Lucky in Love St. Patrick’s Day Card and Pedestal

Today we have a guest post from Stefanie Girard from Sweater Surgery! She’ll be sharing with us an easy way to decorate for St. Patrick’s day. For more great tutorials, be sure to check out her blog!

Stefanie Girard, St. Patrick's Day

Good thing we have lots of holidays to celebrate as it gives all of us card makers and crafters lots of reasons to get our paper, recycled cardboard, and die cutter out. After crafting with my heart dies for Valentine’s Day, I knew I could then use them to make clovers and shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day and that is just what I did for this card.

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In addition to die cutting 3 hearts to make the clover for the card, I die cut the words “lucky”, “in,” and “love” using all different fonts and dies with my Sizzix die cutter. To make the stem of the clover I just trimmed by hand a scrap of the green glitter paper I used for all the other elements.

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In addition to my Lucky in Love St. Patrick’s day card, I wanted to make a little pedestal for my vintage wedding cake bride and groom. The glitter cardstock was a bit too flimsy so I went to my pantry-one of my best sources of recycled cardboard. A Chex cereal box was perfect! I was careful where I die cut the cardboard as to maximize the green areas of the box. I did add a small square of the coordinating green plaid paper on the top of the die cut pedestal for an added element.

I hope you have fun with this “green” craft and are lucky enough to celebrate St. Patrick’s day with someone you love!

How are you celebrating St. Patrick’s day?

Upcycled “Lucky” Die Cut St. Patrick’s Day Necklace

Today we have a guest post from Stefanie Girard from Sweater Surgery! She’ll be sharing with us an easy way to decorate for St. Patrick’s day. For more great tutorials, be sure to check out her blog!

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Words make a great subject for statement necklaces and die cutting recycled plastic is an easy way to make words for your statement necklaces. I like to use the plastic from take out containers with my die cuts to make jewelry.

The surrounding plastic left over from the die cut makes a great stencil for future projects so don’t throw it away!

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To color the plastic a Krylon silver leafing pen works great on the backside of the plastic.

To poke the holes for the jump rings I used a large embroidery needle. I simply held the plastic on self healing cutting mat and worked the needle into the plastic from one side until it went through a bit and then from the other side enlarged it more to accommodate the diameter of the jump ring.

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Decide how long you want your necklace and add chain to each side along with your favorite type of clasp and you have yourself a pretty statement necklace featuring the word “Lucky.” I bet your friends will want one too, so you might as well make a bunch to give them for St. Patrick’s Day.

Have you ever made jewelry out of recycled materials?

St. Patrick’s Day Crafts

Erin go bragh (Ireland forever for those of you who don’t speak Gaelic)! It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day and you know what that means. Rainbows, leprechauns, shamrocks, and lots and lots of green!

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Since we are all Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, we thought you might be looking for some great ideas for fun projects to celebrate. So, we’ve rounded up some of our favorites here.

  1. Show your Irish spirit and protect yourself from those St. Patrick’s Day pinches with a DIY Shamrock Shirt from A Little Craft in Your Day
  2. Get the luck of the Irish with this four leaf clover charm you can add to a bracelet, brooch, or keychain from FaveCrafts
  3. You could add this shamrock bow from Dollar Store Crafts to a wreath or basket or make a smaller version to wear in your hair.
  4. Display your love for all things Irish with Shrinky Dink necklaces and pins of Irish maps and sayings from Merriment Design
  5. Display this crocheted pot of gold from FaveCrafts on its own or add it as an accent on a crocheted beanie
  6. Decorate your home for the holiday with these paper shamrocks from Hoosier Homemade
  7. Make a fun table centerpiece with a tissue paper four leaf clover bouquet in a painted shamrock mason jar from Creative Cynchronicity
  8. Package your St. Paddy’s Day chocolate gold coins in sparkly treat bags from FaveCrafts
  9. String art has made quite a revival in the past few years and this shamrock version from Darice is absolutely adorable
  10. Display your lucky four leaf clover in this pretty pendant from Rook No. 17
  11. Wood shims become mini pallets and in turn, they become charming St. Patrick’s Day wooden pallet wall art from View From the Fridge
  12. Use simple thumbtacks to make a lovely shamrock canvas with this tutorial from Roubinek
  13. Make mason jar luminaries for the holiday with this project from Mom 4 Real
  14. Start your spring planting in these gold shamrock painted flower pots from Handmade in the Heartland

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So, what will you make to show your Irish spirit this St. Patrick’s Day? Let us know in the comments below.

