Just in time for St. Paddy’s Day this Tuesday, here is a fun craft for your kids to make to decorate your home, and a lucky card they can make for a friend or loved one.
For the shamrock banner, you’ll need:
- Green yarn or string
- Green felt, craft foam, or construction paper (We used felt in 3 different shades of green.)
- Shamrock template (Find one online or use a cookie cutter if you have one.)
- A hole punch or special tool for poking a hole through each shamrock (I used an awl similar to this one or you could use a needle. Obviously, these are sharp and require adult supervision.)
- Threaders such as these to easily thread the shamrocks, etc. onto the yarn.
Optional, additional supplies:
- Green fabric or felt scraps, cut in strips
- Green paper straws, cut in fourths
- Googly eyes and craft glue
- Black marker
First, create your shamrocks. We made ours all one size, but different sizes would be fun, too. It’s easy to create a template by searching for shamrock clip art, such as these. Print one or more onto cardstock, cut out, and you have a template. Or draw your own. Or trace a shamrock cookie cutter. Trace as many shamrocks as you’d like onto green felt, craft foam or construction paper. Cut each out.
If desired, use googly eyes and marker to create faces on each shamrock. Punch or poke a hole at the top and thread onto yarn, string, or ribbon. An easy way for kids to thread things through tiny holes is to use a flossing threader. It acts like a giant soft needle. To add more pizazz, thread cut up paper straws and/or fabric strips between each shamrock. Don’t forget to tie off each end of your banner. We used small pieces of paper straws and double knotted one on each end. Hang up and enjoy!
For each lucky card you will need:
- Two sheets of white drawing paper (medium thickness) or white construction paper. (Three sheets will make two cards.)
- Four-leaf clover template or cookie cutter
- Watercolor paints, water, and paint brushes
- Scraps of green craft paper
- Mod Podge and foam brush
- Glue stick
First, fold one sheet of white paper in half to make a card. Unfold and trace a four-leaf clover shape in the middle of the right side (or whichever side will become the card face). Make a template of your own or use a four-leaf clover cookie cutter if you have one. Carefully cut out the clover shape you traced, leaving the edges of the card intact. In other words, cut from the center of the clover, out.
Using watercolor paint, paint around the clover. Make sure you protect the center cut-out so that the inside of the card stays white.
While the card dries, fold the second sheet of white paper in half and cut down the center line. One piece will be your insert for the card. You can use the other half for another card if you’d like.
I forgot to take a picture of this step, but on the insert piece, use Mod Podge and a foam brush to glue strips of green scrapbook papers onto the center. Remember that Mod Podge is both a glue and a sealer so you use it under and over the paper until the edges stay down nicely. Allow this sheet to dry completely.
When both sheets are dry, use a glue stick to glue the insert piece to the back of the clover cut-out, so that the Mod Podge section shows through. Now you have a lucky card!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! If you make one of these crafts with your kids this week, let me know! Arts and crafts are a great way to spend time together so be sure to check out my other craft posts for inspiration. 🙂