A Wee Bit Irish: St. Patrick’s Day Mantel

There you have it, our St. Patrick’s Day Mantel.  Either that, or I have got a really big head start on Gay Pride month!  :)

The phrase ” I Wouldn’t Trade You for Gold” is inspired by the lyrics in the song, “Gold” by  Interference which was included on the soundtrack to “Once”.  The lyrics actually state, “I wouldn’t trade her for gold.”, but I have taken a bit of artistic license, and dedicated this mantel to my precious little family.

If you aren’t familiar with the soundtrack, make yourself so!  We adore the album, and this song is one of my favorites.  It is very fitting indeed that most (if not all?) of the artists on the soundtrack are Irish.  Of course Marketa Irglova is from the Czec Republic.  She has such a beautiful voice.  The movie itself was filmed in Ireland (I believe mostly Dublin).

Ok, onto the details of the mantel…

St. Patrick’s Wee Bit Irish Mantel

First, the rag garland was inspired by little blue boo’s tutorial here.  She used hand dyed silk.  I used ripped strips of cheap fabric.

Here’s how we did it, modeled by Lizzie:

It took about 1 hour total for the two of us to put this together.  We just chatted, ripped fabric and knotted it on the yarn.  I loved it.  We used about 4 yards of fabric total at about 2.99/yd.  This was the only expense for the project, as I had everything else on hand.


I accept the fact that I may have a glitter addiction.

I used to think that bold, bright color was the only way to get through a tough bout of Pacific-Northwest-Raining-Season-Seasonal-Depressive-Disorder.

Now I think that the cure may be glitter.

These letters were made from scrap wood we had lying around, I simply drew up my letters, sent them out to the shop with my Partner-in-Crime.  A little sanding around the edges, a healthy smathering of Mod- Podge, a liberal dusting of gold glitter and Ta-Da!


The little yarn balls were inspired by a little glass box.  I did mine a wee bit different; I just wound the balls unto themselves (no foam core), and used a little fabric tack to secure.   I strung the little balls on some gold thread I had on hand.

Irish Blessings

I also printed up 17 Irish Blessings, and tucked them into a glass dish.  Our fireplace is used daily, as it is our main heat source.  I had the idea that we would read the blessing each evening after dinner (which is pretty much the only time we are together as a family).  After reading, we will toss the blessing into the fire, sending it out into the world.   I sincerely hope, that by March 17, things will be a bit warmer on Wilbur Road and we will not require a fire every evening.  A girl can hope, can’t she?

I will be sharing a few blessings from now until St. Patrick’s Day, stay tuned.

Oh, and the Shamrocks were just traced from a cookie cutter.  I first used a map of Ireland, then a few shades of green card-stock.

Seriously in love with the garland.  You will be seeing it again, I am sure… around June? :)

  Also, I am now overcome by the urge to make shamrock sugar cookies?  hmmm…

Are you guys having fun?  What are you doing to decorate for St. Patrick’s Day?


 linking up at:

a bowl full of lemons

skip to my lou

52 mantels

someday crafts

today’s creative

tip junkie

tidy mom


tater tots and jello

funky junk interiors

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  1. Your site is beautiful too… looooove your St. Patrick’s day mantle. I have to try that rag garland. Have a great day!!

  2. Jodi says:

    Really cute mantel. I love what you’ve done.

  3. emily says:

    SO fun! I love the colors! Your mantels always make me smile!! :)

    I’m featuring this tomorrow at Mantel Monday!! Thanks for linking up!

    • Jay says:

      Thanks, Emily! I am having a lot of fun creating them. I am pretty busy right now, so it is nice to have a focus for my creativity. Your site is really an inspiration for me to see my mantel as a curated space. I appreciate the props!

  4. Deborah Carr says:

    Your site is lovely! I love the rag garland and the yarn ball garland! You are so talented…I will be back!

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