Photo Credit: Mom on Timeout
Whether you're Irish or not, help your kids get in the St. Patrick's Day spirit with these fun, easy crafts inspired by rainbows, shamrocks and leprechauns.
Stained Glass Rainbow
Mom on Timeout
From: Mom on Timeout
Why we love it: This sweet memento will make sunny days a little brighter well after St. Patrick's Day.
How to do it: Tear up tissue paper into small pieces and spread white glue on a sheet of wax paper. Let the kids create their rainbow, then cut it out for the world to see.
Button RainbowMeet the Dubiens
From: Meet the Dubiens
Why we love it: This craft is so easy and all it requires are some colorful buttons.
How to do it: Round up some colorful buttons and sort them into piles. Then spread glue over a sheet of canvas (a thick piece of paper will do nicely, too) and create your rainbow.
Icing Designs OnlineFrom: Icing Designs Online
Why we love it: Whether she's a good witch, a princess or a fairy, she'll have dress-up fun with this craft all year round.
How to do it: Cut a cloud out of two pieces of felt and hot glue them together, leaving a 2 inch opening at the bottom. Then take every color of ribbon you can find and tie them to the end of a dowel rod. Dab hot glue onto the knot, and stick it up inside the cloud. Close the opening, and voila!
Housing a ForestFrom: Housing a Forest
Why we love it: A craft and a science lesson? What could be better! Kids will be amazed watching their plants grow without soil.
How to do it: Trace a shamrock shape onto a large green sponge and cut out. Soak until damp (not dripping!) and scatter shamrock seeds across it, gently placing them into the holes. Place in a sunny window, and make sure to mist with water several times a day. (Tip: Place a plastic container on top overnight to keep moisture in). Watch your garden grow!
Sweet and Lovely CraftsFrom: Sweet and Lovely Crafts
Why we love it: It's a sweet thumb-print memento -- and it can double as a gift tag.
How to do it: Have your kid dip his thumb in green and orange paint. Then have him press down on a piece of cardstock and add googly eyes, decals and string to complete his bookmark.
Meet the DubiensFrom: Meet the Dubiens
Why we love it: Because we're suckers for handprint art.
How to do it: Paint your child's palm and fingers (excluding her thumb) orange. Once coated, have her press down on a sheet of paper and let it dry. Then she can add a tiny hat made of foam and a button, and use a marker to draw a funny face.
Busy Bee Kids CraftsFrom: Busy Bee Kids Crafts
Why we love it: A shamrock-pasta necklace is the perfect accessory for the school St. Patty's Day party.
How to do it: Cut out small shamrocks using a stencil and punch out holes on top. Use food coloring to paint the macaroni green and let dry. Then, string the clovers and macaroni it though yarn, tie the ends and let your girl wear it for the big green day.
Rainbow of Luck
Lisa StormsFrom: Lisa Storms
Why we love it: It's a sweet, fun way to teach your kid the importance of gratitude -- and it makes a great centerpiece and conversation starter on the dinner table.
How to do it: Take a square piece of styrofoam and cover it with green tissue paper. "Plant" little clovers and fringed grass using green construction paper with glue. Then make a rainbow out of colorful pieces of construction paper -- don't forget the cloud! To finish, have your kids write down on each clover why they are lucky.
No Time for FlashcardsFrom: No Time for Flashcards
Why we love it: Finally, it's okay for your kids to play with their food!
How to do it: Have your kid draw and color a rainbow on a piece of paper. Buy multi-colored marshmallows (or dye white ones) and let her glue the sweets to the matching color of the rainbow. (Later, you can make white hot chocolate and have fun with those leftover marshmallows!)
Handprint Pot of Gold
B-Inspired MamaFrom: B-Inspired Mama
Why we love it: You get a pretty picture for your fridge; they get to eat chocolate!
How to do it: Paint your kid's hand like a rainbow, using one color for each finger. Have her press her hand onto paper and let it dry. Buy (and eat!) some chocolate coins and then glue the foil wrappers onto the rainbow. Cut a pot out of black construction paper to catch the gold foils.
Why we love it: It's a fun craft that can also help teach little kids their shapes.
How to do it: Cut out a variety of shapes using various colors of construction paper. Give your kids the chance to mix shapes as they create their own leprechaun friend.
Four Leaf Clover Buddy
Little Family FunFrom: Little Family Fun
Why we love it: It's a super-cute, smiley shamrock friend, perfect for decorating the fridge.
How to do it: Cut out shamrock shapes, white strips of paper and green circles out of construction paper. Let your kids fold the white strips of paper back and forth -- like an accordion -- and then attach them as arms and legs to the shamrock. Glue the green circles as hands and feet.