Sunday 19 November 2017

Green fingers

Ali Coghlan shows you some fun and inexpensive St Patrick's Day crafts to make with your kids

Mini leprachaun hats

This Paddy's day why not try making some of these cute mini hats of empty toilet roll holders? Get creative and add green glitter or feathers for more sparkle.

What you need:

Empty toilet roll holder


Green paint


Black/orange felt

Light/dark green card


Green pipe cleaner

Green button



1.Cut an empty toilet roll holder in half with scissors.

2.Paint the pieces green and leave to dry.

3.Using the toilet roll holder as a template, place onto a piece of the light green card and draw around the outside to create a circle-shaped lid, and glue it on the top.

4.Cut out two long strips of card approx. 3cm wide and staple onto the bottom of the hat, and then staple together at theh other end.

5.Cut out the rim of the hat in black felt and the buckle in orange felt and glue on.

6.To make a shamrock, wrap a green pipe cleaner around three fingers and twist the stem. I glued a green button to the front of my shamrock.

7.Glue your shamrock to the side of your hat.

Shamrock pepper stamping

My little girl is a year and a half and she loves to get messy with paint. You can use a painting bib to protect their clothes, or a large shirt backwards does the job just as well. A pepper makes a lovely shamrock shape. This is a quick craft for babies and toddlers to enjoy.

What you Need:

Green pepper

Green paint

Plate for paint


Protective bib or old shirt


1.To protect your child's clothes, put a long-sleeved bib or an old shirt backwards on them.

2.Cut the top off the pepper with a knife.

3.Place the pepper and the green paint and paper beside your child and let them stamp away.

Paper shamrocks

Here is a simple way to decorate your house or classroom this St Patrick's Day.

What you need:

Dark green card

Light green card



Green string



1.Cut out three strips of light green card approx. 3cm wide and 22cm long.

2.Cut out three strips of dark green card approx. 3cm wide and 30cm long.

3.Bend each strip into a heart shape and staple in place.

4.Once you have all six made into heart shapes, place the light green hearts inside the dark green hearts and staple them all together in a shamrock shape.

5.To create the stem, draw a rough outline with a pencil until you are happy with the shape, cut it out and glue it onto your shamrock.

6.Hang your pretty decoration with string.

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