Interchangeable St. Patrick's Day Wreath

I absolutely loved how the Interchangeable Valentine's Day Wreath turned out and I was eager to see how switching the wreath over for the next holiday was... and seriously, it was CRAZY EASY! I'm so excited about all the possibilities for this because I think the St. Paddy's Day one turned out gorgeously!


Here's what I used for this one...

  • Green felt (a variety of greens)
  • White felt
  • Velcro strips
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Thread, embroidery floss, needles, straight pin
  • Scissors
  • Sequins, beads
  • Clover/shamrock template/shape
  • Felt scraps, cotton balls or batting
Basically, I got out my Valentine's Day wreath, untied the red ribbon and then detached the puffy hearts so I had the plain wreath again...


I made the little shamrocks over a period of time... it was nice and relaxing to be able to spend some time doing that while watching TV or taking study breaks or waiting for a stats model to finish running (the exciting life I lead, I know)! I basically printed out some shamrock and clover shapes on cardstock, cut those out, pinned them on felt and cut out the felt shamrocks.


I had fun picking out different colors, sequins, and beads. I sewed the beads as well as the sequins on with regular thread. I used embroidery floss for the outside of the shamrocks (to sew the back and front together) and to make embroidered designs. I had fun playing with the embroidery stuff and looking for inspiration online (not that I have anything really awesome to show you all or help, but it was fun to look)!



I definitely recommend making a few little shamrocks or clovers and trying to vary the size of these guys because it makes them easier to fit together on your wreath... 


It took quite a lot of these, but I already had everything except the green felt on hand, so it cost almost nothing and I had fun making each one a little different! (And to be honest, I did buy a little winder thing to help me wind and organize my embroidery floss... and I bought little plastic bobbins to help that work too... but I'm calling that an organization and storage expense...)


Once I had all the shamrocks laid out, I cut out my felt. I cut it about the same way that I did with the Valentine's Day wreath.


I arranged the clovers and shamrocks onto the two pieces - the longer one and the shorter square one and glued them all down (sorry I didn't think to get pics of this process).

Then, I put velcro on top of the pieces already on the wreath...


Peel off the backing, add some hot glue for good measure, and glue on the felt pieces to the velcro. Then, you just tie a ribbon through there and admire your work!




I'm trying to come up with a way to re-use the ribbons so that next St. Paddy's Day, I can just get the bag of clovers out and the green ribbon and attach it all and hang it up. So I just tied the ribbon around the inside of the wreath in a sort of loose knot and then used straight pins to attach the knot to the back of the wreath...


You just hang up the little loop and voila! Finished wreath and you didn't have to store the old one and you can re-use them for the next holidays!


And when St. Paddy's Day is over, I can just pull of the velcro pieces... you can see how easy it is...


But it holds in place easily and you can't tell unless you're right on top of the wreath and pulling it apart (the boyfriend didn't even realize the Valentine's Day one was interchangeable until I showed him last night and he walks in the door all the time and see this thing)! But here's the proof - as the Valentine wreath and as the St. Paddy's Day wreath...


I'd love it if you made your own (and showed it to me)!


I'm sharing this at my favorite conferences, including this one:





UPDATE: I finally realized that I got the idea for my interchangeable wreath from Haley at Life with Lucy! You can check out her gorgeous peacock attachment here at her blog. I'm sorry I couldn't figure out where I got this idea until now, but you should all check out her awesome blog!

54 comments :

  1. I love the idea of an interchangeable wreath! So clever! Happily following via Linky.

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  2. So clever! What a great way to stay in season! My mind is racing... red, white, and blue stars for Independence day, flowers for summer, leaves for fall. So many ideas! Thanks for sharing!

    Found you on Happy Our Projects
    Visiting from Well Rounded, leahkoenig.blogspot.com

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  3. That looks like so much fun, very creative! Have a great weekend.

    Mandy

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  4. I love your wreath. Thanks for sharing. I am going to have to make my own version!
    Found you on Happy Hour Projects.
    Visiting from 1orangegiraffe.blogspot.com
    Vicky

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  5. Dag Bug It, Just a southern saying I made up ,. ha,ha, you did it again on these wreaths,,, Seen wreaths in store expensive I would not buy one but these are worth my money..Great Job Dear..

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  6. This is so cute!!! i love how you can change it out too!!! So creative! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  7. BRILLIANT! This is such a great idea...fun, pretty, and practical! Thanks so much for sharing at this week's BFF Open House!

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  8. Your shamrocks are divine!! (So were the hearts). What a great idea. Love your style! Pinning!
    Igottacreate.blogspot.com
    "Kiss Me I'm Irish" linky party is now open.

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  9. I am inviting you come and be part of my blog hop:
    http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/2012/02/stuffed-green-peppers-show-your-stuff.html

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  10. Love this wreath! How adorable! So glad we found each other through the blog hop! Your blog layout is adorable!!

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  11. Super idea. I love being able to change up decor depending on the season and this makes it so easy. Brilliant. (newest linky follower)

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  12. WOW! Your shamrocks are to die for. Great job.

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  13. I LOVE that this is interchangeable, that makes so much more sense than buying multiple wreaths or totally re-doing one for each holiday. And felt embellishments are totally adorable anyway!

