Of all the national Saints in the world, it seems none are quite as beloved as St. Patrick. Even here in the UK, where we have four to choose from, Ole Paddy knocks spots off David, George and Andrew, (although I’m sure the Welsh, Scots and even a few fellow English might disagree!)
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated the word over, with lavish parades from London, to New York, to Sydney. Pretty remarkable for a bloke from a tiny island off the coast of Britain that would fit into Russia more than 200 times.
Maybe it has something to do with the warmth that emanates from the people of the Emerald Isle that makes having Irish roots so desirable. It certainly seems that “being Irish” is more popular than ever, as Brits clamber to get their hands on an Irish passport in an attempt to remain part of Europe.
Me? I’m a Londoner through and through and even though I have Irish ancestry just two generations back, I’ll be taking my chances in post-Brexit England. However, having spent much of my childhood in Dublin, with cousins who loved and welcomed the funny-sounding English girl into their family, Ireland holds a huge place in my heart.
As someone who loves to decorate for the seasons, it stands to reason I’d want to do something for St. Paddy’s Day so this year, I decided to celebrate with a mantel makeover and a few new makes in honour of dear St. Padraig.
Easy St Patrick’s Day Shamrock Curtain
- Cut some shamrocks out of card
- Tape to lines of clear thread
Taping down both ends of your thread will help you place your shamrocks and ensure each of your shamrock lines are even. Simply slip each shape face down under the thread and use a little tape to secure.
St. Patrick’s Day Wreath made with Garden Twine
- Wrap a wreath form with twine or wool
- Glue on an embellishment
Now you know me; I do like a seasonal wreath. I made this one with the last of my Polystyrene rings, some green garden twine and an embellishment I knocked up on the Cricut. Oh! And an Ireland flag that I just happened to have in my craft stash.
The twine was from a B&M multipack – 2 reels each of 3 colours for £2.99. Bargain! I used about a reel and a half to cover a 25cm wreath form, but I did wind it very tightly and change direction a few times to add interest. You could possibly get away with one reel, especially if (unlike me!) you think to paint the ring in the same colour BEFORE you start wrapping.
For the embellishment, use whatever you have. I’ll take any excuse to fire up the cutting machine, but you can pick up all sorts of cheapie St. Patrick’s Day bits to use.
Dotty Shamrock Mug
- Clean your mug
- Place a sticker on the front
- Using one or more Sharpies, make dots dot around the edge of your sticker
The inspiration for this idea was provided by Tasha at Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body – one of the lovely bloggers from across the puddle that I follow.
I’m a bit late to the Sharpie art party. It was all the rage a few years back when I pinned this, but it took until I “liberated” some regular white ceramics from a friend’s house move, that I finally gave it a go.
Just as soon as they’re available I plan to fill this baby with fresh shamrocks, but that’s about as much use as this mug’s ever going to get. Since I won’t be using it for anything other than display purposes, I went ahead and used regular permanent Sharpies. If you want to make one that requires washing, you should use oil-based Sharpies and bake your mugs in the oven on 350 / 177 / Gas Mark 4 for about 30 minutes.
Initially, I thought I might like something more permanent, but it seems oil-based Sharpies in the UK are like rocking horse doo doos. I managed to get my hands on gold and silver, but the only place I’ve found a full set of colours is Amazon. Ouch! Right now, I can think of far more pressing things to spend £50 on!
Not to be deterred and having liberated a fair few ceramics, I thought I’d give it a go with what I had and decorate a mug that wasn’t going to need regular cleaning. That way, after Paddy’s Day is done, I can give it a wipe and see what happens.
I’ll let you know.
So what do you think? Do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Maybe you’re planning on taking in a parade or simply raising a glass. That’s what I’ll be doing, although I won’t be drinking Guinness that’s for sure – it’s minging!! Whatever you’re doing, I hope you have a great day.
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
As always, I’d love to hear from you. If you like this seasonal craft project, please drop a note below to let me know, or come on by the Facebook Page and join in all the crafty chat.
A hui hou,