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St. Patrick's Day Mantle featuring an Irish Proverb

Can you believe that MARCH starts next week!?  How is that even possible?!!

I am proud to say that I (for once) am ahead of the game and have all my St. Patrick's Day decorations out already, including my decorated mantle. 

This year I decided to feature an old Irish Proverb: "A light heart lives long" which I stenciled on burlap using my Silhouette (yes.. I know, almost all my projects of late are using it, but I am obsessed with it!)

To make the wall hanging, all I did was mod podge some burlap on a piece of foam core that I picked up at the dollar store.  Then I took apart my old turkey on reclaimed wood and made a quick and easy mitered frame:

I diluted some old green wall paint and gave it a quick 'green wash' to cover up the old turkey stencil. (if you look close you can still see a little of the old paint from the outline of the turkey's head on the top board)  However, if I didn't share that with you, you probably wouldn't have noticed. In fact, I think  it actually makes the wood look more like it was truly 'reclaimed' and not just an old pallet. 


To stay in the 'old/vintage/reclaimed' spirit, the rest of the mantle features some old green wine bottles I have been saving.  And to go with them I filled some vases with corks. 

The garland is reused from last year (it is made from paint chips) and the green shamrock beads are just 4 dollar store necklaces that I cut up and fused to make one long swag.

I used a dollar store doily under the frame to emphasize it was to celebrate  St. Patrick's Day mantle and not my love of wine.  (Although I think the mantle would be super cute if I just took down the swags and the doily and made it into a generic "all season" version.)
  

The whole thing only required a $5 investment (the foam board and 4 necklaces) but I think it looks like a million bucks! 

And in the spirit of Irish proverbs.. I thought I would share this one (a favorite of mine, but too long for my mantle):

A Wish for a Friend  
Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours—
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!


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