I’m not a huge fan of St. Patrick’s Day. I think it’s because I was scared for life by the movie Leprechaun. There were FIVE sequels made (2, 3, 4, 5, and Leprechaun in the Hood). Why? Anyway, for my husband’s namesake, I thought I ought to get into the spirit. I was inspired by this beautiful image. I love the organic feel and versatility of twigs, not to mention they are free! I didn’t want to shell out money for a holiday I don’t really love.
It was 50 degrees last week, which felt tropical compared to all the polar vortex we’ve had this winter. L and I took advantage of the springlike temps and went on a walk to find some twigs. It was definitely more like a quest. There were piles of snow at every corner, half shoveled sidewalks and puddles from the melting snow. Finding twigs was a difficult task. Imagine the excitement when I saw these guys with little buds on them.
I climbed on top of a huge mound of snow (easily over 5 feet) as L watched in the stroller. I wish I took a picture to help you understand the struggle. I’m pretty sure people were starring, but I didn’t care. Nothing screams “spring” like budding trees er twigs!
Returned from our quest with bundles of twigs, I remembered a frame I bought on clearance from Hobby Lobby for a dollar. I put the frame on top of each branch to find a pairing I liked.
I gave the winning branch a fitting by trimming some of the sprigs. I left a few hanging outside of the frame to keep it natural and playful. Then I secured the twig to the frame via tape.
What’s St. Patrick’s Day without something green? I dug out my stash of random paint chips (I’m a closet hoarder) and picked out a few pretty green colors. You might recognize this picture from our Instagram sneak peek.
I free handed a few little triangles.
Taped those babies to some twine.
Tied the mini flags to my framed twig.
The back of the flags are not so pretty. You may have noticed it from the reflection in the mirror. If I have time I will cut out a few more triangles to tape to the back.
I think I will leave it up for L’s birthday and Easter. I just need to change up the ribbon and the flags. I may even break this baby out for Christmas. Endless possibilities and I only spent a dollar! I’m pretty proud of myself.
Have you seen Leprechaun in the Hood starring Ice T? Thoughts?