While it’s not the largest US holiday, St. Patrick’s Day is widely celebrated stateside. Whether that means hitting up church, a local parade, your local pub or just wearing green to work so you don’t get pinched, it’s an all-around fun day. To commemorate March 17th and the celebration of all things green, we have our favorite holiday themed DIY (clover crochet), cupcake recipe (herbal mint, anyone?) and a few of our favorite holiday themed handmades from artists all over for you to admire or get inspired to try your hand at making your own! Tell us in the comments: how will you be celebrating?
CLOVER CROCHET PATTERN
Whether you use them as mini coasters for your drinks or string them up as spring-inspired bunting in your home, these crochet clovers will surely have you smiling. The free crochet pattern from LilySong is featured on Craftsy and is the ideal starter pattern for anyone wishing to learn crochet or still relatively new to the craft. The pattern only uses basic crochet stitches and leaves tons of room for final product inspiration. Still need something green for your outfit? Customize by attaching a simple pin to the back to accessorize a blazer or by hot gluing to a simple headband for a festive hairpiece.
Click on Craftsy above to find the free pattern and download!
Next page: need a party food idea?
COCONUT AND HERBAL MINT CUPCAKES
So long as coconut doesn’t make you squeamish, we’ve found the perfect sweet treat recipe for you to make for your kid’s school party, your own shindig or just for fun for yourself to celebrate St. Patty’s! Garrett, the man behind VanillaGarlic.com, describes his creation as “refreshing; think a Eucalyptus sauna for your mouth. It leaves you feeling so ‘Ahhh…’ The cake is unlike anything I’ve ever really tasted before; sweetened by honey and coconut milk the cake tastes light – an herbal infused pastry.”
Makes 16-20 cupcakes / 350 F oven
3/4 cup of unsalted butter, room temperature
1 heaping cup of sugar
2 teaspoons of honey
3 eggs, room temperature
1 cup of canned coconut milk
1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of kosher salt
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 – 3/4 cup of sweetened dessicated coconut
1/2 cup of fresh mint leaves
1) Simmer the coconut milk with the mint until bubbles form around the side. Take off the heat and let sit for 2-4 hours, the longer the better. Strain out the mint leaves and measure out one cup of the coconut milk.
2) Preheat the oven to 350 F. Cream the butter until light and fluffy. Add sugar and cream until light and fluffy again, scraping down the sides halfway through to ensure even mixing. Add the honey and mix throughly.
3) Add the eggs, one at a time, beating for 30 seconds each to ensure mixing. (Be sure to scrape down the sides and bottom every once in a while to get all the rogued butter escaping the mixer).
4) Combine the flour, salt, and baking powder in one bowl. In another add 1 cup of a well shaken can of coconut milk and a teaspoon of vanilla. Add 1/3 of the dry ingredients and mix, then add 1/2 of the wet ingredients. Continue alternating with the wet and dry mixtures, ending with the dry. Turn off the mixer once ingredients are just combined.
5) Fold in the coconut. Scoop into cupcake papers and bake for 18-22 minutes, rotating the pan after the first 15 to ensure even baking. Be sure to check with a toothpick to see if the cupcakes are done. If the toothpick comes out of the cupcake clean, then they’re ready.
Head to Garrett’s blog for the frosting recipe!
Next page: wanna see some awesome St. Patrick’s themed handmade items?
Are you a wee bit Irish? Decorate for the holiday and show of your pride with this adorable tree and sash. (Whatever’s Handmades, $12.50)
Wake up and get in the spirit right away by soaping up with this soap that blends spearmint and peppermint. (All Things Herbal, $6)
Prefer to just hint at a little St. Patrick’s Day celebration? We love this simple green wreath which we’re positive you could recreate in your own style! (Wild Ridge Design, $60)
Need to give a St. Patrick’s gift? This penny necklace has been hand stamped with a clover for luck! Can’t ask for a better present than some good charm. (CM Kreations, $8)
Ready to go all out with your St. Patty’s decorations? Consider painting your own wooden sign like Jen Newton did with her “Irish blessing” design. (JJ Newton, $14)