Saint Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Trap Tradition

by Dinah Wulf

Saint Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Trap Tradition

Are you familiar with the Saint Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Trap Tradition? Me neither. I had to Google it!  All I knew was that my best friend Jenny from Simply Creative Ways did it every year with her daughter’s, and now that Mia is three and a half, I thought it’d be the perfect age to start (kind of like the Elf on the Shelf).


According to Irish folklore, a leprechaun is a little shoemaker that stores their gold in little pots hidden at the end of a rainbow.  They are often mischievous and like to play tricks like turning your milk green or rearranging items around your house. If they are ever captured by a human, it is said that they must grant you three wishes in exchange for release, hence the Leprechaun trap.

Here is how we made ours.

I covered an old shipping box in green wrapping paper that I had left over from Christmas. Mia and I dug through our bin of paper scraps and pulled out the green and yellow scraps.  We punched out different sized circles with various circle craft punches.

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She glued them on, along with some butterflies, plastic gold coins, and glitter shamrocks.

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We also added a paper rainbow and fluffy clouds on top to entice any unsuspecting Leprechauns.

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We also added the toilet paper roll four leaf clover we made for good luck.

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We went to outside and searched for the perfect stick in our backyard.

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Mia (with my help) tied some green yarn to the one end of the stick.

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Mia set it all up.

The Leprechaun Trap Tradition

We will set up come chocolate gold coins underneath our trap the night before St. Patrick’s Day. Hopefully we’ll catch one and get three wishes! {Fingers Crossed}

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Repurposed Flower Frog Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

Clever Repurposing Ideas for Vintage Flower Frogs

Not long ago, I posted some fun trash to treasure finds from when I went flea market shopping on Instagram. I bought this green metal object even though I had no idea what it was. All I knew was that it interested me. It was industrial looking and also one of my favorite colors.  It had a farmhouse style that just made me attracted to it. I turned it over and saw that it was made by Dazey Manufacturing Company in New York. I Googled it and found that it is a flower frog. So, what the heck is a flower frog? I Googled THAT and found that they are used inside bowls and vases to help arrange flowers and keep them into place… oh… and Martha Stewart collects them (thank goodness for Google!)!! So, since I don’t arrange a lot of flowers I thought I’d think of some repurposed flower frog ideas and find some other ideas out there too. So, here is a round-up of some fun ideas, both my own and some others I found around the web.

I love repurposed jewelry organization ideas. I turned it on its side and hung it on the wall. It holds fishhook earrings perfectly!

Repurposing Ideas Flower Frog Jewelry Holder


Source: Wedding Table Numbers

Repurposed Flower Frog for Kitchen Utensils

Flower Frog as Organizer

Source: Flower Frog as Desk Organizer

Flower Frog as Decor

Source: Flower Frog as Decor

I thought it would be cute in a farmhouse style bathroom as a toothbrush holder as well.

Repurposing Ideas Flower Frog Toothbrush Holder

Flower Frog as Pencil Holder

Source: Pencil Holder

Flower Frog as Photo Holder

Source: Photo Holder

Lastly, I brought it into my craft room and found some fun uses for it including a paint brush holder, scissor organizer, and holder for markers.

Repurposing Ideas Flower Frogs as Paint Brush Holder

Repurposing Ideas Flower Frogs to Hold Scissors

Repurposing Ideas Flower Frogs

Here are some more of my recent flea market finds:

How to Make Your Own Sugar Scrub

by Dinah Wulf

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I use sugar scrub all the time and NEVER thought of making it myself until a few months ago. So, with a friend’s inspiration, I made it, tried it, and LOVE it! So, I thought I’d share it with you! I have used it on my body, face, lips, and hands but use it mostly with a pumice stone as a foot scrub. Here is how to make your own sugar scrub.

It’s SO easy to make. I just wanted to share a few tips. Here is what you need.


  • Container
  • 1 Part Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil
  • 1 Part Brown Sugar
  • Plate or Bowl
  • Two Metal Spoons

Depending on your container size, you need equal parts coconut oil and brown sugar.

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Using to utensils, mix the two ingredients together on a plate or in a bowl. It’s important not to use your hands or fingers because the coconut oil will melt very quickly.

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Once your coconut oil and brown sugar are mixed well, use your utensils to place the mixture into your container. This way, you avoid the heat of your hands, allowing the coconut oil to stay solid.

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That’s it! I like to use this sugar scrub in the shower for my feet.  The coconut oil stays solid until you use it.  I place a little on a pumice stone and gently scrub to help with calluses and it works great! You can also use it as a body or face scrub. It would make a great gift for Mother’s day, Father’s Day, or as a teacher’s gift as well.

