Easy St. Patrick’s Day Crafts
Today, I want to share a couple of easy St. Patrick’s Day crafts that I put together to make a decoration for my front porch.
How to Make Shamrocks from Pipe Cleaners
First, I made a bunch of shamrocks from pipe cleaners.
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First, join 2 pipe cleaners (one green, one gold) by twisting them together at one end.
Continue to twist the pipe cleaners together all along their length.
You will need 3 of these double-twisted pipe cleaners to make 1 shamrock.
At one end of one double-twisted pipe cleaner, bend it into a heart shape.
I actually got the idea for making these shamrocks while I was making heart-shaped napkin rings from red pipe cleaners for my Valentine’s Day dinner party. Click on My Romantic Valentine Home Tour to see the napkin rings.
My brainstorm went like this: “You know, if I put four of these hearts together at right angles, it makes a shamrock shape.” Aha!
At the other end of your double-twisted pipe cleaner, create a second heart shape.
Twist the middle of your pipe cleaner to join the 2 hearts together.
The shamrock is a type of clover, typically with 3 sections to each leaf. But, it is considered lucky to find a 4-leafed clover. Because St. Patrick’s Day celebrates the luck of the Irish, I made all of my shamrocks in the shape of 4-leafed clovers!
It takes 4 hearts to make 1 shamrock. Simply create 2 of the double-heart shapes and then place one on top of the other at right angles.
Voila! You have the shape of a shamrock leaf!
Then, attach the third double-twisted pipe cleaner to make a “stem” for your shamrock leaf. Simply twist the end of your stem into the center of your 4 heart-shapes to hold them together, and you’re done with your first shamrock.
Create as many shamrocks as you want!
How to Make a Leprechaun’s Pot of Gold
Next, I made a “pot of gold” as a home for my shamrocks.
- Pebbles (I already had these, purchased at the Dollar Tree last year for another project).
- Kilz spray primer (white)
- Rustoleum metallic gold spray paint
- Rustoleum spray paint handle
- Home Right spray paint shelter
I use a Home Right spray paint shelter for projects like this. You can see in the photo that I have it set up on a card table in the doorway of my garage.
The spray paint shelter is great for keeping any overspray from getting on things in the area where I’m working.
First, I spray painted the pebbles with Kilz spray primer. After drying about 30-40 minutes, I turned the pebbles over and primed the other side.
I didn’t take pictures of these 2 steps.
Then, I repeated the process with the gold metallic spray paint, painting both sides of the pebbles.
In-between steps, I allowed the paint to dry about 30-40 minutes.
I was twisting the pipe cleaners and making the shamrocks while I waited for the paint to dry.
St. Patrick’s Day Pot of Gold
Now, I was ready to put my two projects together to create a Leprechaun’s Pot of Gold with shamrocks growing out of it!
We have a vintage, stoneware bean pot in a green color. It makes a perfect place to stage my St. Patrick’s Day decoration.
I stuffed the bean pot with wadded-up plastic grocery bags to within about 2 inches from the top.
Next, I simply added my gold painted pebbles and my shamrocks!
My pot of gold sits on my front porch to give the place a little St. Patrick’s Day spirit.
Irish Legends: The Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow
According to Irish folklore, there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. It was put there by the fairies, and it’s guarded by leprechauns.
As the legend goes, you can find the pot of gold if you are lucky and clever enough to catch a leprechaun. He will take you there only if you keep your eyes on him. But, the clever leprechauns have ways of making you look away.
Here are 3 links to more information on the Irish legend of the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow:
- A Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow via Holidays.net
- The Leprechaun Legend via Fantasy-Ireland
- The Legend of the Leprechaun via Hub Pages
My Lucky St. Patrick’s Day Pot of Gold
Well, I’ve never met a leprechaun, but I have a lucky pot of gold sitting on my front porch for St. Patrick’s Day.
Maybe it will bring me the good luck of the Irish!
How about you? Are you doing any decorating for St. Patrick’s Day?
Let me know. I’d love to hear from you.
Enjoy Life Creatively!