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Pearls of Wisdom: THREE Amazing DIY St. Patty’s Centerpieces via Belles and Thistles

diyfinHappy St. Patty’s Day Pearlies!!!  Today we have a BIG treat for you from our friends at Belles and Thistles!  They are floral and design guru’s out of our very own Chicago-land area and we just love what they do.  Click here to see more of why.

As for getting on with the treat…not only are these DIY’s so freaking cute and totally on point with today’s natural design trends, they are also easy to do and made with very easily accessible materials!  So whether you are having your annual corned beef and cabbage mixer or an Irish wedding this weekend, and need some last minute centerpiece ideas to wow your guests…or just want to add some Spring beauty to your home, you are sure to LOVE these.

So without further adieu… Let’s let the Belles take it from here… Enjoy!

This year Belles and Thistles is really taking inspiration direct from nature for their weddings and events.  We are gravitating towards natural elements like birch branches, moss and green plants to bring a bit of the outdoors in.  Moss is becoming an absolute favorite for us, and its satisfying our need for something green in this last gray stretch of winter.

So with the St. Patrick’s Day holiday fast approaching, this designer duo dreamed up a few easy, green, moss-inspired holiday projects for you Pearlies. Everything used in these projects can be found in a floral or garden center, a craft of hobby shop or even your own craft room and garden shed.  And each project is versatile enough to take your décor through the spring season by changing out the plants to say Easter Lilies, Tulips or Hyacinth.

Luck O’ the Irish Shamrock Tutorial

Things you will need:

4” potted Shamrock plant

Moss Mat (available at craft and hobby shops)

4” Terra Cotta pot

Gold Ribbon and Gold Coin Picks

Hot Glue Gun and Scissors

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Start by cutting the large sheet of moss down to a size large enough to cover the pot.  (We cut ours in half)

Hot Glue around the top edge of the terra cotta pot and wrap moss around to adhere.

Trim off any large overlapping pieces of moss mat, but save those scraps.  You’ll never know when they will come in handy!

Continue to hot glue the moss mat around the pot, securing with glue at the side seam, until you have a cone shape.

Trim off excess from top and bottom of pot leaving about 1” allowance.

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Cut relief slits every inch or so around the edge of the overhanging moss mat.

Hot glue down the tabs one at a time to cover the bottom of the pot.  Fill in any gaps with those moss scraps until bottom of pot is covered in moss.

Repeat for the top edge of the pot, cut relief slits and glue the tabs down.

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Add your potted plant. We discarded the green plastic grow pot and put the plant, dirt and all, right into our moss covered terra cotta pot.

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Tie a simple bow with the gold ribbon and add gold coin picks.

Fun fact: Did you know that Shamrocks plants have flowers? They bloom several times a year with white flowers, and often go dormant in the summer. The plant we most often associate with St. Patrick’s Day, a 4-leaf clover is quite difficult to keep alive in home settings as it requires full sun, and so it is rarely found in florists or nurseries for indoor gardens. So Oxalis, or Shamrocks as they are commonly known, are the next best things, and still considered Lucky by the Irish.

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Pot O’ Gold Shamrock Tutorial

Things you will need:

6” potted Shamrock plant

6” Flower Pot

Metallic Gold Spray Paint

Spanish Moss

Shamrock Picks

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Spray paint the flowerpot gold, outdoors, in a well ventilated area. Let dry completely before handling.

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Add the plant to the gold pot; leaving it inside it’s green grow pot.  This will allow you to change out the plant more easily in the future if needed.

Use a big handful of Spanish moss around edge of the pot to camouflage the grow pot and cover the soil.  Not only is this nicer to look at, it will help the plant stay moist between waterings.

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Add Shamrock picks.

Fun Fact: Oxalis, or Shamrock plants, are available in a purple variety, as shown in this post.  They bloom lavender flowers throughout the year just like their green counterparts.  They are also sometimes referred to as the ‘Love Plant,’ because of their 3 heart shaped leaves.  Oxalis is very resilient in terms of water and light, but beware, as they are poisonous to pets.  They have terrible tasting foliage so chances are one bite and your furry friends wont go back for seconds, but to be safe they should be kept out of reach from bids, cats, dogs, etc.  They like moderately bright sunlight and should be allowed to dry out between waterings.  Soak them good only about 2 times per month.

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Springy vase of Daffodils Tutorial

Things you will need:

Fresh cut Daffodils

Cylinder Vase

River Rock

Sheet Moss


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Lay out a long length of twine in front of you.

Arrange the sheet moss in a long strip.

Place the sheet moss over the length of twine.

Lay the vase over the top of the moss and twine.

Use the twine to wrap the moss around the vase.

Wrap the twine around the vase and moss several times, knot and secure ends.

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Add water and river rock to vase.

Cut ends of fresh flower with a knife or floral shears, never scissors!  Scissors will pinch before they cut and the flower stems wont drink any water, resulting in premature wilting.

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Add the fresh flowers to the vase.

Add water to the arrangement daily, but also change out the water and replace with fresh water, and re-cut flowers, every 3 days to insure best vase life.

Fun fact: Daffodils are the March birth flower, and when presented by the bunch are said to mean good fortune.  But they don’t play well with others.  Once cut, Daffodils release a slimy substance that is harmful to other flowers.  If you do want to mix them with other blooms, first cut the daffodil stems and place into clean water, alone, for a day or 2, then add them into the arrangement with other assorted blooms without re-cutting.  This will help release the icky substance and keep their vase-mates out of harms way.

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Chrissy and MiMi

Contributors: Belles and Thistles Floral Design

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