Friday, March 1, 2013

Beaded Shamrocks

I was inspired by my blogging buddy, Danni, to do a post on St Patrick's Day.  She has created so many beautiful Saint Patrick Day items on her blog, Silo Hill Farm.  I had planned to skip over this holiday because it takes away from celebrating my son's birthday.  He was born on St. Patrick's Day nearly thirty-three years ago.  We didn't know if he would make it since he was born at twenty-six weeks and weighed only two and a half pounds. Adam was a miracle baby, coming home three months later with no medical or physical problems. You can understand why I don't really celebrate St. Patrick's Day, although my great, great grandmother was from Ireland.

I found the best of both worlds to acknowledge this holiday.  Here's a simple tutorial on making a shamrock out of beads.  Shamrocks are the symbols for good luck  You know that old saying, "with the luck of the Irish they need all the good luck charms they can find."  I definitely had a good luck charm with Adam.  So here's my Shamrock that I made:

  • You can make this by threading approximately twenty-seven beads onto a green chenille stem.

  • Twist the ends together about 1 1/2 inches from the end.

  • Divide the beads into three groups, twisting the first group into a loop.

  • Skip over to the last group of beads and twist them into a loop and finally

  • Twist the center group into a loop, forming a shamrock.
 You can use this shamrock in so many different ways.  Attach a pin and wear it on your clothes.  Or add a barrette and wear it in your hair. Add a jump ring and chain and wear it as a necklace.  I chose to decorate a frame with a lovely Irish saying:


'The  Top  o'  the

mornin' to you

and may all the

shamrocks bring

you good luck'

 Happy St. Patrick's Day!



  1. This looks like a simple yet pretty project, I bet my kids would love to make some! Thanks for sharing!

  2. It's lovely Gail, My mum is Irish I'm beginning to wonder if we're all related :)

  3. Very cute tutorial. I'd love to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  4. St. Patrick's day was certainly lucky for you and these sweet shamrocks are a great reminder of just how happy a day it was!

  5. I don't really do anything with St. Pat's Day either. Love how the shamrock decorates the frame. I got Danni to do my St. Pat's Project!

  6. Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescape

  7. Isn't this cute? Just right for a fast, sweet St. Patty's Day craft. Super cool. Linda

  8. Green green everywhere - that is the fun of St. Patty's day and you've have a great start.

  9. I just had to whip up a couple of these yesterday, they turned out cute-thanks:@)

  10. I can't believe I missed this post! I love your little shamrock and am pinning it because I have a TON of those green beads leftover from a Christmas project years ago! You are really good at your tutorials girl! I love the little frame project! I didn't know you had such a miracle baby! Oh my...2lbs! And in the hospital for 3 months??!! My daughter has a 4th of July birthday and she always thought the whole fireworks thing was just for her when she was little! Thanks for the shout out girl! Im always happy when I can inspire someone and when it's a friend...even better!

  11. thank you for this tutorial. I just love the simplicity of it and want to make one!

  12. Hi Gail, thank you for the sweet tutorial. They look supernice.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  13. I love your shamrocks, Gail! They are so pretty. Thanks for the great tutorial, too! Thank you for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent. Your are always such an inspiration.

  14. Thanks for sharing your tutorial on Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party this month. Your Tutorial will be a feature on Wednesday 26th Ferbruary.
    I look forward to seeing you again in the next month's linky.
    Marigolds' Loft

  15. These are really cute. They look simple enough to make too. Thanks for sharing the project - pinning it now.


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