Be Irish for (at least) a day and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with our favorite craft projects and tips. Learn a little history behind the holiday and even a few Irish phrases to tell your family and friends.
About St. Patrick’s Day
Celebrated on March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day is the time to wear green, sport clovers and drink a beloved Irish beverage such as Guinness, Beamish, or Bushmills. Perhaps you could also remember Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland who is largely responsible for bringing Christianity to pre-Christian Ireland. St. Patrick used the three-leaf clover to explain the Holy Trinity, hence its association with the holiday.
Surprisingly, St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated as a public holiday in the States before in Ireland, where it was previously celebrated only as a religious holiday. The Charitable Irish Society of Boston organized the first St. Patrick’s Day parade in 1737 and New York’s parade began in 1762. Though St. Patrick’s Day become a public and bank holiday in the Republic of Ireland in 1903, the Irish government began a campaign only in the mid 1990′s for a more secular celebration of Ireland and its culture on St. Patrick’s Day, complete with four-day festival.
For crafters, we can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with fun crafts celebrating the Irish.
Our Favorite St. Patrick’s Day Craft Project: Lucky Charm Earrings
No need for any more good luck charms when you make your Lucky Charm Earrings.
By Katie Hacker for Beadalon
* 18″ length of.015″ diameter gold Beadalon 7 beading wire
* 28 gold #2 Beadalon crimp beads
* 6 peridot 6mm bicone Swarovksi crystal beads
* 8 peridot 4mm bicone Swarovksi crystal beads
* 2 gold ear wires
* Beadstorm™ Chain Nose Pliers
* Desginer Flush Cutters
* Desginer Crimper
1. To make the teardrop part of the earring: cut one 4″ length of beading wire. Pass the end through a crimp bead, make a small loop and pass it back through the crimp bead. Crimp it.
2. Pass the wire through the following beads: crimp, 4mm, crimp, 6mm, crimp, 6mm, crimp, 6mm, crimp, 4mm, crimp. Don’t crimp any of the crimp beads yet.
3. Pass the wire end through a crimp bead, make a small loop and pass it back through the crimp bead. Crimp it.
4. Adjust the beads so they’re in the center of the wire, then crimp the outermost crimp beads on to hold the beaded section in place.
5. To make the cloverleaf shape: Cut a 5″ length of beading wire. Fold it in half and pass the ends through a crimp bead; adjust it so it’s ¼” from the fold. Crimp it.
6. Hold the wires together and pass them through a 4mm bead and a crimp bead. Crimp it.
7. Pass each wire end through a crimp bead. Bend one wire in a loop and pass it back through the crimp bead. Crimp it. Repeat this step with the other wire.
8. Hold the wires together and pass them through a crimp bead, 4mm bead and a crimp bead. Crimp the crimp beads and cut off any extra wire.
9. To attach the wires to the earring, open the lower loop on the ear wire. Slide one end of the long wire onto the loop, then the cloverleaf, then the other end of the long wire. Close the ear wire loop.
10. Repeat Steps 1-9 to make a matching earring.
Tip: Choose beads in any shape or color for an equally dramatic effect.
More St. Patrick’s Day Crafts at FaveCrafts.com
Yo-Yo Fabric Shamrock
St. Patrick’s Day Wreath
Lucky Clover Shoes
Four Leaf Clover Charm
St. Patrick’s Day Craft Tips
Remember the leprechaun’s pot of gold for a little fun this St. Patrick’s Day. Hide a “pot of gold” in the house for kids to find. Cover the bottom of a box with black felt, the top with metal circles, and fill with candy or small toys.
For a bit of Irish authenticity, incorporate “Slainte,” the Irish form of cheers, or for something a bit more difficult “Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig,” to say Happy St. Patrick’s Day (or literally St. Patrick’s Day blessing), into your craft projects. Write “Kiss me I’m Irish” as “Tabhair póg dom, táim Éireannach.” Irish is a tricky but beautiful language and there is a definite revival going on in Ireland to keep people speaking the language.
Some of the best recipes for chocolate cake incorporate a can of Guinness Stout and St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect time to try these out. Enjoy one while crafting with friends.
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