St. Patrick’s Day Mantel

Here is our St. Patty’s Day themed mantel…

But first, take a look at our mantel before:
mantel before
We have our initials and an “&” sign that is up pretty much year round {as they seem to go with all of our holiday decor}, a big mirror lays on the wall behind them. And a homemade DIY sign hangs above them, that says “Faith, Hope & Love, and the greatest of these is love.” Pretty boring without any decorations.. right?

Follow my easy steps to see how I transformed it into this:
Much more cozy right?

Here’s what you will need:
– grapevine wreath $3.99
– burlap ribbon (wide with no wires) $5.99 (you can use 40% off coupon)
– holiday themed florals $1.99 each (about 3-5 will do)
– wood letter to make it personalized $1.99
– craft paint $1.09
and some string to tie the bow on.

You can weave the floral as a whole in and out of the grapevine wreath, or you can break it apart into pieces and add then individually.
I did mine as individual pieces, and weaved them around the entire wreath.
This is 3 of the st. patty’s themed florals. I think it’s plenty but you can use more if you wish. You shouldn’t need to tie them to the wreath if you intertwine them.
Paint wood letters with craft paint. Allow to dry and do a second coat.
Make a bow with the burlap ribbon, and tie to the wreath using some string. I also attach the letter with the string as well, and added a bow ontop of it to cover it up. I used fish line to attach the big center shamrock I found at Joann’s for $2.99 to complete my wreath.

Now for the banner:
how to make banner
You will need:
-Burlap paper (Joann’s sell it in the scrapbook area) $5.99 (again use 40% off coupon)
– Scrapbook paper for the shamrocks
– hot glue gun
– string

Print out a shamrock to use as a template. Use scrapbook paper for shamrock cut outs you will need 7 cut outs.
Here is what the burlap paper looks like, you can make three banners out of this so its a good deal even without the coupon. I used the back cardboard piece and cut it out as a template for my banner shape.
Using a hot glue gun, glue the shamrock cut outs in the middle of each cut out banner.
Then fold about an inch of the top of banner over onto the back, next we will tuck the string under it and glue it with a hot glue gun.
Space the next one about and inch apart from the first and so on.
Make sure to leave about a foot of string in the beginning and the end so you can hang it up. You can cut the extra off later.

st. patty candle
Using your shamrock template cut an extra one out to use as a decoration on a green pillar candle. Wrap some string around the candle and tuck the shamrock under it. Tie it with a bow and add some hot glue under the bow to secure it. Quick and easy!

I always like wood signs that are holiday themed, why do they have to be so expensive? Here’s an easy alternative- print out a sign using Microsoft word onto paper and glue it to some cardboard.
Here is my valentines day sign next to it.
Add some string and another shamrock with some hot glue, and ta-da! Cheap sign!

st.patty candy
Finish off the look and add some St. Patty’s day candy decor…
I found some mint flavored m&m’s that just happened to be green colored. YAY!

And there you have it 🙂 Make your {DIY} St. Patrick’s Day Mantel today!



Corned Beef & Cabbage {Traditional Irish Dinner}

It’s almost St. Patty’s Day, which also means corned beef & cabbage dinners!

Here is an easy way to prepare the Traditional Irish meal – CrockPot Style –
You will need:
3lb corned beef
1 head of cabbage
3lb potatoes (white or red)
1 bag carrots
1 medium onion
1 beer
3 to 4 cups water
2 tablespoons garlic
2 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

  1. Cut potatoes in quarters and lay on bottom of crockpot.
  2. Next peal carrots and cut into 2 inch pieces, layer on top of potatoes.
  3. Cut up onion, you can dice them into smaller pieces, or do larger chunks, which ever you prefer.
  4. Lay on top of the potatoes and carrots.
  5. I like to boil the water and beer (if you wish to use one, you don’t have to just helps to tenderize the meat) in a pot first before adding it to the crock pot. Boil water/beer together with brown sugar and vinegar and garlic, steering occasionally.
  6. Then put into crockpot just until the veggies are covered. You may need additional water if it does not cover them completely.
  7. Place your corned beef on top of the veggies, make sure its laying on top, and water isn’t too high covering the meat. If it is too high the meat will break apart.
  8. Cook on high for 3 hours then cook on low for 3-4 more hours.
    A total of 7 hrs cooking in the crockpot.
  9. 30 Minutes before serving cook the head of cabbage, cut into wedges and cut out center core. If you  have excess stew from the crockpot you can boil your cabbage with that.112_3855
  10. Cut meat into slices
    112_3856I wish I got a better pic before I served the meal {but they were a bit impatient} I did grab a cell phone pic (not the greatest quality, I will try to post a new picture next time).