Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Irish Escapade - Irish Claddagh {With Printable}

For St. Patrick's Day,
we thought we'd venture out of China
and head over to the Emerald Isles.
Photo Credit: Allie Osmar
In honor of St. Patrick's Day, the girls and I made friendship cards inspired by the Irish Claddagh. The claddagh ring is often used as a friendship ring, but more commonly as an engagement ring. The heart represents love, the hands represent friendship, and the crown represents loyalty.

We pulled out our cardstock, scrapbooking paper, scissors, glue and markers. I created a printable the girls cut from that includes hands, and various hearts and crowns.

We also found some Irish blessings they wrote inside their cards. Elle is giving her card to her BFF, and Pea is sending hers to her grandmother.

You can find my free printable for an Irish claddagh friendship card, which also includes a few Irish blessings here:

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  1. Oh, what beautiful cards. What a great idea. We almost got a claddagh ring when we got married, but then we found the ones we have and fell in love with them. The claddagh still has a special place in my heart, though.

    1. Thanks Phyllis, the claddagh ring is so beautiful, and I especially like that the love of friends is also honored.

  2. Thanks for giving us a blessing cards and Irish Claddagh ring.

    Really a nice post...!!

    1. What a lovely thing to say! Thanks for stopping by :)


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