Don't fall victim to the American St. Patrick's Day tradition of pinching! Be prepared for St. Patrick’s Day and make an anti-pinching badge. All you need is a little cardstock, burlap and glue for this easy project. I highly recommend a scoring board if you plan on making a high volume of badges, it makes accordion folding so much easier and faster. These anti-pinching badges would make cute name tags for a party. You can write guests names inside of the shamrocks using a gold marker.
Step 1: Cut 3 – 2 x 8 inch strips of green cardstock for each badge. Score the strips using a scoring board and fold like an accordion.
Step 2: Hot glue the strips together, forming a circle. Push the pieces together, forming a circle and add a glob of hot glue in the center. Hold together until glue dries and circle stays in place.
Step 3: Cut a 3 inch circle out of burlap and hot glue to the front of the accordion. Cut a 2 inch circle out of white cardstock and hot glue on top of the burlap. Cut a shamrock out of green cardstock and glue on top of the white cardstock.
Step 4: Flip the accordion around and glue another 2 inch white cardstock circle to the back. Glue a pin backing on top.
Step 5: Wear on St. Patrick’s Day to avoid being pinched.
What is the St. Patrick's Day pinching tradition all about anyway?
Believe it or not, St. Patrick's Day and the tradition of wearing green to show Irish pride became popular in America around the 1700s starting in Boston, Massachucetts.
The idea behind wearing green? Mischievous leprechauns! Rumor had it that if you wore green, you were invisible to little leprechauns who liked to pinch anyone they could see. Thus, if you were decked in green, you couldn't be seen and you couldn't be pinched!
Later this practice evolved into more of an Irish pride prank among playful Irish children. They began the practice of pinching those who forgot to wear green on St. Patrick's Day, giving them a little greenish bruise they could show their Irish pride instead. A little mean, if you ask us!
Whatever you believe, just be sure to avoid the pinchers out there with our cute St. Patrick's Day anti-pinching badge!