Luck of the Straw

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Luck of the Straw
Total Time 30 minutes or less Ages school-age

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day by making a Brigid's cross, a craft honoring one of Ireland's patron saints. Traditionally these crosses are made of rushes, which grow wild in marshy areas. We wove our cross from colored craft-store raffia.

How to make it

  1. First, moisten the raffia by wetting it with warm water and allowing it to sit for 10 minutes. Use scissors to trim the raffia pieces to about 20 inches long.

  2. Luck of the Straw - Step 2 i

    Lay one or two strands vertically on your table. Fold a second strand or two in half around the middle of the first, with the ends pointing to the right (figure 1).

  3. Luck of the Straw - Step 3

    Rotate your project a quarter turn. Fold a third strand or two around the second (figure 2).

  4. Luck of the Straw - Step 4

    Rotate the project again and add a fourth strand (figure 3).

  5. Repeat these steps until your cross is as big as you'd like (ours uses 13 pieces), then tie the ends of the cross's arms with scrap pieces of raffia.

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