From Shamrocks to Rainbows, 10 Fun St. Patrick's Day Crafts for Kids


March 17 is St. Patrick's Day -- an excuse to celebrate all things Irish (and to drink a green beer!), and the day when many people honor the patron saint of Ireland. (Much of what we've been told about St. Patrick, including that story about banishing the snakes from Ireland, is pure blarney. But he did help instill Christianity in the country.)  Whether you're actually Irish or not, you can help your kids get in the shamrock spirit with these fun, easy craft projects:

Your kids will love making -- and wearing -- these adorable St. Patrick's Day popsicle stick bracelets from Momtastic.

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Little kids will be fascinated to learn that by painting half a rainbow and folding the paper, a full rainbow will (magically!) appear on the paper. Get the instructions for making this cheery print at Alphamom.

We love this wee little leprechaun bookmark from sweet and lovely crafts. (It would also made an adorable gift tag for a tot with a St. Patrick's Day birthday.)
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Three leaves or four? Let your child decide while making this sweet shamrock print from green paint and an apple cut in half, courtesy of The Chocolate Muffin Tree.

Forget about the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow -- create this rainbow colored pot filled with chocolate "gold" from Craft: instead.

Play catch the leprechaun with your kids! Snare those elusive critters in this shoe box trap by The Crafting Chicks.

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You already have endless boxes of Cheerios around, so give them a double-use with this fun rainbow craft from Playing House in Maryland. No pot of gold will outshine your kiddo’s face once she finishes!

Let your kids get messy by dipping their hands in different paint colors to make this handprint leprechaun from Meet The Dubiens. Bonus: you’ll have a treasure-worthy memento of how small their hands once were.

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Accessorize your kid’s St. Patrick’s Day outfit, courtesy of Busy Bee Kids Crafts. (Hey, make one for yourself, too -- maybe it’ll bring you some luck for a good night’s sleep, for once?)

We love how this craft makes kids reflect and write, too. Have your kids describe how lucky they are and plant their wishful thoughts in a clover patch from Lisa Storms.

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