Marshmallows over a campfire? For sure. S'mores? Most definitely. But those artificially colored, rubbery marshmallow treats supposedly called marbits that they put in cereal? No siree!
I really have no idea why kids enjoy Lucky Charms so damn much.
Though I was definitely one of those kids. No question.
I loved the rainbows and hearts. The hourglass not so much. Nor the shooting star. I mean, I don't think you can actually tell what they're meant to be without a quick glance at the cereal box. I could draw a more realistic balloon at the age of four!
But you had to eat one of each, that's for damn sure, if you wanted your day to be anything close to lucky!
I don't know that they were my favorite, but the clovers are definitely a classic; the number one symbol of luck and fortune.
Sure, hard work will get us pretty far, but with St. Patrick's Day coming up I think it's absolutely fine to pick up a clover or two to add a careless spring to your step on March 17th!
And since I want to be extra sure that a little leprechaun in clothes of emerald green pays me a visit this year, I can use all the lucky charms I can get!
Which means making them myself!
Cause I really wouldn't mind a few extra bucks. Or, you know, a bucket of gold.
These DIY lucky charms will turn any ordinary cup into a teapot of luck. Every sip you take will bring you closer to the rainbow's end and your very own fortune.
Tried and tested, of course.
HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL NEED for one charm:
- cardboard paper, green
- glue, preferably food-safe
- masking tape (optional)
- sewing needle
Step 1: Draw the outlines of a clover onto a piece of paper in the desired size and cut out. Imagine three or four hearts joined at the tip. You can also print off a template from the web.
Step 2: Using a pair of scissors, cut a strip of cardboard paper wide enough to fit the clover once and long enough to fit the clover twice. Fold in half length-wise.
Step 3: Place your clover template on top of the cardboard making sure that one leaf touches the fold generously. Secure with double-sided masking tape on the back of the template if desired. Then, following the template, cut out the clover. Be careful to keep the fold largely intact. Unfold the cardboard clover and you should be left with two clovers joined at one leaf.
Step 4: If you're not making your own teabag, remove the tag from an existing teabag you have at home. (I used green tea for this project as it seemed only fitting.) You can simply snip off the end of the teabag's thread close to the tag, or untie the thread to avoid cutting it too short. As the thread is typically secured only by a simple knot, you can easily slip a sewing needle between the thread and tag and lift upward. The knot will come undone easily.
Step 5: Thread the sewing needle with the bag's thread and pierce through one of the double clover's leaves. Secure with a double knot.
Step 6: On the inside of the clover (where the double knot is placed) add some glue covering the entire clover. Make sure the thread is not exceeding the sides of the clover. Fold over the second clover of your double clover and press down tightly to secure.
Step 7: If you like, add writing such as 'teapot of gold', 'leprechaun elixir' or 'teapot charms".
Once dry, be sure to get hold of a four-leaf clover and enjoy a hot cup of lucky leprechaun elixir!
How many four-leaf clovers can you spot?