Saturday, March 7, 2015

Crafting in St. Patrick's Day Green

Happy St. Patrick's Day! (Pixabay)
St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is honored and celebrated on March 17 each year.  The green of the Irish flag is the official color for St. Patrick’s Day.  Green is also associated with Ireland's poetic name, the “Emerald Isle”.  Creating crafts in green is a fun way to add to the pleasure of St. Patrick's Day.

If you are a yarn crafter like me, grab some green yarn and create anything from a shamrock to a plush animal. 

St. Patrick's Day Crocheted Octopus

Handmade Baby Octopus in Green & Gold
Plush Baby Octopus in Crochet

This little plush octopus is handmade in crochet in a combination of Irish green and the gold of the 'pot of gold' at the end of the rainbow we sometimes associate with Irish mythology. 

This St. Patrick's Day mini crocheted octopus measures about 2 inches tall and 6 inches across his tentacles. This one is available in my Etsy Shop of Coastal Crochet Crafts.  If you crochet and would like to create your own Irish octopus in crochet, I created a free pattern tutorial for you. 

An Irish Shamrock in a Handmade Knitted Washcloth


Knitted Shamrock Washcloth
Pattern to Knit an Irish Shamrock Washcloth

The Shamrock is known as a symbol of Ireland. According to legend, St. Patrick used it as a metaphor for the Christian Trinity. With this pattern for knitters, you can create your very own green shamrock design on a cotton dishcloth, perfect for this March holiday.  

Finished shamrock dishcloth will measure 8 x 8 inches.  The pattern was created by an Indiana knitter (Aunt Susan) and can be found in her Etsy Shop Aunt Susan's Closet.

Shamrock Beverage Coasters

Shamrock Coasters
Shamrock Tabletop Coasters

Shamrock designs are popular in any form.  These cute beverage coasters handmade in needlepoint on plastic canvas are just the thing to protect your tabletops at your St. Patrick's Day celebrations, which might include 'green' beer or Irish coffee!

These Shamrock Beverage Coasters were created by Pat of Georgia and are available in her Etsy Shop Coastal Crochet Crafts.   Irish drink coasters measure 4 x 4 inches with a design of that Irish clover and stitched in two shades of green with the design outlined in black.  

A Collection of St. Patrick's Day Crafts

For a large selection of St. Patrick's Day crafts for both children and adults, check out this article The Best St. Patrick's Day Crafts by Loraine Brummer (lbrummer)

Irish Green Plush Penguin


Handmade Plush Penguin in Irish Green
An Irish Green Plush Penguin
I crocheted a plush penguin in Irish Green yarn as my way of celebrating St. Patrick's Day.  This green penguin is a round and roly-poly 5 x 5 inches and enjoys this March holiday loved by the Irish. He can be found in the Etsy Shop of Coastal Crochet Crafts

I also created a plush penguin ALL in green -- two shades, just in time for St. Patrick's Day.  This Irish penguin even has green eyes! 

St. Patrick's Day Penguin in Plush
This St. Patrick's Day Penguin measures 4 inches tall and about 4.5 inches across the wings. Total round circumference is 12.5 inches. He's a roly-poly plush ball of delight, perfect as a gift for this green holiday, or as a St. Patrick's Day party decoration!

Both green penguins are available in the Coastal Crochet Crafts Etsy Shop located in Savannah, Georgia (home of one of the largest St. Patrick's Day parades around).

More St. Patrick's Day Craft Ideas

Available on Amazon
As a parent, a teacher, a Scout leader or a child caregiver, have fun with the children you know while telling them about St. Patrick's Day or getting ready for a St. Paddy's Day party.  

This book of 12 St. Patrick's Day crafts easy for kids to do is an enjoyable place to begin. The book is available in Amazon's Kindle Store.

If you have any St. Patrick's Day crafts or tutorials to share, please leave the link in the comment section below. 

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


Quick Links:

Easy St. Patrick's Day Crafts to Make with Young Children
Article by Wednesday Elf of the crochet blog Crochet - Crafts - Critters
Wednesday Elf can also be found in her Etsy Shop Coastal Crochet Crafts  

Note: The author may receive a commission from purchases made using links found in this article.


  1. Green crafts are indeed the perfect way to celebrate, or get ready to celebrate St. Patrick's Day! That little penguin is certainly adorable and I love the shamrock washcloth. Just might need to pull out my knitting needles this week :)

    1. I agree, Mouse. I may need to take up knitting again just to have that darling washcloth for my March kitchen!

  2. Well I'm in Ireland where there's 50 shades of green! They are celebrating it big time here!

    1. Heather, you are in Ireland at the perfect time of year. Enjoy St. Patrick's Day green in the place it all began.

  3. I love that shamrock washcloth. I wish I knew how to knit. Maybe I'll go look for a crochet pattern. I'm suddenly feeling festive.

    1. Me too, Dawn Rae. Shamrocks and the color green certainly get you in the mood for St. Patrick's Day!

  4. Honestly, in my very senior years I hope my hands are still in shape because I'm going ot pick up my crocheting needle and go to town! It's so addictive to knit or crochet that I don't dare start again!

  5. Thanks for your visit, Barbara. As a matter of fact, knitting and crocheting actually helps keep your hands in shape, keeping them flexible, etc. It IS rather addictive, and very meditative and soothing to crochet or knit.

  6. Great green ideas! One of these days I need to learn how to knit and crochet. I did a couple items as a teenager but I have no clue now after all these years how to do it. I like keeping my hands busy when sitting so this would work well. Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Keeping my hands busy while watching TV or chatting with friends is one of the things I really like about crochet, Carol.

  7. Very informative St Patricks Day and love your creations, Wednesday Elf, a lady of many talents. I totally agree that any craft involving the hands keep them supple and stops them from seizing up later in life.

    1. I agree, Quilling. Crafting does keep one's hands supple. My hubby's Godmother years ago had terrible arthritis in her fingers and took up needlepoint at her doctor's suggestion. It was just the thing to give her back more flexibility in her hands, in addition to the satisfaction of her finished creations.

  8. I think we all agree that any kind of needlework, whether it is knitting, crocheting, cross stitch or sewing, helps keep us mentally and physically sharp.

    1. You are so very right, Linda. Crafting is also very relaxing and even meditative.

  9. Love these St. Patrick's Day craft ideas! I know I keep saying it, but I really do need to take up needlework of some kind again. Thanks for the suggestions!