Don’t Get Pinched: DIY St. Patrick’s Day Costume Ideas

This Sunday, March 17th marks the annual celebration of green shamrocks, lucky charms, rainbows and loads of boisterous, beer-drinking leprechauns. A day that celebrates fun and mischief, everyone loves St. Patricks Day. Wit will get you further than any pot o’gold. Check out these Do-It-Yourself clever ideas for creating your own holiday gear.


Everyone knows that the first rule to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day is that you MUST wear green. If you aren’t visibly representing the color, you are destined for a painful party full of pinches. Ensure your safety on this special day by making a festive, DIY shamrock t-shirt that will ward off watchful pinchers. You can easily utilize patches, felt, fabric paint or iron on transfers to create some witty, green t’s for the big day.

Green Pants or Tights

Maybe you want to go all out with your leprechaun look, in which case, you should probably look at dyeing an old pair of white sweat pants, tights or even socks green. RIT dyes are simple, color tinting products that can be used creatively to design the bottom half of your costume.


Perhaps you don’t have the time or clothing to create a complete St. Patty’s ensemble. No problem. Throw together a tall, green top hat, like the legendary spirited sprites of Ireland have been said to wear. Paper or felt hats are can be made by cutting three simple shapes (rectangle, circle and a ring for the brim) and sewing/glueing them together. If you aren’t a very crafty person, you can also paint the outside of an old tupperware bowl and wear it upside down on your head, like a top hat.

Leprechaun Beard

If you’ve got a good sense of humor and hope to celebrate the holiday with as much cheer as possible, then a traditional, orange beard should be part of your St. Patrick’s Day “get up”. There are a couple of ways to make a beard for your outfit: 1) Roll orange construction paper around a pencil to create curls that attach to a homemade paper mask, or 2) dye some cotton or fake hair orange and glue it to a piece of cardboard that can be held with a popsicle stick.

Sparkly Shoes

Salvage a pair of old shoes in the name of St. Patty’s. By covering the shoes with modge podge or some type of adhesive and then coating them with green or gold glitter, your shoes will be the highlight of your costume. Beware of treasure hungry leprechauns that will be tempted to swipe them right off your feet.

Bead Necklaces and Hair Accessories

For those who have less time or materials to prepare for the holiday, there are many accessories that you can quickly put together to show off your spirit. Green plaid bows, green beaded necklaces and shamrock headbands will bring you the luck of the Irish.

Gold Nuggets

Every leprechaun needs his token pot o’gold, so make your own by taking smooth stones and spray painting them gold. Carry them around in a pouch or bowl to your local party. You can even put lucky Irish sayings on them in black paint so that you can spread the wealth to others all day long.

Games and Party Favors

St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday that celebrates cleverness and fun. Organize a limerick treasure hunt, temporary shamrock tattoos and some printable decorations for the party. Lastly, a little green food coloring for the beer/apple juice and food will top off the ultimate party favors, because if you don’t know by now, leprechauns love green food.

Don’t get pinched for lack of festive attire, DIY St. Patrick’s Day costumes and décor are fun, easy projects that will guarantee a good time this Sunday. So go out and show them all how it’s done. It’s time to get your Irish up!

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