Éire Go Bragh: Ireland in a Jar

Éire Go Bragh: Ireland in a Jar

Back in July 2001, I celebrated my quarter-life achievement by taking myself to Ireland. I saved my pennies, researched and planned, and enjoyed a wondrous week abroad, visiting Dublin, Galway, and the Ring of Kerry.

One of my very favorite moments, though, was driving through the Burren- a rolling landscape of green and stone, dotted with farmhouses, churches, and livestock. The patches of green are seemingly stitched in place by lines of dry stone wall- for a girl from the Chicago suburbs, this was exotic in its pastoral simplicity.

The Burren in Ireland / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ahhh…the Burren…

Fast forward a few years  and here I am, neither 25 nor in Ireland. BUT- I have the pictures cemented in my memory and a desire to capture holidays and seasons in vintage mason jars. I did it for summer– so why not recreate Ireland in a jar for St. Patrick’s Day?

For years I’ve had this old green mason jar, and finally it will have its crafting moment in the spotlight! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Vintage green mason jar / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!

A Miniature Ireland How-to

Because I learned all about the “peat layer” while on that aforementioned Ireland excursion, I decided to recreate it in the form of reindeer moss. Besides, who doesn’t love reindeer moss??

Reindeer moss to create Ireland in a jar / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Reindeer moss…the unusual evergreen!

Reindeer moss to create Ireland in a jar / www.sadieseasongoods.com

It’s just…Peatiful!

To replicate the rolling hills, I acquired a few of those faux moss “stones”.

Add moss stone "hills" to Ireland in a Jar / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The hills are alive…with the sound of bagpipes…

But then the moment came when I decided I wanted to add a stone wall to my hills- maybe overkill, but it’s such an important aspect of the Burren! So I needed to come up with something. I headed to a local mulch/landscaping shop and after explaining my silly need for a wee bit of gravel, they graciously gave me a couple of handfuls and I was on my way! (Local shops are slowly learning that I am harmlessly crazy in my crafty endeavors!)

Recreating a stone wall in my Ireland in a Jar / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Fresh from their driveway!

Recreating a stone wall in my Ireland in a Jar / www.sadieseasongoods.com

With a little glue gun action, the walls of The Burren come to life!

And then…the Pièces de Résistance

Miniature felted Kerry sheep from Little Elf’s Toy Shop!!!

Add miniature felted sheep to Ireland in a Jar / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Sheeps for my hills!

I carefully layered everything in the green jar (using kitchen tongs!) and ta-da: Ireland in a jar!

Recreating Irish countryside in a vintage mason jar for St. Patrick's Day; Ireland in a Jar / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Irish perfection…

Recreating Irish countryside in a vintage mason jar for St. Patrick's Day; Ireland in a Jar / www.sadieseasongoods.com

How CUTE is this??

I mean, COME ON. How adorable is this?? I can’t handle the cuteness…

Happy St. Patrick’s Day…and Craft on!


PIN ME! Recreating Irish countryside in a vintage mason jar for St. Patrick's Day; Ireland in a Jar / www.sadieseasongoods.com



  1. Love this. I tried to pin but Pinterest says there are no images.

  2. Absolutely adorable! I visited Ireland many years ago, but traveled only in the North. It was truly beautiful, the people were so kind . . . . but while in Belfast I did get myself in a bit of trouble (as an American) when I stepped out into the main street to take a picture of the British soldiers driving by in their tanks. Fortunately for me, they believed me when I told them I was visiting and staying in the home of a local farmer. That is definitely a trip that I will remember for the rest of my life! Thanks for sharing and for linking up to the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop sponsored by Katherine’s Corner. Nina @ Vintage Mama’s Cottage

  3. Vianne North says:

    Cutest thing I’ve ever seen!

  4. What an awesome project to have a reminder of your trip to Ireland. Thank you for sharing with Idea Box link party! Have a great weekend 🙂

  5. this is adorable! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog Hop. Watch for your feature on Monday xo

  6. Love this! I think this will be part of my St. Patrick’s Day decor next year.

  7. Oh! How the wee people rejoice at the sight of their homeland in this far away country! What a smart lass ye are to have finagled a bit of the old country into your evr’y day simple life! We be thanking ye for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again next week. 🙂 May the Luck o’ the Irish be with ya Lass!

    Life With Lorelai

  8. My Irish family would looove this! We hope to one day go with our kids to Ireland, and of course the Italian in me says we make a stop over in Italy! 🙂 Love that you shared this on Making Memories Mondays! Yeah!

  9. This is such a cute way to remember a trip. Love how you create a small scene in the jar.

  10. Oh my GOODNESS those sheep. This is amazing. Can’t wait to see what you bring to Idea Box this week!!

  11. That is so cute!! I can’t stand it! Unique, clever, and adorable. Love your style!

  12. Such a cute way to commemorate a valuable experience! Thanks for sharing this post at the #PureblogLove Link party! The party begins againThursday night at 8 p.m. We hope you plan to link up again. We’d love to see more of your fantastic ideas!