 

7 Lucky Horseshoe Crafts

You don’t have to have a western themed home to embrace the horseshoe. Horseshoes are now almost a staple in modern and rustic decor. There are some really talented Etsy sellers that have mastered the art of crafting with horseshoes and I envy them most days! I only have horseshoes from my horseback riding days and finding them at the barn. I also have some vintage horseshoes from my grandfather when he worked on a farm in Wisconsin as a boy. I treasure those horseshoes and I don’t think i could alter them in any way. However, I do plan to look for some horseshoes at antique shops this summer – and you can too!

There is a debate as to which way horseshoes are to be hung in a home. Some say that hanging them with the open side upwards keeps all the good luck in the home. If the horseshoe is turned upside down, the luck will fall out, which will bring bad luck to the home. Others seem to say that turning the horseshoe upside down lets all of the luck pour out into the home. For me, an upside down horseshoe makes me cringe!

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up and my love of horseshoes and anything related to horses, I’ve gathered up 7 Lucky Horseshoe Crafts we can all try. Similar to the horseshoe debate, there is also the “lucky” debate between four leaf clovers and three leaf clovers. Growing up, I always knew that finding a four leaf clover was next to impossible – but after hours in a field at day camp, I finally found one. But if you’re Irish (and I am a little bit Irish), you know that the three leaf clover is the traditional symbol, the shamrock. People tend to get hot-headed over this difference for some reason. I promise you, no matter which way you hang your horseshoe or which clover you like best, there’s lots of good luck to spread around before St. Patrick’s Day!

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  1. Horseshoe Plate Holder from Elizabeth Jones Designs
  2. A Wee St. Pat’s Pallet Sign from Fynes Designs
  3. Horseshoe Candle Holder from Simply Country Life
  4. Lucky Horseshoe Pallet Sign from Fynes Designs
  5. Good Luck Horseshoes from Texas Craft House
  6. Lucky Golden Horseshoe Sign from French Knots
  7. Horse Shoe Photo Frame from Cut Out + Keep

 

 Horseshoes up or down? Three leaves or four?

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Patrick’s Day Crafts: How to Draw a Shamrock

Drawing tutorials like these are such fun and festive St. Patrick’s Day crafts for kids!

This post brought to you by Kathy Barbro

I’ve been teaching kids how to draw for over ten years now, and I love to see them get surprised at what they can do. Breaking things down into simple steps really helps, and this shamrock drawing is a classic example. I recommend it for kids ages 6 and up. You can find many more of my How to Draw tutorials at my site, www.artprojectsforkids.org.

How to Draw a Shamrock

Materials:

• Watercolor paper
• Watercolor paints (I used Prang 16 Oval Set which comes with two
greens)
• Brush, water
• Metallic Gold Pen Marker, extra fine point

Instructions:

How to Draw a Shamrock

1.   Fold the watercolor paper in half to make a card. Draw about five cross shapes lightly with a pencil. Some may be upside down.

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2.   Lightly draw hearts around the three short ends. Make them as fat as possible without touching.

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3.   Use a dark green paint to trace the lines and fill in. Older students may add shadows near the center.

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4.   Use a lighter green to fill in the background,leaving a white edge around each shamrock. If only one green paint is available, add extra water to lighten.

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5. Trace the main lines with a gold paint pen. Add angled lines inside each leaf.

Love this tutorial? Check out Kathy’s projects on AllFreeKidsCrafts.com!

How are you celebrating St. Patrick’s Day?

New Ideas: 12 St. Patrick’s Day Crafts for Kids

Do you have little leprechauns running amok in your house? St. Patrick’s Day is a blast for little ones, and it’s easy to see why. After all, how many chances do you get to wear every shade of green in your closet and try to find your very own pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? No matter how you choose to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day, one thing remains the same: celebrating St. Patrick’s Day is tons of fun! And thanks to 12 St. Patrick’s Day Crafts for Kidsyou and your loved ones can bring a little luck with you everywhere you go on the luckiest day of the year.

