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Two craft projects that say, ‘I-rish you a happy St Patrick’s Day’

09 Mar 2022

St Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to dust off any green hiding in your closet and shamrock n’ roll. It’s also a great opportunity to get craft supplies out of your cupboard for our latest Resene DIYs.

Lucky four-leaf clover cards

These cards are a thoughtful DIY for the young and the young at heart that make use of things you probably already have at home. If you have leftover Resene paint or testpots and a couple of toilet rolls, you’re in luck! You’ll be spreading all the luck and love soon enough with these lucky four-leaf clover cards.

You will need:

  • 4 toilet rolls
  • Sellotape
  • Card
  • Paintbrush

Step 1: Start by flattening your four toilet rolls and then forming them into a heart shape.

Step 2: Hold the rolls all together so that the bottom of the heart shape is pointing into the centre, then use some Sellotape to stick them together.


Step 3: Use a small paintbrush to dab on some Resene Clover on to one end of the rolls.  Press the rolls on to your card.  You may need to touch up some areas with a small paintbrush.


Step 4: Paint on a stalk and use Resene Gold Dust to paint a message. Experiment with filling in the clover with paint – you could use more  Resene Clover, Resene Amulet and a touch of Resene Gold Dust for highlights.

Irish garland

If you happen to be hosting any St Patrick’s Day festivities, this is a great decoration to add to your setting. Hang it over a dining table, outside on a fence or between trees for an Irish-themed picnic. Whatever the setting, this is probably the luckiest garland you’ll ever make!

You will need:

  • Resene testpots in your chosen colours, Fleur used Resene Anise,Resene Go Go Go, Resene Crusoe and Resene Groovy
  • Cardboard (637gsm thickness works well, you may be able to find an old box at home you can use)
  • Horseshoe silhouette printout
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush
  • String
  • Ribbon in rainbow colours


Step 1: Start by printing out a silhouette of a horseshoe.  Cut this out with scissors and then use a pencil to trace around it onto your cardboard.  Cut this out with scissors.

Step 2: Use a paintbrush to paint on one coat of Resene Anise.

Step 3: Paint on two coats of Resene Go Go Go. This will give the horseshoe a lovely shiny metallic finish.


Step 4: Experiment on the other horseshoes with different base colours under Resene Go Go Go. 

The shoe on the left has a base of Resene Anise, while the shoe on the right has a base of Resene Crusoe.


Step 5: Once the paint is dry, punch a hole in both ends of each horseshoe and thread through a length of string.  

Step 6: Between each horseshoe, tie short lengths of ribbon in a rainbow pattern.

 Top tip: Always hang your horseshoes with the tips facing upwards – that way you can ‘catch’ the good luck.

project and images Fleur Thorpe 

Published: 09 Mar 2022