Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Two Simple St. Patrick’s Day Family Crafts

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If you don’t have a lot of time to spend with your family making complicated St. Patrick’s Day craft projects but would like to do something for the holiday, you’re in luck. The World Wide Web is a great source of free St. Patrick’s Day images that that can help you make great crafts. For example, craft projects made from vintage St. Patrick’s Day cards found on the Internet are simple to make, due to the fact that vintage images are versatile and also quite effective when it comes to conveying a St. Patrick’s Day message. You can find a little something for everyone, because vintage Saint Patrick’s Day images range from mischievous to sweet to Irish-loving patriotic. Vintage images can also be downloaded and used without fear of copyright infringement. That’s important for people who want to honor copyrights (as we all definitely should). Searching the Web for “free vintage St. Patricks Day clip art” will also net you a large number of no-cost images from which many craft projects can be made.

Here are examples of two St. Patrick’s Day projects nearly anyone can make by using free art found on the Web:

St. Patrick’s Day Place Cards
If you’re going to have guests over for corned beef and cabbage, you can make the event all the more festive by using special table place cards. They do a terrific job of making guests feel welcome! Fortunately, they can be made quite easily using vintage cards or free clip art images. Just download the image or images you want to use and paste them into a table in your word processing program. The table should have two columns and six or eight rows, depending on how long and thin you want the cards. Paste the art into every other cell, making sure there’s enough room to write people’s names. Then, print onto heavy card stock, cut them out using a paper cutter or a ruler and craft knife and they’ll be ready to fold in half. Voila! That’s it. Your St. Patty’s Day table will be instantly more beautiful.

Handmade St. Patrick’s Day Postcards
When you’ve downloaded the St. Patrick’s Day artwork you’d like to use from the Internet, paste it into some form of publishing or document software. You can make the card virtually whatever size you want using the software’s settings. Position the image on one half of the card, so it can be folded in half once it’s printed. Print the card on sturdy stock, fold it and and apply just a little glitter glue to make it sparkle. You can also make your own envelopes or just get some at the dollar store.

I hope you have a great time making these St. Patty’s Day craft projects and that you have a joy-filled holiday. For even more Saint Patrick’s Day fun, check out these Saint Patrick’s Day invitations.

Erin Go Braugh!

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