St. Patrick’s Day is our next holiday. Are you ready for some green decor? Learn how to make a pretty green vignette for your home with these 2 cute DIY planters for St. Patrick’s Day.
Are some St. Patrick’s Day decorations on your to-do list? Good. I just came up with two sweet St. Patrick’s Day craft ideas.
You can use these easy DIY St. Patrick’s Day decor ideas as a fun centerpiece or as the focal point of a coffee table vignette. Or it could be the beginning of an easy spring tablescape.
This DIY idea features the most iconic of St. Patrick’s Day symbols – green shamrocks.
So, let’s start the St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations with some good luck.
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Inspiration for the St. Patrick’s Day Planters
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The inspiration for these planters came a couple of weekends ago when I went to a huge estate sale. I stood in line for 45 minutes (thank goodness it was a beautiful day) waiting to get inside for the Saturday afternoon session – after everything had been marked down 50%.
Walking around this mansion, yes, it was a mansion, I was so disappointed. I couldn’t find a single thing that interested me. That’s a very rare thing.
Having waited so long to get in, I couldn’t leave empty-handed.
Finally, I saw a white bowl tucked in the back of a kitchen counter. I can’t pass up a nice bowl, specially marked at $3.00.
I immediately thought “planter” when I picked up the bowl.
When I went to check out, the lady said, “that’ will be $1.62. What? I forgot everything was marked down 50%. So, including tax, that’s the cheapest purchase I’ve ever made at an estate sale.
All I needed was another flower pot – which I was sure I could find at home. I think this planter came from Trader Joe’s a few years ago. I’m sure I killed whatever was in it.
By the time I got to my car, I already had the complete vision of a St. Patrick’s Day vignette in my head.
Shamrocks, or four leaf clovers, would be my design for this inexpensive centerpiece.
Supplies for Two St. Patrick’s Day Planters
Not counting your planters, these easy DIY planters for St. Patrick’s Day project require just a few craft supplies.
- number of planters you want to decorate
- adhesive sparkly green vinyl
- sparkly green scrapbook paper or you may want to have a pack of multiple colors
- any leftover vinyl
- green Ceramic Paint – I used Grass is Always Greener from A Makers’ Studio
- plastic gloves
- planters for the flower pots
- green moss – I love Super Moss; a box will last for months.
NOTE: You can also use clay pots and paint them.
A quick detour to Joann for green vinyl and green scrapbook paper and I was all set.
Using a Cricut to Make Shamrocks
I love using my Cricut. If you don’t have a Cricut, you can make a template of shamrocks and cut them out with scissors. You could also use a shamrock-shaped punch.
The first thing I did was use my Cricut for 3 different parts of this project:
- vinyl stickers for one of the planters
- vinyl stencil for painting the other planter
- scrapbook paper toppers for both planters
I started with the scrapbook paper for the shamrock toppers. They were about 3 X 3 inches and I made 4, but I really only needed two.
Then I made about 15 shamrocks using the sparkly vinyl. I made these smaller, about 2 inches.
Now I was ready to transform the plain planters into cute DIY planters for St. Patrick’s Day.
Decorating a Planter with Vinyl Shamrock Stickers
I decided to use the vinyl stickers on the larger planter.
Making vinyl stickers on a Cricut is one of the easiest things. You pick your design in Cricut Design Space, place your vinyl on a mat, and load it in the machine. Cricut does the rest.
After you remove the stickers from the mat, you separate them from the backing. You can either put them directly on your chosen surface or cover them with a piece of transfer tape. For this project, it was easy to put them right on the planter.
I attached them in a random pattern. That was it. Easy peasy.
For more ideas using vinyl stickers (decals), visit these projects:
- Farmhouse Stencil Sign Made with a Cricut
- Valentine’s Day Stickers with a Cricut and Punches
- How to Cut Vinyl Decals
Decorating a Planter with Ceramic Paint
For a different look for my second planter, I made shamrock stencils from a leftover piece of vinyl using the same design as the stickers.
