckier to work with wonderful sponsors like Anagram who made this arch possible! 

A St Patrick’s Day Craft: Paper Shamrock Crown

St. Patrick's Day craft from The House That Lars Built

Here’s a fun fact about shamrocks: There are approximately 10,000 three-leaf clovers for every four-leaf clover, and shamrocks and four-leaf clovers are not the same thing. The word ‘shamrock’ refers only to a clover with three leaves. Our St. Patrick’s Day craft includes both shamrocks and four-leaf clovers so that your crown can display the lushness of the shamrocks mixed in with some luck from the four-leaf clovers.

How to Make Your Own Paper Shamrock Crown

St. Patrick's Day craft from The House That Lars Built

Supplies:

18 gauge wire: 2 14″ pieces

Green paper (3 shades, we used half of 3 12×12 sheets for ours)

Small hole punch

Pink crepe paper: 3 inches x 20 inches

Green-yellow crepe paper: 3 x 7 inches

Scissors

Cricut Machine

Shamrock template

White acrylic paint and paintbrush (optional)

Pink acrylic paint (optional)

Floral tape (6 feet is plenty)

Hot glue gun/glue sticks

11 feet of Floral wire

Wire cutters

St. Patrick's Day craft from The House That Lars Built

Instructions:

  1. Download the svg files for the three-leafed and four-leaved clovers.
  2. With your cricut machine, cut out about 30 clovers. Because we used three kinds of paper, we did 8 three-leafed and 2 four-leafed clovers of each color. (You can also cut your shamrocks out by hand using the same template if needed.)
  3. With a small hole punch, put a little hole in the middle of each clover.
  4. Dilute your white paint with water and use a small paintbrush to add a few little lines to your shamrocks for texture.
  5. Bend your 18-gauge wire into a circle and attach them together with floral tape. We had 14-inch lengths of wire and it took two pieces to make an 8” diameter crown
  6. Assemble your shamrocks by following steps 7-9.
  7.  Cut floral wire into pieces from 2.5-3.5” long. These will be your shamrock stems, and it looks nice for them to be varied in length. Bend the tip of each length of wire down about a third of an inch.
  8. Thread the wire through the hole you punched in your shamrock and gently bend it to secure the leaf top in place. Be careful! It’s pretty easy to tear the leaves in this stage.
  9. Put a dot of hot glue on the bottom of the leaf top to secure it in place
  10. After you assemble all your shamrocks, it’s time to make your blossoms by following steps 11-17. We made 7 blossoms, but repeat these steps until you have your desired number of flowers.
  11. Cut a rectangle about an inch and a half tall and about 2 inches wide from the light yellow crepe paper. Stretch the top so that it flutes and roll it into a tube. Secure with a dot of hot glue. This is your flower center. 
  12. Cut small oval petals (about an inch tall and tapered more at one end) from your pink crepe paper. Each flower has five petals. Glue the extra tapered end to the rolled flower center just below the fluted tip. There should be extra paper at the bottom of the flower center. 
  13. Glue the remaining petals to the attached petal so that they overlap. Put a line of glue along the bottom of the petals and wrap them around the flower center so that they meet up at the first petal. 
  14. Gently stretch the petals so that they curve up a bit. 
  15. Use your pink paint to put thin  lines on the petals leading to the flower center.
  16. Cut a piece of floral wire about 3 inches and poke it through the center of the flower, down the middle of the rolled crepe paper. Put a bit of hot glue on the top of the wire before you finish pulling it into the flower to secure it inside.
  17. With floral tape, wrap the bottom of the flower and down the wire. Flowers are done!
  18. It’s time to attach the shamrocks and flowers to your wire crown form. Wind the bottom of the wire stems around the crown to attach them. At this point, some of the stems might be wobbling loosely and not all staying on one side of the crown. Don’t worry! We’ll address this in a few steps.
  19. Repeat for all your shamrocks and flowers, and distribute the colors, shapes, and stem lengths so that it’s nicely varied.
  20. With your wire cutters, trim any wires that are poking out. Don’t skip this step, or your crown will be painful to wear!
  21. Wrap floral tape around the crown to cover all the coiled wire and pokey bits. It is easiest to do this part with sections of tape about a foot long each rather than juggling all of the tape. 
  22. After that, adjust and arrange the stems of all your shamrocks. Voila! You’re done!

These shamrock crowns are a fun St. Patrick’s Day craft and can be saved and used for years on end. Be sure to be on the lookout for anyone not wearing green. Instead of a pinch, if you feel so kind, you can crown them with some luck to save for next year.

Other St. Patrick’s Day Craft Tutorials

St. Patrick's Day craft from The House That Lars Built

In addition to our most popular St. Patrick’s Day craft tutorials above, you can also check out our Pinterest here for even more ideas!

DIY rainbow welcome mat

rainbow rug tutorial

Clearly, I can’t get rainbows out of my mind after the St. Patrick’s Day rainbow fest! And I don’t know if they’ll end anytime soon.

As you know, I love dressing up Ikea rugs each season (like these fruit mats and this donut rug) and now instead of coming in a full circle, Ikea sells them in half circles—score! One step easier! So, I turned it into a rainbow welcome mat to brighten the entry.

Rainbow Rug and Rainbow Shoes DIY Rainbow Rug

 

Photography by Trisha Zemp  |   Crafting and styling by Brittany Jepsen

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