As almost everyone knows, a huge part of the Irish tradition is the enjoyment of delicious stouts, ales, and lagers. And this tradition will no doubt be a part of just about every St. Patrick’s Day celebration around the world. Here’s a way that you can honor this tradition and still be a designated driver!

Beer Mug Flowers on a table.

These floral Beer Mug o’Blooms are very easy to make, and are a fun and unexpected way to raise a glass and wish your friends Sláinte!

Supplies for beer mug flowers

  • Beer mug
  • Acrylic gems, either in a gold/amber color or clear. If you use clear, just add yellow (or green) food coloring to the water.
  • Floral foam
  • Small plastic liner
  • 12 white carnations

Instructions for beer mug flowers

Beer mug full of acrylic gems next to flower crafting items.
  1. Put the acrylic gems in the mug, filling it to about 1½” from the top of the glass.
  2. Add water to the top of the gems.
  3. Cut a piece of floral foam the width of the glass and about 2-2½” in height. Soak the foam thoroughly before placing in the plastic liner or directly into the top of the mug.
Creating Beer Mug Flowers
  1. Cut each carnation stem very short — about 1-2″ — and on an angle (for easy insertion into the foam).
  2. Insert carnations into the foam from both the top and sides, creating a beautiful “head of foam” on your mug of beer!
Beer mug flowers craft in progress
  1. When inserting the stems on the side of the foam, be sure to insert horizontally so the carnation goes in straight and covers the floral foam.
  2. Keep adding carnations one at a time until you have created a nice mound without any gaps.

Carnations are very hardy, so this fun beer mug flowers arrangement should last at least a week. Be sure to add water every couple of days to keep the flowers hydrated. An easy way to do this is to simply tuck an ice cube in between the top carnations every other day. The ice cube will slowly melt, keeping the foam nice and wet and the flowers fresh.


Julie started her career in the floral industry over 30 years ago in a small, family-owned flower shop. From floral designer to author and lifestyle expert, her insight has been instrumental in developing the brand. Representing the company’s floral lifestyle vision, Julie has shared her talent and passion in numerous television appearances and national magazine features. She is an active fundraiser and longtime friend of IGHL, a group dedicated to facilitating a more independent life for developmentally challenged adults.

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