Pool Noodle St. Patrick's Day Wreath
Hit the dollar store and bring the luck of the Irish to your front door with this simple and fun pool noodle wreath.
Spring is in the air. It’s time to brighten up and inject our decor with a little fresh color. With St. Patrick’s Day coming soon, this easy DIY wreath might be just what you need. In a couple of hours you can make a unique creation that will have your neighbors green with envy.
Before you start:
An old pool noodle makes a great frame for a wreath. In season, they can even be found at your local dollar store. If you don’t have one this project could be made with a styrofoam form, but it won’t be quite as thick.
Do not bother with expensive yarn. It will be mostly covered up with decoration. A decent quality, moderately priced yarn will do the trick.
The foam shamrock cutouts are available at most craft stores. You can make your own with foam sheets and a template made from a shamrock cookie cutter. Alternatively, you can print a shamrock from the web on card stock, cut it out, and use it as a template. Cover some of the cutouts with glue and gold glitter if desired.
You will need:
- pool noodle
- hot glue gun and glue stick
- duct tape
- grey yarn (at least 250 yards)
- foam shamrock cutouts (found at craft stores)
- white ribbon (1/8” to 1/4” wide)
- straight pins
- green ribbon for hanging (optional)
Begin by adding hot glue to the entire surface of one end of the pool noodle. Match the other end to the glued end and press together making a circle. Wrap duct tape around the seam to secure it and make the transition smooth.
Wrap the end of the yarn around the form and tie a double knot leaving a 4-6 inch tail. Begin wrapping the yarn around the form and rolling the strands into place right next to each other. Use your fingertips to mash them close together. Mash them more closely together on the inside of the form than the outside. You may find it easier to make many passes of yarn around the form at once and then push them together. When the form is completely covered tie the end with the tail you made at the start. Keep the knot on the back of the wreath.
Flip the wreath over and attach the cutouts to the wreath with a glue gun. Distribute the cutouts evenly by measuring the circumference of the form. Divide the measurement by the number of cutouts you are going to apply. Use that number to insert straight pins around the wreath. Add the cutouts in a consistent pattern using the straight pins as your guide. Remove the straight pins when all of the cutouts are attached.
Temporarily attach ribbon to the back of the wreath with a straight pin. Wrap the ribbon around the form and diagonally over each of the shamrocks. When you get to the starting point, secure with a straight pin and reverse the direction. Wrap around the form again and diagonally over the shamrocks crossing the first pass of ribbon.
When you get to the starting point again secure with a straight pin. Add hot glue to the ribbon on the back where the straight pins are to hold the ribbon securely in place. Cut away any excess.
Tie a length of green ribbon around the top of the wreath with a loop at the top for hanging and the two tails dangling in the center of the wreath. Hang on your door. Stand back and watch the compliments roll in.