    Returning the Linky Love from Happy Hour Projects, thanks for coming by this weekend! :)

    Adrianne
    www.happyhourprojects.com

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  14. I have featured you today!!! Go check it out! http://bubblynaturecreations.com/2012/02/project-party-weekend-wrap-up-get-your-green-on.html

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  15. What a genius idea! If I hadn't made most of my wreaths I would be tempted to get rid of them all and just have one like this. I'm sure I've missed some holidays. I might just have to make one any way!

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  16. What a great idea for a wreath being interchangeable. I am glad you found me, I am your newest follower! I have a blog hop starting tomorrow and a linky party on Thursday and would love it if you would stop by and link up!
    Kim@madeinaday
    http://madeinaday.com

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  17. Super cute wreaths. Thanks for sharing at Bacon Time.

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  18. Adorable!!! I haven't seen one this cute!

    Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

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  19. YES!!! Finally a wreath you can just change out for the different holidays!! Such a great idea!!! Thanks for sharing this on Fancy This Fridays this last week!
    ~Kassi @ Truly Lovely

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  20. Your wreath is too cute! I would love it if you linked up at my party going on now! (It's my very first one!!)

    Jill
    www.jillifyit.com

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  21. WOW! LOVE this wreath!! Great detail. Love that you can reuse it for different holidays. So awesome! Loving your blog. Now following you via linky followers. Would love for you to come visit and follow back it you like :)

    http://fitcraftystylishandhappy.blogspot.com/

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  22. Looks amazing Mel!!!

    www.uncommondesignsonline.com

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  23. How cute and SMART to use velcro! Great details on the shamrocks... how do you find time to make all these? Can't wait to see the next "interchange" =) xo

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  24. Super cute! I love that it's interchangeable!! Thanks so much for linking up at Cutesy Monday!

    XO! Kathryn
    destinationcraft.blogspot.com

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  25. Darling! I love the felt shamrocks! I've made a few interchangeable wreaths myself lately. I haven't done a St. Patty's day yet though. I was thinking pipe cleaners maybe? Thanks for sharing!

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  26. BRILLIANT... thats such a fabulous idea! totally loved this wreath!!

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  27. Beautiful wreath! And I LOVE the idea of making things that are interchangeable! Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites! I'm featuring you this week!

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  28. Great wreath!! I love the idea!! Thanks for sharing!

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  29. What a great idea!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!! I hope you will share with us again this week!

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  30. So glad you shared this at our LInk It Up Thursday party.

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  31. I love your wreath!! I think your felt shamrocks are so crazy cute and I love that you can change it out easily!! So smart!! I featured you today! http://www.flamingotoes.com/2012/03/crush-of-the-week-think-pink-features-41/

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  32. This is such a cute idea Mel! Love it!
    Thanks for linking up to this week's Catch a Glimpse party! I featured this today! :)

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  33. I love this project. I hope you will stop by and link up to my St. Patty's Day Project Parade.

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  34. I love this and it is such a great idea....and both holiday colors go great on the gray! I would love for you to stop by our naturally-Nifty Linky Party and link this and any other great projects you have up!

    http://www.natural-nester.blogspot.com/2012/02/naturally-nifty-linky-party-4.html

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  35. Thank You for participating in Show Your Stuff Blog Hop, You are invited to come back:
    http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/2012/03/show-your-stuff-13-chocolate-cover.html

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  36. this looks so cute, Mel! We are featuring this today! ^^)

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  37. What a fantastic idea! I am featuring it today:

    http://www.thegunnysack.com/2012/03/who-was-stuffed-in-gunny-sack-week-27.html

    Stop by and grab an I Was STUFFED button! :)

    ~Tonia

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  38. I Love it! I especially love all the crazy little details on EACH individual shamrock! Awesome! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo party.. can't wait to see what you create for the rest of the holidays!

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  39. This is such a great idea. One wreath, endless possibilities! I'd love you to share your post at my St. Patty's link party. :)

    http://whitelightsonwednesday.blogspot.com/2012/02/st-patricks-day-linky-party.html

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  40. Great idea!! Had to feature this at this week's Mop It Up Mondays! Thanks so much for linking up. Would be delighted for you to stop by again!
    http://www.ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com/2012/03/mop-it-up-mondays-6-winners-announced.html

    {HUGS},
    kristi

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  41. So it must be obvious by now that I love your style. :D and featured you yet again this week on Motivated Monday at Becolorful
    pam

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  42. that green/gray combo is so darling! i love this idea! have been meaning to make one since last month when you did the awesome valentine's one! thanks for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday!

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  43. I love it, and the interchangableness is perfect! I'm featuring it tonight on Topsy Turvy Tuesdays!

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  44. I've featured this at today's party & on Pinterest. Stop by & grab a Featured On button. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday at Sew Can Do:)

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  45. I've featured your post on this week's "A Little Birdie Told Me...". Come on by, grab a button, and join the party!

    Jenn

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  46. We don't celebrate St Patrick's Day here (Netherlands), but I love the shamrocks and the different greens you used! Liz

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  47. How clever!!! I LOVE the velcro idea so it can be reused for different holidays...fab!

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  48. Love this and perfectly seasonal. I'd love to have you join me at Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  49. Love this!! I just featured this project on my blog today: http://seevanessacraft.com/2012/03/5-crafty-st-patricks-day-ideas/

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  50. D-lightful!! I'm sharing this in a 5 for Friday ~ St. Patrick's Day Wreaths Roundup on my blog today, with one pic and a link back to this post. Good craftin' girl!

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