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Chicago’s Green River – Free Printable

st. patrick's day printable

Today’s St. Patrick’s Day DIY combines three of my favorite things – – Chicago + Irish + Tradition… and mixes these three things using one of my new obsessions – – the waterlogue app for iPhones & iPads.

Like I mentioned earlier in the week, Chicago is filled with lots of Irish tradition and a lot of green celebration this time of year. As I prepare for a weekend of celebrating in Chicago, I found myself scrambling for meaningful, GREEN, and creative gifts for some of the amazing Irish people in my life.

Usually our family exchanges some sort of a little Irish gift, and I wanted my contribution to be unique and meaningful… without breaking the bank of course. This is what I cooked up this year…
A personalized watercolor picture of one of my all-time favorite Chicago traditions. (For you non-Chicago readers, this pic is a snapshot of the famous Chicago river being dyed GREEN for St. Patty’s Day. The plumber’s union started this annual tradition years & years ago and still dye the river to this day. It’s truly amazing to see the river transform into a sea of neon green within minutes! Chicagoans crowd the river to watch the plumbers work their magic while listening to bagpipers. Once the river is dyed, the crowd heads a few blocks to watch the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade roll through Grant Park).
I especially love this tradition because it has grown to be more than just a unique Chicago tradition, but more a day I look forward to spending in the city with the O’Connor clan. A picture of our staple tradition seemed like the perfect fit for this year’s Irish gift.
Not to mention this was like easiest/cheapest gift ever! (Could be the PERFECT hostess gift this weekend.. hint, hint my fellow Chicago peeps).
To make this (or one like it)
1. Plug the image of choice into the waterlogue app on your iPhone or iPad
2. Swoon at its beauty
3. Print
4. Cut
5. Frame
6. Wrap
7. Celebrate!
Because we LOVE our readers (and realize that we get a lot of reader love from the Chicagoland area), we want to share this amazing print with you… FREE. Download your own Chicago Green River Printable HERE. Slap it in a frame and use it for a festive hostess gift this weekend… or just plop it on your shelf for your guests to enjoy as they celebrate!
I love, love, love the picture itself and adore the meaning and tradition that lies within this snapshot.
I got these fun straws from the $1 section @ Target (ironically, another one of my favs) and used them as embellishments on the green packages…
Cheers to YOU finding some time to celebrate the luck of the Irish over the next week. If greens not your thing, I hope you at least have a chance to download the waterlogue app and play around. Seriously, a.m.a.z.i.n.g and dripping with framing potential…. all FREE! Irish or not, this just became your LUCKY DAY. Cheers.
Last chance to download this FREE PRINTABLE in honor of one of Chicago’s greatest holiday traditions….
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  1. Trang

    I love this idea. Chicago is one of my very favorite cities and I love visiting yearly. Although I’ve never attended the St. Patrick’s Day festivities, I am in awe of the tradition. I used your photo posted from this year’s celebration and downloaded an Android app to see what creations I come up with. Such vivid colors in this year’s photo. It’s going to look fabulous! Thank you!

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    1. DIY Playbook

      So happy you used the photo! And yes, you’ll definitely have to visit Chicago during St. Patrick’s Day one of these years. It’s always a good time!

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  1. Trang

    I love this idea. Chicago is one of my very favorite cities and I love visiting yearly. Although I’ve never attended the St. Patrick’s Day festivities, I am in awe of the tradition. I used your photo posted from this year’s celebration and downloaded an Android app to see what creations I come up with. Such vivid colors in this year’s photo. It’s going to look fabulous! Thank you!

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    1. DIY Playbook

      So happy you used the photo! And yes, you’ll definitely have to visit Chicago during St. Patrick’s Day one of these years. It’s always a good time!

