St. Patrick’s Day Projects: Crafts, Decorations & Recipes

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Shamrock pins St. Patrick’s Day is often described as the one day each year when everyone is Irish. Whether you are Irish, or just wish you were, it’s a great excuse for a celebration. March 17 is the feast day for St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. It is traditionally a religious holiday, but in 1903 it was designated as a national holiday in Ireland,where it still retains its religious roots, but has since grown to an international celebration of all things Irish. It is especially popular in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Montserrat, and Uruguay, which all have substantial Irish populations.

rosaries Pot of Gold shamrock door hanger

Shamrocks are a traditional symbol of Ireland and Irish Catholic identity. St Patrick used the Shamrock to demonstrate the Christian idea of the trinity to pre-Christian Irish, and his has been associated with him ever since. Wearing a shamrock to show this affiliation is believed to have evolved into the practice of wearing green to represent Ireland and St Patrick’s Day. Craftsters have used this theme to make some wonderful wearables to celebrate the day. In the hands of our crafty members, even traditions hundreds of years old can suddenly become fresh and unique. This is one of the reasons so many of us come here first for inspiration.

Polka Dot Dress top patch skirt
St Patrick dress recon shirt skirt

For a more subdued, but still festive look, these Craftsters have made some lovely St Patrick’s Day themed jewelry and accessories. They are perfect to accent any outfit, whether in the office or drinking green beer at a parade. You can avoid being pinched for not “wearing the green,” while showing off your crafty skills if you make one of these projects!

Shoes necklace
hat necklace

Many people like to celebrate with traditional Irish food and drinks. Green beer is not exactly a traditional Irish beverage, but it’s a popular choice. For less colorful options, Guiness or other Irish stout, Irish whiskey (such as Jameson’s) and Irish cream (Bailey’s is a popular example) are all good selections. Several members have posted delicious Irish recipes you can try at home, for an authentically Irish meal.

Irish food soda bread cupcakes

You’re never to young to be Irish, or to pretend you are. Craftster kids can get into the festivities, too. Here are some adorable St. Patrick’s Day projects for babies and kids, posted by some of our wonderfully creative, crafty parents. You can also involve the whole family with St. Patrick’s Day projects for the house. Your space can reflect your Irish pride or admiration, and lend some green to your world.

outfit < pillows
sewing kit quilt

Do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Have you done any themed crafts for the occasion? We’d love to hear about it!

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14 Comments

  1. Lisa says:

    I do! I get all of my girlfriends Funny Irish Tees and we go pub crawling. It is so much fun.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hey, it’s a really big deal in Argentina too! Argentina has a notoriously big Irish population, which has always had a strong presence since they first began arriving at the beginning of the 1900s. St. Patty’s compels tens of thousands of people in Buenos Aires to celebrate out on the streets.

    As to my crafting, I kinda forgot to make anything this year. :( I’ve been really busy with my new job. Maybe I’ll whip up a themed T-shirt at the last minute.

  3. shaints says:

    Oops, that last one was my comment but I forgot to write in my name. I don’t really know how to link my Crafster profile, though.

  4. lemonsherbert says:

    I’m Irish, so naturally I celebrate! The whole country shuts down for a day of parades and drinking. I like to just watch the parade though, to go into Dublin city centre can be crazy, hordes of people everywhere. We always do green white and orange desserts on St. Patrick’s day. They vary with year to year. One year we died our mashed potatoes green with food colouring!

  5. papercups says:

    I’m from Chicago (and Irish Catholic by heritage) so St Patrick’s day is a massive celebration for my family and friends. Chicago is a pretty interesting city– it has a really large Irish population historically, so the bar scene on St Patricks Day weekend generally is so wild that a lot of streets are shut down to accomdate all the partying. And of course, every year the Chicago River is dyed green in celebration, so… I love this holiday! I made soda bread already (a practice run because I’m making some to bring to my co-workers) and I will be crafting more I hope… thanks for the inpiration!

  6. Tammy says:

    These are great! I’ve been working on some 4-leaf clovers, too -
    http://tamdoll.blogspot.com/2009/03/i-is-for.html and I learned this year to keep my eyes open for after Halloween sales when I can pick up a witch’s pot to be used for my pot of gold. I had to borrow the one I used from a crafty friend when I couldn’t find one in the stores.

  7. SarahBlais says:

    I’m sure that there will be lots of St. Patrick’s themed goodies in the Luck O the Irish Swap Gallery – http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=294326.0

  8. PetiteDanseuse says:

    Haha, I´m actually gonna grab some of my best friends and spend St. Patrick´s Day in Dublin- we have a friend who´s spending a whole year working in Ireland, so what better time to fly over…

  9. beastie says:

    My 2 flatmates are (Northern) Irish, and Paddy’s day is the one day of the year when I will let myself be forced to drink whiskey! We’re spending the day making soda bread and this tasty tasty ginger roll thing with marshmallows and cherries that I’m assured is an Irish tradition, and then hitting the pub later for some serious Guinness time! It’s going to be a messy one, that’s for sure!

  10. batgirl says:

    Happy St Patrick’s Day, everyone!

  11. Moibeal says:

    St. Patrick’s isn’t a holiday in the Philippines but I wanted to. So I made a Shamrock pendant just for the occasion. :]

  12. Moibeal says:

    Erm… I mean I wanted to join in. Hahaha.

  13. We’ve posted a free bouncy Leprechaun marionette tutorial and template. Just print 20 of them and hang them around. The link: http://www.finecraftguild.com/free-st-patricks-day-crafts-templates-leprechauns/

  14. nicole says:

    i make green mashed potatoes every year! <3

    *xo…

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