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Good Luck Favor with Printable

by Dinah Wulf

A Little Gold and a Pinck of Luck St. Patrick's Day Printable

With Saint Patrick’s Day just a few weeks away, I wanted to create something fun and creative for Mia to give out to her friends and teachers on Saint Patrick’s Day. I thought of this Good Luck Favor with Printable that says, “A little gold and a pinch of luck. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!” After all, who doesn’t need a little luck? This is a SUPER inexpensive way to spread some luck to your children’s friends and family.

I made a printable in two different sizes, a two inch circle and a three inch circle. You can print out these tags here:

Good Luck Favor Printable for St. Patrick’s Day

Here is a close up.

St. Patrick's Day Printable

I bought some shiny clover confetti and some plastic gold coins from the craft store. You can package it however you want. Here I placed the gold coins and a pinch of confetti in some small green paper treat bags.

Good Luck Favor with Printable

I also like the idea of seeing the gold coins and pinch of luck, so for these, I placed them in a plastic bag and cut and folded some black cardstock. I taped the two inch tag on the front.

Good Luck St. Patrick's Day Printable

Mia will give these out to her friends and teachers in school and dance class. Hopefully it will bring everyone a little luck!

In case you missed them, here are a few more fun Saint Patrick’s Day crafts and ideas:

Candy Filled Leprechaun Hat Craft

by Dinah Wulf

Candy Filled Leprechaun Hat Craft

This post, Candy Filled Leprechaun Hat Craft, was a tutorial I did for my other blog that I am officially saying farewell to. It was a lot of fun, but I quickly found out that it was more work than I can handle maintaining two blogs. What was I thinking? So, slowly I will be moving over some of my posts, over here to DIY Inspired.

This is a fun St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun hat.  I made two for Mia’s teachers last year. Here is how I made them.


  • Clear plastic cups
  • Gold, Black, and Green card stock
  • Cutting mat
  • Craft knife
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Plate or cup to trace a circle for the rim of the hat
  • Tape
  • Rubber bands
  • Plastic wrap
  • Green candies


First I cut out large circles for the rim of the hat. I found that a large cottage cheese container worked well for the type of cup I used.


Next, I cut out black strips to go around the hat and two gold squares for the buckle.


Using a craft knife, ruler, and cutting mat, I measured and cut out a buckle.


I glued the buckle to the black strip and fit it around the hat. It should fit snuggly.


Next I filled the cups with green candies.


I covered the top with plastic wrap and secured it closed using a rubber band.



You can now turn the cup over without the candy spilling. I taped the circle to the bottom of the hat and tucked in the plastic wrap around the edges.


Lastly, I slipped the buckle and black strip around the hat and secured it with tape. There you have it!

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Repurposed Bed Springs and Chair Springs

by Dinah Wulf

Repurposed Bed Spring Ideas

I have been on a roll with the antique and flea market shopping lately. I recently shared some flea market style ideas and some repurposed lighting ideas inspired by these shopping trips. Well, the other day I posted a picture of the bedsprings I bought at the flea market on Instagram and Facebook. I tried to think of some ideas, plus searched the web for some other great ones, so here is a fun round up of repurposed bed springs and chair springs.

My initial inspiration were these strand of lights I saw antique shopping.

Repurposed Lighting with Bed Springs

Here is a DIY Bed Springs Photo Holder by Four Corners Design.

Bed Springs Photo Holder

You can also print out small pictures and use mini clothespins to attach pictures as well.

Repurposed Bed Springs Photo Holder

This is an Antique Chair Spring Candle Holder from Noodle and Lou Vintage on Etsy.

Bed Spring Tea Light Holder

Votive candle holders fit well in them too.

Repurposed Bed Springs Candle Holder

I thought this Flower Holder by Sissie’s Shabby Cottage was a cute idea.

Flower Holder Bed Springs

You can also fill a tall shot glass with water and make a bud vase.

Repurposed Bed Springs Bud Vase

Here is a unique Bed Spring Utensil Holder from Junkologie.

Bed Spring Utensil Holder

This Spring Wreath from Beyond the Picket Fence is a great idea.

Bed Spring Wreath

You can turn the spring sideways and use it for desktop organization.

Repurposed Bed Springs Desk Organization

You can also use it sideways in the kitchen as a recipe card holder.

Repurposed Bed Springs Recipe Holder

This is a neat idea… a Chair Spring Garden Art from Apartment Therapy.

Chair Spring Garden Art

Lastly, how about this Wall Décor idea from The Backyard Bungalow? It’s a cute idea for spring time!

