lucky buttons tutorial

March 16th, 2014

lucky buttons tutorial on elsie marley

One of the odd, unwritten blog rules is “thou shalt not blog on weekends,” but I’m crazy like that I guess. Besides tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day. And one of the unwritten rules of having school age children is “you must participate in every holiday no matter what.” Pi day? Talk like a pirate day? 100th day of school? Grandparents day? Crazy sock day? I have celebrated them all.

lucky buttons tutorial on elsie marley

I have also prepared for all of them frantically the night before or the morning of said holiday. If you are nodding in agreement, this craft is for you. If you are throughly prepared with crocheted red beards and cardboard leprechaun hats or if you are genuinely Irish and have been corning your beef for weeks (or however it’s done) then you don’t need me and my slap dash craft.

quick st. patrick's day craft on elsie marley


(a last minute St. Patrick’s day craft)


  • one button up shirt
  • green felt
  • scissors


lucky buttons tutorial on elsie marley

1. cut your felt into 5 (or however many buttons your shirt has) 2 inch squares

lucky buttons tutorial on elsie marley

2. cut a shamrock shape out of each square. No, you don’t need a template. You got this. Just think 3 hearts and a stem. Don’t forget to make one lucky 4 leafed one!

lucky buttons tutorial on elsie marley

3. fold the top leaf down and cut a little slit in the shamrock. Don’t cut too far!  It only has to be as big as the buttons on your shirt.

lucky buttons tutorial on elsie marley

4. button up your shirt and then slip the shamrocks over the buttons. Voila! Celebrate you are an awesome parent day! You’ve earned it.

lucky buttons tutorial on elsie marley

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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11 Responses to lucky buttons tutorial

  1. Anneliese says:

    Lest you think the Internet is totally shut down on the weekends I thought I’d pop in and let you know this craft is adorable and that I too participate, at the very last minute, with all these celebrations!

  2. Sarah says:

    My dd is not yet old enough to put me through this torment. But when she is I shall have a head full of crocheted beards. But it is, in fact, inevitable that the night before I shall be in need of you and your slapdash craft ;).

    Neither do I understand the no Sunday blogging thing. Is it influenced by the American Bible Belt? I read on a Sunday as well as any other day.

    • meg says:

      I think numbers just go down on the weekend, so people don’t blog. It is the only time I have to read them!

  3. Tara Faul says:

    Ha! Clever and cute! Wait, am I blog reading? How did I get here? Did you slip me a blog roofie?

    • meg says:

      I think you would end up in the dark recesses of youtube if blog roofied–not on a craft blog for kids!

  4. Melissa Q. says:

    Love this!! I might convince the boys to go back to wearing handsome shirts after seeing this (they’ve been boycotted lately).

  5. Erin says:

    This is one of those ‘so simple you have to be clever to think it up’ type of crafts. Never woulda thought to do this!! It’s awesome, meg!

    • meg says:

      I can’t take credit for the cleverness–that’s all Martha. She did a similar thing with hearts for Valentine’s Day years ago. I’m good at recycling cleverness though :)

  6. kristin says:

    i’m gonna report you to the Internets police. love the shamrock buttons, though! i wanna hear how many are still on the shirt after the school day is over. ;)

  7. mrs robinson says:

    Sadly I am with you the-night-before-this-must-be-worn, though I would love to be a prepared-many-weeks-in-advance type! Such a fun idea!