Enjoy St Patrick's
Day crafts with a little
"makin' o' the green!"
Patrick's Day, March 17, grew from a religious feast day in the early
17th century into an all-out, all-things-Irish international holiday by
20th century. It is a wonderful excuse for St Patrick's Day crafts,
the guidelines are clear - make it green.
Many St Patrick's Day crafts are
wearable, because they are meant to demonstrate pride in being Irish
for a day. Handmade green clothing, hats, scarves and jewelry are very
popular. Many decorate their homes with green banners, door
wreaths and decorations. And for the traditional corned beef
and cabbage dinner, create your own handmade napkin rings, table favors
The theme of the day is green, green, green. By February, one
can find green tinsel garland, green flowers, shamrocks of every ilk,
clay pipes, harps, Irish hats, and Celtic embellishments in
every crafts store. But the fun is in making your own decorations that
declare, "I am proud to be Irish-(fill in nationality)!"
Yes - we are both of Irish descent and our blood runs green. In that
spirit we've created some St Patrick's Day crafts that really "get
the Irish up."
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Pin this St. Patrick's Brooch
to your jacket, and prepare to be kissed. This is the essence of
simplicity: the ribbon rosette of green and gold is simply skewered on
a brad. The shamrock image and glitter are both affixed with
double-sided adhesive paper. Really, you could turn out enough of these
for a St. Patrick's Day parade during one chorus of "How Are Things in Glocca Morra?"
St Patrick's Puzzle Blocks
are a versatile decoration. And you can rearrange them to create six
different vintage scenes of Victorian Ireland! The technique is so
simple. You transform plain 2" wooden blocks with cut images and
decoupage medium. The result could charm the gold away from a
dangling on a bracelet of leprechaun's gold! They look like
hand-painted porcelain, but they are really magical "shrink plastic."
All you need is an ink jet printer and an oven to make these bangles
for St. Patrick's Day.
Wear one of these St Patrick's Pins or Pendants
and have the luck of the Irish all day. The beautiful magic comes from
polymer clay, metallic pigment powder, and iron on transfer sheets -
and the heat of your oven!
Proudly display your pseudo-Irish heritage
with this vintage-style St
Decoration! There is much here to be proud of, especially
recycling those heart-shaped Valentine candy boxes with a little green
paint and a little Irish ingenuity.
Many Symbols of St Patrick's Day
Ah, it makes my Irish blood proud to see the wearin' o' the blue. Yes,
that's right. Saint
was the traditional color for St. Patrick's feast day, first celebrated
on March 17 in the early 17th century. Saint Patrick (died
cir. 460 AD)
is one of Ireland's patron saints, famous for banishing snakes from the
island, and for using the three-leafed shamrock to symbolize the Holy
Trinity. In fact, it was the Irish Catholic custom of wearing shamrocks
on the lapel - "the wearin' o' the green" - that turned the whole
country Kelly Green by the 19th century.
St Patrick's Day is
observed (through bleary eyes) in Ireland, Great Britain, Canada,
Australia and America, and much of the English-speaking world. Parades
celebrate Irish culture, people wear green to avoid being
and stout sales go through the roof - and we make decorations and send
greeting cards festooned with Irish national symbols. Interestingly,
the vintage images we have come to associate with St Patrick's Day
cards of the late 19th century are American inventions, and never got
much traction in Ireland.
Although St Patrick's Day was declared an official Irish holiday in
1903, it was widely celebrated through the 19th century, and brought to
America by Irish immigrants. The three-leafed shamrock is the most
predominant symbol, because of its direct association with Saint
Patrick. Often depicted in vintage images is the Irish harp,
a stringed folk instrument legendarily played for Irish kings
on the Hill
of Tara. Scenes of Ireland's landscapes, lakes, bridges and castles
adorned early greeting cards. White clay pipes and walking sticks
called Shillelaghs are also traditional. Snakes have a cameo role, as
do pigs, potatoes and horseshoes, symbolizing prosperity and
luck. "Erin Go Bragh" proudly declares, "Ireland Forever." Leprechauns
and their pots of gold, oddly enough, don't
get associated with St Patrick's Day until late in the 20th century.
St Patrick's Day is a celebration of cultural pride, not just for the
Irish, but for everyone who values their heritage.
Did you know...
"The pig was just as important a symbol on Saint Patrick's Day cards as
were shamrocks. If you owned a pig, you were fairly prosperous and
would not go hungry. A sow with many piglets was real wealth. Ask a
farmer in any agrarian society how important the owning of animals is,
whether they be pigs, chickens or cows... The shamrock meant luck but
the pig meant life itself." From Postmarked
Yesteryear, by Pamela E.