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Simple Shamrock Crafts for St. Patrick’s Day

Mar 4, 2015

I’m not Irish, but my boys and I still enjoy celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Each year, we eat green food, set leprechaun traps, and make simple crafts. This year, we made shamrocks, and each of my boys crafted their own unique version.

Three shamrocks, one coloured with a green crayon with googly eyes and a smiley face; one covered with green dots; one covered with bright green tissue paper.

First, you’ll need to draw some simple shamrock shapes onto cardstock. Then, you can gather up some art supplies, and let your little ones start decorating.

To make the tissue-paper shamrock:

A child holding a pencil, pressing it onto a shamrock that is partially covered with green tissue paper.

1. Cut out a shamrock, and cut green tissue paper into one-inch squares.
2. Wrap a tissue paper square around the end of a pencil, dip it in glue, and press it onto the shamrock.
3. Continue this process until the entire shamrock is covered in tissue paper.


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To make the cotton-swab painted shamrock:

A child pressing a cotton swab dipped in green paint to a shamrock shape on paper.

1. Dip a cotton swab in green paint, and then apply the paint to the shamrock.
2. Continue the cotton-swab painting until the shamrock is covered with dots.
3. Allow to dry, and then cut out the shamrock.

A cut-out shamrock covered with green paint dots.

To make the shamrock face:

A child pressing a googly eye onto a green shamrock coloured with green crayons.

1. Color the shamrock, and cut it out.
2. Draw a face, and add googly eyes.

My boys had a fantastic time decorating their shamrocks. The shamrocks are adorable “as is”, but they would also be cute strung together to make a garland. My youngest son attached his shamrock to a couple of strips of cardstock to make an adorable St. Patricks Day headband. Cute, right?

A smiling boy wearing a headband with a cut-out shamrock shape on it.

I hope you enjoy making this versatile craft with your little ones. Have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day!

Article Author Gina Bell
Gina Bell

Gina Bell is a writer, blogger and mom of three small boys. She has contributed to several blogs and publications including her local paper, Family Fun Magazine and Canadian Living. After ten years living in Toronto, she left her corporate job to return, with her family, to her home on the East Coast. Gina’s blog (East Coast Mommy) is full of tutorials, crafts, holiday fun, party planning, yummy recipes, DIY projects and more. She has a penchant for fun, easy and inexpensive family fun. You can follow Gina’s blog (East Coast Mommy) on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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