Making a St. Brigids’s Day Cross

Stained Glass window depicting St. Brigid at St. Mary’s Church, Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo, Ireland by the Irish Artist Harry Clarke {1889-1931}.


February 1st in Ireland is also known as St. Brigid’s Day and it marks the beginning of the Celtic spring. In the past people would have made a simple cross from rushes to celebrate the Saint’s day. I never made a cross when growing up in Ireland but I would see them for sale in tourist shops and also on display in our school.. A few years ago I made one from 12 green pipe cleaners with my son which was a lot of fun. I found these instructions for making a St. Brigid’s cross very helpful. Today as my son is home from school with an upset tummy I thought we could try making a different version using drinking straws as we happen to have several green ones that they carry Starbucks in our kitchen press. The long ones are an ideal length, they are approx 10 inches/ 25 cm long but it is easy enough to join shorter ones together, by creating some slits in one straw and pushing the two together and they can be held together using some clear tape.

Supplies needed:

  1. 12 drinking straws
  2. Scissors
  3. String or something similar to tie straws at the end



First bend all the straws in half. It is important to hold the straws very tightly in position with each step as they can pop or bounce out of the woven cross as you go along {which happened to me a few times}. I used some fine green and white bakers string to secure the four arms tightly together and then trimmed the excess to create a neater appearance.

This entry was published on February 1, 2016 at 7:07 pm. It’s filed under #craftswithchildren, #irishcustoms, Spring, Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “Making a St. Brigids’s Day Cross

  1. Barbara on said:

    Lovely variation of the traditional cross, very creative you guys, I’m impressed! xb

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  2. Thanks B it was fun to do 😄🍀


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