Want to throw a celebration for St. Patrick’s Day? You don’t need the luck of the Irish to pull off a party with unique decorations; these simple and fresh ideas only take a little time and a few dollars, and your St. Patty’s bash will be as cute as it is fun. Erin go Bragh!
When I think of St. Patrick’s Day, I think of rainbows and shamrocks. And since I love colors, I decided to make decorations in a rainbow of colors for St. Patrick’s Day (with plenty of green, of course).
First, I made circle dot garland with colorful paper – red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. It’s so easy to make this garland, yet it looks so creative and impressive! You only need paper, ribbon or string, tape and a circle punch. Using the punch, just cut out the circles and then attach them to the ribbon or string with tape. THAT’S IT. For real. Just hang the garland and you’re done. Told you it was easy.
3-D Hanging Felt Shamrocks
My idea of celebrating St. Patty’s Day mostly involves sipping down shamrock shakes, so I obviously had to include shamrocks for the decorations. But instead of cutting shamrocks out of green paper and hanging them, I made 3-D shamrocks from green felt. Here’s the how-to:
- Cut out the shamrock “leaves” from green felt. You’ll need three “leaves” for each shamrock, so you can make about two shamrocks from one sheet of felt (if your shamrocks are smaller, you can make even more from one sheet). But how exactly do you make the leaves? No worries – I’ve made this simple Felt Shamrocks Template for you. Just print it out and use it as your guide for cutting out the shamrock leaves.
- Next, use a large yarn needle and yarn to string three “leaves” together, weaving the yarn through each leaf twice at the flat bottom side. Pull the yarn tight to gather the “bottoms” of the leaves together and tie with a knot; cut off any extra yarn. If you’d like, you can also leave a couple extra inches of yarn that can be twisted and tied to make a stem.
- Then pull a long piece of yarn through each shamrock using the needle. Space the shamrocks evenly apart along the yarn.
- Finally, decorate your space! Hang the shamrocks from the ceiling or as a banner or garland above a table or on a mantle.
Rainbow Marshmallow Cake
Every party needs a cake. (I mean the whole point of having a party is to make an excuse to eat cake.) I gave my St. Patrick’s Day a rainbow-twist with very little effort. I made marshmallow buttercream frosting and divided it into six bowls. Then I dyed the frosting in each bowl a different color (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple). Next, I frosted a layer cake with the rainbow of icing colors, starting with red at the bottom and working up to purple at the top and carefully blending each color together (creating a sort of rainbow-ombre effect). I finished the cake by putting marshmallows around the bottom – the cloud with the rainbow, get it?