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Yesterday, I found this three-leaf clover just in time for St. Patty’s Day, and it was only $3! I had just the idea.
How to make a St. Patrick’s Day DIY Irish Blessing Wall Hanging
I love to put out a little decor here and there for different holidays. When I found this wooden clover, I realized I have never had any kind of decor for St. Patrick’s Day.
Get the File
- Paint brushes
Paint the clover with the green craft paint and allow to dry.
Cut a piece of tissue paper to the same size as the 8.5 x 11 inch paper.
Use the spray adhesive to spray the paper and lay the tissue paper over it, make sure it's smooth against the paper.
Print the free printable on the paper/tissue combo.
Spray the tissue with hairspray to make the ink stay on the tissue paper. Then, gently dry it with a hairdryer.
Remove the tissue paper from the paper backing.
Paint on a thin layer of matte Mod Podge on the clover.
Lay down the tissue paper and smooth it out as best as you can with your fingers starting from the middle.
Paint a layer of green paint over the tissue paper. The tissue will easily tear at the edges of the clover plaque. Let it dry for a couple hours.
When it's dry, pull off any excess tissue hanging off the sides.
If your clover has the shiplap look, take a toothpick and run it through the lines to get any tissue paper stuck there.
Take a fine sanding block or sandpaper and run it over the whole clover to remove any wrinkles of tissue paper.
Then, go over the edges of the clover to make them look distressed.
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How to Print on Tissue Paper
It took me some trial and error, but I found this was the easiest and best way to print on tissue paper. You can use just a regular piece of white tissue paper cut to the 8.5 x 11 size of the paper.
I used a fabric adhesive spray that is repositional. It’s called 505 spray and usually used for fabric applique. You simply spray it on and can reposition the fabric. I found it works great for tissue paper. It is expensive, but it lasts forever. I’ve literally had the same can for years and years.
I cut the tissue paper to be just a little smaller than a regular sheet of paper. Then, I sprayed the regular paper and carefully smoothed out the tissue paper. Then, I just ran it through the printer like normal.
Remove the tissue paper from the paper backing. At this point my paint was still a little tacky, so I painted on a thin layer of Mod Podge, and then I put down the tissue paper. Smooth it out as best as you can with your fingers starting from the middle.
Paint a layer of green paint over the tissue paper. The tissue will easily tear at the edges of the clover plaque. Do this all over the plaque to hide the tissue paper. Then, let it dry for about an hour.
Tear off any excess of the tissue paper around the edges. Then in those little edges between the wood, I just used a toothpick to remove the excess tissue paper.
I wanted to add a little distressing to it, so I ran a smoothing sanding block all over the clover. I used the sanding block to sand down any wrinkles in the tissue paper, and I used it to smooth out any edges of the tissue paper.
Then it was ready to hang up.
I love this little plaque because really you can keep it up year round. It doesn’t just scream St. Patty’s Day. I’ll be adding to my wall of family photos in the hallway.