St. Patty’s lucky shamrock pins

I couldn’t let St. Patrick’s Day go by without making something, right?

st patricks day pins

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If you’re having a few friends over for corned beef and cabbage, cheeky little shamrock pins would be perfect gifts. Since my mixed-breed self is most certainly not Irish-looking (but I married into a very Irish name) I thought a take on the usual “kiss me I’m Irish” button would be comically appropriate… “I’m not Irish, but kiss me anyway!

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Using shrink film is (1) super easy and (2) makes the buttons thick and sturdy without the need for plastic button covers. I like the texture of the final pieces – but you could spray them with acrylic to make them a little more durable and waterproof. Don’t get these wet without sealing them!

You’ll need:

  • Inkjet Shrink Film – you can also usually find it at craft stores and Target/Kmart/Walmart
  • Design – download mine here
  • Inkjet printer
  • Scissors
  • Glue – you need one that works on non-porous surfaces, like E6000
  • Bar pin backs, 1 inch or so

And it’s super easy to do:

  • Follow the instructions with your shrink film for printing out the design, cutting, and baking (my design makes two pins per sheet)
  • Lower the color saturation/vibrancy when printing (as per instructions with the film) as colors get richer as the film shrinks
  • Make sure to bake at the lower temperature to reduce the possibility of distortion, and put a piece of heavy parchment or vellum on top of the pieces while baking
  • Apply/spray acrylic coating if desired and glue on the pin backs
  • That’s it – wear and prepare to be kissed!

s tpatricks day shamrock pin

I wanted to see what it would like with just the shamrock outline, so I cut one down before baking – I don’t recommend this unless you’re feeling like a challenge (but it’s cute).

Have a fun St. Patty’s Day!

 

Comments

  1. Those are so cute, I love the slogan. Thanks so much for this, I’ll be linking.

  2. Hi, Thanks so much for these awesome free printables. I’ve featured you on my blog today:

    http://delicious-ambiguity-nennyk.blogspot.com/2010/04/free-st-patricks-day-printables.html

    I hope you’ll stop by sometime. If you are interested grab my featured button from the top left side of my blog. Cheers!

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