3 St. Patrick’s Day Crafts for Luck

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3 St. Patrick’s Day Crafts for Luck

Brew a hot mug of Oregon Chai tea with a little Irish Cream to get in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit while you get creative with these themed crafts.

 

  1. Shamrock Straws

These simple straw toppers are the perfect way to add a little St. Patrick’s Day spirit to your iced chai. Enjoy them at home or bring them to a party to spread the luck.

 

What you’ll need:

  • Green bendable straws
  • Green card stock
  • Scissors

What you’ll do:

  • Cut paper into three, 5-inch squares
  • Create three triangles by folding squares in half diagonally
  • Fold squares in half again, making smaller triangles
  • Trim off the left and right outer points of the triangles to make rounded edges
  • Unfold the paper halfway and cut a small V in the center
  • Unfold the shamrock and crease both diagonals in the opposite direction of the fold
  • Slide the shamrock onto three straws and sip your iced chai

 

  1. Clover Garden

Shamrocks can be particularly difficult to cultivate from seeds on your own, so visit your local garden center to find bulbs, which are much easier to grow. While you’re there, you can pick up a couple of pots and paint them St. Patrick’s Day colors.

 

What you’ll need:

  • Shamrock bulbs
  • Planting pots
  • Peat-based planting soil
  • Fertilizer

What you’ll do:

  • Plant in a well-drained pot with soil
  • Place in bright, indirect light
  • Keep top soil moist when growing
  • Allow soil to slowly dry out when the shamrock goes into dormancy
  • Fertilize once per month
  • Keep at a slightly cool temperature (60 degrees F)

Note:

Shamrocks require two or three periods of dormancy per year. When your shamrock begins to lose vigor, stop water and pick off the dead leaves when they turn brown. Set the planter in a cool place for a couple of months, then move back in the sun and resume watering as normal.

 

  1. Paddy’s Coasters

As you’ve been crafting, you may have thought to yourself: Now where can I set down this delicious mug of chai? These cute clover coasters are a fun solution.

 

What you’ll need:

  • 3-by-3-inch reusable resin mold
  • Mold release spray
  • Green card stock
  • Shamrock craft punch
  • Glitter
  • Clear casting epoxy resin
  • Plastic resin mixing cup
  • Wooden skewers
  • Sandpaper
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive felt

What you’ll do:

  • Get the coaster mold container ready with the mold release spray
  • Punch clovers from green card stock
  • Follow the resin package directions to mix resin in a plastic cup
  • Pour about ¼ inch of resin into each mold container
  • Array the punched shamrock in the resin using the wooden skewers
  • Let the resin set for an hour, then pour another layer of resin on top, add glitter and stir
  • Let coaster set for 24 hours, then remove from mold
  • Use sandpaper to smooth any raised areas
  • Back the coaster with adhesive felt cut to the size of the coaster
  • Set your chai down and start your next adventure

 

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  1. Amir | 

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