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Arts & Crafts: Holidays > St. Patrick's Day

Easy Shamrock
added 2-15-98
Christa from Preschool Education

Need: Paper, scissors

Directions: Cut three heart and a stem from paper. Glue them in the shape of a shamrock. Then trace it onto green paper. You will have a perfect shamrock every time.

Leprechaun Latter! added 2-15-98 Christa from Preschool Education

Need: Yarn, Straws, Green Construction paper, and Scissors.

Directions: Cut about 10 Shamrocks out for each child. Make the Shamrocks Small. About 3 inches wide. Cut Straw into 2 inch pieces. String the Straws and the shamrocks. One Straw, One Shamrock, One Straw, One Shamrock, One Straw, One Shamrock, etc.... (A good Idea is to put tape on one end of the string so it does not come apart, while Stringing. Tape the second end to the table so the objects don't come off the other side.) When it is done tie a knot in the Yarn on both side. Hang it From the Ceiling. You can make them as long or as short as you wish. They really look great. Also a great
Stringing project for Preschoolers.

Paper Plate Shamrock added 2-15-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: 3 paper plates, Green Crayons, Green Construction paper, glue, and scissors.

Directions: Color all three paper plates green. Cut a stem from green construction paper. Glue the three paper plates together and in a triangle type shape. Then glue the stem at the bottom.

Coffee Filter Shamrock added 3-12-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Coffee Filter, 2 baby food Jars, Water, scissors, Yellow and Blue food coloring, and a Q-tip

Directions: Cut Coffee filter in the shape of a shamrock. Put water in two baby food jars. Add yellow food color in one jar and blue in the other. Give the children Q-tips and let them mix the colors on the coffee filter. You end up with a very interesting green shamrock.

Fingerpaint Clover Field added 3-12-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: 1 piece fingerpaint paper, green tempera paint mixed with liquid starch (mixed very thick), 3x3 in pieces of tissue paper in shades of green, scissors, newspaper

Directions: Cut shamrocks out of tissue paper (many different sizes). Place fingerpaint paper on top of newspaper. Pour about 3 tablespoons of paint in the middle and spread all over the paper with one hand. Make all over design on the paper. before the paint dries add tissue shamrocks to the paper.

Lucky Leprechaun Hats added 3-12-98 Original Author Unknown
Submitted by Amy

Need: paper bowls, green paint, paintbrush, hole punch, ribbon, and gold glitter 

Directions: Have the children paint the backside of a paper bowl green. When they dry, punch a hole in the rim of the bowl. One on each side. Lace ribbon through the hole so you can tie the hat on. Great for a St. Patty's party.

(OPTIONAL) While paint in wet on the hats, sprinkle gold glitter on them.

Living Leprechauns added 2-18-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Styrofoam cups, markers, paper, cotton balls, dirt, grass seeds

Directions: Give each child a styrofoam cup. Have them draw or paste precut facial features on the cup. Use cotton balls for beard. The next day (after the glue dries) fill the cup with dirt. Plant grass or alfalfa seeds. Each Leprechaun should have a green head of hair soon!!

Shamrock Painting added 2-18-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Peppers, paint, and paper

Directions: Green peppers cut in half (they look like shamrocks.) White Paint on Green paper, or green paint on white paper.

Glitter Shamrocks added 2-21-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Cookie Cutters, paint, paper, glitter

Directions: Using cookie cutters in the shape of shamrocks have the children dip the
cutters into shallow pans of paint and press to paper. After they have desired amount of shamrocks, they may add glitter.

Shamrocks added 2-21-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Tissue paper, paper, glue

Directions: Cut a shamrock from construction paper. Glue pieces of green variegated
tissue paper or scraps of green paper on shamrock.

Rice Shamrocks added 2-21-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Oak-tag or heavy white paper, rice, green food coloring, brushes, glue, glue containers, paper towels or pie tins, shamrock patterns.

Directions: Prepare rice a day ahead of project. Place rice in a small amount of water to which green food coloring has been added. Let it soak until desired shade of green had been reached. Drain off the water and let rice dry on paper towels or in pie tins overnight. Trace and cut out shamrock shapes. Have the children brush diluted glue on their shamrocks and sprinkle green rice over the glue. (A drop or two of alcohol in a few drops food coloring will color very darkly any kind of pasta: macaroni, etc. Perhaps this will work with rice too. It dries much quicker without the water. )

Marble paint green added 2-21-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Three marbles, paint

Directions: Using three marbles roll green, yellow, and white paint, let dry. Paste on
shamrocks, and lace around the edges.

Shamrock Sun Catcher added 2-25-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Shamrocks, wax paper, paper

Directions: Begin by collecting shamrocks or three leafed clovers. Then press between two sheets of waxed paper. Cut a large shamrock shape from a sheet of
construction paper. Then cut the center out, reserving the shamrock cutout for another project. Glue the resulting shamrock shaped frame to the clover containing waxed paper.