From leprechauns to gold coins to rainbows, you will find everything you need to decorate and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style with this charming new eBook from AllFreeKidsCrafts. From the second you start crafting these fun and festive St. Patrick’s Day projects, your house will be filled with the luck of the Irish. With these St. Patrick’s Day crafts for kids, you and your family will be well on your way to your most entertaining celebration yet.

12 St. Patrick's Day Crafts for Kids

Leprechaun Ideas for Kids

Leprechaun Ideas for KidsLeprechauns are joyfully mysterious creatures, parading around as the mascot for this entertaining holiday, and it’s that mischievous energy that makes leprechauns a kid-favorite craft idea! Every year, people search high and low for these mythical men. With the crafts in 12 St. Patrick’s Day Crafts for Kids, you’ll now know where to find them. Kids simply love crafting these cute little men in funny hats, and with leprechaun crafts like these Cupcake Liner Leprechaun Beards (pg. 5) your home will be filled with Irish cheer in no time.

 

 Rainbow Crafts for Kids

Rainbow Crafts for KidsSure, green is the go-to color when it comes to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use every color of the rainbow to show how much you love this cheerful holiday! Plus, if you make some of these rainbow crafts for kids, they might just lead you to your very own pot of gold! St. Patrick’s Day crafts like these are the best way to make your house simply overflow with holiday cheer, and projects like these Rainbow Windcatchers (pg. 8) are just one of the perfect decorations to hang around the house.

Other St. Patrick’s Day Craft Ideas

Other St. Patrick's Day Craft IdeasSt. Patrick’s Day simply isn’t complete without shamrocks and pots of gold! With all the wonderful projects in 12 St. Patrick’s Day Crafts for Kids, you will have hours of fun for the whole family planned out for St. Patrick’s Day. The best thing about this collection of St. Patrick’s Day craft ideas is that there’s no rule…except to use as much green as you possibly can.

 

 

 

12 St. Patrick's Day Crafts for Kids

 

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How do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your kids?

St. Patrick’s Day Crafts: 24 DIY Jewelry Projects

It is less than a month until St. Patrick’s Day. Are you excited? I know I am! The stunning shamrocks, the green colored pancakes, the four-leaf clovers, what’s not to love about this fun holiday? Want even more reasons to be excited for St. Patrick’s Day? We have twenty-four for you! Below you will find 24 DIY Jewelry Projects for St. Patrick’s Day. From earrings to bracelets to necklaces, there are so many options for you in this collection of holiday jewelry for this fun and exciting occasion.

DIY Jewelry Projects for St. Patrick's Day

 

If you are in need of some green for this festive occasion, AllFreeJewelryMaking has got you covered. It’s a well-known rule you are supposed incorporate green into your ensemble on St. Patrick’s Day. These homemade jewelry projects are an easy way to avoid a few pinches this St. Patrick’s Day and create an enviable green jewelry project.

 

St. Patrick’s Day Earrings

Pot O'Gold EarringsYou don’t need to follow a rainbow to find a pot of gold; you can simply follow this charming tutorial for Pot O’ Gold Earrings. These cute DIY earrings are perfect for getting you into the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day. Find more festive homemade earrings here:

 

 

St. Patrick’s Day Bracelets

Irish Crystals BraceletThis Irish Crystals Bracelet is the perfect design, whether you want something extra special for St. Patrick’s Day or just want to show some Irish pride. Find this DIY bracelet pattern and more in our list of homemade bracelets for St. Patrick’s Day:

 

St. Patrick’s Day Necklaces

Four Leaf Clover PendantHandcraft your own cute and quirky Four Leaf Clover Pendant in time for St. Patrick’s Day! Find the perfect pendant project or DIY necklace for you in this collection of fun and festive necklace designs:

 

Shamrock Pins

 

BONUS: Be sure to view the rest of this collection, and check out even more jewelry tutorials for St. Patrick’s Day! For more holiday jewelry and other stunning patterns, remember to visit AllFreeJewelryMaking.com.

