Welcome to the February Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop! The purpose of this hop is to motivate us to not just hoard pins, but to make it happen! I’m delighted to be participating in this month’s challenge. Our weather is warming up and I’m getting ready for spring time! First up for spring time holidays is St. Patrick’s Day. I spent some time looking over some pins that I’ve saved for the holiday. I found a few hat vases that I had saved some time ago with the intention of making something similar. This year, I was finally motivated to put one together.
Last month, for our Pinterest Challenge, we made a Cream Cheese Chocolate Football Party Dip. We changed up the Pinterest Inspiration a little and my family loved the dip. Now that football season is over, I’ll continue making the dip, just not in a football shape. Check out the delicious recipe below.
This month, as I was looking back over pins for St. Patrick’s Day, I narrowed it down to a couple of choices. I decided to go with a Leprechaun Hat Centerpiece. I’ve had this St. Patrick’s Day Hat Decor Piece pinned for a few years. It’s been on my “to make” list and I’m happy that I was motivated this year to actually make my version of it. I like the idea of using a hat filled with St. Patrick’s day items as a centerpiece for a fun tablescape. This particular pin was originally saved from the Etsy shop of Leopard Nature Inspired Home Decor and Gifts. While this particular item is no longer available, the shop has lots of other fun St. Patrick’s Day pieces.
Leprechaun Hat Centerpiece
Felt Leprechaun Hat (Party City)
Ribbon & Tulle
Assorted St. Patrick’s Day items (Party City and The Dollar Tree)
Wood Dowels and Pipe Cleaners
I thought about making the hat from a container like a coffee can and covering it with some felt and other fabric. But, I was at Party City recently looking for some Valentine’s Day items and I spotted this hat. It was only $2.00. It would have cost at least that much for felt and fabric to cover a can and circle for the base.
Using a hat already made meant that I needed to rethink how I planned on adding items to the center. Using a can, the opening would be there, but with the hat I had a couple of choices. I could a hole into the top of the hat or I could invert the hat. I played around with it a bit before deciding that inverting the hat didn’t really work well. Using an X-Acto knife, I cut around the top of the hat. I wasn’t worried about being precise because I knew it would be covered by the items I’d be adding.
I filled the hat with tissue paper and added a cardboard circle to the underside of the hat. I forgot to take a photo of the cardboard before starting to fill the hat. I used a circular piece that came from a frozen pizza container. It’s hot glued to the hat to hold everything inside.
The fun part was deciding what pieces I wanted to add to the hat. Flowers from the Dollar Tree worked great for this. I removed the stems using wire cutters.
I found a few other Dollar Tree items to use as well – gold coins, beads, shamrock sign, and boas.
This fun headband came from Party City. I love the variety of pieces it has.
Other items I’m using came from my craft stash- stickers, shamrocks, pipe cleaners,card stock, greenery, and ribbon.
I’d like to say I had a specific design in mind when I started, but the truth is I don’t often have a final design idea when I’m putting together decor pieces. Most of the wreaths I make are done through adding, taking away, and adding something else until I get a look that I like. That’s the same way I put this St. Patrick’s Day Centerpiece together.
I started by adding the green and white flowers around the top of the hat. They are hot glued in place. I added a four leaf clover coin that I bought at the Dollar Tree to the center of each flower with hot glue.
I used a strand of Dollar Tree gold beads and a green boa to cover the rough edges of the cutout. I added in some shamrock cupcake picks.
Using a Dollar Tree Shamrock Wall Hanging piece, I cut it to use only two of the shamrocks. To keep them stable, I glued a small dowel to the back of them. I covered that with green felt for a more finished look.
It was at this point that I began placing items in the hat vase, rearranging them, removing some, adding more until I was happy with the look. To secure the pieces I attached a small dowel and covered it with a green pipe cleaner. Using a small piece of cardboard, covered in green felt, the item was glued to the cardboard and then placed inside the hat.
I added gold beads and a coin to a small hat. To keep it in place, I added a small dowel and wrapped a green pipe cleaner around the stem.
I cut the pieces from the headband and glued them to small cardboard bases to place inside of the hat.
I inserted the stems of the shamrock and the horseshoe into the taller shamrock.
Because I’m planning on using this as a centerpiece, I didn’t want the back side of it to look bare. I glued some green ribbon and white tulle to the stem of the tall shamrock piece. I added more of the gold coins to the center.
I’m looking forward to putting together a St. Patrick’s Day Tablescape with my Leprechaun Hat Vase as the centerpiece!
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Leprechaun Hat Centerpiece
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