Texture Shamrocks added 2-25-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Green paint, grits, paper

Directions: Have the children use green finger-paint that has been mixed with grits (to give it a texture) to cover a shamrock shape.

Irish Flag added 2-25-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: paper, glue

Directions: Using a full sheet of white construction paper let the children glue 3 pieces of paper that you have cut to fit the white paper to make the flag. Starting from the left side of the white paper glue on 1/3 of green construction paper, 1/3 of white paper & 1/3 of orange paper.

Shamrock crayon rubbing added 2-25-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: cardboard, pencil, glue, paper, crayons

Directions: Using a piece of cardboard or matt board draw on some shamrocks with a pencil. Now take some glue in the bottle & outline the shapes with glue. Let the glue dry. Now take some paper & lay it on top of the shamrocks & rub it with the side of
a green crayon. My kids like to call this magic when the design appears.

Shamrock Men added 2-25-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Construction Paper, Glue, Markers or Crayons

Directions: Let the children draw a face on the shamrock and add accordion fold arms and legs.

Shimmering Shamrocks added 2-25-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: paper, glue, salt or sugar, green cellophane

Directions: Cut out shamrock shapes from green paper. Have the children put glue around the edge of the shamrock. Sprinkle salt or sugar on the glue. Or if you can find the green cellophane paper in the grocery store cut holes in the shamrock and put cellophane behind it.

Finger Paint added 2-25-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Finger paint paper, yellow and blue paint

Directions: Cut large shamrock shapes from finger-painting paper. Put a blob of yellow and a blob of blue paint on the shamrock. Have the children finger-paint and
soon...GREEN! This is a good sensory way to learn about colors.

Dancing Leprechaun added 3-7-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: pudding box, markers, green and white paper, scissors, tape, glue, craft, easel or other long paper

1. Cover the pudding box w/green paper.
2. Cut a circle out of white paper and draw the leprechauns' face on it w/the markers. Glue it on the pudding box.
3. Cut some pieces of red yard to make the leprechaun's hair. Tie in the middle w/a small piece of yarn and glue to the top of the box.
4. Glue some snips of red yarn to the leprechaun's face to make a beard.
5. Cut 4 strips of shelf paper 1" wide by 3' long for legs. Cut 4 strips 1' wide x 2' long for arms. Fold the strips over each other back and forth to form the arms and legs.
6. Cut shoes and hands out of paper and glue to the legs and arms.
7. Tape a loop of yarn to the top of the leprechaun's head for hanging.

Finger Painting Shamrocks added 2-26-00 Original Author Unknown

Need: 1/2 finger paint sheet, yellow & blue finger-paint, 5 cardboard shamrocks to trace around, black markers, scissors

Directions: Have children finger paint yellow and blue all over finger paint sheet. While the paint is still wet, sprinkle on gold glitter. Let dry. Have children trace a shamrock shape on the backside of the finger-paint sheet and then cut out their shamrocks.

Shamrocks added 2-26-00 Original Author Unknown

Need: 1 sheet white construction paper with Shamrock pattern per child, green tissue paper cut into squares, glue

Directions: Have the children glue the green tissue paper onto their Shamrock.

Lucky Charms added 2-26-00 Original Author Unknown

Need: Lucky Charms cereal box, and cereal

Directions: Cut out the rainbow on the lucky charms breakfast cereal and have the kids glue the cereal shapes right on to the rainbow. 

Potato Person  added 2-26-00 Original Author Unknown

Need: Potato, grass seed, paper

Directions: What could be better than a potato craft for St. Paddy's day?  Cut a good size raw potato in half, scoop out the potato flesh, fill with soil and sprinkle with grass seed.  Place the potato in a small margarine container to stand upright and decorate the front of the potato with eyes, nose and mouth...when the grass sprouts it will look like the silliest leprechaun ever!

Puffy Shamrocks added 2-26-00 Original Author Unknown

Need: Colored paper, Scissors, Glitter, string, paint-items to decorate with, Glue, Stapler, Newspaper 

Directions: Cut two shamrocks from white or light colored paper.  If the child(ren) is old enough, have them practice their cutting skills by cutting it out. Next decorate one side of each piece.  They can sponge paint, string paint, markers, glue and glitter, whatever.  Next, staple the two shapes together, leaving a hole at the top.  Stuff with crumpled up newspaper and finish stuffing.  Viola!  A Puffy shamrock!

Shamrock Necklace  added 2-26-00 Original Author Unknown

Need: paper, green paint, salt, hole punch, ribbon

Directions: Trace shamrock shapes onto heavy white paper. Carefully cut out, then paint green and sprinkle with salt. After shamrocks have dried, they will have a shimmery appearance. You may punch holes in the tops of these then use yarn or ribbon to tie them to a clothes hangar for a simple mobile, or you may hole punch them, string them on separate  24" ribbons, tie, and give to friends as St. Patrick's Day necklaces. If you give them as necklaces, you may use the shamrock to explain the Trinity as St. Patrick did when you give each one away.

