Shamrock Kimekomi Ornament

St. Patrick’s Day is about a month away. If your anything like me then soon it will be time to find that “Kiss Me I’m Irish” tee that’s somewhere in the back of your closet. Oh… and we must not forget to add green food coloring to our grocery list. What is St. Patty’s Day without green beer? Of coarse my favorite way to celebrate any holiday is by making ornaments. Today’s post is one of my all time favorite ornaments. I really love how this one turned out!

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • ball point pen
  • paper
  • measuring tape
  • craft knife
  • glue stick
  • craft glue
  • liquid white out
  • tucking tool (I use a straight upholstery needle)
  • 7 cm foam ball
  • quilt batting
  • solid bright green cotton fabric
  • shamrock patterned cotton fabric
  • green satin ribbon, in several shades of green
  • 2 pearl headed pins
  • 2 green beads
  • bright green 5mm sequins
  • 3/4 inch sequin pins*
  • 5mm green shamrock sequins
  • 0/15 seed beads*
  • *purchased at Cartwright’s

Instructions:

  1. Divide your ball into 4 equal sections.
  2. (Optional: Trace around the equator mold line.)
  3. Cut out a paper heart about 3 to 4 centimeters tall.
  4. On one of the dividing lines, at the point where the line and equator line meet, trace the heart 3 times to create a shamrock shape. You can center the shamrock north and south, or you can do it off center like I did.
  5. White out the dividing lines inside each heart.
  6. Repeat steps 1-5 on the opposite side of the ball.
  7. Cut the shamrocks with your craft knife.
  8. Using your paper heart as a cutting pattern, cut out 6 hearts of quilt batting.
  9. Then cut out 6 hearts of solid green fabric. The fabric hearts should be about 1 cm larger all around than your paper heart.
  10. With your glue stick glue a piece of batting over one of the heart shapes in the shamrock.
  11. Lay a piece of solid green fabric over the top and tuck the edges into the foam. Repeat this for all heart shapes until your shamrocks are covered.
  12. Cut remaining vertical lines on the ball.
  13. Lay the patterned fabric over each of the remaining 4 sections and tuck into the foam. This is quite difficult since you must tuck around the shamrock. It’s best to tuck and cut as you go.
  14. Once all of your fabric is in place, pin sequins around the shamrocks. Thread one seed bead onto a 3/4 inch sequin pin and then a green sequin. Dip in glue and pin to the seam.
  15. Don’t forget to create a stem for your shamrocks with sequins.
  16. With the shamrock sequins, pin them around the large shamrocks, over the patterned fabric at random.
  17. Thread a bead onto a pearl headed pin, then the hanging ribbon, and then the bow, in that order. Create the bow using 2 loops of each shade of green ribbon you have. I made a 14 looped bow. Dip the pin in glue and pin to the top of the ball.
  18. Last, add the bottom cap using a bead and a corsage pin.

A Christmas tree for all seasons

When I was a teenager, I had a friend who’s mother was crazy about Christmas trees. She had several of the plastic variety that stayed up all year round and would be decorated according to the season. Valentine’s theme for February, St. Patrick’s for March, Easter in April, and so on. I love this idea and if my husband would allow it I would do the same. Being Japanese, he has a difficult enough time understanding my absolute need to have a Christmas tree up in December. I’ve decided not to push the issue. But what about you? Have you gone Christmas tree crazy and keep it up all year? Are there any non-traditional ways you decorate your tree? Let’s discuss it in the comments.

As I was searching for examples I came across a blog post by HippieDog they call The little Valentine tree. I can’t post the image of their Valentine’s tree but I suggest you follow the link and see for yourself. So cute! They even tell you how they did it.

Here’s a tree for St. Patrick’s Day.


maryimp has some super cute stuff on Etsy for all the holidays. Perfect for an all season tree.

Now that’s what I call an Easter Tree!

The possibilities are endless!

“Four Leaf Clover” St. Patrick’s Day Themed Ornament

Materials Used

  • One 70mm foam ball
  • 1/2cm wide cream nylon ribbon
  • 1 3/4cm wide cream nylon ribbon
  • light green metallic 5mm slightly cupped sequins
  • 15/0 clear iridescent seed beads*
  • 1/2 inch sequin pins*
  • 3/4 inch sequin pins*
  • gold glitter glue
  • fine metallic green glitter
  • small green clover shaped sequins
  • eight 1 1/2 cm gold hologram heart shapes*
  • small light green bicone beads
  • two 15mm hologram plum blossoms*
  • two 16mm hologram sunbursts*
  • two long pearl ended straight pins

*purchased at Cartwright’s

Directions

    1. First pin ribbon to the foam ball as shown in the video. I suggest pinning the thin ribbon first and then the thick ribbon 2nd. Pin the ribbon securely down in many places so that the ribbon doesn’t slip. You can remove the extra pins later.

    2. Next make your bow and hanging ribbon on the top. This can be tricky and I often make the mistake of doing it in the wrong order and having to go back and redo it. On your long pearl ended straight pin put the gold plum blossom shape, then the green sunburst, then the hanging ribbon, then the bow. In the video I did it backward.

    3. Outline the ribbon in the light green metallic 5mm sequins.

    4. Mix the fine green glitter with gold glitter glue and paint the remaining exposed foam. Let dry overnight.

    5. After the glitter paint is completely dried, pin the small clover sequin to the thick ribbon as shown in the video.

    6. Next, create a four leaf clover shape using 4 of the gold hologram heart shapes. Pin a small clover sequin or a regular green sequin in the center of the four leaf clover to complete the look of this embellishment.

    7. Next, pin small bicone beads on the thin ribbon on all sides of the ornament, as shown in video.

    8. Finally, create the bottom cap with a long pearl ended straight pin, sunburst and plumb blossom shape.

I hope you enjoy this design. It was a lot of fun to make.
Happy St. Patty’s Day!

Having trouble seeing the video? Try watching on Daily Motion.