I meant to shell out the extra money and order an adorable countdown banner or bunting from Etsy for St. Patrick’s Day this year. I remembered my plan on the 24th of February, which didn’t seem like enough time to place a special order. So I decided to make one myself—limited crafting ability and all.
I simply used construction paper, a shamrock template printed on card stock, scissors, fun scissors, glue, a ribbon initially and then eventually some twine, initially some plain little clothes pins, and eventually little green clothes pins.
I also printed out the numbers on plain computer paper using the Patrick font for my numbers.
The twine and green clothes pins weren’t added until two days ago.
I hung my St. Patrick’s Day countdown banner on March 1st, as you do, with green ribbon. Let me rephrase: I hung it with super cheap green Christmas holiday ribbon, the kind that comes on a roll with red and white but it’s so cheap it doesn’t even have the ribbing to make it twirl when you run scissors along it. Yeah, that cheap. I honestly didn’t know we still owned that roll of ribbon; we purchased it while still living in the apartment. It’s been a minute.
This ribbon was the worst crafting choice of my life. I hung the first shamrock and the last shamrock (to keep the weight even) without problem. Any and every shamrock placed thereafter flipped upside down as the ribbon continued to twist and turn. I eventually made all the shamrocks after the eight face the right way, but the shamrocks before the eight would not cooperate. At all. Ever. For the life of me.
So when the twine and new green clothes pins (because how adorable are they?!) arrived from a store on Etsy, I pulled it back down and rehung everything. I love the metallic accent in the twine. I imagine I’ll use it for other things. Like tying up leprechauns.
After I hung it the first time, flipped over shamrocks and all, the boys came into the dining room, oohing and ahhing over my creation.
“Mommy, I really like your Advent calendar.”
“Uh, it’s not an Advent calendar, Buddy.”
“It’s just a countdown. Right, Mommy?”
“Oh. I really wanted to do an activity every day.”
Apparently my Advent activities and homemade calendar ruined my children for ordinary countdowns. Oh well. At least it looks cute!