Friday, 14 March 2014

Erin Go Bragh - Celebrate St. Patty's day the Reuse way!

I've personally never been one to get festive over St. Patrick's Day; my motivation for dressing in green has always been more about not getting pinched. What that means is that I've been missing out on some great crafting ideas to celebrate the occasion! Here's a round-up of a few quick and easy crafts to help get your green on for March 17th:

1. St. Patrick's Day cards

Some people feel like every occasion needs a card, and that's okay! Here's an idea on how to make a four-leaf clover stamp out of toilet paper tubes for your card-stamping pleasure.

2. Shamrock hair accessories

I really kind of love the concept of festive hair accessories because it's not like an elaborate costume you have to keep adjusting. These items can be worn from morning to night, and should last through all the pints of green beer.

Nothing says "Ireland Forever" like shiny green sequins. This craft requires a few of these as well as a piece of green felt, some glue and a hair tie.

Not a fan of sequins? Or maybe you don't have enough hair to tie? Here's another great idea for a festive shamrock from felt, glued to a bobby pin for more versatility.

3. Home d├ęcor

Don't be shy. Bring the luck of the Irish home with some of these festive crafts.

A wreath form, some burlap, green fabric flowers and colourful ribbon. That's pretty much all you need to create this "lucky" wreath! This crafter attached everything to the burlap with Velcro so that the pieces can be switched out later in the year for other occasions. What a versatile way to decorate your home!

Some of the items for this next craft you can likely find at the Reuse Centre, but it might require a trip to a craft supply store. In any case, if you can get your hands on some burlap and some green streamers, you can make your own monogram letters for this "Lucky" banner.

"May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light,
May good luck pursue you each morning and night"

- Nichole (Volunteer)

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