I love the holidays. I love all of them. St. Patrick’s Day is a little more than a week away & even though I am not Irish, I get into the spirit all the same as if I were. This weekend Mai & I devoted a lot of time to St. Paddy’s day crafts or as Mai calls it St. Crafter’s Days. It makes sense considering all the painting, gluing & glittering that was done in our home. Here are some crafts that you can try at home with your young artists whether they are Irish or not.
Egg Carton Shamrocks
Use a clean & empty egg carton. You will need to cut out 3 individual sections for each shamrock made.
Paint your sections in different shades of green. Let dry.
Cut a piece of green construction paper for your stem.
Using a hot glue gun (not for children’s use), glue your egg carton sections together on the sides & then to the top of the stem. Let dry.
Marshmallow Shamrock Stamping
My daughter loves stamping. It is an easy way to make a lovely & easy craft. We happened to have a bag of jumbo marshmallows from last weekend Rice Krispie Treat Rainbows, so we put them to good use. This is an easy one. Give your child a marshmallow & some green paint. Show them how to stamp the shape of a shamrock by stamping twice side by side & one centered over the top of the two.
To be honest Mai kind of went in her own direction here. She made green snowmen instead. They were equally cute & she was quite proud.
St. Paddy’s Day Glitter Peels
Glitter & glue peels are one of our favorite crafts at home. They combine my daughter’s 2 favorite craft supplies. I helped Mai by drawing the outline of the shamrocks for her & then let her apply her own glitter.
Let dry. This may take a while, if not overnight depending on how thick the glue is.
We left ours outside with weight on them to dry. They dried quicker & we were able to peel faster.
Check out our rainbow too…
Paper Plate Leprechaun Mask
On the back side of a paper plate, draw a set of eyes.
Paint the center of the plate in a flesh tone.
Paint around the outside in orange or red for the hair & beard. Add eyebrows, eyelashes & a goatee.
Draw out a bow tie & a hat on construction paper.
For the hat add a band & buckle.
Glue the pieces to the top & bottom of your plate & paint or draw in the rest of you face with marker.
Paint in any other embellishments such as shamrocks or polka dots for the bow tie.
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