It has been a while since I’ve made a wreath of any kind so I thought St Patrick’s Day would be the perfect time. It was also a chance to use my glue gun!Here are a list of supplies that I used:
- Grapevine wreath
- Primed canvas
- Acrylic paint/brushes
- Gold cord
- Hot glue gun
- Light colored pencil
The first thing that I did was paint the primed canvas with a bunch of different green acrylic paints. I also used a beige for highlights. I used a leftover piece of canvas from my growth chart project and was very random with the colors. You can purchase primed canvas in a pad at most arts and craft stores. If you don’t have, or can’t find, canvas, watercolor paper, bristol board or even poster-board would work as well.
While I was waiting for the paint to dry, I cut burlap into 1″x6″ strips and tied them onto my grapevine wreath. I decided to only put the strips on a little more than 1/2 the wreath. Make sure you add some to the sides as well as the top.Once the paint was dry, I used templates I had cut out of paper to draw the shamrocks onto the canvas. I traced the shapes with a light colored pencil so that I could see the lines and then cut out all of my shamrocks. You can download the template for the shamrocks here.I then used my hot glue gun to attach the different sizes of canvas to the wreath, tucking the shamrocks in amongst the burlap ties.
I felt that the wreath needed a touch of gold…after all, it is for St Patrick’s Day!! I had this gold cord left over from some ornaments I made a few years ago and it was perfect to add a little bling to my wreath. I glued 5″ pieces of cord in loops and then glued them into the wreath.
I also decided to add gold acrylic highlights to all my shamrocks for another bit of sparkle! The wreath is an inexpensive and easy project to make. If you keep the glue on the shamrocks to just a dab to hold them in place, you could pop them off after the holiday and replace them with Easter eggs!!
What other substitutions could you make to the shamrocks so that you could use the wreath multiple times?