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Make St Patrick's Day Crafts and Cards

Updated on August 24, 2017
St. Patrick's Day Card with Woman and Harp
St. Patrick's Day Card with Woman and Harp | Source

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?

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St. Patricks Day 3D Pop-up Cube
St. Patricks Day 3D Pop-up Cube | Source

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 leprechaun
St. Patrick's Day card with leprechaun | Source

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 Card with Carousel
St. Patrick's Day Card with Carousel | Source

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

St. Patrick's Day Card with Crocheted Shamrocks and Irish Roses
St. Patrick's Day Card with Crocheted Shamrocks and Irish Roses | Source

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?

Card with Crocheted Shamrock
Card with Crocheted Shamrock

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

A Little Birdie Told me You're Irish
A Little Birdie Told me You're Irish | Source
St. Patrick's Day Card with Stamped Leprechaun
St. Patrick's Day Card with Stamped Leprechaun | Source

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

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      We don't celebrate it in the Caribbean but I love to watch the activities surrounding it, like your lovely crafting projects, nightcats. I really liked your crocheted embellishments on the cards. Nice personal and creative touch!

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      Shelly Sellers 4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      The St. Patrick's Day Pop Up Umbrella is darling!

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @verymary: Me too, me too!

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      Mary 5 years ago from Chicago area

      I'll be making yummy corned beef & cabbage!

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      opatoday 5 years ago

      WOW

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @StaCslns: Thank you so much!

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @Ruthi: Thank you! I made three of them recently and gave them away as St. Patrick's Day RAKS (random acts of kindness)

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      StaCslns 6 years ago

      I really liked this! Your crocheted card is beautiful!

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      Ruthi 6 years ago

      Great St. Patrick's Day cards and crafts. I really like those pop-up cubes.

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @Julia Morais: Many thanks.

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      Julia Morais 6 years ago

      Great lens with wonderfully creative crafts.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Congratulations on front page honors and....shhhh, I'll be sure not to tell anyone about the crafters secret you mention about holidays. I love that you make your own embellishments, what a beautiful touch that will be treasured by the receiver.

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      Erin go Bragh my dear ... lovely crafts.

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @seosri417: Thank you!

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      seosri417 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @Squidoo-Fans: Many thanks.

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      Squidoo-Fans 6 years ago

      Beautiful Lens!!! A lot of great ideas.....

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @anonymous: So 'tis, so 'tis.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      3 days to go.................

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @intermarks: Thank YOU and Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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      intermarks 6 years ago

      Very nice Patty's craft lens. I love the St. Patrick's Day house, and I will make definitely make some. Thanks!

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @MelonyVaughan: Many thanks.

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      MelonyVaughan 6 years ago

      What a fun lens!

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @BLouw: Thanks for visiting.

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @goo2eyes lm: I have never been to Ireland. I'd love to go. The rabbits sound fun.

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      Eileen 6 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

      Nice lens and some great ideas

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      Barbara Walton 6 years ago from France

      Some beautiful card and craft ideas. Thank you.

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      goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

      very nice indeed. i went to ireland but made it only to the shannon airport. saw lots of rabbits running around in the green meadows. it was a beautiful sight.

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @eilval: Thanks for visiting.

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @Scraps2treasures: Green mashed potatoes? Oh yuck! But yeah, I bet the kids adore them. Thanks for the nice comment about my card.

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      Scraps2treasures 6 years ago

      I make a special St. Patrick's Day meal for the kids where nearly everything is green! My kids love the green mashed potatoes :)

      Your St Patrick's Day Carousel Card is beautiful, by the way.

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @John Dyhouse: The parade is always lots of fun. I love the one here in Vancouver.

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      John Dyhouse 6 years ago from UK

      I should do more but usually just watch the parade

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @PTurner56: That is SO funny! Thanks for posting, Peggy O'Turner.

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      PTurner56 6 years ago

      The only things I do are to wear green, and to start everybody's name with an O' or Mc. In other words, I become Peggy O'Turner. My girlfriend becomes Cheryl McSease, and so on. Oh, and I have a home-made pin I wear that says "Kiss my a--, I'm Irish. Great ideas here and very nice lens!

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @Gypzeerose: Thank you so much for your lovely comment and thanks so much for the blessing.

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      Rose Jones 6 years ago

      I have a lens on receiving postcards and I tell you right now - those cards would look mighty pretty in my mailbox. :) Seriously, I am very impressed that you do all that for your friends and family - they must really value you. Lovely lens indeed. Angel blessed!

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @Loganor: Perhaps you could make her one??? Thanks for visiting.

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      Loganor 6 years ago

      My Mom would love to get a card like that

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this lens.

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @julieannbrady: Erin go Bragh to you too!

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @Kailua-KonaGirl: Wowee, can I come spend St. Patrick's Day at your house? Thank you so much for the blessings.

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      Happy St. Patrick's Day to you my dear. I've celebrated this day quite a bit in the past ... even tried some green beer. Erin go Bragh!

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      June Parker 6 years ago from New York

      I'll be cooking some lamb, making colcannon, baking Irish soda bread, and drinking Guinness stout after going to the parade. I do love the cards you created here; especially the one with the crochet shamrock. *Squid Angel Blessed* and added to My Squid Angel Blessings 2012 to the "Holidays & Celebrations » Saint Patrick's Day" neighborhood. lf you would prefer being featured in the Crafty Mag category let me know and I'll change it.

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      dahlia369 6 years ago

      Fun holiday and fun lens. Loved your collection of cards! :)

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @Blackspaniel1: Thank you!

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @Missmerfaery444: Thank you!

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @jolou: Me too! If I remember in time ...

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      Blackspaniel1 6 years ago

      Nice lens

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      Missmerfaery444 6 years ago

      Lovely lens, your cards are beautiful!

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      glowchick 7 years ago

      Great lens~ love all the crafty ideas!

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      jolou 7 years ago

      I always wear green on St Pat's day.

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