Bed Spring Wall Decor

DIY Superhero Birthday Card

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Superhero Birthday Card

I recently celebrated a birthday of one of my most favorite little boys on the planet. He is an absolute gem and deserves the best. I wanted to make him a special DIY superhero birthday card this year to give to him at his party. We had already celebrated his birthday at Disneyland earlier in the week, so I wanted to give him a little cash to let him buy something else that he wanted. So, I made this superhero money envelope complete with a superhero cape.


  • Card design printed on cardstock
  • Blue Cardstock
  • Yellow Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Felt
  • Double Sided Tape
  • Hot Glue and Glue Gun

I designed this little card on a free program, I printed and cut it out, and taped it onto blue cardstock. 

Superhero Money Envelope or Invitation with Cape

I turned it over and taped a little yellow pocket on the back to insert some money.

DIY Superhero Money Envelope with Cape

Next, I cut out a little black cape out of felt.

Superhero Money Envelope with Felt Cape

I hot glued it onto the back of the card.

Superhero Invitation with Felt Cape

Now, he can flip it up to see the money.

Superhero Money Envelope with Cape DIY

Superhero Money Envelope with Cape Tutorial

That’s it! It’s so simple and literally took me minutes. I think I waited longer for the hot glue gun to warm up!

Easy DIY Superhero Birthday Card

As you can see I love making cards and invitations. Here are a few I have done.

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Superhero Money Envelope with Cape for a Birthday

Kitchen Cleaning Shortcuts

by Dinah Wulf

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Kitchen Cleaning Shortcuts is sponsored by Bounty. All opinions are 100% my own.

Hi. My name is Dinah, and I take kitchen cleaning shortcuts. Part of this post is a little embarrassing; mostly because of the BEFORE photos. Working from home is tough sometimes. I don’t have a house keeper, and now that I’m busier than ever, I rely on shortcuts like these. Bounty to the rescue! You have to try the NEW Bounty with Dawn paper towels which cuts your cleaning time significantly! It’s pretty amazing.

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NEW Bounty with Dawn is a specially designed 2 in 1 cleaning product that combines an ultra-durable Bounty paper towel with the cleaning power of Dawn infused right into the towel. Bounty with Dawn will stand up to even tough messes and stays intact, like a dishcloth while cleaning. Bounty with Dawn can blast through tough grease and dried up food.  You will notice that my BEFORE and AFTER pictures are of things that can easily be hidden but build up dirt pretty quickly! I’m so guilty of letting it get this bad!

If you’re going to be cleaning your dishes or pots/pans, simply wet it fully and clean. I tried it on the inside the microwave oven. It also worked well on the inside of my built in trash can cabinets. You can also rinse and keep cleaning. I used one sheet per item I cleaned. And don’t worry if it’s a greasy mess because Bounty with Dawn will capture the grease in a way that allows it to rinse out.

Here is the BEFORE and AFTER of my microwave.

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If you’re going to be cleaning a mirror, glass cooktop, or other shiny surfaces, wet it out, wring, and rinse again. Or, leave the towel under running water for a few extra seconds and squeeze the water out thoroughly. There will still be plenty of Dawn to clean your surface and when it dries down the special formulated cleaning agents will disappear to a virtually haze free shine. I tried it on my toaster and coffee maker.

Here is the BEFORE and AFTER of the toaster.

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Here is the BEFORE and AFTER of the coffee maker. So embarrassing!

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Look at what came off of my coffee maker in one swipe! So gross!

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I also used it on my window sills and windows in the kitchen as well as my glass cook top and the inside doors of my double oven. I also have acrylic kitchen chairs on my kitchenette table, and I cleaned both chairs with one sheet.

A few more fun facts about Bounty with Dawn paper towels:

  • A wet sheet of Bounty with Dawn paper towel produces results that are 4X cleaner than a used dishcloth.
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I loved it so much I created a little spot for them under my sink. I added a tension rod which was the perfect size for a roll of Bounty basic and a roll of Bounty with Dawn!

Kitchen Cleaning Shortcuts

Please visit for more information on Bounty’s family of products. Thank you to Bounty for sponsoring this article!

4 Tips for Crafting with Burlap

by Dinah Wulf

Four Tips for Crafting with Burlap

Some of my most popular posts are burlap craft projects. I’ve cut it, sewn with it, stenciled it, ironed it, washed it, and even upholstered furniture with it! It gets pretty messy and you have to deal with fraying and fiber debris all over your work space. I’ve done so many projects and through the creative process, I have learned a few tricks to help make this messy medium more manageable (Messy medium more manageable? Say that ten times fast!). So, I made a short little one minute and twenty second video of 4 tips for crafting with burlap.

