Published on March 8th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe0
Five Eco-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day Projects
St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. If you’ve got party plans in the works, why not spice things up with a little bit of DIY action? By focusing on using eco-friendly materials, you can make this the greenest St. Patty’s Day party ever.
1. St. Patrick’s Day Banner
Whip yourself up some pretty, St. Patrick’s Day bunting with our fabric scrap banner tutorial. Just choose fabric in green, white, black, and a little bit of yellow. You could also applique pots of gold and other St. Patty’s-themed designs onto the triangles to make things extra fancy.
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2. DIY Green Beer
Green beer is a St. Patrick’s Day staple, but traditional, chemical-laden food colorings are not healthy for you or for the planet. This year, try making your own green food coloring from natural ingredients like spinach! Spinach-based coloring can have a bit of a flavor to it, so this is best in a strong-tasting beer, like a hoppy IPA. Think Sierra Nevada.
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3. Shamrock Boutonnieres
Nobody likes getting pinched, but if you forget to wear green to a St. Patrick’s Day soiree, it’s bound to happen. Help your guests out with cute little shamrock bouquets! Use reclaimed or recycled green paper and bits of ribbon or yarn from your stash and follow Martha Stewart’s simple tutorial. You can set these out in a pretty bowl for any guests who arrive unprepared!
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4. Origami Four Leaf Clovers
While origami instructions normally call for using origami paper, you can green this up by using magazine pages or junk mail instead. Just keep an eye out for green paper, cut it into a square, and you’re ready to fold an origami clover! These would look pretty scattered on a table or displayed in a big, glass bowl.
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5. Four Leaf Clover Headband
Turn a boring old headband into a festive affair! First, use ribbon or skinny, long fabric scraps to wrap the headband, like in the video above. Then, cut a four leaf clover out of recycled felt and sandwich the headband between the clover and a smaller felt rectangle. A few dabs of fabric glue should secure things in place nicely.
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