Shamrocks and leprechauns

With my Irish heritage, a couple of redheads in the family, and a penchant for rainbows, I feel obliged to pull a few themed tricks out of my hat/craft box this St. Patrick’s Day. Below are some of my favourite St. Paddy’s Day crafts for kids and, if you want more inspiration, I have compiled a few other cute ideas on this Pinterest board

Shamrock mosaic

What we used: 

  • 3 heart-shaped pieces of card
  • Icy pole/popsicle stick
  • Green paper and/or felt, cut into small square and/or triangle tiles
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Green paint (or mix blue & yellow like we did)
  • Paint brush

Mosaic collage projects make for great cutting and pasting practice for kids and always look so pretty. My little one thought it was funny that we were only using green – normally we play with as many colours as we can! But she accepted it and did a great job gluing all the little green paper and felt tiles onto the card. She also painted the icy-pole stick green and helped stick it to the back. You may just need to trim overhanging tiles from the edges to finish it off.

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Leprechaun hat

What we used:

  • Cardboard tube
  • Green & yellow felt sheets
  • Black ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue

This sweet little leprechaun hat makes such a cute accessory for St. Patrick’s day. We attached ours to some sparkly elastic that could stretch to fit around different head sizes but you could also use a regular headband or even attach it to a hair clip. All we did was wrap a cardboard tube in some green felt, then cut two green felt circles – one for the top of the hat and a bigger one for the brim. Glue them together, attach a black ribbon around it, and add a yellow felt buckle! The buckle looks great with a little gold glitter as well (our house was messy enough already so we left it off!)

 

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Shamrock burlap bunting

What we used:

  • Long rectangular piece of burlap, cut into flags – squares or triangles
  • Green felt, cut into shamrock shapes
  • Ribbon
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors

Buntings are easy and make the best decorations! All this one requires is some careful cutting of your shamrock felt shapes, then gluing them onto your burlap flags before gluing or sewing them onto a nice long piece of ribbon or string. We used ours to decorate the cubby house (always a much more presentable building than our actual residence).

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Leprechaun paper plate mask

  • Paper plate
  • Orange crepe paper
  • Green, black and yellow paper or felt sheets
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors

I haven’t met a kid that doesn’t enjoy hiding behind a silly mask! It’s even more fun if they’ve made the mask themselves. For this leprechaun mask, just cut a hole in the middle of the plate and glue scrunched up orange crepe paper to the bottom half to make a nice textured beard. Then, cut out his hat from green paper or felt, a strip of black paper or ribbon and a buckle from yellow paper or felt. Glue it all together and pop your face in the hole!

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Rainbow paper plate mosaic

For details on this project, check out the blog post here. All it needs now is a pot of gold!

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May good luck be with you wherever you go 
And your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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