St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland, at least according to legend, but what he really did was eliminate a lot of the old Pagan faiths by introducing Christianity. Many Pagans and Wiccans quietly protest St. Patrick by wearing a serpent pin or shirt on St. Patrick's Day. If that's not an option for you, or if you'd just like to do something a bit quirky and different, you can decorate your front door with a Spring Snake Wreath instead.
You'll need the following supplies:
- A grapevine hoop or other wreath form (available at craft stores)
- Spring greenery, such as ivy
- A bag of rubber snakes
- A hot glue gun
- Florist's wire
- Some ribbon
Start by decorating the grapevine wreath with your greenery. Don't use too much, because you'll want to leave room for the snakes. Next, arrange the snakes around the wreath, and hot glue them so they don't fall off. Depending on the size of your wreath -- and your snakes -- anywhere from six to a dozen should be fine. Just a word of caution here - don't touch the tip of your hot glue gun to the rubber snakes. Trust me, they don't like this.
As a finishing touch, tie a length of ribbon into a bow and fix it in place with the florist's wire. Use an additional loop of wire at the top to hang the wreath up.