Shamrock Wreath Supplies
- Form of a Shamrock wreath
- 1.5 to 2 rolls of burlap- I used 1.5 rolls of Ashland 20ft burlap from Michael’s. This was the only item that I didn’t get from Dollar Tree.
- St. Patrick’s Day print scarf
- hot glue gun
- Hamrock pick or foam scatter
Start Adding Burlap
If you’ve ever made a regular, round burlap bubble wreath, this is very similar. Start at the section of the Shamrock to the left from the stem. I didn’t bother tying the end of the burlap to the form because I’ve done so many burlap wreaths that I can hold it in and know that it’ll hold fine when it’s full. If you don’t think you’ll be able to keep it in until the first section is full, tie the end to the middle crossbar before you begin. To create a bubble-like effect, slide the burlap horizontally into a ring at the end of the form (the middle of your stem).
Push another “bubble” into the outside ring so that you have two horizontal rows of burlap.
Push those two “bubbles” toward the crossbar where you began.
Continue to slide in burlap bubbles and pushing them together. You make the sections as full and tight or as loose and wide (as long as it’s close enough to hold it in) as you’d like. Between the crossbars, I think I added 7 to 9 rows worth of burlap.
Adding a new roll
I ran out of roll quickly, even though I started with half a roll. You can just tuck the end into one of the previous bubbles if you run out of the roll. Start a new roll and tie it on if needed. This time you’ll have to tie it where you’re starting, but under the bubbles that you’ve already created so it doesn’t show. I didn’t tie mine; I just began adding more bubbles.
Continue to add burlap to the form until you return to the place you started.
When you’ve pushed the last bubble through, turn the wreath over. Cut the burlap about 3-4″ from the form. Give yourself enough room to tuck the burlap in so it doesn’t come undone.
Finally turn the wreath over and fluff the bubbles and cover any the wire any place that it’s showing through.
Cover the Shamrock Wreath’s “Stem”
Now that the leaves are complete, it’s time to cover the stem. Initial, I used the bubble method to cover the stem. It’s possible to do this, but it felt too blended in. I covered it with a piece of burlap.
Place your burlap on your work surface. The burlap tends not to unravel so I folded the top down about an inch before adding it to the stem. I didn’t get a picture of that, but just fold it and run your finger over the fold a few times to make it stay. If you need to you can glue it down you can, but I didn’t need to. Turn the wreath upside down and place the stem on top. Cut it about 1″ or so below the end of the stem.
Use hot glue to attach one of the wires to the other end and then fold the edge over the wire. I glued it near the seam to allow me to trim the width of the other side before glueing it down. Add glue to the bottom of the fabric and press it on.
Burlap is wider that the stem and will double back towards the front. Cut about 12 inch from the wire.
Glue the burlap side to the wire. Don’t worry about gluing the top of the piece to anything, you need it free for the next step.
Take your St. Patrick’s Day print scarf and feed it through the open space at the top of the stem and put the other side through the middle of the wreath.
As you would a hair bow or shoe, tie the scarf in a bow. Adjust the bow so that it’s even.
If you can’t find a scarf or have ribbon that is perfect for a shamrock wreath, you can use this tutorial to make an easy loopy bow. If you’re horrible at holding ribbon loops together, there’s also this super easy tutorial that makes a loopy bow without that issue. It’s so easy my 10-year-old son can make it (not that he wants to lol)!
Your shamrock wreath can be hung!
That’s it! It’s that simple! The bow’s tails are very long. You can leave them like that or cut them, but I’m always reusing supplies, so I just folded them under. This way, I can reuse the scar for another purpose.
After I had hung my wreath, however, I decided that I wanted to add a little more. I tried pushing the shamrock pick through the wreath, but I didn’t like that too much. I took the pick out and placed the shamrock in a bow. Because the burlap and the bow were dense, the shamrock was not held in place by glue. It’s great because I can now take it off if necessary.
I had some foam scatter-shamrocks and I wanted to see how it would turn out. It was cute. I took them out and left the shamrock in the bow. You can add them to yours with glue. If you like it, keep them.
I thought the perfect scripture to go along with today’s post is from Psalm 23 ESV, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie in green pastures. He leads me beside still water. He restores my soul.” As the world gets crazier and crazier, just remember that Jesus is there to shepherd you through life. He will provide everything you need. When times are tough, turn to Him for help. He will restore your mind and body.
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