March is just around the corner, and that means it will be time for the wearing o’ the green – and not a moment too soon. After a long, gray winter, the color green is a sight for sore eyes, whether you’re Irish or just Irish at heart. With some creativity, you can transform your home or business into a leprechaun-friendly spot this month. Try one or more of these fun ideas to get started.
1. Throw a St. Paddy’s Party, or Just Decorate for One
Homes, classrooms and businesses can all benefit from some judiciously placed party decor to brighten up the place in time for St. Patrick’s Day. Green crepe paper streamers or paper garland add a pop of color when hung from the ceiling or upper portion of your walls. For a truly festive air, tie some metallic balloons to your entryway or string up some LED light garlands to attract attention.
2. Craft Your Way to Happiness With Washi Tape
If you haven’t tried washi tape yet, you’re in for a real treat. It’s a super-simple way to dress up your everyday supplies for the holiday. Decorate a plastic cup with a green band of tape, and suddenly your cookie bites seemed just a little more Irish. You can also sandwich a bit of narrow-gauge floral wire between two pieces of tape to make decorative twist ties; these ties can turn your baggies into instant St. Patrick’s Day treats. Once you get started, you may not know when to stop!
3. Be Sure Your Gifts Are Wearing Green
Regardless of what you sell, you can dress up your packaging to add a touch of emerald, kelly or lime for the season. Tab top favor boxes come in several cut patterns, and they are perfect for small gifts or collections of edibles like nuts and candy. You can also upgrade your paper bags with some snazzy green stripes – they work no matter what you sell in your shop! Florists will also love using emerald deco mesh and green tulle to make those bouquets stand out.
4. Go for the Gold
Not everything has to be green to be in keeping with St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Don’t forget that those crafty leprechauns are hiding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! Get in the spirit by using shiny gift boxes shaped like gold bars for small items or to create a fun display. You can also use treasure chest favor boxes to package candies and other boutique items.
5. Add a Finishing Touch
No gift is complete without a final twist of ribbons or a fun bow, so be sure to stock up on green ones to get you through March and the rest of spring. Green gingham makes an especially cute choice, while ribbon with mirrored plates will make a splash. For a super-cute touch, add lime green polka dot bow ties to your gift boxes. They make any package look like a leprechaun lost part of his suit after too much Guinness.
Paper Mart has everything you need to do St. Patrick’s Day right. They also provide the nation’s largest selection of packaging materials for the other 364 days of the year, so be sure to check out the other colors and styles of their packing materials and paper goods. Top o’ the mornin’ to you!