I don’t do much to decorate for St. Patrick’s Day, but I do like a touch of the color green here and there. Two places in my home always seem to get some sort of holiday decor look – my front door and my dining room table. This Leprechaun Hat Centerpiece gives me a chance to celebrate both St. Patrick’s Day and spring in one pretty project. The centerpiece can be made with either silk flowers or fresh flowers for two different looks.
This pretty centerpiece is inspired by 1800 Flowers.
I love to make craft projects out common household items. In this case my project started with something that is always right at home in my garden – a clay pot and matching saucer. You can even use old garden pots as long as they are well cleaned. See how to clean clay pots here.
Clay pots are perfect for holiday craft projects. They can be used over and over again with a fresh coat of paint and a new idea.
Here is how to make this fun Leprechaun Hat Centerpiece.
Gather up your supplies. For my project I used these items:
- 1 – 8″ terra cotta pot
- 1 – 10″ terra cotta saucer
- block of floral foam
- silk greenery – I chose Pansies, Forsythia, Onion Grass and Ivy sprigs
- I small gold colored picture frame
- Green and black acrylic craft paints
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- For a different look, use fresh flowers. I made the fresh flower version of this centerpiece using some prefectly coordinated green and white flowers that were sent to me by 1800 Flowers.
The first thing that I did was to measure the bottom of my plant pot and then made a template for the size of the inset area. Then I hot glued some floral foam together to fit that size. (I did this because I did not have a piece of floral foam large enough for my pot. If you do, just trim it to the size you need.)
It’s painting time!
Now, it is time to get painting. I painted the saucer and bottom part of the pot a deep green, and then painted the rim of the pot black. Normally, painting takes a long time to dry, but not so with clay pots. They sucked the paint right up and were dry in no time at all!
Once the paint is dry, hot glue the upside down clay pot to the upside down saucer to form a hat shape. Add a couple of dots of hot glue to the back of the small picture frame to make a buckle for the hat brim.
Time to get pretty!
Take your piece of floral foam and poke the greenery stems in it in a pleasing way. I used the onion grass to give the centerpiece a shape and filled in with the pansies, and forsythia. I also added a few purple asters for some extra color and to make sure it was filled in well. Attach the foam to the hat shape with hot glue, and fill in around it with some moss to hide the foam.
That is all there is to it. So quick and easy – my favorite kind of project. I love the way that the flowers look like they are sprouting right out of the top of the hat!
The Leprechaun Hat Centerpiece looks fine on its own, or add a pretty framed St. Patrick’s Day Printable for some extra decoration and luck.
May the luck of the Irish be with you for St. Paddy’s Day and may spring be just around the corner, too!
You can make this centerpiece with real flowers too!
This fun centerpiece is so colorful and whimsical. It will look great in the middle of your party table. My tutorial shows how to make it with silk flowers but if you make it the afternoon of your party, you can use fresh flowers, too, by just wetting the foam and arranging them.
As luck would have it, I have received an arrangement of fresh flowers from 1800 Flowers. They sent me this pretty St. Patrick’s day flower arrangement with wonderful shades of green and white.
The flower arrangement looks lovely in the little basket, but I took it apart and used the flowers in it for my centerpiece to show how pretty my centerpiece looks with the real deal. The pretty green stems and dyed carnations look right at home in my Leprechaun Hat Centerpiece, too!
For more clay pot projects be sure to check out these posts too:
You can find more 1800 Flower St. Patrick’s Day flower arrangements here. Thank you to 1800 Flowers for giving me the inspiration for my fresh flower version of this lovely centerpiece.
Print out the project directions here:
Leprechaun Hat Centerpiece
- Paint the clay pot bottom green and the rim black. Plant the saucer green. Let them dry.
- Cut your floral foam to the size of the bottom of your pot and arrange the flowers and greenery in it.
- Turn the pot and saucer upside down and use hot glue to attach them in a hat shape. Hot glue the buckle in the middle of the black area.
- Place the foam and greenery on the top of the hat and hot glue them in place.
- Add some moss to hide the greenery. Display proudly
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