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Make St Patrick's Day Crafts and Cards
St. Patrick's Day is a Little Bit of Heaven for Crafters
This pages displays a number of cards and other adult craft projects to make for St. Patrick's Day. Video tutorials and information about tools and supplies are included.
Shhh! Don't tell anyone but this is the way it is: Crafters view holidays as an excuse to create a project. St. Patrick's Day is particularly appealing to us because of the beautiful green colors we can use and the whimsical nature of the holiday. The images associated with this special day are images that stir our imagination.
Leprechauns, shamrocks, rainbows, pots of gold, green beer, Irish men in top hats -- Not to mention the Celtic designs and shapes and memorabilia. What's not to like about March 17?
This page features some of my St. Patricks Day craft projects and cards, past and present.
For some of them, I've included directions or links to directions in case you want to try something similar when St. Paddy's Day rolls around again.
When is St. Paddy's Day?
St. Parick's Day falls on March 17 every year.
Poll: What's The Best Thing About St. Patrick's Day?
What do you like best about March 17?
St. Paddy's Day Pop-up Cube
Hanging Ornaments for St. Patrick's Day
These three pop-up photo cubes are made with Celtic clip art images that I have resized and edited in Photoshop Elements. .Each photo cube is decorated with a combination of ribbons, lace, rickrack and buttons. Each ball has a ribbon or rickrack hanger.
The cubes will flatten down for convenient mailing and will pop up when the envelope is opened.
The complete instructions for making the photo cube, including a video demonstration, are available on my web site.
St Patrick's Day Card with Checkered Ribbon
I had some wide green and white, checkered ribbon in my stash. It was really too wide for most paper craft projects that I do, so I decided to challenge myself to use some of it on a St. Patrick's Day card.
Combined with some green scrapbook paper, a sticker and a stamped sentiment, it made a rather nice greeting card. I added a row of white, store-bought lace along one edge.
St Patrick's Day Carousel Card
Okay, I agree that a Merry-go-Round horse isn't really a St. Patrick's Day theme.
However, I had this Carousel Horse stamp from Make an Impression, a stamp company in Washington state. I had used the stamp for Christmas one year, making a gold, heat embossed horse with red and green flowers. I thought it might be fun to see what I could come up with for St. Paddy's Day.
The green checkered paper is left over from the Checkered Ribbon card above. The horse is colored with Twinkling H2Os. Assorted punched flower and shamrock shapes find their way onto the page, as well as a stamped sentiment. On some of the cards I made, I attached a real feather, courtesy of my friend's moulting budgie. (How's that for using what you've got handy! LOL)
Video: Make a St. Patrick's Day House
This whisical little St. Patrick's Day House is made from a cut up pizza box. I traced the pattern from the Sweet Chips Little Folding House Kit, which is sold on Amazon or perhaps at your local craft store.
I decorated the little house with 3-D St. Patrick's Day stickers and other items that I had in my stash. The "stones" in the yard are made from clear glass beads with flat bottoms. I glued green paper on the bottom to give the beads a green glimmer tone. The "green grass" is made from green colored sprinkles, also from my stash.
Video Demo: Making a Whimsical St. Patrick's Day House
Hand Made St. Patrick's Day Card with Crocheted Edging - Why Not Combine two Crafts?
I'm not a big fan of buying a lot of expensive trims and embellishments for projects. Gluing pieces of purchased items together doesn't feel very creative to me. Therefore, I decided I would try to learn to crochet and make a few crocheted embellishments for cards. This is not a great example, but its among my first pieces of work.
The crocheted edging with the Irish roses and the shamrocks is done from a free pattern found online. My blog has the details .
Otherwise, the card is made from card stock, scrapbook paper and a bit of ribbon. I dry embossed the white blocking using a Cuttlebug embossing folder.
Debate: Embellishments: Buy 'em or Make em?
I've mentioned elsewhere on this page that I shy away from a lot of purchased embellishments. Yes, I know that many of the items for sale in the craft store are eye candy, so gorgeous I practically drool. Nevertheless, unless these beautiful things are on sale at a highly reduced rate, I usually go home empty handed.
For one thing, the cost is prohibitive. I do not have an unlimited budget for crafting.
Secondly, when I make projects that focus highly on purchased elements, I do not feel very creative. It feels like I am just gluing pieces together.
Having said all that, I have sometimes made an exception and purchased beautiful elements. When I made a Sweet 16 scrapbook album for my granddaughter, I choose matching papers and embellishments because I wanted a stunning result.
How about you?
Do you think purchased embellishments are preferable to hand made ones? Why?
St Patrick's Day Card with Crocheted Shamrock
This St. Patrick's Day Card has another example of my rather limited crochet skills. This crocheted shamrock is the same shamrock from the Irish Rose and Shamrock Edging shown above.
The picture is free clip art printed from the computer. I added the sentiment in Photoshop and printed the image out onto matte photo paper. I then covered the image with glitter, using the Burnished Velvet technique that was developed locally by two gals from Be Creative Stamp store in Pit Meadows, BC.
This link leads to a video demonstration of Burnished Velvet Technique.
A Little Birdie Told me You're Irish
Stamped Leprechaun Card for St. Patrick's Day
Top O' the Morning'
This hand made card has a traditional Irish image -- a stamped leprechaun colored with markers and triple blocked on white and green card stock.
The leprechaun is a rubber stamp from Art Impressions.
It's not showing here, but inside the card I have printed out a St. Patrick's Day poem.
Video: Round Mini-Album with St. Patrick's Theme - Dawggone Irish
This video displays a rather unusual mini album with a St. Patrick's Day theme. It's a circular album that fold flat or stands upright. I cut it from 12 by 12 card stock, using the largest circles that I could fit into that size paper. I used a large bowl or plate to create the circle shapes.
The project is a small scrapbook, created as a bit of St. Patrick's Day fun for an Irish friend of mine. It contains pictures of her dog, and the book's title is "Dawggone Right I'm Irish".
Embellishments include stamped and colored images, embossed papers, stickers, photographs, tags, poetry and ribbon.
Did you know Erin go Bragh means "Ireland Forever"? Please leave a comment and tell the world how you celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
© 2011 June Campbell