Shamrock Wreath Photo Tutorial ~ Step-by-step instructions showing how to make this grapevine wreath decorated with shamrocks and different kinds of ribbon. Very easy to do with fabulous results specially made for St. Patrick’s Day!
I love making all kinds of wreaths and sharing how they were made on this blog. I like to make a wreath for a special celebration like St. Patrick’s Day or to represent a season. Some of the wreaths I make are quite elaborate but when I break it down in my photo tutorials how they were actually made they really are quite simple to put together. I have some links for wreaths at the end of this tutorial. I also like to make less complicated wreaths that even though they were pretty easy to make they too look fabulous.
All of my wreaths have included silk flowers or greenery. But this shamrock wreath is only made with shamrock shapes purchased at Michaels for half price and shamrock embellishments purchased at the dollar store. The other materials are two different kinds of ribbon and a grapevine wreath.
I have to let you know that the grapevine wreath was previously used for another wreath. I was able to take the decorative items off that wreath and use it to make a whole new one. That really cut the cost down when making this shamrock version.
You will notice that after the shamrock embellishments were glued onto the larger shamrocks I gave them a weatherproof coating with Scotch Guard spray. The particular spray I used is designed for heavy-duty fabrics but I thought it couldn’t hurt using it. I also used this same spray to protect this Decorated Pumpkins With Ribbon And Raffia in the fall and it really worked to help make the pumpkin last sitting outdoors without getting mushy or mouldy for about six weeks. The front porch area where this shamrock wreath will be hanging is covered but I thought the extra protection wouldn’t hurt.
The Scotch Guard also helped stop the green glitter on the shamrock embellishments from rubbing off and making a glitter mess in the area. Who knew?
When making pretty bows for my projects I prefer to work with ribbon that looks the same on both sides. This is so much easier to work with. The white sheer ribbon I had worked very well but the shamrock ribbon had a design on only one side of the ribbon. This made it hard to make a really nice ribbon with the design all facing one way. So I made up my own way of doing it, as you will see.
So let’s get started with the…
Shamrock Wreath Photo Tutorial
Materials Needed To Make A Shamrock Wreath
- grapevine wreath
- 2-1/2 inch (6 cm) wide green mesh ribbon (how much you need depends on the size of your wreath)
- 5 thick cardboard green shamrocks about 6-inches (15 cm) in size
- 2-1/2 inch (6 cm) wide shamrock design wire ribbon about 2-1/2 yards (2.3 m)
- 2-1/2 inch (6 cm) wide sheer white wire ribbon about 2-1/2 yards (1.3 m)
- glue gun
- thin floral wire
Instructions For How To Make A Shamrock Wreath
Wrap the mesh ribbon evenly around the grapevine wreath. Tie the two ends into a knot at the back of the wreath. Trim the extra ribbon and tuck what is remaining underneath.
Use a glue gun to attach the shamrock embellishments to the three leaves of the large cardboard shamrocks. This also does a nice job of covering the hole at the top of each shamrock.
Spray the shamrocks with Scotch Guard and let dry for about an hour.
Use a glue gun to glue the shamrocks to the bottom of the grapevine wreath.
Cut the shamrock designed ribbon in half. Loosely fold over one end of each strip of ribbon at one end to make about a six-inch (15 cm) loop. Try to make each loop the same size. Secure each loop tightly with floral wire. Attach the two loops together with the shamrock design side facing the outside. Secure the pieces together with floral wire.
Make the white ribbon as one piece with four loops. I give a very detailed photo tutorial titled How To Make A Big Bow Photo Tutorial that you will want to check out if you are not sure how to make one.
Cut a one-foot (30 cm) strip of white wire edged ribbon. Use this strip to secure the two bows together. Tie the two ends tightly at the back of the bow.
Use the extra ribbon that you have after tying the two bows together to attach the larger bow to the top of the grapevine wreath.
Now fluff and primp your big bow. Attach a smaller ribbon to the back to use as a hanger for the wreath. I used a black ribbon so it blends in well against the black front door.
That’s it! That’s how to make this easy but fabulous looking Shamrock Wreath!
Here are some beauty shots of the completed Shamrock Wreath especially made for St. Patrick’s Day that will be hanging on the front door for the month of March…
This is how it looks on my front door…
Here is a pinnable image for you to use as a reference and to share with others.
I mentioned at the beginning of this Shamrock Wreath Photo Tutorial that I have created and shared how they were made in other photo tutorials. Here are a couple of them that you might like to check out too. Don’t be fooled. They really are not that hard to make and my detailed instructions show you how…
… and lastly here is one I made for Canada Day!
Hope you are inspired to make your own Shamrock Wreath!