Fun St. Patrick’s Day Craft Ideas for Kids

It’s that time of year again! St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and you’re scrambling for something green. Rather than deck your children out in green, why not use these fun St. Patrick’s Day craft ideas for kids and let them create something fun to wear?

Shamrock Pins

Give your child the supplies and help they need to create colorful shamrock pins. They’ll need the following items for each pin they make:

* 3 flat wooden heart shapes
* 1-2 Sparkle chenille stems
* Hot glue gun
* Green craft paint
* Paint brush
* Green sparkle paint
* Pin back
* Wire cutters

Paint the wooden heart shapes with the green paint and allow them to dry. Next paint them with the green sparkle paint and let dry. These hearts will create the shamrock leaves when you glue the points together.

Using the green chenille stem, go around the edge of the hearts. It may be necessary to use more than one chenille stem to get all the way around. Make a loop at the bottom to indicate a stem and cut the chenille stem off with the wire cutters.

Glue the green chenille stems onto the hearts to create a border. Then glue the pin onto the back of the shamrocks.

Leprechaun Hats

Your child may enjoy wearing a leprechaun hat on St. Patrick’s Day. They’ll need the following items:

* 1/2 gallon round ice cream container, clean and dry
* 4 pieces of green felt
* 1 piece of gray felt
* 1 piece of black felt
* 1 yard of green ribbon about 1/2″ wide
* Scissors
* Ruler
* Black permanent marker
* Tacky glue or hot glue gun
* Hole punch
* Large circular object (however wide the felt is)

Place the green felt on the table with the ice cream container on top. Trace around the container with a black marker and then cut the circle out. This is then glued to the bottom of the container.

Glue another piece or two of green felt to the sides of the container to create the hat.

Using a hole punch or scissors, punch two holes (opposite each other) directly under the lip of the container.

Find another circular object a little larger than the ice cream container. Trace around this onto another piece of green felt to create the brim of the hat, and cut the circle out.

Place the body of the hat (ice cream container) into the center of the larger circle. Trace around the container and then draw another line about 2 inches toward the center to create a donut shape.

Make tabs by cutting from the center of the hole to the line all the way around the circle. These tabs will be glued inside the container to hold the brim on. (If you’re using hot glue for this step, run small amounts of glue at a time to be able to work the tabs onto it before it hardens.) Punch holes in the felt over the holes under the lip of the container to be able to run ribbons to hold the hat on.

Cut a 2-inch wide strip of black felt. You may need to cut two to ensure the black goes all the way around. Glue the band onto the green felt and trim off any excess.

Cut a 4-inch square out of grey felt. Remove the center of the square to create the buckle. Glue this to the black band.

Cut the ribbon into two pieces. Thread these through the holes and tie a knot in them. Tie the hat to the child’s head.

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