14 Fun St. Patrick's Day Crafts for Kids
Channel the luck of the Irish with these St. Patrick's Day crafts for preschoolers, toddlers, and school-aged children.
Warning: This easy-to-make prop may give your child mischievous ideas. Print out our beard template here. Cut the shape from a piece of faux fur and a piece of corrugated cardboard (with the corrugations running vertically). Glue the fur to the cardboard. Place a bit of glue on the end of a bamboo skewer, then insert it into one of the center flutes of the cardboard. Let the glue dry before employing the disguise.
Gold Nuggets and Shamrock Stones
All you need for this St. Patrick's Day craft (courtesy of Sustain My Craft Habit) is some rocks, paint, and a paintbrush. To make the gold nuggets, cover small or medium jagged rocks with gold metallic paint.
The shamrocks are slightly more difficult; grab a smooth rock, then make three hearts with green paint, as shown (one facing right, one facing left, and one facing up). Connect the hearts with a stem through the middle. Add highlights to your shamrock with a lighter green paint color, if desired.
Not only will this St. Patrick's Day craft entertain your toddler or preschooler, it will also develop their fine motor skills. Simply cut multi-colored Twizzlers into 1-inch pieces, separate them by color, and string them onto a plastic beading string. The original crafter, Mrs. Karle's Sight and Sound Reading, followed the colors of a rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple.
You won't need luck to get this Saint Patrick's Day pinwheel to turn—just a puff of air. Download our template here. Use it to cut the shape from a double-sided sheet of scrapbook paper. Fold an edge of each leaf section as marked on the template. Press a tack through the center of the pinwheel and into the side of a pencil's eraser, leaving a bit of space so that the paper can turn freely. Blow on the side of the shamrock for the best spin.
Paper Plate Tambourine
Get ready to make some music with this St. Patrick's Day tambourine! Red Ted Art gives instructions for two versions: a rainbow tambourine and a sparkly green tambourine with a shamrock-shaped window. Instead of beans or beads, have your child fill the instruments with festive gold coins.
Ireland in a Jar
Ireland is known for its rolling green landscapes and grazing sheep. Recreate the whimsical scene with this clever St. Patrick's Day craft from Sadie Seasongoods. Blogger Sarah Ramberg filled a mason jar with reindeer moss, faux moss stones, felted sheep, and pieces of gravel to mimic stone walls.
Legend has it that if a child hangs this banner from their door on St. Patrick's Day, leprechauns may leave gold coins in the pot during the night.
- Cut two of each of the letters in the word lucky from colored paper. (Ours are 3 inches high.)
- Sandwich the matching letters around a length of string and secure them with a glue stick. Leave a couple of feet of excess string at each end of the banner.
- Cut two matching pot shapes from black felt. Glue the shapes together along the sides and bottom. Let the glue dry.
- Using the string at the banner's bottom and a tapestry needle, stitch across one layer of the pot's opening. Tie the end of the string to itself just below the letter Y, as shown. Tie a loop in the string above the L for hanging.
Felt Shamrock Puppets
Finger Painted Rainbow
This rainbow art project (courtesy of Made with Happy) is an ideal St. Patrick's Day craft for toddlers or preschoolers. Start by creating a "pot of gold" from black construction paper and attaching it to the bottom corner of a white piece of paper. Then it's time to make a rainbow with colorful paint! Have your kids decide whether to use paint brushes or their fingers (just make sure the paint is safe for skin beforehand.)
Dish up a paper-plate party hat that can easily be customized for any occasion.
1. On a dinner-size paper plate, draw a circle about 1-3/4 inches in from the edge.
2. Fold the plate in half, then draw half of a shamrock shape along the fold inside the circle, with the base of the shape touching the line.
3. Cut out the shape and the head hole along the curved line.
4. Bend up the shape. Have your child try on the hat, and widen the head hole as needed.
5. Decorate the hat with paint, crayon, markers, and glitter.
This is another St. Patrick's Day craft for preschoolers or toddlers. Draw a rainbow on paper; Allison McDonald at No Time for Flashcards suggests adding squiggles of color as a guide for little ones. Then squirt some glue along the rainbow's arches and help your kid attach multi-colored mini marshmallows to it. Warning: They may sneakily eat a few marshmallows as they're crafting!
To make this St. Patrick's Day craft for kids, you'll need to download the leprechaun template from Simple Everyday Mom. Assemble the leprechaun's face using the template, then trace your little one's hand on a piece of orange paper. They can cut out the handprint to use as the leprechaun's head; the fingers double as a shaggy beard! A buckled hat rounds out the project.
Cut four half-inch rings from a flattened cardboard tube, then cut through one of the folds on each ring. For three of the rings, bend and glue the two ends to form a heart-shaped leaf. Fold the fourth ring into a triangular stem and glue the ends together. Glue the stem between two leaves, then glue on the third. Paint the shamrock green. When it's dry, hang it with fishing line or string.