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Moss Covered Shamrock


moss covered shamrocks

St. Patrick’s day has always been an ignored holiday in our house in terms of décor—I usually jump from winter straight into spring. People always assume I go all out for St. Patrick’s day because I’m the pastiest of white and have freckles. So, in the spirit of my wee sliver of Irish roots, I figured I had to try and get at least one shamrock or something going on.

If you couldn’t tell from my other posts, we don’t really feature loud colors or glittery accents at our house. We’re a bit more subdued and au naturel ‘round these parts. When I saw this on Etsy, I knew two things: one, that it would fit in perfectly with our style, and two, I could make that sucker on my own.

What you need:

  • 1/4” plywood—I used leftover from my Berry T Wreath post

  • a print out of your shamrock –- I free styled a large version based off of a smaller print out

  • Jigsaw

  • Sandpaper

  • Spray Paint- optional

  • Moss—I used sheet moss found at any craft store

  • Glue Gun

Step 1:

Print out your shamrock so you can trace it onto your wood OR draw a shamrock freestyle on your wood.

Step 2:

Power up your jigsaw and get to cutting. Be patient while cutting, as it is more difficult to cut curves rather than straight lines. Is it wrong that I always want to say “get jiggy with it” whenever I mention a jigsaw in my projects? It’s one of my absolute favorite tools!

moss shamrockStep 3:

Give it a quick sand to ensure you don’t have any shards of wood that are exposed—we don’t want any splinters.

Step 4:

As with my Berry T Wreath, I chose to spray paint the wood before covering it. I did not want the natural wood color showing on the edges of the shamrock, so I gave one coat of spray paint to the sides and top of the shamrock.

moss covered shamrock

Step 5:

Trace your shamrock onto the back of your moss sheet and cut it out.
(Does anyone else think of Joey from Full House whenever they hear this phrase, or am I the only weirdo?)

moss covered shamrockStep 6:

Using your glue gun, apply your moss. Be prepared for a bit of a mess—moss sheds!

moss covered shamrock

Now, I know that some stores carry moss that has adhesive on the back– no such luck for this girl. If you find that type of moss, I would imagine that the adhesive on the back would be sufficient to adhere to the wood, no glue gun necessary– talk about easy!

moss covered shamrocks

What moss covered crafts have you made lately?!

St. Patrick’s Day Easy Paper DIY Banner

Easy Paper Banner

What’s that? You like my banner? Oh, thanks. It only took me less than 10 minutes. It’s an Easy Paper DIY Banner. What’s that, you want to hit me? You won’t after this post. Because you, too, can create this ridiculously cute banner in less than ten minutes and act nonchalant when your pal compliments you on it.

I imagine the exchange to go like this:

-“Cute Banner”

-”Oh, this old thing? It took me ten minutes”

-<eyes roll>


So, here’s the latest quick and easy project for you all (See, I told you that most of my projects are quick and easy. Like my Burlap Bunting, and my Easy Burlap Bubble Wreath, and my ridiculously easy mantel).

St. Patrick's day Banner I’m still not sure whether you call it bunting, or garland, or  a banner. So, from here on out, I will be calling it a “bgr.” I hope that doesn’t stand for something unsavory, but I’m just gonna choose not to google it, and just hope for the best.

Anyway, this BGR (bunting/garland/banner) is a quick one.

Here’s what you’ll need for your Easy DIY Banner:

Assorted Paper and a heart hole punch:

St. Patrick's Day banner

I spent way too much time in the paper aisle at JoAnn’s.
I really thought the grass paper was cute, but I also picked up three plaids.

Some pages from a book (I had an old geography text book that I decided to use) or newspaper, or scrapbook paper, or whatever your little heart desires:

Easy Paper DIY Banner

See that Geography class from freshman year is useful.





-A hole punch

Here’s what you’ll do for your Easy Paper DIY Banner:

Brace yourselves because this is ridiculously easy.

1. Punch some hearts out of your paper of choice (You’ll need three hearts per pennant)

IMG_41982. Fold your hearts in half.

3. Cut a “V” or a triangle out of your page/soon to be pennant.

Paper Garland4. Arrange the hearts on the page in a shamrock style fashion, add a stem, then glue.

Easy Paper DIY Banner5. Punch two holes in each pennant and thread ribbon through each pennant.

6. Hang.

Easy Paper DIY Banner

7. Revel in your brilliance with a TON of pictures.

Easy Paper DIY BannerEasy Paper DIY BannerSt. Patrick's Day BannerSt. Patrick's Day PennantSt. Patrick's Day Garland

Okay, Okay, I’ll stop with the pictures. But seriously, the level of ease of this project is not indicative of the level of cuteness of this BGR. Give it a try, and when your friends compliment you on it, let me know if your exchange with them goes as I predicted!



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