In this video I will address washing burlap, fraying, ironing burlap, and eliminating debris. I hope you enjoy it!

For those of you that don’t want to watch the video, here are my four tips.

Tip #1: Washing

I recommend hand washing burlap instead of machine washing. You can machine wash it in COLD. However be prepared for a messy lint trap and a lot of fraying.

Tip #2: Fraying

Use a liquid seam sealant like Fray Check to stop the burlap from fraying. Protect your work surface with cardboard and keep the sealant out of reach of children.

Tip #3: Wrinkles

You can use spray starch to iron the wrinkles out of your burlap. Use a linen (high) setting.

Tip #4: Eliminating Excess Debris

Take your burlap outside and give is a few shakes! Shake off that excess debris. Trust me. You’ll thank me later!

More Burlap Craft Ideas:

Burlap Accent Crafts:

Flea Market Style Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

Last week I shared some fantastic upcycled and repurposed lighting ideas from when I went antique shopping last weekend. I took SO many pictures that day. There was inspiration everywhere! I took a lot of photos of things that caught my eye. Most, if not all, fit my decorating style. Today I want to share more fun finds. All which represent a trendy flea market style. Because I had so many pictures, I organized this post by styles and types of fun finds including globes, marquee letters, typewriters, old signs, and industrial decor.

I LOVE globes. Mt best friend gave me one of hers because it didn’t quite fit her décor. I am forever grateful. These are just a few I saw last weekend.

Flea Market Style Globes

Marquee letters are all the rage on Pinterest. There are many many tutorials on how to make your own. These are some old ones I found. I love the blue ones best!

Flea Market Style Marquee Letters

I have yet to find the perfect typewriter at the price point I am looking for. Once I do, I will snatch it up. These are some beautiful ones that range over many years.

Flea Market Style Typewriters

Old signs add some great vintage flare to your home décor. My husband and I are always looking. We have the perfect spot, but again… this is one where the price point is tough to find.

Flea Market Style Old signs

Many retailers today remake these industrial antique and vintage items, but if you look, you can find originals right under your nose, and some are less expensive than the reproduction! I have similar items in my home that I have collected over time.  I like to mix the old with the new and modern.

Flea Market Style Industrial Decor

In case you missed them, here are some posts of my antiquing and flea market travels!

Upcycling and Repurposing Ideas for Lighting

by Dinah Wulf

Upcycling and Repurposing Ideas for lighting

One of my favorite FAVORITE things to do is go antique shopping…well, mostly window shopping. I find so much inspiration when I’m out and about. It’s trash to treasure at its finest! Last weekend, my best friend and I went to the Orange Circle and perused all the antique shops. I found a lot of great ideas for home décor and DIY projects. To narrow it down, I thought I’d put together a post of upcycling and repurposing ideas for lighting.

Let’s start with some upcycling ideas. These weren’t necessarily repurposed, but rather upcycled chandeliers that were embellished with crystals. The crystals transform these old pieces into chic and stylish.

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I’ve always wanted to do this, and hopefully I will soon. These are beautiful chandeliers in cages. I saw so many cages that would work perfectly.

Upcycled Chandeliers in Cages

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Probably my two favorites, these were made from bicycle wheels. I love the mixture of masculine and feminine design.

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I also found a few repurposed desk lamps and floor lamps.

Repurposed and Upcycled Lamps

Repurposed Lighting Desk Lamp

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Repurposed Lighting  Floor Lamp

This one is great for an outdoor patio. It is string lights with bed springs attached to them for rustic chic outdoor lighting.

Repurposed Lighting with Bed Springs

This unique orb pendant lamp is made from rusty saw blades.

Repurposed Lighting with Saw Blades

Here are a few repurposing ideas with an industrial look.

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This one is made from table legs!

Repurposed Lighting with Iron Table Legs

This window shopping trip was so fun. I took A LOT more pictures, which I’ll share soon!

This weekend, I’m hoping to attend the Long Beach Antique Swap Meet. It’s been a while since I have gone. I’m sure I’ll find a lot of great ideas there. Can’t wait to show you!

You may also like these articles of my past shopping trips!

How to Get Glue and Paint Off Skin

by Dinah Wulf

Thank you to WD-40 and Lava Soap for sponsoring this post, How to Get Glue and Paint Off Skin. All opinions are 100% my own.

Lava Soap

Question: What do all of these projects have in common?

DIY Projects with Glue

Answer: I used industrial strength adhesive to make them!

