This year, our two year old son is just old enough to take interest in holiday celebrations, which makes planning and decorating so much more fun!
In preparation for St Patrick's Day, I found some inexpensive shamrock shapes at our local Dollar Store. So, I decided to experiment a bit with some simple decor concepts.
Dressed Up Paper Straws
Paper straws are everywhere it seems! And luckily, due to their popularity, they can now be found in virtually any color combination not only in local party stores and online, but in the dollar section at craft stores, big box retailers like Target and at the Dollar Store! So, what once was deemed a 'splurge' item at $3.99+ for 8-12 straws, can now be obtained for $1.
To dress up simple paper cups, add shamrocks (die cut or foam stickers) to black and white paper straws.
This look is simple, affordable, and fun for both adults and children.
Foam Shamrock Toys/Favors
These were a huge hit with our preschooler! He loves just about anything he can wave around!!
Foam shapes can be found at most craft stores, or big-box retailers like Target.
Simply glue wooden craft sticks to the back of the foam shapes and you have an entertaining toy or St Patrick's Day favor!
(Tip: check to see if your craft store has self-adhesive wooden sticks and skip the gluing all together)
Simple DIY Shamrock Art
One of my favorite things to do is to re-purpose items I already have around my home.
Virtually everyone has a black, 5x7 frame of some sort.
For this project, choose one sheet black and white patterned scrapbook paper, cut to your frame's size using scissors or a paper cutter, attach a foam or card stock shamrock shape (you can find these in your local craft store or Dollar Store), and re-fit the image back into your frame.
This simple project could be repeated for virtually any holiday!