DIY St. Patrick’s Day Banner & Thrifty Shamrock Decorations

by Dagmar Bleasdale on March 3, 2016

DIY St. Patrick's Day banner,

The Blue Cottage is decorated for St. Patrick’s Day!

117aI’m loving all of the green, and I wanted to show you how you can make this super-easy DIY St. Patrick’s Day banner.

DIY St. Patrick's Day banner,

DIY St. Patrick’s Day Banner & Thrifty Shamrock Decor

I made this banner with vintage seed packets last year, but I don’t know where it is right now, so I just made a new one.

St. Patrick's Day mantel decor.

On my last visit to the craft store, I found these shamrocks on sale for $50 cents, and the little corrugated cardboard tags were also half off. I knew they ‘d be perfect for a fast banner.

DIY St. Patrick's Day banner,

DIY St. Patrick’s Day Banner Supplies:

  • shamrock cutouts
  • cardboard or paper tags
  • twine
  • little clothespins
  • glue dots

I added one glue dot to the shamrocks and pressed them gently against the cardboard tags. You could obviously also just cut banner pieces in the shape you prefer out of thick cardstock.

DIY St. Patrick's Day banner,

I glued down five shamrocks leaning to the left and five leaning to the right for this banner.

DIY St. Patrick's Day banner,

After I measured how much twine I’d need to span our fireplace mantel, I started cliping the banner pieces to the twine.

DIY St. Patrick's Day banner,

Since it’s hard to attach something to the stone top of our mantel, I just put the ends of the twine under the cake stand on one side and the vase on the other, and readjusted the banner pieces until I was happy with it.

And this is what the banner looks like on our mantel now. Cute, right? I just noticed that the little green bird is sitting in the same spot as last year.


I put together the rest of the decor by grabbing a lot of things I have that are green, like the plants, the dried hydrangea, and the vintage bottles, and added just a few new pieces.



You know me, I don’t pay much for decorations – I usually find inexpensive ones at thrift stores or craft stores, or tag sales. I always have the next holiday in mind and my eye out for decorations for that holiday when I shop.

I was looking for St. Patrick’s Day decor the last few weeks, and soon I’ll be concentrating on finding a few new items for spring and Easter decor.

The three shamrock I added to the doors in the center of the mantel cost a few dollars at the Christmas Tree Shops.



The shamrock with the burlap bow is from the craft store, and the most expensive new item I bought was the green garland around the fireplace frame — that was about $19, but I had a 40% off coupon.


It’s tricky to position things on our mantel because it’s not level, but after some rearranging and trying different things, I usually find a look I’m happy with.

057a062aI’ve had these bamboo plants for years, and their height adds another nice dimension.


My dear father collected antique bottles, and I have continued that tradition.

I always think of him when I see old bottles, and I like decorating with them partly for that reason. It feels unreal that we will have been without him for five years this August.

Nests and eggs make me think of my mom, who loves collecting stone eggs, so this mantel decor also makes me think of her.

Mama and Papa together.

087aHere you can see how I decorated the table.


This vintage tray from Italy is a Goodwill find for $3.99, the green box a tag sale find, the bird box was on clearance in a gift store, and the mercury candle was a dollar at Target.


These fake plants and planters are from IKEA, and I have four of them around the house. They are inexpensive and come in handy all the time.

118a119aSo there you have it: an easy DIY St. Patrick’s Day banner and thrifty shamrock decor that didn’t break the bank and didn’t take long to put together.

Do you decorate for St. Patrick’s Day?

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

oleg August 16, 2016 at 4:05 AM

So it’s very good.
All details are perfect.
I love the fireplace.


Emily @ The Benson Street March 22, 2016 at 1:48 PM

Love all your decor! So fun for the holiday. Thanks for sharing at the Monday Funday Party. – Emily


Crystal March 14, 2016 at 11:06 PM

Your bamboo plants are awesome and your home decor is beautiful! Thanks for showing how easy it can be to decorate! Hope to see you back at #HomeMattersParty


Dagmar Bleasdale March 14, 2016 at 11:59 PM

Thanks for coming by, Crystal!


Ellen March 14, 2016 at 5:53 AM

Although St. Patrick’s isn’t one I decorate for, I LOVE seasonal and holiday decorating!! This is so sweet and your home always looks so amazing!


Shirley Wood March 13, 2016 at 4:02 PM

Very cute decor. Thanks for partying with us at Merry Monday. I have never had any luck with the bamboo plants. Yours look healthy.


JoAnne March 3, 2016 at 3:16 PM

I never decorate for St. Patkrick’s Day but now I’m thinking maybe I should. It all looks great and all of the green is perfect for spring too!


Dagmar Bleasdale March 5, 2016 at 1:30 PM

Hi JoAnne, all you need is a little green decor :)


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