Hello! My name is Amanda and I’m Natashia’s trusty assistant. I’ve been assisting at Canary Jane for almost four years now, but this is the first time I’m sharing one of my own crafts!
My in-laws have a St. Patrick’s Day lunch every year and this year I was struck with both a need to craft and a boredom with shamrocks that resulted in these easy Claddagh Crowns. The claddagh symbol is an Irish depiction of two hands holding a heart that wears a crown. The hands represent friendship, the hands represent love, and the crown represents loyalty. You’ll find lots of depictions of the claddagh in Irish jewelry and when you wear a claddagh ring, the hand and position indicates your relationship status!
I really liked the idea of ditching the shamrocks for this beautiful symbol.
I designed this half-crown and cut it out with my Cricut so I could make one for each of my family members. If you don’t have a Cricut, you can just print out the symbol and cut out the negative space. This is a great way to use up scraps of pretty paper.
Things You’ll Need
- Decorative paper (here’s some good greens, and a fun pattern pack)
- Cricut (optional)
- Scissors or precision knife
- Bobby pins if desired
- String or ribbon
- Digital patterns found below
If you’re using a Cricut, upload your saved pattern to Design Space. Delete all of the negative space and size to fit your paper. I cut mine 11 inches long. Load your paper and blade and set your Cricut to cut whatever type of paper you’re using. Once cut out, carefully weed around the crown and pull it off of your mat.
If you’re using scissors or a precision blade & mat, print your saved pattern on paper, sized at your desired length. Carefully cut out around the pattern and in the negative spaces. If you want to make it really simple or your kids want to color in the claddagh symbol, just cut around the pattern.
To secure the crown to your head, cut a length of string or ribbon that’s the circumference of your head. Thread your string through the last loops and tie the ends. To wear, both strings go at the back of your head. I like this method because it’s easy to resize, but you can make the back half of the crown however you like.
Another way to secure the crown on your head is by simply using bobby pins! Just slide them over the paper and into your hair.
I love what this symbol means and I love that my baby was willing to match with me! Have fun with all of your St. Patrick’s day antics! I wish you much love, loyalty, and friendship.