DIY + Tutorial st-patricks-day-crafts-make-a-recycled-green-garland

Published on February 26th, 2014 | by Bonnie Getchell


St. Patrick’s Day Crafts: Make a Recycled Green Garland

St. Patrick's Day Crafts: Make a Recycled Green Garland

Hoping to find St. Patrick’s Day crafts that aren’t so shamrock-y? Try this recycled green garland!

I love the idea of decorating for St. Patrick’s day, but I wanted to create a decor project that didn’t scream “shamrock!” Plus, I wanted to keep the decor up all of March, not just for St. Patrick’s Day. Garlands are super simple to make, yet make a huge statement on my mantle, so I went with an awesome DIY recycled garland that has tons of texture and pizazz!

What You Will Need:

1. Magazines

2. Book pages or other recycled paper

3. School glue. If you can, use eco glue.

4. Hot glue/hot glue gun

5. Twine. For a more eco-friendly option, use hemp twine.

6. Green vintage buttons. If you don’t have any buttons on hand, you can make your own buttons from eco-friendly materials!

How To Do It:

1. Go through your magazines and pick out pages that have primarily green images.

2. Cut 7-10 circles out of your green magazine pages. I cut out 7 because that’s how many could fit across my mantle.

St. Patrick's Day Crafts: Make a Recycled Green Garland

3. Cut 7-10 smaller circles out of your book pages.

St. Patrick's Day Crafts: Make a Recycled Green Garland

4. With the school glue, glue the book page circles to the middle of the magazine page circles.

5. To add dimension, I cut the edges of the magazine circles and then crinkled the edges like so:

St. Patrick's Day Crafts: Make a Recycled Green Garland

6. Hot glue a few green vintage buttons to the middle of the book page circles. Now you should have a cute green flower.

St. Patrick's Day Crafts: Make a Recycled Green Garland

7. Hot glue each “flower” to the twine. Make sure you glue them evenly. I did around 4 inches in between each of my flowers.

Once the glue has dried, your garland is ready to be hung! You can hang it on your mantle like I did, on the front of a piece of furniture, or simply on your wall. My garland looks very “springy” so I might keep it up for a while!

Do you like to decorate for St. Patrick’s Day? If so, share your ideas with us! We’d love to hear all about them!

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Hello! I'm Bonnie -- a craft nerd, musician, writer, furniture and vintage lover, crafter, and diyer! If you would like to learn more about me, I also have my own blog, Revolutionaries, where I write about more craft projects, furniture redos, and my faith! You can also find me on , Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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