If you are a regular visitor to our website, you have probably figured out by now that I looooooove to decorate my mantel, particularly for the holidays. It is the most cost-effective way to swap out decorations seasonally in my home. You can decorate a mantel with so many items already found in your home. I also adore crafting up something new for every holiday and season to add to my mantel to keep it fresh and exciting.
St. Patrick’s Day is no exception.
I decided it was time for some new art for my St. Pat’s mantel (because last year’s garland and art just weren’t enough!). Alas, last year’s art didn’t survive 365 days so I whipped up something new for my pretty green frame using a few random craft supplies from my
What You’ll Need
- Picture frame – I have a lovely green one I like to use
- White cardstock cut to fit your frame x2 – mine is 4×6″
- Washi tape – greens, golds and white will do the trick if you don’t have festive tape
- Adhesive foam circles – don’t have these? No problem, tape will also do just fine.
- Shamrock shape – I used my Cricut but this isn’t necessary – I’ll elaborate below
Let’s Get Crafting!
This is a majorly easy craft that will take you very little time which is my favourite type of craft.
Put your cardstock on a surface that won’t be affected by washi tape being stuck to it – I just used my craft room desk. There is no exact science to placing the washi tape but I started with the shamrock tape in the centre, placed on an angle. From there I worked my way up and down, lining up the edges of the washi tape in a pattern that suited my liking. Having some overhang stuck to your desk is helpful to keep the card from moving around.
Once you’ve taped your heart out, simply peel the card gently from your surface and wrap the edges around to the back. You’ll want them to be flush with the edges so it fits into your picture frame. Trim any pieces as necessary.
Now it’s time for the top layer: the pretty shamrock. For this, I used my Cricut but this isn’t mandatory. If you are opting to do this by hand, it will take you a bit of patience but I have faith in you! Find a shamrock template that you like online, size it in your preferred word processor to fit your frame and print it out. Cut out the shape and place to your liking on your un-taped piece of cardstock and trace around it with a pencil. Here comes the tricky part: Cut that lovely shamrock from the centre of the cardstock.
If you have a Cricut, lucky you! Make a rectangle the size of your frame. Next, insert a shamrock image and size to fit nicely on your rectangle. Once you’re happy with the placement, select both layers and then select Attach. It’s time to print! Attaching the images should make the machine cut out the rectangle and also cut out the shamrock from the centre of the rectangle.
Once you have your shamrock layer all set to go, stick some adhesive foam circles in a variety of spots on the back of it. I tried to put them on all of the cuts between the leaves & stem and near each of the four corners. Once you have stuck those on, peel off the other side of the stickers to expose the adhesive. Line it up over your washi tape-covered card and stick it on.
You did it! You made your very own festive St. Patrick’s Day washi tape art! Pop it in that frame and display it for your family and friends to enjoy. Erin go Bragh!
Looking for more great ideas on crafts, activities and food to celebrate St. Patricks Day: check these out.
Looking for a yummy green drink to enjoy on St Patrick’s Day? Try our Dairy-Free Shamrock Shake.
Andrea can always be found with a new craft in front of her, a form of technology on her right and a coffee on her left. This is how she survives suburbia with her two crazy toddlers in tow.