So I picked some up, and off I went to JoAnns to pick up a few other cheap things to put on our wreath, and Voila! Might be a little early to be planning for St. Patrick's Day, but I figure it'll be here before we know it.
The hardest part of making it was cutting through the wreath.. I tried a couple of different ways which failed and settled on the hedge clippers.
**Note to self: Next time, buy one of those smooth foam wreaths that you can cut through with a sharp knife. This will also help protect your knuckles from all of the scrapes they will get from sliding the socks in place and it will all go much smoother.**
I also might leave out the black socks if I did it again.. but, there was no way I was taking them all off to get the black ones out. They kept snagging on the wreath..
Socks, wreath, package of foam shamrock shapes, grosgrain ribbon, and a couple of wire door hangers with some bells on them.
It maybe took all of an hour to make. Oh, and I am SOOO NOT good at making those cool swanky bows that some people are really good at. Maybe the grosgrain ribbon wasn't the best choice. I just happen to love grosgrain ribbon for some reason. I should really learn to make bows. But it doesn't look too bad.
The book that inspired my son's interest in St. Patrick's Day (which he received at his school Christmas book exchange) is all about two kids who set traps to catch a leprechaun, so he can tell them where the gold is..
..so guess what we'll be doing? Yep, making traps and trying to catch a leprechaun. A. is soo excited. (I may or may not have found a tiny Lego-leprechaun, that may or may not show up in one of the traps we set holding a note that points to a tiny amount of chocolate gold coins.) :) I would never have thought that St. Patrick's Day would be one of those holidays that we would be looking forward to with excitement, but.. we are. ;) A. is excited to make the leprechaun traps, too. In a few weeks, we'll recycle some cans or boxes and start our trap-making.
For now, our wreath is inside, but after Valentine's Day is over, it will be hanging here on the door.
I found this website, Irish Blessings, Sayings, and other stuff @ BrownieLocks.com, where I found this:
Bless you and yours,
As well as the cottage you live in.
May the roof overhead be well thatched,
And those inside be well matched.
Have a great week!