Top o’ the mornin’ to ya!
Even though I’m only a teeny, tiny bit Irish, I absolutely love St. Patrick’s Day! I mean, how can you not love a holiday that requires you to wear bright colors and drink beer (well, no beer for me this year, but still)? St. Patrick’s Day is extra special for Craig and I because it also happens to be our anniversary. Seven years ago today, on a very, very chilly Saturday morning, we got hitched at city hall. We’re not doing anything too crazy to celebrate our wool anniversary, but we are headed out to dinner tonight—but not to an Irish restaurant. Because we’re not crazy.
Anywho, to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, I have a fun little craft for you guys. This shamrock hair pin is a fun way to be festive without drowning yourself in head-to-toe green. I attached my shamrock to a hair pin, but you could easily attach it to a pin back to make a boutonniere/brooch or to a headband. The method for making the shamrock is the same either way.
These are crazy easy to make—once you have the materials gathered, it’ll take you less than 10 minutes from start to finish. The one speciality item you’ll need is a bobby pin with a pad. You can try to attach the shamrock to a regular bobby pin, but these speciality pins make it so much easier! Plus, they’re much sturdier than regular bobby pins. You can find packs of these at almost any craft or fabric store in the jewelry-making section. And once you have them, you can use them as a base for all kinds of fun hair accoutrements.
Alright, let’s get started.
Materials for a Shamrock Hair Pin
- Shamrock template (PDF)
- Fabric marker
- Lightweight green felt
- Matching thread
- Glue gun and glue
- Small button
- Bobby pin with pad
Cut out both the clover leaf shape and the stem shape from the template. Using the fabric marker, trace the leaf shape four times onto the felt and the stem once, for each shamrock hair pin.
Cut out the shapes from the felt. Make sure to transfer the dots to the leaf shapes. Double knot the end of the thread, thread the needle, and stitch on the dots of each leaf piece using the same piece of thread (this will form a chain of the pieces).
While holding onto the knotted end of the thread, push the felt pieces together, to create pleats in each leaf.
Keep pushing until the pieces come together to form a shamrock.
Flip the shamrock over, and then connect the first piece and last piece of the shamrock together with a few stitches.
Pull it as tightly as possible, but don’t worry if it’s a bit loose—the glue will keep it together. Tie off and trim any extra thread. Hey, it’s a shamrock!
Using the glue gun, attach the button to the middle of the shamrock, and the stem to the back of the shamrock.
Then, attach the shamrock to the pad of the bobby pin. Let glue cool completely before wearing.
And, you’re all done. That wasn’t too hard, now was it?
I hope you have an amazing holiday. Drink some green beer for me!