I cut each shamrock out with scissors, leaving plenty of vinyl around the shamrock.
Then I stuck them on the smaller planter in a random pattern.
I absolutely love this Ceramic Paint. You can actually use it on so many other surfaces.
When I stencil items that are round, like glasses or vases, I find the best way to apply the paint is to use my finger. I just wear a plastic food glove, which I always have in the kitchen.
I squeeze a small amount of the green paint – Ceramic Paint for this project – on my finger and dab (stiple) it on the planter.
After adding the Ceramic Paint, I gently removed the vinyl stencil that I made. I repeated this process for all the stencils. I set this flower pot aside until the Ceramic Paint dried about 20 minutes.
You can make the coverage thin or thick. You will have a mottled effect, which was fine for a shamrock.
Here are more projects using Ceramic Paint and stencils:
- How to Decorate Plain Ceramic Coasters
- How to Make Farmhouse Decorative Tiles with Ceramic Paint
- How to Paint Glass with Ceramic Paint
Adding your Green Plants to the Planters
After Joann, I stopped at Lowe’s (they are literally 5 minutes apart) to find two small green plants. I would love to have found shamrocks, but no-go.
Instead, I found two ferns that would be just as good. Ferns are perfect for indoors, are certainly the right color, and in a few months I can plant them outside.
I bought one 4-inch Lemon Button Fern and a 5-inch Rosy Maiden Hair Fern. They have slightly different shades of green which is nice.
All you have to do is place them in the planters, stuff in a crumpled piece of newspaper, and top them with moss for a finished look.
NOTE: Make sure the ferns are well watered first.
I finish every plant with either green moss or Spanish moss.
The Finishing Touch for the St. Patrick’s Day Planters
This is when I used my 4 scrapbook sparkly shamrocks that I cut out with my Cricut.
Using my brand new Ryobi hot glue gun (which I love BTW), I glued two shamrocks to wood skewers.
Then just stick them into the plant.
Your St. Patrick’s Day planters are done. Now it’s time to use them in your shamrock decorations.
Creating Your St. Patrick’s Day Vignette
This vignette could go on a kitchen counter, a side table or your mantel. I chose to use it on our coffee table.
First, I needed a tray and used my favorite round woven one. A green and white checked napkin served as a base and added the right green color.
Next, I placed the larger of the two planters and then the smaller one.
I thought some height was needed, so I set the smaller one on a cupcake stand. They are always handy for elevating decorative items.
I added another napkin to hide the cupcake stand and add more texture and color.
A few years ago I found these green sherbet glasses at an antique mall. They are great for any dessert, like sherbet, ice cream or mousse.
I stacked them, bottoms stuck together with double-sided tape for security, in the tray. I love their green color.
A battery-operated tea candle, which has a remote, sits atop a bit more moss.
I was thinking I needed pots of gold as the finishing touch in my vignette. I didn’t have that, but another antique mall purchase (same place, same time as the sherbet glasses) is this salad plate with a pretty green motif. I have six of them and used them and the sherbet glasses in a spring tablescape a few years ago.
The plate worked fine. Now I just needed some gold coins. On a quick trip to Dollar Tree for a totally different item, I found packets of faux gold coins. They were perfect to complete my fun St. Patrick’s Day centerpiece.
Other Ideas for Using the St. Patrick’s Day Planters
If you decorated small terracotta pots with shamrocks (four leaf clovers) and small plants, this craft would be great for:
- cute party favors
- a sweet hostess gift
- table decoration at place settings
- just-because gift
You could use this same idea for other holidays and events. Just use a different design (bunnies, Easter baskets, flags, etc.) to fit the theme. I’ve done this so many times.
Here are some ways to transform a plain planter into something special.
NOTE: You can remove the stickers and wipe off the Ceramic Paint to reuse the planters.
I hope you will make these DIY planters for St. Patrick’s Day. With a little luck of the Irish, you can find a planter for $1.62. I just hope you don’t have to stand in line for 45 minutes.
Now please visit Cecilia of My Thrift Addiction and her cute mushroom makeover.
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