  13. What a great way to remember your trip to Ireland! I love those little sheep too! Thanks for sharing this project at The Pin Junkie. It’s one of the features at this week’s party.

  14. Jann Olson says:

    Ireland is on my list of ‘must go to’ places. Your little jar is so sweet!! Thanks for sharing it with SYC.

  15. How adorable and it instantly conjurs up Ireland…so sweet those tiny sheep and the stone hedge…Num…wish I were on my way THERE! Thanks, Sandi

  16. Cuteness overload! The sheep just make it. I would love for you to share this gem of a post on Thoughts of Home on Thursday.

  17. oh my god..it’s super cute, Sadie..I don’t know whether I have the same patience as yours but you’re doing a great job indeed 🙂

  18. How sweet. I love this idea! Pinning it for later.

  19. Sadie this is really cute! I love that you made a crafty item based on some sweet memories.

    Thanks for joining us at TOHOT. Pinned. 🙂

  20. This is just precious! This would be a fun project to do with the grand sugars!

  21. So clever and the wee sheep–love it!

  22. Hi Sarah! This is one of the sweetest things I have seen in a while 🙂 What a fun idea and one that can be used for any trip. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with Roses of Inspiration….you definitely inspired me 🙂 Hugs!

  23. This is so darn cute. Great project for this week. Thanks for this.

  24. It certainly IS adorable! Thanks so much for sharing with us on Throwback Thursday! Hope to see you next time!


  25. DARLING! I want one!

    I’ve wanted to go to Ireland ever since PS I Love You came out. This post did NOT HELP! hahaha do you crave going back?

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Ha! I adored, ADORED Ireland…I need to go to Scotland, though, to see if I could pick a favorite. I’m such an Anglophile…!

  26. Good Morning,
    This is just so pretty, sweet and creative.
    We would love for you to share this precious project with us this coming Thursday, at Thoughts Of Home On Thursday.
    Thank you so much!

  27. Hi Sarah! I just wanted to let you know that this darling project will be featured at Roses of Inspiration tomorrow. Thanks for sharing 🙂 Hugs!

  28. Very creative. It really does look like a miniature Ireland! Visiting from Two Uses Tuesday party.

  29. Prunella Pepperpot says:

    I so love your Ireland in a jar, very clever!
    Have a great week 🙂

  30. The first time I saw this, I fell in love. I love the miniature sheep…ADORABLE! I can’t wait to share this. It’s so clever and sweet. I would love to have it in my home around St Patty’s day. Actually I think I would keep it all year round! Thank you for sharing with us on the Celebrate Your Story! Link Party. Wishing you a fabulous week- Jenny @ Paintyourselfasmile

  31. Sadie, I love the Ireland in ajar. It is so creative and original. You are talented. I love all things Irish and Ireland. I enjoy reading books on the subject,too.

  32. This is darling! And those tiny sheep are too cute! Thanks for linking up with Creative Spark last week; I’m featuring your Ireland in a Jar project at tomorrow’s party. Hope you’ll stop by and link up again 🙂

  33. How fun, and how sweet! Thank you so much for sharing at Celebrate Your Story! I am pinning this adorable project to my St. Patrick’s Day board!

  34. Oh Sarah, this one just stole my heart. Those little sheep are delightful. Ireland is on my bucket list. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm.sb

  35. I love memory jars and this one is so adorable Sarah. Thank you for sharing at Shabbilicious Friday. I’m delighted to be featuring your Ireland Jar at tomorrows party. Happy St Patick’s Day ~ Kerryanne

  36. oh gawd that is the cutest jar ever!!!!! LUV IT

  37. This is beyond ADORABLE, Sadie! You never cease to amaze me with your creative ideas. The best St. Patrick’s Day DIY I’ve seen yet. Pinning to share.

  38. Paige Pearse-Phillips says:

    Being more than a little bit Irish, I LOVE your jar with your wee sheep. Makes me long for Ireland, home of my ancestors and family still living there on the Emerald Isle.

  39. So sweet and pretty!

  40. Another fun and simple craft thanks for linking up with us at Celebrate Your Story!

  41. A trip to Ireland is on my bucket list! This is such a creative idea and fun way to capture a memory. Plus those tiny felted sheep are seriously adorable.

    Thanks again for sharing at the Celebrate Your Story Link Up Party!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Oh you MUST go! I just fell so hard in love and am desperate to return. 🙂 Thank you so much!

  42. Love your wee Ireland iconic scene! Thank you very much for sharing your BRILLIANT idea! I now HAVE to make one for myself!


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