My 3 Monsters: St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Wreath

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3.11.2014

St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Wreath

St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Wreath at my3monsters.com
Hi guys!!  I shared this project a few weeks ago on Craftaholics Anonymous. I'm posting it here today just in case there was anyone who missed it before.  Make this easy shamrock wreath for your front door and welcome the “Luck o’ the Irish” into your home today!

St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Wreath at my3monsters.com

St. Patrick's Day Smarock Wreath Tutorial

Supplies:You might already have most of these in your stash, if you’re anything like me!
  • a styrofoam wreath form
  • 1 skein of white yarn
  • green felt in a couple of different shades
  • 1/4 yard of fabric for bow
  • scraps of coordinating fabric for rosettes
  • hot glue gun
  • straight pins
  • bow and shamrock pattern pieces
Begin by wrapping your wreath form in yarn.  I pushed a couple of straight pins right into the styrofoam to secure the end of the yarn to the wreath, then wrapped and wrapped and wrapped it around the form until I liked the way it looked.  Once you have covered the form so that there are no gaps you could stop wrapping, but I kept going until I had used up all the yarn because I liked it better the fuller and thicker it got.  When you get to the end, use a couple more pins to secure it in place on the back of the wreath.

Now that the wreath base is ready, it’s time to craft up some embellishments!  Every St. Patrick’s day wreath needs shamrocks and they’re super easy to make out of felt.

St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Wreath at my3monsters.com

 How to Make a Felt Shamrock

Print out the pattern pieces for the shamrock and bow from the link above.  Cut 4 leaf pieces out of felt for each shamrock.  Glue the two bottom edges of each leaf together with a tiny bit of hot glue {see pic.2}, then glue the leaves together to form two sets {see pic.3}.  Finally, attach the two sets of leaves together {see pic.4}.  Flatten all four leaves together and use your scissors to snip off some of the bulk in the middle of the clover {see pic.5}.  This just makes it lay open flatter and prettier. {Notice the difference between pic.4 and pic.6?}  Cut a small stem out of felt and hot glue it to the base of the shamrock.

St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Wreath at my3monsters.com
I always felt like my local craft store didn’t have a very good selection of felt colors, so I did a little research a while back and started ordering wool felt online.  I get mine from an Etsy shop {just search for “wool felt”} and it comes in hundreds of colors.  It’s a tiny bit more expensive, but it cuts beautifully and I am a much happier crafter now.

St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Wreath at my3monsters.com
Make a few scrap fabric rosettes to add a little bit of extra color to the wreath, too.  In addition to regular rolled fabric rosettes, I made some of these pleated rosettes.  Just cut a square of felt {about 2-inches by 2-inches} for the back of the flower.  Tear a strip of fabric about 1½-inches wide.  Keep in mind that your finished rosette will be roughly twice as wide as you fabric strip is so the wider your fabric is, the larger your rosette will be. Form the rosette by attaching the end of the fabric strip to the felt square with a dab of hot glue, then continuing to dab glue and pleat the fabric all the way around until you get back around to where you started. You can finish off the center by hot gluing on a button or a small circle of felt.  I didn’t bother with that in this case because I knew I just wanted to use these flowers in the background and the other elements would cover up the centers.

I wanted my bow to be a little bit special on this wreath so I opted to sew one out of cute polka dot fabric instead of just tying ribbon.  It only takes a few minutes and some basic sewing skills:

St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Wreath at my3monsters.com
Cut the bow pattern pieces out of your fabric.  You’ll need two each of the bow front and bow tails pieces and one bow center.  With right sides together, sew around the perimeter of the bow front pieces, leaving a couple inches open in the middle of one of the longer sides to turn it right side out.  Do the same thing for the bow tails pieces.  Clip the corners and turn both pieces right side out, making sure to get all the corners pushed out nice and pointy.  Press them to get nice crisp edges.

While you are using your iron, press the long edges of the bow center piece to the back about ½-inch on each side.  Fold the piece in half and sew the two ends together {as shown in the top pic.}.  Stack the bow front on top of the bow tails and feed both pieces through the loop formed by the bow center.  Arrange the fabric until it lays right and you’re all done.

St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Wreath at my3monsters.com
It reminds me of a little leprechaun’s bow tie!  Now you just have to attach all your elements to the wreath base.  I started with my bow because it was the biggest piece and I knew I wanted it to be in the center.  You could hot glue it right where you want it, but I prefer to use straight pins on styrofoam wreaths.  They hold everything in place firmly and you can remove them without damaging the whole wreath.  That means you could use this same basic wreath over and over again by simply pinning on different decorative elements for each season!  I try to hide the heads of my pins within the natural folds of the fabric or layers of elements so they’re completely invisible.  For this bow, I lifted the edges of the bow front and stuck two or three pins in on each side.

Play around with the layout of your rosettes and shamrocks until you are happy with the way it looks.  I went a little bit asymmetrical to keep it interesting.  Pin all the elements to the wreath base in the same way you did the bow, hiding all the pins as best you can.

St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Wreath at my3monsters.com St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Wreath at my3monsters.com

A little bit of green and white is always a breath of fresh air in the early spring. I have high hopes that these 4-leaf clovers will bring some luck our way this year. At the very least it will welcome our friends and family and we feel super lucky already to have them around!

Have a great day everyone!

Amy


3 comments:

  1. I love that wreath and the bow is my favorite part! Can I ask you where you got that polka dot material! It's adorable!

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    1. Thanks! I got the polka dot fabric at Hobby Lobby -- I loved it, too!

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  2. I love it...grat job...
    Hugs
    Bego

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