In my quest to have the best holiday decorations in the hood, I have decided to expand my outdoor decorating to St. Patrick’s Day. A bit of Irish luck never hurt, and besides, those leprechauns are so creepily cute. The first St. Patty’s project will be these easy, peasy wooden shamrocks for my garden bed.
To make these shamrocks you will need the following:
- Scrap wood
- Shamrock stencil
- Sand paper
- Green spray paint
- Wooden stakes
- Wood screws
- Palm Sander
- Power drill
1. Use a stencil, or free draw, a shamrock onto the wood. These stencils are actually holiday wall decorations from the dollar store.
2. Secure the wood to a table with a couple of clamps and use a jigsaw to cut out the shamrock shapes. My first shamrock was tricky to cut out, but by the last one, I was a pro.
3. With a palm sander, smooth the rough edges of the shamrocks.
4. To prep the boards for paint, dust them off with a clean cloth.
5. Give them a light coat of green paint and allow to dry. Repeat.
6. Since these shamrocks will be seen from both sides, flip them over and repeat step 5.
7. Prep the stakes you will be using. I choose these wooden contractor shims. Cut them in half and prep them for installation by presetting them with a wood screw.
8. Find a spot in your lovely garden to display the shamrocks. Use a hammer to pound the stake into the ground.
9. Secure the shamrock onto the stake from behind.
10. Add a quick squirt of green spray paint to camouflage the stake.
The extra flowers and flags were dollar store finds. I just snipped the flowers from the bunch and stuck them straight into the ground. Same with the little flags. I think they added that extra something to the display.
There you have it, some very cute St. Patty’s Day shamrocks. Try to beat that neighbors! What do you think? How do you decorate for St. Patrick’s Day? Be sure to check back as I take this display to the next level.