Sunday, January 27, 2013

St. Patrick's Door Wreath

A few weeks ago, I was surfing through a craft link-up and ran across a Valentine Wreath over at Irish Italian Blessings using socks.  I thought it was a neat idea.  Well, since there is just one little boy in our house, who is obsessed with St. Patrick's Day this year and has little interest in Valentine's Day so far, I thought it'd be fun to try to do in green.  So a few days later I walk into Target, and there are St. Patrick's Day socks in the dollar aisle!  In January! Perfect! It was a sign.

So I picked some up, and off I went to JoAnns to pick up a few other cheap things to put on our wreath, and Voila! Might be a little early to be planning for St. Patrick's Day, but I figure it'll be here before we know it.

The hardest part of making it was cutting through the wreath.. I tried a couple of different ways which failed and settled on the hedge clippers.

**Note to self: Next time, buy one of those smooth foam wreaths that you can cut through with a sharp knife.  This will also help protect your knuckles from all of the scrapes they will get from sliding the socks in place and it will all go much smoother.**

I also might leave out the black socks if I did it again.. but, there was no way I was taking them all off to get the black ones out.  They kept snagging on the wreath..

Our supplies:

Socks, wreath, package of foam shamrock shapes, grosgrain ribbon, and a couple of wire door hangers with some bells on them.

It maybe took all of an hour to make.  Oh, and I am SOOO NOT good at making those cool swanky bows that some people are really good at.  Maybe the grosgrain ribbon wasn't the best choice.  I just happen to love grosgrain ribbon for some reason.  I should really learn to make bows.  But it doesn't look too bad.

The book that inspired my son's interest in St. Patrick's Day (which he received at his school Christmas book exchange) is all about two kids who set traps to catch a leprechaun, so he can tell them where the gold is.. guess what we'll be doing?  Yep, making traps and trying to catch a leprechaun.  A. is soo excited.  (I may or may not have found a tiny Lego-leprechaun, that may or may not show up in one of the traps we set holding a note that points to a tiny amount of chocolate gold coins.) :) I would never have thought that St. Patrick's Day would be one of those holidays that we would be looking forward to with excitement, but.. we are. ;) A. is excited to make the leprechaun traps, too.  In a few weeks, we'll recycle some cans or boxes and start our trap-making.

For now, our wreath is inside, but after Valentine's Day is over, it will be hanging here on the door.

I found this website, Irish Blessings, Sayings, and other stuff @, where I found this:

Bless you and yours,
As well as the cottage you live in.
May the roof overhead be well thatched, 
And those inside be well matched.

Have a great week!


p.s. Is there NOTHING in this house that my son won't turn into a toy?


Anonymous said...

It turned out pretty but I think I would have used a syrofoam wreath ring. It would have been smooth. How many socks did that take? ♥

Lisa Lisa said...

I love how it turned out! How exciting to set traps to catch a leprechaun!

A Lego leprechaun? Awesome! Your wreath looks fab.

Claire said...

I love it! I love the toilet paper too - how clever is your boy.

Maria said...

A great St Pat's Wreath...

Lol, can't wait to hear all about the trapped leprechauns ;o)

Cath said...

so happy to see your wreath at last. I was so intrigued to see those socks turned into a wreath! You did a terrific job and I like the addition of the shamrocks and bells. Hope the little guy likes it! Also love your idea of trapping a leprechaun. He is going to love that.
Cath @ Bits 'n Bobs

Anonymous said...

How fun! Yes, those $1 socks were definitely a sign! Don't you love it when a project comes together like that...So many holidays right now, so little time! This is such a cute idea, Happy St Pat's!

Remington said...

VERY NICE! You are so creative!

That's a pretty neat wreath. I used to do more crafty things like you....when I was younger like you! ha!

You are so creative!!

Wendy said...

Lovely Kelli, very green!! Hugs Wendy

Anonymous said...

Cute wreath! I love the glittery shamrocks and the hanging bells!

Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party

Kat said...

What a cute idea! I happen to love Valentine's Day (my maiden name is Valentine) so I am going to see if I've already missed all the $1 V-Day socks. If so, I'll skip to St. Patrick's Day instead! (Or just do both!) Do you know how many socks you used?

My girls set a trap last year... it was a big empty coffee can and they filled it with leaves. They didn't catch anything, but I like the plans you "may or may not have" and may have to borrow that idea :-).

not that your wreath isn't utterly fantastic, but that toilet paper roll at the end was by far my favorite part of this post! my cat turns toilet paper rolls into fake snow, sprinkled all throughout the house. But smiley faces? Brilliant.

and super cute wreath. have fun on st pats!

Aww it turned out amazing! Great job, better than the original by far :)

LOVE the wreath, and the toilet paper is just a total bonus. I would like to thank every preschool and Kindergarten teacher ever for creating yet another thing I have to lie to my children about and sneak around secretly to pull off and in many cases mess up my house over. You have a much better attitude than I do, girl. Here we turned the toilet water green and called it a day. Thankfully a few weeks ago they all pulled me aside to tell me they know the Easter Bunny and the Leprechauns are me. Two down, one to go. :)

Socks! What a clever idea!! :) Thanks for linking up to The Weekly Creative.

Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

I just don't think that St. Patrick's Day Wreath could be any more perfect! I love your gross-grain ribbon Bow and everything! How many socks did it take??

Kris said...

Oh, my gosh, Kelli - This is the cutest thing ever!! Does your son just love it?? And you for making it for him?? The TP face is darling!! I think you have an artist in the making!!

Such a cute wreath. What's wrong with smiling toilet paper?

Kelli, it's such a cute little wreath! I'm sure your little man likes it. Thank you for sharing this at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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