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DIY Tutorial: Saint Patrick’s Day Brooch


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It’s finally March, and you know what that means… spring is just around the corner! But there’s something else that people are somewhat more excited for in March, too. No, I’m not talking about Pi Day nor the Ides of March (though those are also fun) – I’m talking about Saint Patrick’s Day. (But you probably guessed that from the post title, right?)

Love holidays and love to dress up? Then today’s DIY is perfect for you! I’ll show you how to make a shamrock-ception brooch. (FYI, that’s a shamrock-shaped brooch covered in shamrock-shaped sequins.)

My favorite thing about this tutorial is that it’s dirt cheap to make, and there’s enough materials to make more than one. I made a series of these brooches for me and my gal pals when we head out together on Saint Patrick’s Day. They’re sort of like an updated version of a friendship bracelet! Read on to get to the tutorial:


Materials DIY Shamrock Brooch

  • Small shamrock confetti – you can find this at craft stores, party supply stores, or even the holiday/seasonal section of many big box stores
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam brush
  • Foam sheet
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • An adhesive brooch pin base
  • Scrap paper

Step One

Step One DIY Shamrock Brooch

Use your pencil to draw the outline of your brooch onto the foam sheet. I opted for a shamrock shape for double the festivity. Shamrocks are easy to draw: they’re just three heart shapes right next to each other. Don’t forget the stem!

Step Two

Step Two DIY Shamrock Brooch

Carefully cut out your shape.

Pro-tip: although your hearts may be perfect, real shamrocks are not that shape. Use your heart guidelines to ballpark the outline of the leaves. This will create a more accurate shamrock shape.

Step Three

Step Three DIY Shamrock Brooch

Apply a thick coat of Mod Podge (or any découpage glue/glue that dries clear) on the foam shape you just cut out. Remember to pour the glue on the non-marked side.

Pro-tip: do this on top of scrap paper to protect your work space/for easy clean up.

Step Four

Step Four DIY Shamrock Brooch

Pour the shamrock confetti on top of the Mod Podge-coated foam shape. 

Step Five

Step Five DIY Shamrock Brooch

Wait a bit to allow some of the confetti to adhere to the foam. Carefully pick up the scrap paper and shake it back and forth to “knock” the of the excess confetti off the foam shape. Then, carefully pick up the foam shape, turn it upside down, and gently shake any excess off.

Step Six

Step Six DIY Shamrock Brooch

Wait for the Mod Podge to dry. A good tell-tale sign that the Mod Podge is dry is when the glue is no longer white and cloudy but will be instead clear.

Step Seven

Step 7.1 DIY Shamrock Brooch

Step 7.2 DIY Shamrock Brooch

The last step is to attach the pin base to the back of the brooch. Simply peel off the adhesive backing, then press the pin base firmly in the center of the brooch.


DIY shamrock brooch: Finished product

And voilà! A perfectly festive Saint Patrick’s Day brooch. Wear it with all green, or if you’re feeling more subtle, pair with neutrals instead. Here, I pinned the brooch onto the collar of a simple t-shirt dress.

Feedback please:

Do you love Saint Patrick’s Day or just holidays in general? Do you like dressing up for holidays or is that too cheesy and immature? What do you think of this DIY? Are there any other DIYs you would love to see the tutorials for? Let me know in the comments!

Posted on on March 8, 2014 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , ,

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3 Responses to “DIY Tutorial: Saint Patrick’s Day Brooch”

  1. 1
    March 8th, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    It would have looked much better if you had taken the time to place the confetti one by one so that they cover the black base. Just dipping the foam into those fairly large sparkly shamrocks looks a little like a kindergarten project.
    Execution is a bit poor, but I do like the idea.

  2. 2
    March 9th, 2014 at 12:15 am

    That is really cute! I’m using plain green dots instead of shamrocks because I didn’t have any around the house. I think I’m just going to wear that and green socks or something so I don’t get pinched!

  3. 3
    March 12th, 2014 at 10:30 am

    @Dea: Yeah, I was worried that it would come out looking like that too. Though your comment did give me an idea! You could totally fill up any black space/negative edges with green glitter to remedy this problem! I personally wear a lot of black so I sort of assumed that the black base would sort of “blend into” whatever I was wearing.

    @Gabi: I’m glad you liked it! And that was sort of my intention for this project: festivity for those who don’t want to go all out green!

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