Our friend Lisa Pace wrote a wonderful book
titled Delight in the Details(2010), in which she
demonstrates more than 40 vintage-inspired embellishment techniques.
Her "Painted Ribbon Bloom" (page 104) was so lovely and simple, we
decided to adapt it as a wearable embellishment. Let this be a lesson:
If you can make it green, you can probably make it for St. Patrick's
The technique we added to Lisa's craft involved the miracle of
double-sided adhesive paper. It has become our preferred "glue" for
glitter projects. In this case, the shamrock medallion is made by
applying the adhesive paper to cardboard, cutting a circle, sticking on
the shamrock image, and sprinkling it with glitter. You couldn't achieve
this kind of result with glue!
This simple St. Patrick's Brooch is elegant and versatile. Like Lisa,
you may choose to use it as an embellishment for a card (see Tips) or scrapbook page. Or just pin it on your
jacket, scarf or hat, and proudly proclaim being pseudo-Irish!
Ribbon, 5/8" wide, 20" of green grosgrain and 20" of metallic
Ultra fine glitter, gold.
Double-sided adhesive paper (we used Grafix® Double Tack).
Foam mounting squares.
Detail or manicure scissors.
Pin back, self-stick.
Hole punch, 1/8", or awl for poking a hole in the ribbon and
6" lengths of green ribbon and three 6" lengths of gold ribbon. Mark the
center of each length at 3" with a pen dot.
Fold both ends of one green ribbon in to the marked dot,
overlapping the ends by 1/2". With a 1/8" hole punch or an awl, punch a
hole through the three layers of ribbon at the marked dot. Insert a
brad through the hole. Repeat with the remaining green ribbons, and
again with the gold ribbons. You should have a stack of six ribbon
loops, green then gold, skewered on a single brad.
Arrange the ribbon loops to
radiate evenly, showing alternating colors from the front, green on top and gold on the
bottom (see template on download sheet).
Cut a 1 1/2" diameter circle from the cardboard (a template is
provided), and punch a hole in the center. Insert the brad and bend the
points to attach it tightly to the ribbon rosette. This is the back of your
St. Patricks Brooch.
Peel the paper film off of one side of a 3" x 3" piece of
double-sided adhesive paper and adhere it to a piece of cardboard.
Trace a 2" circle in the middle and cut it out with decorative-edged
Cut out the shamrock vintage image with fine detail scissors. Peel off the remaining protective paper from the circle and place
the shamrock image in the center, pressing down firmly. Over some scrap
paper, sprinkle ultra fine gold glitter on the exposed adhesive paper
around the shamrock image, and shake of the excess.
Affix a double-sided adhesive foam mounting square to the center
of your ribbon rosette, over the head of the brad. Remove the
protective paper from the foam mounting square, and adhere the
glittered circle with the shamrock image to the center of the ribbon
Stick a self-adhesive pin back to the back of your brooch.
Pin your St. Patrick's Brooch to your jacket, and prepare to be
Let's face it - guys can't often wear a glittered brooch in mixed
company. However, guys can send a St Patrick's Day card and never raise
an eyebrow. We folded a bunch of 5" x 7" cards from pewter card stock.
With some double-sided adhesive paper, we created a narrow glitter-lace
strip down the center of each card. We attached a St Patricks Brooch to
the front. This is a "lucky charm" of a card!