Want a fun and inexpensive way to decorate your house for St. Patrick’s Day – one that keeps your kids involved and entertained? Then it’s time to break out the craft supplies and get creative with these 3 ideas for DIY crafts!
Think outside the box when it comes to having the kids paint. Ditch the paintbrushes and instead use common household items like potatoes, carrots, apples, green peppers, q-tips, and even just their own hands. Potatoes and carrots can become stamps by carving your design into them by either using a knife or peeler. Apples and green peppers are a little easier, instead of carving your design, cutting the apple and the green pepper in half will give you the desired shape to help your kiddo stamp a shamrock.
Make sure to cut the bottoms of the peppers straight so that the shamrock will have an even look to it. To add the stem onto the shamrocks either use a small paintbrush or just have the kids use their fingers. Using q-tips is another inexpensive crafting tool. Have the kids dip the q-tip into the green paint and place three dots in the shape of a triangle. Again you can add a stem to each triangle by either a small paintbrush or by their fingers.
Since most of the items must be cut before use, I would suggest preparing the stamps ahead of time so the little ones don’t have to wait to join in the excitement.
- White paper
- Green paint
- Your choice of potatoes, carrots, apples, green peppers, and q-tips
Now that you’ve made those shamrocks, you have all the materials necessary to create another St. Patrick’s Day staple – the rainbow! Have kids make a rainbow by using their finger prints.
- White and black paper
- Rainbow paint colors
- Gold glitter
Cut out a black pot and glue it to the bottom of the page. Have the kids dip their pointer finger into red paint and make dots on the page from the top of the pot and continue making an arch. Make sure to clean the kids’ fingers before going on to the next color. Repeat this process until you use all the colors in the rainbow. After you are done with the paint, rub the glue on the top of the pot and sprinkle the gold glitter. You can even use some of your previous shamrock stamps to help you add shamrocks onto your page if you would like. Now you have a cheerful rainbow to decorate your walls!
Using green construction paper, trace and cut out shamrocks, and have kids write down one thing that they feel they are lucky (thankful) for having. Collect the shamrocks and put them into a clear jar so all can see the shamrocks. Challenge everyone in the family to come up reasons they’re thankful throughout the month. On St. Patrick’s Day, lay these shamrocks out on the table to provide colorful decorations and to give your family the chance to reflect on how blessed everyone is. Take a moment to read a few aloud during dinner.