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Celebrate the spirit of St. Patrick's Day by making creative crafts with your kids! They'll love putting on a leprechaun beard, playing with their new shamrock pinwheels, or handing out homemade goodie bags. We even have St. Patrick's Day crafts for you to try!
Let your little leprechauns look the part with our easy-to-make beard. Cut out a beard shape from corrugated cardboard (with the corrugations running vertically). Glue orange faux fur to the cardboard; trim to beard shape. Place a bit of glue on the end of a bamboo skewer, then insert it into one of the center flutes of the cardboard. Let the glue dry before employing the disguise.
All you need to get your shamrock spinning is a simple puff of air! Cut out a shamrock shape from double-sided scrapbooking paper. Press a tack through the center of the pinwheel and into the side of a pencil's eraser, leaving a bit of space so the paper can turn freely. Blow on the side of the shamrock for the best spin.
A few supplies: Our free four-leaf clover template (available, below), green felt, heart buttons, and watercolors, plus a hair clip or pin, create a no-fail way to avoid getting pinched this March 17. Full instructions, below.
On a dinner-size paper plate, draw a circle about 1-3/4 inches from the edge. Draw your shamrock inside this circle, with the base of the shape touching the line (for a symmetrical design, fold the plate in half before drawing half the shape along the fold). Cut out the shape and the head hole along the curved line. Bend up the shape. Have your child try on the hat, and widen the head hole as needed. Decorate the hat with paint, crayons, markers, and glitter.
Kids of all ages will love these St. Patrick's Day goodie bags. To make, fill a cellophane bag with various colored green candies. Stitch a festive piece of fabric and a home-printed tag across the top using the zigzag stitch on a sewing machine.
Bright green shamrocks are the quintessential St. Patrick's Day decor idea. Cut four half-inch rings from a flattened cardboard tube, then cut through one of the folds on each ring. For three of the rings, bend and glue the two ends to form a heart-shape leaf. Fold the fourth ring into a triangular stem and glue the ends together. Glue the stem between two leaves, then glue on the third. Paint the shamrock green. When it's dry, hang it with fishing line or string.
Amp up your favorite St. Patrick's Day desserts with some adorable cupcake toppers that take just minutes to pull together. Back a festive St. Pat's sticker on sparkly green cardstock and hot-glue to a toothpick.
Satisfy any wee visitors this St. Patrick's Day with a box full of tiny O-shape cereal disguised as adorable doughnuts.
Make Chocolate Sprinkle Doughnuts:
Dip the tops of O-shape cereal into melted dark or white chocolate (the tines of a fork work well for this) and cover with sprinkles.
Create your own luck with an easy four-leaf clover pin. Cut clover shapes from different colors of green felt, layer the pieces together, and secure using glue. Embellish the clover with buttons, ribbon, and other trims. Adhere a safety pin to the back.
Gather scraps of felt to make a fun no-sew leprechaun for St. Patrick's Day.
Irish Celtic stencils and a box of watercolors are all you need to whip up a pair of sophisticated pieces of art. Lay a Celtic design stencil on a sheet of watercolor paper using painter's tape to secure. Fill in the design using watercolor paint (a light touch will help you create variated light and dark areas for depth); let dry. Lay the design on crafts paper (use a coordinating color to give it a matted look), and display in a simple glass-clip frame.
Bring a touch of luck into your home with a festive St. Patrick's Day door hanging. Start with wooden shamrock shapes (available at most crafts stores). Use spray adhesive to attach a variety of green scrapbook papers to the wooden shapes; let dry. With a utility knife or scissors, cut out the shamrock shapes. Apply Mod Podge with a foam brush; let dry. Attach the shapes to ribbon using glue dots; add scrapbook letters to each one. Top the hanging with a wooden "luck" cutout.
Repurpose an old wine bottle into a pretty St. Patrick's day craft. Start by wrapping bright green yarn or embroidery floss around the neck of the bottle, securing the loose end underneath the yarn as you go. End your wrapping an inch or so from the bottom of the bottle; secure with a dab of hot glue. Use a mix of different shades of green ribbon to tie on a seasonal computer-printed tag.
Use large-scale medallion and border stencils to turn a plain tablecloth into a dramatic accent you can use year-round -- but especially on St. Patrick's Day. Lay a tablecloth on a flat surface and place the stencils, securing them with a bit of tape. Fill in the designs with fabric paint, using medallions on the corners and aligning border stencils along the sides. We used white paint on a taupe-color cloth.