 

 

 

What is your favorite thing about St. Patrick’s Day?

St. Paddy’s Day Printables to Envy

There’s nothing easier than a good, printable craft, and today you’re lucky enough to have found four! Over at AllFreeHolidayCrafts.com, we know that with the unpredictable weather, sometimes it’s best to take it easy when it comes to crafting. That’s why we’ve decided to share these free printables with you. Stay at home and print out these fan favorites so you can decorate for St. Patrick’s Day without leaving the house, and avoid that winter weather!

Chalkboard Irish Blessing

Chalkboard Irish Blessing The Chalkboard Irish Blessing is our personal favorite St. Paddy’s Day printable. The modern pattern makes it a great fit for any room of the house and the saying truly celebrates Irish heritage. Transform a blank sheet of paper into your favorite holiday decor piece for March when you add this printable to an old frame you have lying around the house. Handmade decorations are made simple with this easy-to-follow tutorial and the included free printable! This easy craft will have you decorating for St. Patrick’s Day without having to step outside.





Pot O’ Gold Cupcake Picks


Pot O' Gold Cupcake Picks

If you’re looking for a party printable for the holiday, these Pot O’ Gold Cupcake Picks are a great place to start. If you plan to have some guests over to celebrate the holiday, these printables will help you transform an average dessert into a festive and fun holiday tray. What’s more, with a free printable all you’ll have to spend cash on is paper and ink — two materials you’re sure to have stashed at home. Pay no attention to the winter weather, you can make this printable craft without bracing the next snow storm.



Lucky Day Printable


Lucky Day Free Printable Looking to further enhance your holiday party plans? Why not add a fun favor to the mix? With some quick help from your printer, you’ll be ready to transform the Lucky Day Printable into handmade party favors in hardly any time at all. These cute printables also make great classroom handouts for children that have a school holiday party to attend. Pick up a few packs of chocolate coins and clear plastic baggies from the dollar store and your St. Patrick’s Day craft is complete!







Somewhere Over the Rainbow Printable


Somewhere Over the Rainbow Free Printable

The Somewhere Over the Rainbow Printable is a darling, decorative craft which offers the perfect amount of holiday style to your holiday table. Easy St. Patrick’s Day crafts like this one are perfect for the last-minute crafter. Since everyone’s favorite Irish holiday has a tendency to sneak up on us, this simple, free printable makes crafting for the day a cinch! Grab a bit of ribbon, an old frame, and start decorating today.



Which printable is your favorite?



Sew the Perfect Gift

LOVE HOLIDAY CRAFTS? Win a copy of Sew the Perfect Gift: 25 Handmade Projects from Top Designers from Martingale & Company! The deadline to enter is March 4, 2014 at 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Featuring an assortment of handmade gift ideas from top craft designers,Sew the Perfect Gift makes for a wonderful source of inspiration for crafters just like you.

 

 

Lucky You! 12 St. Patrick’s Day Crafts for Kids and Adults

St. Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday that doesn’t cause a lot of stress for those who celebrate. All you have to do is decorate your home with some festive green and gold, make some Irish food, and you’ll have a wonderful St. Paddy’s Day; it’s that simple! Like the holiday, the crafts in AllFreeHolidayCraft’s latest free eBook, Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 12 St. Patrick’s Day Crafts for Kids and Adults are fun, simple, and spirited. This awesome eBook will give you some of the luck of the Irish. With everything from shamrock wreaths to a sign made out of pennies to gold rocks, this collection of St. Patrick’s Day crafts is sure to help you make a magical day for everyone – no matter how big or small. These decorations will help your family believe in leprechauns and pots of gold at the end of rainbows. Make this St. Paddy’s Day the best one yet with Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 12 St. Patrick’s Day Crafts for Kids and Adults. Get started today!

