Nothing to Wear for St. Patrick's Day??

Oh no!  You waited until the last possible second to figure out what you're going to wear for St. Patrick's Day?!?  ME TOO!!  Here are 2 quick options that you can throw together in either 20 minutes or in under 10 minutes.

**NOTE: These projects will probably require a quick trip to a craft store after work but never fear, Michael's is open until 9:00pm tonight so you should be all set.**

20 MINUTE OPTION: Light-up Shamrock Shirt

First- gather your supplies.  

You'll need:
  • a t-shirt (preferrably green)
  • green pipe cleaners (about 17 stems)
  • battery powered light set (I used 2 sets)
  • glue gun
  • X-acto knife

  Begin forming a shamrock by bending 2 pipe cleaners together for the outside of the shamrock and secure with hot glue to t-shirt.
 (a piece of cardboard inside of the shirt creates a stiff work surface (that's what she said) and keeps the glue from going through to the back.)
 Add a second and a third loop inside of the outer outline to fill it in a little and make it fancy.
 Glue both of those loops to t-shirt with hot glue.  Repeat 3 more times to create a 4-Leaf Clover.
 Next, cut a series of small holes (as many holes as lights) along the inner rim of the outside of the shamrock's border.  These holes are for the lights to poke through so they don't need to be very big.  Just a tiny slit.
 Poke the lights through the holes and secure with hot glue.  Hold for about 10 seconds to let it set.
 I only had enough lights to put 4 lights on each leaf.
And now you're done and you have a perfectly boring looking t-shirt with a not-so-great Shamrock hot glued on it.  Great.  Thanks a lot Mom.  BUT WAIT!!  Add a couple of AA batteries and VIOLA!  YOU'RE THE LIFE OF THE PARTY!!
And you did it all in under 20 minutes!


UNDER 10 MINUTES: Mini Top Hat Headband

For this project you'll need:
  • a headband
  • a mini top hat (or a green bow or a cardboard clover, etc...)
  • green pipe cleaner x1
  • glue gun
 I found this ridiculously miniature (and equally adorable) top hat at A.C.Moore yesterday on sale for $.50!  If you can't find a mini top hat just look around for something else green and if you can't find anything, cut a clover out of cardboard and color it green with a marker and go to step 2.)
 Step 2.  Remove wire.
Step 3:  This step is optional- I didn't like the green ribbon my hat had so I replaced it with a sparkly green pipe cleaner.

Step 4:  Now, flip the hat over, add 2 dollops of hot glue to the brim and place your headband onto the hot glue wherever you want the hat positioned.
Step 5:  Flip the head band back over and you have a brand new mini top hat headband.
 Well aren't you adorable.  Now go out and show off how crafty you are.

Here's to a long life and a merry one.
A quick death and an easy one.
A pretty girl and an honest one.
A cold pint-- and another one!

'Beannachtam na Feile Padraig!'

Happy St. Patrick's Day!