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
- Sequins, beads
- Clover/shamrock template/shape
- Felt scraps, cotton balls or batting
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!
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!