Ideas for Good Luck Crafts

Updated July 20, 2017

Good luck charms and symbols express your desire for friends' or relatives' success. Craft a good luck gift to support someone as she follows her dreams. It's especially meaningful when you make the gift yourself. Homemade crafts are keepsakes their receivers will keep to remember your kindness. Crafts also give you a chance to show off your creativity. As friends and family prepare for changes in their lives and venture into new fields, remind them with a personal touch that you've got their backs.

A Game of Horseshoes

The horseshoe is a time-honoured symbol of good luck. It can also serve as a blank canvas for decorative opportunities. Consider purchasing a wooden horseshoe from a craft store and personalising it to fit the occasion. If your gift is going to someone trying out for a school baseball team, try decorating the horseshoe with school-coloured ribbons and bows, or paint some red baseball stitches across it. If you're giving it to a recent job applicant, try adding imagery relevant to the job-hunter's chosen field.

Four-Leaf Clovers

Although we associate the four-leaf clover with Celtic and Irish tradition, the symbol has become one of the world's most widely recognised good luck charms. Adding this simple image to any craft suggests good luck wishes to the receiver. Take into account the goals of the recipient. For instance, a new college student might need a new backpack or a runner might be taking on her first marathon. Whether you're stitching a four-leaf clover onto a bag, embroidering it onto wrist-cuffs or painting it onto a mug, the good-luck message is clear.

Maneki Neko

The name "Maneki "may sound foreign, but anyone who's picked up Chinese food has probably seen this friendly-looking, big-eyed kitten waving from the window. Even though it's popular throughout the nation's Chinatowns, the Maneki Neko, or "prosperity cat,"' is actually a Japanese symbol of good luck. If you're looking to wish someone luck, particularly if he's opening his own business, a Maneki Neko craft is an appropriate and intriguing piece. Try sculpting one on your own. You can also paint or stitch one, or fold Maneki Neko from paper, origami-style. Whatever your talents are, remember luck is indicated by how high the paw is held -- so keep it high.

Frame or Encase a Lucky Item

Perhaps your daughter attributes a sports victory to her lucky socks. Consider framing them. For academics, design a display case complete with protective casing and a stand for a "lucky pencil." It might look a little silly, but knowing what items are important to the person receiving your gift and giving him a way to preserve those memories shows you pay attention to what he values

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Billy Kekevian has been a writer and editor in the Philadelphia/South Jersey area since 2003. He has worked all sides of the desk, from reporting and writing to editing and layout design. Kekevian's work has appeared in the "Gloucester County Times," "Philadelphia City Paper" and, among other publications. He has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Rutgers University.