Question: What do all of THESE projects have in common?

DIY Projects with Paint

Answer: I painted all of them!

Question: What do all my projects that require glue and paint have in common?

Lava Soap for Crafters

Answer: I needed Lava Soap to clean my hands and get that tough glue and paint stains off of my skin.

Lava Soap isn’t just for Dudes that work on cars!


With the hundreds of DIY and craft projects I have done over the years, I have learned a few tricks to some behind-the-scenes occupational hazards like, how to get glue and paint off skin. Lava Soap is my go-to.

I have used Lava soap ever since I can remember.  After all, it’s been around for over 100 years (OK, I’m old but not that old)! I actually keep a bar in our downstairs bathroom next to the garage. My husband uses it after working on his Jeep or changing the oil in the cars. I use it during and after doing my DIY and craft projects.

I even have a special soap dish I keep it on! I found this one while antique shopping.

Lava Soap for DIY and Crafts

Lava soap contains pumice and pumice is a by-product of volcanic activity, hence the name Lava Soap. It’s heavy duty and honestly the best out there. It’s great for removing grease, grime, oil, ink, paint, glue, resins, caulk, and more. It also now comes in a liquid form as well. Sure it’s great for auto enthusiast, but like I said in the video, it’s not just for Dudes who work on cars!

Thank you so much to Lava Soap for sponsoring this post!

Upcycled Toy Storage Idea

by Dinah Wulf

Upcycled Dollar Bin Toy Storage

Last month I opened up the Dollar Bin Challenge that I do with some fellow Bloggers to my Facebook friends on the DIY Inspired Facebook page. I got a great response with more than a dozen emails saying they were interested. That’s when I came up with this upcycled toy storage idea for all of Mia’s little toys (there are SOOO many at this age!). Sadly, however, when it came to the due date of the Dollar Bin Challenge, only one person submitted their project. But that’s OK! I get it. People are busy and before you know it, it’s February 2015 (can you believe it?)! I can’t wait to show you what Jada came up with! First, let me show you what I did in just a few minutes to add a little pink to these match Mia’s room.

Here are the bins I found at Target for $3 apiece. Love the black and blue.

Upcycled Dollar Bin Storage

Here is Mia’s room. See? I needed to add a little pink!


I used Painter’s tape to tape off some stripes. I wanted Mia to be able to see the inside of the box.

Painted Upcycled Toy Storage Bin

I used one coat of spray paint for each side, and that’s it!

Spray Painted Dollar Bin Storage

Remove the tape after about 15 minutes, and voila!

Upcycled Dollar Bin Challenge

These bins are perfect because they are small and clear… perfect for her Legos, Lalaloopsy dolls, and Strawberry Shortcake figurines, Shopkins (the list goes on). They keep it all organized and she is able to grab the one she wants to play with and know what’s inside. Plus, it’s “pretty” and matches her room. I need to buy about five more!

Upcycled Toy Storage

Now, for the Dollar Bin Challenge! My Facebook friend, Jada Roberts from Westville, Florida made this adorable Washi tape holder. She has six kids and lives an hour away from the nearest Target and she pulled this off! Isn’t it cute?

Dollar Bin Challenge- Plastic Container

As a thank you, look out for a package of goodies in the mail! Thanks, Jada!!

Easy Upcycled Toy Storage Idea

Easy St. Patrick’s Day Cookie Pops

by Dinah Wulf


As you may have figured out, I’m not much of a cook. That’s why there are very little recipes on this site! Last year, St. Patrick’s Day fell on a Monday, so many people including myself, celebrated it on the Saturday before.  We had left over cookies from the party, and I had a playdate on Monday, St. Patrick’s Day, so I whipped up these easy St. Patrick’s Day Cookie Pops for our playdate.

Here’s what I used:

  • Cookies from the market bakery
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Cookie icing
  • Treat Bags
  • Ribbon

I had three different kinds of cookies left over.


I turned each one over and put on some cookie icing. You can also use cake icing, but I thought I’d but the bottle because it was less messy and there was no need to spread it out.

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Next, I simply added a lollipop stick and sandwiched two cookies together. If you use cookie icing like I did, you have to let the icing set and harden which takes about an hour. I recommend using small cookies that aren’t too heavy for the lollipop stick.

Lastly, I put them in little treat bags and tied a cute little green argyle ribbon.


They were a hit at the play date! It only took a few minutes to put them together. These are great for semi-homemade party favors for baby showers, wedding showers, or birthday and holiday parties. The local bakery always has fun themed holiday cookies that you can use.

Check out more of my St. Patrick’s Day ideas!