Did you know that immediately after Christmas, artificial trees go on sale for up to 80% off? They do!
So make plans this December to go out shopping a couple of days after Christmas to snag a mini tree. Or two. Or five, like I once did.
Open up your calendar and write it down. Or type it in. Whatever you do. Mini Christmas trees can be used for every holiday, including birthdays, and even homeschool activities. Not to mention, you can decorate one for Christmas in July.
Since St. Patrick’s Day is my 2nd favorite holiday, this year I created a mini St Patrick’s Day tree. Being more Irish than any other ancestry, I love St. Patrick’s Day. The holiday makes me feel closer to my people across the pond.
Almost all of my shiny green and gold loot for the St Patrick’s Day tree came from Oriental Trading.
The base of the tree was covered with plain white fabric, so I attached a bunch of Self-Adhesive Shamrock Jewels to liven it up.
I added a set of Shamrock String Lights and several Shamrock Necklaces. The necklaces are not beaded so you can safely cut them and the entire rope stays intact. Necklaces like these are a great way to add shine and color to a tree.
After I added some Lucky Leprechaun Key Chains I realized that the St Patrick’s Day tree was going to have too much green and barely any orange. So to match the Irish flag, I had to come up with a quick craft to incorporate more orange.
Salt dough, a shamrock cookie cutter, and orange paint to the rescue!
Salt dough ornaments are super easy to make. For the recipe, you just need to remember 1:2:2. 1 part warm water : 2 parts salt : 2 parts flour.
- So a small batch would need 1/2 cup warm water : 1 cup salt : 1 cup flour.
- A medium batch would need 1 cup warm water : 2 cups salt : 2 cups flour.
- A large batch would need 2 cups warm water : 4 cups salt : 4 cups flour.
Be sure to knead the dough for several minutes until it is smooth. You can air dry the cutouts overnight or place them in the oven on very low heat. It is hard to say how long to bake them, because it varies on the size and thickness of your cutouts. Just check on them every 20-30 minutes. Make sure to poke a hole in the top for a hook or ribbon. A straw is the perfect tool for this.
These Shimmering Shamrocks were easily turned into ornaments with thin wire ornaments hooks and some hot glue.
Disclosure: we received these product free for a St. Patrick’s Day promotion.
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