There are quite a few crafts for St. Patrick’s Day that allow you to make your own decorations. Learning how to make a St. Patrick’s Day garland is one good example. You can save the money on buying the garland in stores. Since you are making the garland yourself, you will be able to pick out the pattern and design. This way your garland will look the way you want it to. You will not only save money and pick out your own design, but you can be creative and work on something fun.
You can make your garland out of materials such as cutouts, beads, and string. The materials can be found in stores that sell craft supplies, school supplies, or office supplies. The stores to check out include craft stores, Wal-Mart, Target, The Dollar Tree, Walgreens, and Rite-Aid. The prices for the supplies you need are usually affordable. There is a chance you will already have some of the materials around the house. The steps will take a little time and patience to complete. But when you are done you will have you own homemade garland to hang up on the wall, above the door, in the window, or even on the staircase railing.
Here are the materials, directions, and tips on how to make a St. Patrick’s Day garland. Some of the steps do have a few tips, so you should read through all of the directions before starting on the craft.
Note: This craft does involve the use of scissors. So if there are any young children working on this craft, then adult supervision is necessary.
Construction Paper (Green or White).
Shamrock or Four Leaf Clover Stencil (if needed).
String or Yarn.
Bead Stopper (optional).
1. Measure out the string or yard for your garland to the size you want. Make sure to leave a little extra room for tying the ends and/or hanging it up. Make sure the string is thick enough to hold everything without it sliding off of the ends. If you cannot find a thick string, then you will need to make smaller holes in your decorations (which will be addressed in step 3).
Remember: the longer the garland is, the more time you will need to work on it.
2. Draw out the decorations you want for your garland, such as shamrocks or four leaf clovers (or both). If you need help drawing them, you can always look for stencil in craft stores. The size of the decorations will be up to you. Remember, you will need to poke a hole in the top of each cutout.
An alternative would be to buy large St. Patrick’s Day craft confetti from craft stores. Look for the biggest craft confetti you can find. If they do not have holes in them, you will have to use the hole puncher on each one.
3. Punch a hole in the decorations you are planning to use. Try to punch the hole near the top center, but not close enough for it to rip.
You will be using beads for this craft. If you find that the hole puncher makes too big of a hole and the beads slide through or the decorations slide off, then you can gently create the holes in the decorations with a pin or pen. This may take a little more time, but it will be very helpful. Make sure the hole is big enough for the string to fit through and take your time creating the holes.
4. A pack or two of large beads will look nice and keep the decorations in place. Make sure the bead are big enough to for on the string. However, you want to be sure they won’t slide over the knot on each end of the string or through the holes in the decorations.
You may be able to find beads that come in St. Patrick’s Day themed shapes. The colors can include green, white, gold, and/or clear.
5. Think about the design you want for your garland. It may be helpful to lay out the design on the floor or table.
6. Use a bead stopper or place something heavy on one end of the garland, to keep the beads and cut out decorations from sliding off of the other end. You can find the bead stoppers in craft stores or something heavy around the house. Either one will work, but the bead stoppers will be easier to use. This way you won’t have to worry about pulling the string out from under the heavy object as you work.
7. When you are ready, carefully slide your beads and decorations onto the string. You want to take your time with this step. If you rush through it, it may cause you to mess up. Remember to allow enough room on the string to tie each end and tape it up.
Tip: If you run out of beads and cutouts, you can always add more or cut the string.
8. Carefully tie each end of the string in a knot. Make sure the beads and decorations can not slide off past the knot, even if you have to double or triple it. Some people will even place a drop of clear glue on the knot to keep it from coming untied.
9. When you are completely done creating and tying the garland, you can hang it up. An easy way to do it would be to use a Scotch Tape (or stronger tape if the Scotch Tape does not hold). You can hang it up on the wall, door, window, or wherever you would like.
An alternative would be to tie each end to a pushpin or wherever you are hanging it up.
You have just learned how to make a St. Patrick’s Day garland. Try this craft out and create your own garland for this holiday. Remember to take your time and do not rush through it. Rushing through it may cause you to make a mistake such as dropping the beads off of the string. If you take your time and work on the garland with patience, it can be very rewarding when you are done. You will have your own original garland to hang up and show off! Since you have come up with the design yourself, it will definitely stand out from the crowd! This craft can be done at home or as a project in school classrooms or child care centers. Families and classes can each work on a small garland or they can work on one big one together. When you are done creating your garland, hang it up and be proud of your newest creation!
Be creative and have fun learning how to make a St. Patrick’s Day garland! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!