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DIY St. Patrick’s Day Floral Pin

by Grace Bonney

For some reason I can remember what St. Patrick’s Day was like in high school as if it were yesterday. I was an impossibly uptight and nervous student and dreaded most holidays at school because they seemed to come with an accessory or head piece I didn’t want to wear. St. Patrick’s Day came with the whole “if you’re not wearing green, you get pinched” rule, so I would always spend the day shrugging around corners, hoping not to be noticed. I went through something of a Wednesday Addams phase, so the idea of wearing green just didn’t work for me. After a few years of being pinched by everyone and anyone (including my German teacher!), I decided to give in and wear a blinky shamrock pin that seemed to protect me from pinches. So I thought I’d reinterpret that pin in a way that fits my style today — with flowers. Using a mix of berzillia, helleborus and thlaspi, I tied together a quick and easy floral pin that I would be proud to wear around my office building halls any day. No pinching, please. xo, grace

How-to: Layer the thlaspi and berzillia on top of each other and place a single helleborus flower on top. Secure with floral twine and tie a green ribbon around the wire to cover. You can hot-glue a pin to the back of the ribbon or use a straight or stick pin to attach it to your shirt.

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