Sometimes I wonder if non-Irish and/or non-Christians have any business celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Well let’s be honest, like St. Valentine’s Day and, arguably, Easter and Christmas, we’ve secularized and commercialized what is really a sacred Christian feast day.
However, I don’t actually think we’ve “ruined” the holiday. When people celebrate the secular side of this holiday properly, they’re celebrating cultural heritage. And I love seeing people celebrate their heritage, but I love even more seeing people celebrating the heritage of others.
And even though the day is named after a Christian saint, there’s nothing religious about the celebration in Canada.
The joke is that on March 17th, everyone is Irish, so let’s celebrate the Irish culture of over four million Irish Canadians on that day.
I decided to incorporate green in my home decor to mark this celebration so I created this simple green starburst. I have put this piece together by using dried greenery, fresh magnolia leaves, and thumbtacks.
I had these green, long dried stems purchased years ago at IKEA. Luckily, I haven’t thrown them away, and I happen to rediscover them just at the right time when I needed to create something for this holiday.
To make the starburst, I bended and stapled together each stem, forming a sort of loop. I cut a piece of cardboard in a round shape and attached the loops around the cardboard as shown in the collage. I added straight stem pieces between the loops.
I traced a clover shape onto magnolia leaves and cut the leaves with scissors.
I cut a styrofoam ball in half and covered it with thumbtacks.
I placed the thumbtack styrofoam ball in the center and arranged and glued the clover shaped magnolia leaves around the ball.
To add dimension, using the florist wire, I attached some clovers around the thumbtack ball. I made a hanger piece using beige ribbon.
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