The official costume of St. Patrick's Day is anything green and the more outlandish the better. From small touches to major overhauls, we've gathered a few St. Patrick's Day costumes, garments and accessories for adding Irish luck to your holiday.
Give shamrocks and T-shirts a glam-over with just a smattering of fabric glitter and a freezer paper silhouette. Or, customize the look with a pot of gold or a favorite St. Patty's Day expression, like “Kiss me, I'm Irish.”
On the (Sham)rocks
For a small touch of that Irish luck, a felt hair clover adds a subtle flair. Feel free to snip off a leaf, turning the clover into the more traditional shamrock, or even add the hair clips to shoes or labels for a more sophisticated variation.
Make your own clover hair clip via Fiskars, or check out more unique St. Patrick's Day crafts for kids.
Pot of Gold Scarf
This rainbow scarf hosts a cloud at one end and a lucky pot of gold at the other for a charming craft for kids. While there isn't a pattern, crafters can sew strips of fabric together (or knit or crochet yarn). Customize the scarf by creating a pocket from the pot to hold gold-foil coins or lucky green sweets.
Turn your little (or big) one into a look-alike Wee One with this charming but easy St. Patrick's Day craft for kids. Fringed strips of tissue paper are glued to card-stock for a bristly beard while an origami bow-tie completes the look.
For more on this unique Leprechaun costume, check out Oh Happy Day's photo tutorial.
While St. Patrick's Day already has a hero — St. Patrick —we couldn't resist this charming and simple costume. A shamrock sewn to a swath of green satin (or even an old T-shirt) creates a simple craft for kids, or a cheeky adult accessory, particularly if the dimensions stay the same.
Man, do we like to make our pets look ridiculous, and this leprechaun costume for dogs does just that. Add ropes of plastic gold and green beads to amp up the look, or steal the fashions for your own St. Patrick's ensemble.
Sew Doggy Style has the free how-to for making your own St. Patrick's Day crown.
Keeping Us in Suspenders
Crafts for teenagers rarely have anything to do with St. Patrick's Day, but DIY suspenders stand the highest chance of being palatable to your not-so-young yet not-so-old munchkin. Irish-up this craft by choosing green elastic or even stitch St. Patrick's Day-related ribbon along a pre-existing pair of suspenders. For more on making your own St. Patrick's Day suspenders, head to A Beautiful Mess.
If the (Bottle) Cap Fits
This crochet beer hat is nothing more than the traditional cap, just with two beer cozies sewn to the side. If you're afraid of dis-balancing on March 17 (for, you know, whatever reason), steal the beer-cozy-as-garment idea and create belt holsters or a fanny pack. Those are still stylish, right?
Definitely not a craft for kids, Guinness bottle cap jewelry offers a saucy reminder of what (for most of us) St. Patrick's Day is all about: recycling! Earrings not your thing? Upcycle the bottle caps into bracelets, hair clips or even cuff links for an eco-friendly, Irish-at-heart craft.
Or you could just head to Jen Mayers' Etsy shop to buy the Guinness earrings.
Take a Boa
Nothing says camp better than a boa, and what's St. Patrick's Day without a touch of the ridiculous? (Heck, it's what we love most about the holiday!) And even after the day has ended, you can still put your boa to use by transforming the accessory into a spring door wreath.
Make your own wool fleece boa with this CraftFoxes tutorial.
Image credits (from top): Michelle's Photography / MomentsbyMichelle.com, Michelle's Photography / MomentsbyMichelle.com, Lisa Storms / Fiskars, flickr.com/mini-mrs, Oh Happy Day, Baby Pop Designs, Sew Doggy Style, A Beautiful Mess, flickr.com/irieeyecreations, Jen Mayers and Quirk Books