 Happy St. Patrick's Day! 12 St. Patrick's Day Crafts for Kids and Adults

St. Patrick’s Day Crafts for Kids

Magical Gold Rocks Kids love to create things, and they especially do during the holidays. We have gathered some of our clever and cute St. Patrick’s Day crafts for kids to help bring you together this holiday season. Using almost any material, you can make a St. Patrick’s Day craft that your little ones will feel lucky to have! One particularly great St. Patrick’s Day craft for kids are the “Magical Gold Rocks” (pg. 32). Once finished, use these rocks to do a hunt for “leprechaun gold.” Simply hide these gold rocks like you would Easter eggs and let the kids search for them. You could also hide chocolate coins around with them to give them something more to search for. There are many more unique ideas included in Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 12 St. Patrick’s Day Crafts for Kids and Adults for you to start working on with the wee-little-ones!

 

St. Patrick’s Day Decor Ideas for Adults

Shamrock Tree Decoration If your little ones are grown, don’t fret! Our eBook, Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 12 St. Patrick’s Day Crafts for Kids and Adults includes an array of décor ideas for adults, too. The simple and easy St. Patrick’s Day ideas included in this collection like the “Shamrock Tree Decoration” (pg. 12), are all beautiful and unique ways to bring some subtle St. Patrick’s Day fun to your house. The “Rustic Shamrock Wreath” (pg. 23), for instance, is also a sophisticated decoration that is sure to make a statement. Show off your Irish spirit and display this easy craft for St. Patrick’s Day in your home this holiday season.

 

 


Amy Tangerine Prize Pack

LOVE HOLIDAY CRAFTS? Enter to Amy Tangerine Gift Pack from American Crafts! The deadline to enter is February 25, 2014 at 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Are you always ready for spring? Then the Amy Tangerine Gift Pack from American Crafts is the perfect scrapbooking kit for you. This adorable selection of spring-inspired scrapbooking materials will have you on your way to your best scrapbook yet.

 

Say No To Snow: Start Working On These Spring-Inspired Crafts Now

This post is brought to you by Mary Egan from CraftFoxes.

 

As springtime approaches, crafters are sure to be switching their focus from sweaters and wreaths to flowers. Whether you’re sewing flower-patterned sundresses or looking to upcycle some old items from your winter closet, there are plenty of crafting opportunities in the spring. You may not be able to plant flowers just yet, but at least you can crochet some tulips and daisies in the meantime! We’ve rounded up some spring-inspired crafts to help you get started.

Spring Chickens

In the spring, Easter is a favorite holiday for many people. This adorable pattern for crocheted chicks is simple and perfect for crochet beginners looking to get into the springtime spirit. Though it’s a simple pattern, These little chicks would look on a windowsill even before the flowers begin to sprout outside!

Check out this CraftFoxes for all the details on these crochet Easter chicks. FaveCrafts also featured a variety of crochet crafts for Easter. You can create a large decorative piece like an Easter Egg Wreath or Crochet Bunny Peep and make a huge impression when the day arrives.

Spring Cleaning & Upcycling

People often associate warmer air and sunnier days with spring cleaning! When the cold weather is carried away, it’s nice to freshen up your home. Upcycling is one way to streamline your space without breaking the bank. For example, old jeans can become a denim rug, refashioned t-shirts can be stitched together into a quilt, and those winter sweaters can be made into a messenger bag.

For more details on upcycling old clothes, visit CraftFoxes! Sick of your old sweaters? FaveCrafts features a collection of 15 creative crafts to make them new again.

St. Patrick’s Day Attire

St. Patrick’s Day is another fun spring holiday! It’s always fun to wear some festive green clothing, so be sure to check out these great outfit ideas for St. Paddy’s Day. From the adorable head-to-toe in green outfit for kids to a simple, green, clover-shaped brooch to pin on your shirt, there are so many creative opportunities.

To see all of these great St. Patrick’s Day outfits, visit CraftFoxes! For even more super lucky wearables and crafty ideas, check out FaveCrafts’ collection of 17 St. Patrick’s Day projects.

First Flowers of Spring

For those of us who live in the colder climates, it can take some time before actual flowers start sprouting. Sometimes you need to make your own flowers, and these knitted dahlias are sure to bring some color to your home. For this project, you’ll need green, dark red/wine (or desired color) and yellow-green yarn. This gorgeous little pattern will tide you over until the spring weather arrives.

CraftFoxes offers full instructions to make this knitted flower pattern. Add to your bouquet by creating a Diver Down Flower using a knitting loom.