13 St. Patrick’s Day Crafts the Kids Will Love

posted on March 14, 2014 at 11:09 pm

Can you believe it’s March already??? That means St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner!  So pour some green Kool-Aid, clear the kitchen table (and your schedule) and spend a little quality time with your kiddos, doing these fun St. Patty’s Day crafts.

1.  Leprechaun Paper Plate Faces



What You’ll Need:

  • white paper plate
  • green, yellow and black construction paper
  • craft markers
  • pencil
  • glue stick
  • craft glue
  • orange craft poms

Cut a piece of green construction paper in half crosswise. Cut a second piece of green construction paper that is 1 inch tall and 2 inches wider than the larger piece of construction paper.  Glue the long thin piece of construction paper to the bottom of the larger piece to form the leprechaun’s hat.  Cut a long strip from the black construction paper and glue it just above the brim of the hat, trimming the length if needed.  Cut a 2-inch square from the yellow construction paper. Fold the square in half and cut out a rectangle from the center. Glue the square at the center of the hat over the top of the black band.  Glue the hat to the top of the paper plate.  Cut out two ovals from the black construction paper, and glue them to the plate to form the leprechaun’s eyes.  Draw a nose and mouth on the plate.  Apply craft glue around the bottom edge of the paper plate.  Place multiple orange craft poms on the glue to create the leprechaun’s beard.


2.  Lucky Fingerprint Clovers

Lucky Fingerprint Clovers

What You’ll Need:

  • White craft paper
  • Green stamp/ink pad or green finger paint
  • Green scrap paper
  • Craft glue

Begin by gently leading the child’s hand to the ink pad. Have them press either a thumb or their pointer finger (whichever is easiest) into the pad. Press it firmly so that the ink has a chance to adhere well.  Guide their hand as they press the finger to the white craft paper. They will want to lift and press four times, each time making a leaf on the clover. If you notice the paint is fading, you may wish to re-dip their finger in between leaves.  Once they have the feel for the process, let them try making their own lucky fingerprint clovers. These clovers don’t have to be perfect, just allow them to have fun making their prints.  When your prints are dry, snip out some pieces of green scrap paper. These will act as your stems. Glue the stems to the bottom of the prints.

Once your prints and stems are dry, you can display your Lucky Fingerprint Clovers. Place the prints in a frame, or just glue them to a piece of St. Patrick’s Day themed scrapbook paper. Either way, they are a sweet way to capture time and create a craft you can look fondly on in the years to come.

Head to your local dollar store and grab the supplies you need to give this St. Patrick’s Day craft for kids a try. It is one they are sure to enjoy and you will have some fun with it as well.


3.  Shamrock Suncatcher

shamrock suncatcher

What You’ll Need:

  • green construction paper
  • green and yellow tissue paper
  • clear contact paper
  • hole punch
  • suction cup hooks

Draw a shamrock by hand or trace a printed clip art shamrock on construction paper.  Cut the shamrock out of the paper and place a square of clear contact paper on one side, laying it on the table with the sticky side up.  Tear up the tissue paper into small pieces (tear instead of cut for the texture), making more green then yellow pieces, since the yellow is just for an accent.  Sprinkle the paper pieces over the construction paper so that they stick to the contact paper.

After slightly pressing down on the tissue paper pieces, add another layer of contact paper on top, so that the top and bottom are smooth with the tissue paper pieces and construction paper sandwiched between the contact paper.  If you wanted a cleaner look to both sides (instead of just one) you could add another outline of a shamrock on top after adding the tissue paper.

Then cut around the shamrock so there is about a half inch border of green surrounding the tissue paper.  Use a hole punch to make a hole at the top to hang them with and slip them onto a hook with a suction cup to press onto a glass window.


4.  Leprechaun Handprint

leprechaun handprint

What You’ll Need:

  • Orange, green and tan colored paint
  • Googly eyes
  • A black sharpie
  • Black and yellow construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Paint your child’s fingers orange and the middle a skin-colored paint. Have them press it hard down on a piece of white paper.  Get a paintbrush and have them draw a Leprechaun hat with green paint. Using a paintbrush, dap some orange paint under the hat and around the top of the head.

Add googly eyes, a mouth with a black sharpie and a dot for a nose.  Cut a skinny strip of black construction paper and press it on the green hat.  Then cut out a square with yellow paper, fold it and cut a square out of the inside.  Glue it to the hat and you have a fun Leprechaun art project for St. Patrick’s Day!


shamrock man

What You’ll Need:

  • Green and White construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue or Tape
  • Marker

Using the green paper, draw and cut out a shamrock shape.  Cut out strips of the white paper: 2 long, and 2 short.  Cut out 4 circles from the green paper.  Have the child fold the strips of paper accordion style.  Glue or tape them onto the shamrock.  Glue or tape the green circles onto the ends of the strips for hands & feet.  Draw a face.