Green On Green  added 2-22-01 Original Author Unknown

Need: Green Construction Paper, Green crayons or oil pastels, White tempera paint, Paintbrushes

Directions: Draw a design or picture on the green construction paper using green
crayon. (This can get a bit tricky because its sometimes hard to see what it is you are drawing.) Just do some fun designs. Press hard with the crayon so its nice and thick. When the picture is drawn, brush some white tempera paint (not too thick)
over the paper. Like magic, lines will appear from out of nowhere!

Shamrock Wands added 2-02-02 Original Author Unknown

Need: Green Construction Paper, scissors, glue, stapler, gold glitter, green straw, thin ribbon in both green and gold

Directions: Cut three heart shapes from the green paper. Glue the tips of the three shapes together to form a shamrock. Staple the center of the shamrock to the end of the straw to make a handle. Decorate the shamrock with gold glitter. Cut three of more 3 foot ribbons. Hold the ribbons together and staple them to the back of the shamrock at the center so that the ends hang down from the shamrock wand. Cut several tiny shamrocks and staple them along the ribbons. Maybe your magic wand will help you catch a leprechaun!!

Pot-O-Gold Craft added 2-02-02 Original Author Unknown

Need: Paper Plate, Toilet Tissue or Paper Towel Roll, Glue, Paint

Directions: Cut down the toilet tissue or paper towel roll so it is about 2 inches high.
Paint it black. Cut the paper plate in half. Cut out an arc shape from the outside edge
of the paper plate. Make sure the end of the arc can fit into the hole in the painted
toilet tissue roll. Paint the arc so it looks like a rainbow. Once the paint is all dry. Slide one end of the rainbow into the black toilet tissue roll. Glue in place. You now have a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow! For an added touch, put a line of glue around the top edge of the toilet tissue roll and sprinkle on gold glitter or sequins.

Green Shaving Cream Art added 2-07-02 Original Author Unknown

Need: Shaving cream, green paint, paper, paintbrush

Directions: Add a few drops of green paint to shaving cream.  Have the children use this to paint with.  Not mixing the paint in will give it a special look.

Shamrock Hats added 2-07-02 Original Author Unknown

Need: newsprint, shamrock stickers, green paint

Make hats from newsprint and have the child decorate with green paint or shamrock stickers.

Torn Paper Shamrocks added 2-07-02 Original Author Unknown

Need: paper, glue

Draw a shamrock shape on a piece of paper. Have the children tear pieces of green construction paper, and glue them inside the lines for the shamrock shape.

Leaping Leprechaun added 2-07-02 Submitted by: rlangan

Need: styrofoam cup, pattern for black pot, Leprechaun, craft stick.

Direction: Have children color a small picture of a leprechaun and cut it out. Glue the leprechaun onto craft stick. Cut out and glue 2 black pots on cup. Stick the craft stick through bottom of cup. Leprechaun can now "pop" out of his pot of gold. (Paper coins can also be glued to the top of the cup to look like gold.)

A Shamrock Sun Catcher added 3-12-02 Submitted by: Sheila Gail

Need: Paper, wax paper, scissors, crayon shavings, warm iron (Adult only!), Ironing board, hole punch, yarn

Have pre-cut shamrocks from construction paper ready. Cut one inch into the outer edge of the shamrocks, so that there is no middle. Lay shamrock on wax paper, have children sprinkle shaved crayons into the empty middle. Lay another sheet of wax paper on top of the entire shamrock. Cover the whole thing with a light dish towel. Assist child in pressing an iron on top of the wax paper to create their sun catcher. Allow children to cut around the edge to re-form shamrock shape. Hole punch the top, add string, hang in window. 

Magic Leprechaun Glasses added 2-07-03 Original Author Unknown

Need: green tagboard, green cellophane

Directions: Cut green tagboard into shamrock shaped sunglasses with green cellophane covering the eye openings.

Leprechaun Binoculars added 2-07-03 Original Author Unknown

Need: paper rolls, green paint, staple or glue, yarn

Directions: Take two paper rolls and stapled them together.  Punch a hole on each side of the tubes. Then paint the tubes green.  Add different shades of tissue for color. Then use your leprechaun with your new binoculars.

Green Spray Paint Art added 3-09-03 Original Author Unknown

Need: green paint, spray bottle, paper

Directions: Obtain a clean spray bottle. Add water and a little bit of liquid or powdered tempera. Then, place a large piece of paper on an easel, and have the children spray the colored water onto the paper.

Blarney Stones added 2-21-05 Original Author Unknown

Need: smooth rocks, paintbrush, green & gold glitter, glue

Have the kids gather smooth rocks from outside. Wash and dry the rocks,
then use a paintbrush to cover rocks with white glue. Dip each of them in green or gold glitter and let dry. You now have Blarney Stones for good luck! 


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