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DIY Colorful Kicks

st patricks day shoes
Guess what these two irish ladies will be celebrating ONE WEEK from today?! St. Patrick’s Day! Living in the Chicagoland area, St. Patty’s day is quite the celebration. Parades, bagpipes, a green river, soda bread, lots of shamrocks… these goodies are just the start of the irish tradition that sneak up every March. Since Casey and I both come from Irish clans with the last names that start with O’, of course we have lots of green festivities in store over the next week. To “kick off” the celebration of all things green, we introduce you to this year’s St. Patrick’s day footwear of choice.
DIY painted shoes
DIY Colorful Kicks! For under $10, these personalized gym shoes will be the perfect touch o’ green to my green ensemble and will keep me comfy all day long. Before we get into the details, let me first say this requires absolutely NO painting skills and is definitely a ROOKIE craft. With a pretty random tape job and dabbing some shades of green on these puppies, these colorful kicks are a no-brainer!
painted shoe supplies

Supplies:
Deco-paint (3-4 colors)
Sponge brushes
Painter’s Tape
A pair of white canvas shoes (I picked mine up for around four bucks at Walmart, but I know Payless Shoes, K-mart & even Target carry these as well).

taped shoes
To start off, I randomly taped one shoe in a geometric pattern that covered as much of the white as I could. Trust me when I say there really was no rhyme or reason to the taping, just random taping.
DIY shoe tutorial

One thing I do like about how these turned out is the top/front of the shoe. I taped the shoe in a way that the toe area would have a solid color, and I really did like how that turned out. You, of course, don’t have to create yours this way, it just worked for me.

shoe painted
painted canvas shoes

When I was done taping the first shoe, I tried to mirror the tape job on the second shoe. It’s definitely not perfect (actually, you don’t even really have to do both shoes the same if you don’t want to), but I tried. With so much “going on” all over the shoe, if you miss an area or if one part is completely different than the other shoe’s equal part- I really don’t think anyone would be able to notice.

painted shoes
DIY shoe tutorial
When both shoes were finished being taped, I made sure ALL of the tape was very secure along my tape lines. Having the tape secured onto the shoe is ESSENTIAL in making sure the paint doesn’t bleed onto areas that are supposed to stay white. Once you feel confident that the tape is in place, it’s time to paint!
green toes

I started off with the mini paint brush, but realized I liked using a small sponge brush instead; both are completely acceptable! I painted all of the untaped areas by switching off shades of green (trying to make sure the same shade of green was never next to itself). I followed that same color pattern on both shoes.

green shoes

Once both shoes were painted, I let the paint dry (only took about 1/2 hour…. tops).

shoes final

I peeled off the tape and realized that I loved the green but didn’t love the large strips of white that were still remaining. If you love the design more simple like this, you’re all done! But if you’re like me and want MORE color, repeat the taping & painting process once again.

green shoes
This time, it’s okay to tape on top of the previously painted, dried areas (keyword: DRY).
st. patrick's day shoes
Add some more pops of color and wait for the paint to dry.
diy painted shoes
close up shoe
st. patty's day shoes
When you remove the tape the second time, you’re left with festive green kicks that will work perfect with your St. Patty’s Day gear! 
geometric shoes

But if you’re not in the market for hot green shoes, first let me tell you- I understand and respect that. These do have a little 80’s flair to them don’t they? However, using a variety of different colors could work for these shoes and make them far more versatile than just Irish Apparel. These could be the perfect accessory for…

– Your next tailgate party (MVP Fan with your team’s colors painted on your shoes!) You’ll probably win some extra ‘cred’ from your +1 too #bonuspoints

Baseball season is right around the corner, any die hard fans out there?

– These could be perfect for kids (in their favorite colors or even in their school colors… go team, go!)

– Any fellow teachers in the crowd? I know us teachers are always in the market for something that reflects school spirit on Fridays! #helloreasontowearjeans

Teenage Craft Night– because what teenage girl doesn’t want to gossip about what the boys are up to while crafting with her BFF’s?! Plus, the girls will already have something to wear on Monday without having to try on everything in their closets Sunday Night.

–  Easter’s around the corner, this is dripping with easter basket potential if you ask me! I can see it now – – little feet running to find easter eggs in these little pastel kicks.

– The possibilities are endless really!

DIY geometric shoes

Regardless of how you make these colorful kicks work for you, all I know is…
1. I will be rocking these green kicks as I celebrate all things Irish this weekend
And 2. I will never be a shoe model

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  1. Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog

    So cute! I’m starting to plan my green outfit for our Saturday celebrations. These shoes also remind me of my childhood… I couldn’t tell you how many pairs of these white shoes I went through when I was younger. I love the idea of making a pair for college football season too!

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  1. Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog

    So cute! I’m starting to plan my green outfit for our Saturday celebrations. These shoes also remind me of my childhood… I couldn’t tell you how many pairs of these white shoes I went through when I was younger. I love the idea of making a pair for college football season too!

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