Sunday, February 27, 2011

Lucky Charms

The house has been void of holiday decorations for a couple of weeks now. Partly because I'm lazy, but also because I never decorate for holidays other than Halloween and Christmas. Something came over me today though. The mantel looked naked and I haven't made anything in a loooong time. Look, isn't it purdy?

I have an affinity for four leaf clovers. My mom can sniff them out and has found hundreds, no joke. In fact, she's the reason why I love them so much. One of my favorite things is sharing that moment with my mom where she swipes her foot across a patch of grass and magically plucks out a four leaf clover. I even have one tattooed on my left wrist. So, not putting a clover in the house for St. Patrick's day seemed sacrilege.

Here's a little history on the clover:

Saint Patrick was said to have used the shamrock as a sign of the trinity with the leaves meaning faith, hope, love and should there be a fourth, it would mean luck. The truth behind this story is questionable only because it came 1,200 years after Saint Patrick's death and there isn't any evidence (how's that for a story?). It's also said that in 1620, Sir John Melton wrote: "If a man walking in the fields find any four-leaved grass, he shall in a small while after find some good thing."

Well on to the project. You'll need:


Paint (I used green and white)
Hot Glue

Start by making an outline of a clover. An easy trick is to make four hearts with tips that meet in the middle.Then just add a stem. Cut it out.

I quickly painted it white. Yeah, I know the cardboard was already white, but the edges were showing brown and I wanted a sharp, fresh white.

Then I took a piece of art paper and painted it green. 

Grabbed a frame and slapped a coat of white over the half-assed silver spray paint job I did on it over the summer.

Fit the clover on the green paper. Fit the paper on the frame and glue 'er up. 

I dig.

<3 dani

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  1. I like your mantel - and the clover looks good on there. Thanks for the history of the clover. I heard about the three leaf clover history but not about the fourth leaf. Thanks for the idea!

  2. Dani, Love tihis! It would be perfect for my mantle too! I keep it simple and unclutter like yours. Thanks so much for stopping by my site! I will be back here to see more of your great ideas! Thanks

  3. oops, Mantel not mantle- where's spell check when you need it?


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