The front door needs some Irish swag, but I don’t want to spend a pot of gold. The dollar store is always my first stop for holiday décor inspiration. The trick is finding a way to sex up the cheap stuff up, so that it goes from trashy, to snazzy. This St. Patty’s Day Garland DIY will show you what I mean.
After browsing the St. Patty’s Day aisle, I found the following supplies:
Dollar Store Finds
- 3 Irish Scarves
- Faux Green & White Flowers
- Gold $ Necklaces
- Mini Leprechaun Hats
- Irish Flags
From my own collection of goodies I found:
On Hand Supplies:
- ‘Luck O’ Irish’ Sign
- Green Bows
- Green Floral Wire
- Wire Cutters
1. Make the base for the garland by tying the 3 scarves together using a simple knot. Leave an extra 4 inches or so, at the end of the knot, to use later.
2. Snip the faux flowers from the bunch. Arrange a small bouquet of 5 flowers with an Irish flag. Secure the bouquet with floral wire.
3. Add a length of wire to each scarf knot, this is how you will hang the garland above your doorway.
4. Once the scarves are secured at each corner, use the extra knot length to tie the bouquet onto the scarves. I choose to have the flowers facing downward for the prettiest view, and the flag upright to balance the corner. Use the extra length of fabric to hide the flower stems.
5. To create a small pouf of fabric on the side of the doorway, pinch the fabric together a few inches below the scarf’s midpoint. Using a small tack, pin the fabric to the wall about 3 inches up from the pinch point.
6. Add a bow to the bottom of the pouf by wiring it to the tack you just pinned. For directions on how to make your own homemade bow, check out this Bows Like A Pro DIY Quick Tip.
7. Attach the hat to the bow by securing the hat’s provided string, to the ribbon’s wire.
8. Hang a cute sign up at the top of your doorway. I found this cute ‘Luck O’ Irish’ sign at a craft store years ago. However, you can easily find something similar to this at most any store that carries holiday decorations. Or, if your crafty, make your own.
9. Add a large ribbon and a hat to the sign. This ties the whole look together and adds some much needed flare to the sign.
10. The gold $ necklaces were hung on the bouquets to finish the look.
The garland looks right at home with the St. Patrick’s Day containers I made earlier.
I hope this quick and easy DIY encourages you to turn your own dollar store coal into gold. Feel free to share your creations with me, I would love to hear about them. Good luck!