6.  Loopy Rainbow

loopy rainbow

What You’ll Need:

  • Fruit loops cereal
  • Cotton balls
  • Glue stick or hot glue gun
  • Construction paper

Divide up the fruit loops by color (red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple).  Using one color at a time and starting with the red, make an arch on the construction paper and glue each loop down with the glue.  Following ROYGBP, continue making arches and gluing them down.  Glue cotton balls to both ends of the rainbow to represent clouds.


7.  Leprechaun Hats

Leprechaun Hats

What You’ll Need:

  • Paper plate
  • Green poster paint
  • Green stock paper
  • Yellow stock paper
  • Black stock paper
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Glitter
  • Glue
  • Tape (regular and double stick)

Take a paper plate, cut out the center and have your child paint their paper plate green with poster paint. Then have them tape two pieces of green stock paper together and form a cylinder.  Next, have them tape their paper plate hat rim to the cylinder they created.  The next step is to cut two 2.5″ width pieces of black paper.  Put double stick tape on the back and stick it around the hat.  Then cut out a yellow square to create the buckle.  Have your child apply glue and glitter to decorate the buckle, then stick double stick tape on the back of it (after it dries) to affix it to the hat.  Make flowers out of pipe cleaners and stick them in the side of the hat.


8.  Shamrock Toilet Paper Roll Stamp

Shamrock Toilet Paper Stamp

What You’ll Need:

  • Toilet paper roll
  • Tape
  • Green paint
  • Construction paper

Start by pushing the toilet paper roll inwards making a heart shape. Put a long piece of tape over it to hold it. Put green paint on a paper plate and dip the stamp into it. Make sure when you push it down on a piece of paper you emphasize pushing the arch part. A lot of times it leaves a blank spot.  To make the shamrock prettier, grab a paintbrush and paint inside the clover leaves and draw a stem.


9.  Shamrock Footprint Craft

Shamrock Footprint Craft

What You’ll Need:

  • White paper
  • Green washable paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Gold glitter

Start by painting the side of your fist so it looks like the shape of a baby’s foot. You will need both hands to do this because your footprints will face each other to make the 3 leaf clover shape.  Stamp your fist onto the white piece of paper in three spots, then switch hands and repeat. Add an extra stamp to the bottom to make it look like the shamrock’s stem.  Using your pointer finger make “big toe” prints on each footprint.  Then dip your pinky finger into the green paint and make 4 more little toes on each foot, except the bottom stem one.  Sprinkle some gold glitter and let dry.  This step is optional since the art project looks ADORABLE already but you can paint in the white spaces to make it look more like a shamrock.


10.  Leprechaun Puppet

Leprechaun puppet

What You’ll Need:

  • Popsicle stick
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Construction paper (green, tan, black, yellow, orange)
  • Googly eyes
  • Black marker

Start by cutting out all the parts (legs, arms, beard, hat, buckle, hands, body, face).  Then glue the body parts together without the popsicle stick.  Add the leprechaun puppet’s beard, hat, and two small orange eyebrows.  Glue on the googly eyes and draw the nose. You can then either glue the leprechaun’s body to the popsicle stick or tape it.


11.  Pepper Shamrock Stamp

Pepper Shamrock Stamp

What You’ll Need:

  • Bell pepper
  • Knife
  • Green paint
  • Construction paper
  • Paintbrush

First cut the top off of the green pepper. Pour some green paint on a paper plate and spread it around.  Press the larger part of the bell pepper into the paint, making sure all sides are covered.  Have the kids press the pepper firmly against a piece of construction paper. After that they can add little lines inside to make it look more like a shamrock.  Add a little stem to the 4 leaf clovers and you’re done! Let them dry!


12.  Handprint Rainbow

Handprint rainbow

What You’ll Need:

  • Black construction paper
  • White construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Washable paint in rainbow colors
  • Paintbrush
  • Water
  • Paper towels
  • All purpose glue
  • White paint pen
  • Foil wrappers from gold coin chocolate candy

Paint rainbow stripes on hand in the order of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple).  Press down onto top center of white paper to make a hand print.  Let dry.  Glue foil wrappers onto the white paper at the base of the hand print.  Overlap them a little.  Don’t forget to enjoy the chocolate coins!  Cut out a half circle pot shape from the black paper.  Glue black pot onto the white paper just below the gold coins.  Overlap the coins a little to make it look like they are inside the pot.  Let glue dry.  Use the white paint pen to write “Happy St. Patrick’s Day!” on the pot of gold.


13.  Stained Glass Rainbow

Stained Glass Rainbow

What You’ll Need:

  • Colored tissue paper
  • Wax paper
  • Glue

Tear up colored tissue paper into small pieces.  Tear off a piece of waxed paper and paint on some white glue.  I used Elmer’s School Glue and it works beautifully.  Start placing tissue paper directly onto the glue creating a rainbow.  Once you have your rainbow complete, you can add clouds if you want.  Finally, tear off another piece of waxed paper and paint on some more glue.  Place it on top of your rainbow making sure the entire rainbow is covered with glue and smooth the surface gently.  Let your rainbow dry before cutting out and hanging.  Use double-sided tape to hang up your rainbows.  They look stunning when the sun is coming through!



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