Right, so I know corned beef and cabbage is the traditional St. Patty’s Day go-to…and I know my Irish ancestors would shun me for saying so, but I’m just not a huge fan of corned beef…or cabbage for that matter. I mean…I’ll eat it…but when push comes to shove, I’d much rather spring for a piece of shepherd’s pie or a big ol’ plate of bangers and mash (which I know is not OFFICIALLY Irish, but…it has potatoes!!).
So here are a few other Irish-ish recipes that you can make to still be in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit if you’re like me and don’t swoon over the traditional fare.
5 St. Patrick’s Day Recipes that Aren’t Corned Beef and Cabbage
Irish Soda Bread (my favorite!!)
Gimme Some Oven
Bangers & Mash
Just a Pinch
Beer Cheese Soup
A Spicy Perspective
Every Monday is a “Reci-bee” post, where I share my favorite recipes, recipe collections, and cooking and baking hints and tips.
I love me a good recycled craft…and this one is “green” in all senses of the word! Made from recycled items and perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, this beer bottle vase is so easy to make and would look adorable on your table or mantle. This is a great way to use up those Guinness bottles you have lying around, as well as some left over felt scraps from projects you’ve done before.
A few weeks ago I posted a Felt Flower Tutorial, as well as a Felt Shamrocks Tutorial. Both of those will come in handy when making this cute little St. Pattie’s craft.
St. Patrick’s Day Centerpiece
- 1 empty beer bottle, label removed, washed and dried
- Various scraps of green and white felt
- Green and white felt (optional–only if you’re making the flowers)
- Craft pipe cleaners (optional–only if you’re making the flowers)
- Hot Glue Gun
- Needle and green embroidery thread
Follow the directions for the Felt Flower Tutorial to make the flowers for your vase. If you’d rather use real flowers or no flowers at all, simply ignore this step.
Follow the directions for the Felt Shamrocks Tutorial to make 3 green shamrocks, as well as 1 white one. Feel free to use whatever colors you’d like. I happened to have felt in “True Green”, “Forest Green”, and “Sage Green”…so those are the shamrocks I created. I also made a white one and did a simple stitch in green thread around the edge of the shamrock.
I also created a little belt to go around the bottle. I made this out of the “Sage Green” felt and 2 strips of white felt. Glue the shamrocks to the felt belt.
When you have your shamrocks arranged and glued to the belt, simply glue it all to your beer bottle. Add your flowers and you’re good to go! This is a really fun and economical idea for table centerpieces or party favors.
Celebrate creativity every Wednesday with a “Creativi-bee” post, where I share easy craft tutorials, project ideas, and craft collections.