On March 17, everyone is Irish, right? Any why not, a day filled with parades, leprechauns, shamrocks, gold coins, corned beef, and perhaps a little stout sounds like a lot of fun. Today, I’m sharing a St. Patrick’s’ Day Rainbow Yarn Wreath while there’s still plenty of time to wrap it up before the big day. With shamrocks, gold coins and a rainbow, this easy St. Patrick’s Day Yarn Wreath just might bring a little luck your way . . .
To make a St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Yarn Wreath, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath
- Yarn: Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple
- Felt: green and black
- Small wooden discs, 14 or so
- Acrylic craft paint in gold
- Gold glitter
- Clear sealer
- Gold cord, 6”
- Ribbon: 1” x 18” and ½” x 8”, green
- Fiberfill, small handful
- Thick, white craft glue
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; sharp pencil; needle & thread; sewing machine (optional)
To make a St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Yarn Wreath:
1. Mark 12” equal sections around the wreath; score a line between each section.
2. Starting with red yarn, wrap one section on the wreath, pinning and gluing the yarn ends to the back of the wreath. Continue wrapping the wreath, section by section, in this order: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple. You’ll need to use each color twice to cover the wreath. A few hints:
- Wind each yarn skein into a ball so that it’s easier to wrap around the wreath.
- Wrap the yarn as close as you can.
- If there are any gaps, wrap backwards, and then forwards again to fill in the space.
3. Paint wood discs gold, and sprinkle with gold glitter while wet. Let paint dry. When dry, spray or brush-on a clear sealer.
4. Cut 6 – 7 shamrocks from green felt.
5. To make the black bag, fold in half a 3” x 6” rectangle of black felt, forming a 3” square. Stitch sides together with a ¼” seam. Turn bag right side out. Stuff bag with a small amount of Fiberfill. Using needle & thread, run a gathering stitch around the bag, ½” from the top. Gently pull the thread, gathering the top, and knot the thread. Tie a gold cord around the gathers. Glue a few coins “spilling out” from the top.
6. Center the bag along the bottom of the wreath and glue in place.
7. Referring to photo, glue on shamrocks and gold coins.
8. Tie 1” ribbon in a bow, and glue to front of wreath.
9. Tie ½” ribbon into a loop, and pin and glue to the back of the wreath for a hanger.
Every year, around dinnertime on St. Patrick’s Day, I wish I had planned ahead for a dinner of corned beef, cabbage and potatoes. And perhaps this year I shall. How about you? Do you have any St. Patrick’s Day traditions?