Monday, February 21, 2022

Make It Monday Boho Beaded Shamrock

Easy DIY Projects
Who is ready for spring? As I write this, there is a good 6-8 inches of snow from a storm last night and it is supposed to be below zero for the next four nights--23 below zero tomorrow night. So, yes, I am ready for spring and warmer days. I decided it was time to put away the last of the winter decor and valentine stuff away and start adding a little green and spring, hoping to manifest it. Today's DIY started with a beaded seat cover from the thrift store.
Beaded Seat Cover from the Thrift Store
If you ever see these at a thrift store, grab them. This one was $4 and I ended up with hundreds of beads. If you do not have a beaded seat cover, you can of course use any wood beads from a craft store. You do want a smaller size, these were about the size of a fingernail. Cut the seat cover apart.
Thrift Store Beaded Seat Cover
Similar to the heart I made for Valentine's Day (HERE), I decided to make a lucky shamrock for Saint Patrick's Day.
DIY Shamrock
Using three 14" sixteen guage wire pieces I shaped three shamrock petals or hearts. 
16 guage wire heart
I used 16 beads on the middle heart or leaf and 15 beads on the two side petals, placing 7 beads on the sides that would touch the middle petal. Twist the wire at the bottom of the heart.
Twist the end of the wire heart
I "tied the three hearts or leaves together in the back by twisting them together. cut the excess wire.
twist wire together to make a shamrock
I made a stem with five beads, knotting one bead on to the bottom. I added this by twisting it to the middle wire bundle. 
knot bead onto end of wire
Now, as you can see, the beads have a shabby look. If I had some paint stripper at home or some easy off oven cleaner, I might have stripped them to a natural wood. But, since I did not and I am hibernating, I decided to make this a golden shamrock and use some antique gold Rub-n-Buff. (And yes, my toothpaste tube does look like this tube of Rub-n-Buff.)
Antique gold Rub-n-Buff
I made a green tassel from some green jute. I wasn't sure where I wanted to add it, but decided I liked it at the top.
Make It Monday Boho Beaded Shamrock
A fun, holiday tassel is cute hanging on a wreath, on a doorknob, in a window, on a dresser knob. I chose to hang it in the same spot where I hung the heart one, on my blanket ladder.
blanket ladder decor
This metal ladder is an old ladder from an old school slide. It is perfect in our schoolhouse and leans against our library loft and holds blankets.
Make It Monday Boho Beaded Shamrock
I spelled out LUCK with this antique, handmade letters I bought several years ago. I used some poster putty to hold them in place.
Luck of the Irish Decor
A little touch of spring makes it feel a wee bit warmer already.

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