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When Irish (and Not So) Crafters Are Smiling

By Twistie

With St. Patrick’s Day just ten days away, it’s time to start thinking about those last-minute opportunities to craft something for the occasion. And that’s why I’ve come up with a quick roundup of some of the best, quickest, and most amusing Irish-themed crafts on the Web.

Over at Craft: Project, you can find instructions for this super cute headband. It involves several techniques, including ribbon work, needle felting, and simple hand sewing. This one was made specifically for St. Pat’s, but it’s easily adaptable for any occasion or just the desire for something fun and pretty to put on your head.

Of course, if you don’t want or need a headband, you could always go to the same source to find instructions for knitting a sweater for your guinea pig. No, seriously, I mean it.

Holiday cards are nice, sure, but handmade ones are much more meaningful to receive and fun to create. So when I saw this fabulous St. Pat’s greeting card over at The Fun Times Guide, I had to pass it on to you. And if this one doesn’t float your boat, they’ve got links to some other ones you might want to try making.

At the other end of the tasteful scale, this Pot of Gold (instructions available at Kaboose) looks to me more like a basket of hairy potatoes. Add to that the fact that it serves no useful purpose beyond decoration… yeah, not my fave idea ever. Still, it might make an interesting jumping off point for something more entertaining. And it does have the advantage of seeming pretty kid-friendly if the wee ones are bored with cutting out paper shamrocks.

Last, but not least, if you want to try your hand at capturing a leprechaun, you might do worse than go over to this way back article at Steve Spangler’s Blog on how he and his then-six-year-old son made this dandy trap out of PVC pipe, a plastic cup, and some other detritus.

Not wild about that one? Head over to How Does She? to find a great gallery of similarly fun ideas for catching those little green devils.

One Response to “When Irish (and Not So) Crafters Are Smiling”

  1. Susan Says:

    Thank you so much for including Steve’s leprechaun trap in your post. It is one of our favorites. I also like the pot of gold that you crafted.

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