12 Wearable St. Patrick's Day Crafts and DIY Projects
Best of all, no luck is needed to complete these festive projects.
Holiday crafts aren't just for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Hanukkah. St Patrick's Day is a fun-filled holiday, and celebrations practically require revelers to wear green, the day's signature hue. If you're on the hunt for a last-minute something green, or if you want to devote a little creative energy to a St. Patrick's Day craft that's sure to wow, we're sharing some of our favorite ideas for the green-filled festivities. From embroidered clover cufflinks to green headbands, these crafts are fun and functional: The final product ensures you have something green to wear on March 17.
And whether you're an experience crafter or someone looking for an activity to keep little hands busy, you'll find just what you're looking for in the slides ahead. Are you looking for an excuse to whip out your sewing needles? Then grab your needle and green thread and create our Embroidered Four-Leaf Clover St. Patrick's Day craft, pictured here. Five steps and four easily-sourced materials stand between you and this festive luck charm, and you can add it to any top you already own. We also have an easy-to-make charm bracelet, bib necklace, and fashion-forward knotted headband that you'll want to wear time and time again—even on Christmas. If you're looking for something a bit more on the nose for the holiday, we have you covered, too. For some leprechaun-inspired wares, we're showing you how to make a small leprechaun top hat that is simply adorable. Another option is to make a leprechaun boutonnière to wear throughout the day.
Channel your inner leprechaun and get in the St. Patrick's Day spirit with these fun crafts.
Pretty Pansy Fabric Flowers
Fresh clover is nice, but these fabric flowers can be cherished for years to come. Cut yours from scraps of green fabric—almost any kind: organza, linen, various cottons, velvet—will work, and affix them as a brooch that you can wear all day long.
Lucky Charm Bracelets
Looking for something subtle? A thin green leather cord serves as your something green for this St. Patrick's Day craft.
This craft gets a St. Patrick's Day twist when you use green silk fabric. Trust us, you'll want to wear it long after the holiday.
This St. Patrick's Day craft is so easy to make and is perfect for the man in your life. Choose a mix of printed and solid green fabrics for an extra-festive look. On waxed paper, use a paintbrush ($16.94 for five, amazon.com) to coat both sides of a cotton swatch with liquid starch and let dry before ironing the fabric to flatten. Then, print out our shamrock templates and cut them out before tracing onto fabric and cutting. Crease each leaf in half lengthwise. For the stem, cut a four-inch piece of floral wire and fold in half, twisting until the ends form a tiny "V." Bend the "V" forward slightly and attach to the back of each shamrock with a small dab of craft glue. Tie a bow around one stem or a bunch of shamrocks and use a corsage pin to fasten to your clothing.
Crafting a little top hat of your own to channel your inner leprechaun is easy. A heart-shaped paper punch produces the cutouts that, when arranged on a paper stem with tape, forms a shamrock shape.
Clover Hair Pin
Adults and children alike will love this cute St. Patrick's Day craft. Simply cut small rounded leaves from felt ($17.50, amazon.com) and then stitch them together. Most real clovers have three leaves, but you can make four-leaf clovers to wear for good luck, if you like. Next, sew a sliver of green felt to the back for a slim stem. Use a tiny dab of glue to hold clover in place on a bobby pin and sew it to the top part of the pin to secure. Cut one petal or leaf to desired shape, then cut around it to make the rest. Our single-layer flowers have petals all the same size. For flowers with multiple layers, like the camellia, make rings of small, medium, and large petals. Sew a running stitch through bottom edge of each petal. Tie thread ends in a half-knot and pull tight, bringing petals together, tying again to knot. Arrange flower pieces by stacking petals on top of leaves, and buttons on top of petals. Push needle up from back of leaves, petals, and button, then back down through the layers; repeat a few times before tying off. Finally, place a dab of glue on back of the flower and press it to the barrette. To secure, sew the flower to barrette with a few stitches.
Want to add a holiday-inspired statement necklace to your collection? Here's the project for you. Choose your embroidered iron-on trim, which typically comes on a roll and is purchased by the yard. Then use a pair of detail scissors to carefully cut into the trim. On a flat surface, piece together your desired design—for the most durable necklaces, make sure the appliqué pieces overlap one another. On another flat surface, lay out a piece of fabric before cutting slightly larger than the design. (The fabric layer will back your appliqué and ensure that your necklace is sturdy.) Cut a piece of cord or ribbon to the desired necklace length and drape it on the fabric. Then, transfer the design onto the fabric, sandwiching the cord. Iron all layers to seal and let cool. Use detail scissors to cut away any excess fabric. Trim the ribbon to the desired length and knot the loose ends to finish.
Create a necklace out of green clay for a St. Patrick's Day-inspired piece of jewelry you'll want to wear time and time again.
This little shamrock headband can also be worn on a pin as a brooch. Print our template onto card stock and cut it out. Then, trace the template onto felt and cut it out. Lightly pinch the center of the clover and sew it to hold in place, first with a vertical stitch, then a horizontal one, giving the shape dimension. Then, glue it to the headband, or pin it to a lapel or collar.
Jade Beaded Necklace with Ribbon
Wear a gorgeous jade-inspired necklace you've crafted yourself this St. Patrick's Day. Cut two 1-yard lengths of ribbon and unwind silk cord fully from a spool. Thread one bead onto the cord, sliding it down and leaving a 5-inch tail. Then, cut two 1-yard lengths of ribbon and unwind the silk cord fully from its spool. Thread one bead onto the cord, sliding it down and leaving a 5-inch tail. To attach the ribbon, holding bead on tail, use the cord to tie a secure double knot at the midpoint of one ribbon. Next, secure the bead by pulling the needle back through the bead. Knot the tail and needle ends together next to the bead and trim the tail.
Then, thread the second bead; knot the cord next to the bead. Repeat to add the remaining beads. After the last knot, use the cord to tie a secure double knot at the midpoint of the second ribbon. Finally, pull the needle back through the last bead, and tie a knot around the existing cord, and trim the end.
Itching to break out your knitting needles? Create a knit pouch to carry around your cell phone, wallet, and more. Give it some St. Patrick's Day flare by using green yarn for the craft.