St. Patrick’s Day.
It’s all about the green….and this saint that seems to have spoken out against slavery, valued women, and influenced Ireland with Christianity. All good things, wouldn’t you say?
So why not splash a few shamrocks around the house.
Flash some green.
And listen to some toe-tappin’ music.
When it comes to seasonal home decor, I’m all about simple and using what you have on hand.
And…because I love all things book page, I decided to use book pages and hand-cut shamrocks in decorating the mantel for St. Patrick’s Day.
This little project was fairly quick to pull off and isn’t the kind of St. Paddy’s Day decor you can pick up at the big blue and gray store. (By the way, whoever came up with that color combo for store decor pretty much cured me of wanting to shop at those stores.)
I began decorating the mantel by hanging a large medallion I created over the mirror.
It’s fairly simple to do. The most challenging part for me was keeping the glue off my fingers.
If you can make accordion folds, you can make a medallion.
I created a detailed pleated medallion tutorial here. It will give you a pretty good idea of how to create a large book page medallion. The chief difference between it and a ribbon medallion is that you will be attaching book pages together to make that long accordion. Keep in mind that the technique is the same except you will be creating your ‘ribbon’ by gluing your accordion folded pages together, rather than just gluing and joining the ribbon accordion ends one time. It’s the most time-consuming part of the project, but goes fairly quickly.
I had a little fun covering a couple of books with some green patterned scrapbook paper. One was just the spine end because the book was creamy and the spine was red. The other, just a simple temporary green cover for looks.
But…I had even more fun taking an old book and turning sections of paper into the spine to create the look of a Greek column. A sewn book gathers pages in groups and those are the groups of pages that I turned inward. I did that for most of the book, leaving about twenty full pages at the beginning and end of the book flat against the books cover. It sort of framed the “column.”
To complete the look, the book cover was covered with green scrapbook paper. It was just enough green to set off the book pages. Then I free cut some shamrocks and used a small dab of glue to secure them to the pages on either side of the column.
The rest of the items in the vignette were things gathered from the house in similar shades of green.
What gives life to the mantel is this ceramic crock filled with fresh tulips.
One of my dear friends, who lives many hours away from me, read on Facebook that I couldn’t wait to see tulips pushing through the ground. So, she decided to surprise me and had these gorgeous tulips sent to my house. Aren’t they beautiful? Such a breath of fresh spring air when there’s still more than a foot of snow still on the ground.
But instead I chose simple and sweet in decorating the mantel for St. Patrick’s Day.
What do you think? Does it say St. Patrick’s Day without going over the top?
What’s your favorite way to decorate for St. Patrick’s Day?
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