St. Patricks Day Crafts

St. Patrick’s Day is just a few days away and what better way to celebrate this wonderfully green holiday then to spend an afternoon creating crafts with your little one. It always makes the holiday’s even more special when you have a piece to hold on to long after the holiday is gone. When my oldest son was just 8 months old, we attended a wonderful playgroup on St. Patrick’s Day. To celebrate, we all created Handprint Shamrocks. But, of course, parents help is always need. I still have his original Shamrock handprint framed and hanging on the wall. He is now almost 4 years old.

There are 2 different types of Handprint Shamrocks, painted one and paper ones.

Handprint Shamrocks – paint

When my oldest son was just 8 months old, we attended a wonderful playgroup on St. Patrick’s Day. To celebrate, we all created Handprint Shamrocks.

Items you will need:
Construction paper- white works best
Green finger paint or poster paint
baby wipes or wet wipes (for clean-up)
your child’s hands
paper plate or paint pallet
paint brush (optional)

1. Place a small amount of the green paint onto a paper plate or pallet. Enough to cover your child’s hand but not so much to make a mess. Press your child’s hand in to the paint or paint it onto your child’s hand directly with a paint brush.
2. Carefully place your child’s hand onto the construction paper and press down. Be sure to leave room for all 4 clover leaves. Palms together in center or fingers touching in center, either way, makes a great clover.
3. Repeats steps 1 and 2 to create a 4 leaf clover.
4. Use the paint brush or finger to create a stem for the clover.
5. Let dry.

Shamrock Handprints – Paper

Items you will need:
Construction paper – green and other colors.
Scissors
pen or pencil
Crayons, markers, glitter, etc.
Glue

1: Trace your hand pattern on 3 pieces of green construction paper
2: Cut out the 3 hand patterns
3: Glue the palm portion of the hands to each other so they fan out in a shamrock pattern
4: Use crayons, markers and glitter to create beautiful handprint shamrock
5: Glue decorated clover onto another piece of construction paper.

There you have it! It’s a really fun and easy craft for your kids to do, but so much fun!!! Makes a great keepsake for proud moms and dads and grandparents! This has been tried and tested and came out PERFECT! Enjoy and have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day. Don’t forget to wear your green!

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