The magic in an object is all about the story that is woven about it. My cousin, Eve, is such a master of making the ordinary extraordinary. For my daughter’s 5th birthday she painted a seashell with shimmery pink nail polish and gave it to Maddie and it was positively magical.
When she gave it to my daughter, she explained in great detail that she met a mermaid swimming in the sea while out on a boat in the ocean by Nantucket. The mermaid had a conversation with Eve and they were so delighted with each other that the mermaid gave Eve a magical seashell to remind her of the meeting, and that Eve was giving it to Maddie as a present because it was so special. Several years later, my daughter still treasures that seashell…purely because of the wonder of the story Eve told.
The same sort of stories can be woven about luck. Is a painted gold coin going to bring the owner a ton of luck? Probably not (but if it does, let me know how you did it!!). A good luck charm does have its own sort of magic when you put a little power of belief behind it, though. I tucked one of these golden good luck charms into Maddie’s hands on her way out the door today, telling her it would bring her good luck today and help her super memory on her math test – already studied hard for. She was thrilled with the trinket. Just a little power of positive thinking and a splash of mom-type love in her pocket.
Not to mention, these lucky charms are adorably cute. Must be all that handmade goodness. They’re also perfect for the luck of the Irish St. Patrick’s Day time of year. If you’re not using them as good luck charms, they’d be perfect for scattered about St. Patrick’s Day decorations or a little favor for the classroom.
How to Make a St. Patrick’s Day Good Luck Charm
I’m including some links here so you can see what items you need. Everything you can purchase at your local craft store, and the letter stamps were $2 at Target…much cheaper than what you can find online!
- Unfinished round discs, 1.5 inches
- Metallic gold paint
- Letter stamps and black inkpad
- Green Paint
- Gold glitter glue
Paint your discs gold on all sides and edges. Let the paint dry! You can add the glitter glue to your coin before you stamp it if you like; some inks smear more than others, and if yours doesn’t stay put, now is a good time to add the glitter!
Use your letter stamps to put “lucky you” around the edges of the coin.
Paint a four (or three) leaf clover in the center of the coin.
Add the glitter glue to the coin now if you haven’t already!
After everything is dry, you’re ready to prepare a great story and spread a little luck with some good luck charms.