St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner! My Facebook was filled with St Patty’s bar crawls this weekend and plenty of green beer. On Sunday, I went to Trader Joe’s to stock up on snacks for the week, and came home with some eucalyptus leaves to bring some green inside. After I brought the groceries in, cleaned up, and sat on the couch, I was staring at our credenza* in the living room, brainstorming how I could make it more festive. Plus, I had a bare twig wreath laying around that was just begging for some love. That’s when I realized that the eucalyptus leaves I trimmed off to put the branches in water would make adorable little clovers! So out came the glue gun and in less than ten minutes I had a St. Patrick’s Day wreath.
*The credenza is not really a credenza at all. It’s a bedroom dresser that was too big to fit up the steps of our rental home, so now I pretend as if it was always meant for the living room.
- Eucalyptus leaves
- Hot glue gun
- Find sets of three with similar shape and size
- Put hot glue on one leaf, right above the stem
- Place other two leaves, in a figure eight, on top of the hot glue spot
- Now hot glue the clover on to the wreath
First, find sets of three that are similar shape and size. You may want to lay them out as a clover to see how it will look. I had decided to do three leaf clovers instead of four. I tried one with four leaves and it really just looked like a pile of leaves. Because the eucalyptus leaves are so round, there wasn’t much room to add a fourth, while still showing a stem. But feel free to give it a go!
Then, place a blob of hot glue on the base of the center leaf, just above the stem.
Quickly, before the glue cools, take the two other leaves to form a figure eight, with the stems hidden behind.
Place the leaf figure eight down onto the hot glue, ensuring that both leaves touch the glue so they will stick.
Now you have your clover! Pick it up and double check the glue will hold.
Here is a picture of the back of it, so you can see how the pieces fit together:
After that, all that is left is to hot glue them to your desired wreath, in whatever pattern you choose. I decided to keep it simple with just a few clovers in the corner. But I can envision the entire wreath turning into a field of eucalyptus clovers. Have fun with it!
I’d love to see what kind of St. Patty’s decor you’ve come up with in your home. Have a wonderful day, friends!