I love decorating for all holidays, no matter how small. I may not have a bit of Irish in me, but I still enjoy decorating the living room for St. Patrick’s Day. We have a huge Ikea bookshelf and I usually fill one of the rows with my holiday decorations (or in the case of Christmas, it takes over the whole bookshelf!) Over the weekend, I got out my box of decorations and got busy. Since the decorations were mostly small-ish, I just pushed the movies to the back of the shelves and put the figurines in front.
I love homemade decorations, so when I saw this cute pudgy leprechaun crochet pattern on Etsy, I had to buy it. The little guy worked up pretty quickly, especially since my husband was out of town last week, so I didn’t have anything to do in the evenings but craft. The leprechaun is taller than most amigurumi I have made, but I think he is just adorable.
I love all things vintage, so I have been frequenting local antique malls recently looking for St. Patrick’s day decorations to add to my display. I found a few cute things at Antiques Village over the weekend.
My first find was a little St. Patrick’s Day bell. I don’t think it’s a Jasco figurine, but it is marked as being made in Japan. At any rate she’s a little cutie. I also picked up this leprechaun in a pipe. The leprechaun is plastic and I think it may be homemade, but it fits in nicely with my display.
Right as we were getting ready to leave the antique mall, I discovered this “Pat” Cherished Teddy Leprechaun figurine. I don’t really think this qualifies as an antique, but I was thrilled to find him anyway.
This year I added a St. Patrick’s Day salt and pepper shaker to my collection. I mostly just collect salt and pepper shakers from places we travel, or vintage ones, but I will occasionally add some fun holiday ones if I really like them. This particular salt and pepper shaker is magnetic so that the leprechaun and the pot of gold stick together.
I made these leprechauns a few years ago with the kids, using this tutorial. They were so much fun to make! If I get around to it, I would love to make some more and scatter them around the house. I have the little leprechauns displayed with a little shamrock covered pot containing some of those plastic gold coins that you can find in craft stores this time of year.
Last but not least is my St. Patrick’s Day Nutcracker. I have another one too, but never have found it since we moved. Maybe if I would ever go through the last of the boxes in our basement…
I still have a few things I want to add, if I don’t run out of time. I want to make a few shamrock doilies for underneath the figurines, but I haven’t been able to find a pattern. I got some green thread cotton over the weekend, so I might have to try to come up with a pattern on my own. I also want to make some plastic canvas shamrocks and make a banner to hang from the top of the bookshelf.
So tell me… Do you decorate for St. Patrick’s Day?