St. Patrick’s Day Centerpiece: Blooming and Edible Leprechaun Hat!

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It's said that everyone is a little bit Irish on St. Patrick's Day! This leprechaun’s hat centerpiece makes a festive and edible centerpiece for your celebration and table!

While a leprechaun is hard to catch, this St. Patrick’s Day centerpiece and leprechaun’s hat is easy to capture and create with using clear glass vases, candy and flowers!

In addition to your vases, you'll need to fashion a buckle. (You can cut one out of paper and attach it to your ribbon if you prefer). I found a buckle with the sewing notions at Hobby Lobby for $2.49, less 40% with a weekly coupon.

Black 2-inch grosgrain ribbon (also at Hobby Lobby and 50% that week) was the right size to thread through the buckle. I snipped the metal prong off the buckle using pliers to thread the ribbon through.

I used the same method as with my  Valentine’s Day table centerpiece and my favorite recycling tip –> reuse the plastic netting bag that avocados come in! The produce netting bags that citrus and avocados come in are strong and flexible, making them an ideal material to support your flower stems and saves you the step of taping off a grid pattern on your vase.

Cut the netting to size to fit the top of your smaller/inner vase. I used wide clear packing tape which makes it quick and easy to secure the slippery netting to the vase. Tape the netting to the sides of vase, stretching it to keep it tight as you tape. The tighter the netting is, the more support the flower stems will have. Daisies, mums, carnations and alstroemeria are all affordable and long-lasting options for white flowers and are usually available at the grocery store.

Use the green candy of your choice, filling in between the walls of your vases as decoration and to conceal your flower stems. I used green jelly beans. Add water to your inner vase and then your flowers, using the grid to arrange and support your stems. (Daisies and mums are easier to arrange through the netting if you cut them apart). Attach the ribbon with buckle to the vase with double-sided tape or tape of your choice.

Place your vases on a clear plate or platter and add more candy to create the brim of your leprechaun hat and edible centerpiece!

I did a little Irish jig when I spied St. Patrick’s Day ribbon sporting leprechaun hats and shamrocks! The ribbon came Michaels and was 50% off. I used wired floral picks to attach the ribbon. Wire floral picks are available online or on the floral aisle at the craft store and come in different lengths (mine were 7 inches).

Make loops with your ribbon and shape and arrange to your desired size to tuck in among your flowers.

Glittery shamrocks add wishes for good health, good luck, and happiness, in addition to some sparkle, known to attract leprechauns. ;)

Place your blooming leprechaun hat on a cake plate or pedestal if desired as a centerpiece for your table!

You can see my Blooming and Edible Leprechaun Hat at my St. Patrick's Day table, here.

Suggested materials:
  • Nesting glass vases, one smaller, one larger   (Target for smaller, had larger glass bowl)
  • Glass plate or platter   (Target)
  • White flowers: daisies, mums, carnations or alstroemeria   (grocery store)
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Mary @ Home is Where the Boat Is
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