Irish roots run deep on my father’s side of the family; he has passed along a love of Celtic dance and music to me. Whenever I see a potato, I warmly remember his term “Irish carrots.” Of course, we have always celebrated Saint Patrick’s Day! We have made it all: green Jell-O, mint brownies, shepherd’s pie, potato soup, and the list goes on. More recently, our family has fallen utterly in love with corned beef (check out my slow cooker take on a truly delicious classic here).
To the dismay of my grandmother (my father’s mother) he was born on Friday the thirteenth. Rumor has it she used to rock him to sleep throwing salt over her shoulder! We may have lost the superstation along the way, and our belief in luck is limited to things like finding pennies face up, but from the stories my father and his siblings tell, I know the love and celebration of family has been passed down, and I am very grateful for that!
This lovely Irish prayer hung on our wall as I grew up:
“May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, my the sun shine warm upon your face, the rain fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again my God hold you in the palm of his hand.”
Now it’s time to polish up our lucky pennies and get ready to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day! To get in the mood, my son and I are making a lucky penny sign!
Lucky Penny Sign Project
For this project, you will need:
16″ by 20″ mounted canvas
Green acrylic paint
Gold acrylic paint
Small paint brush
4 rolls of pennies (you can use less, but I have found that you need at least this many to find enough shiny ones)
Hot glue gun
To get started, use the sponge brush to paint the entire canvas green and allow it to dry (which will take at least four hours to ensure you won’t scratch the paint off with the next steps).
Next, print out the Lucky Letters from this Lucky Letters Template for Lucky Sign (or make your own, if you would like – I used a size 525 font), and cut them out individually.
Position the letters with equal distance from each side of the canvas and equal space in-between.
Secure the letters with just enough tape to keep them from moving around while you trace them.
Trace around the outside of each letter.
Remove the templates: now you’re ready to start gluing on your pennies! I had my son sort out the shiniest pennies for us to use, and the rest went into his piggy bank – a win for both of us!
Starting at the top of each letter, glue the pennies heads up along your trace lines until it is completely covered. When “LUCKY” shines, you’re ready for final embellishments!
If you wish to add clovers to your sign and don’t wish to paint them freehand, simply cut out four little hearts of similar size and arrange them in the shape of a clover to make a stencil. Use a small paint brush with gold paint to go around your hearts. Once complete, very gently remove the hearts, and add a little stem, and you’re golden!
God bless, and good luck!
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