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Shamrockin’ St. Patty’s Day DIYs


You don't need a pot of gold (or even green beer) to have a little fun this St. Patrick's Day. We've scoured the internet and found some festive DIYs, recipes, and party favours to bring a little Irish spirit to everyone in the family.

Green cuisine

photos via Couponing N Cooking, Dollhouse Bake Shoppe

Sure your local grocery store has any number of green treats you can reach for, from mint ice cream to nanaimo bars. But if you feel like doing a little baking yourself, here are a few ideas that'll put a smile on anyone's face.

Think of your favourite sweet treat, and chances are someone's thought of a way to make it green. We're talking chocolate chip cookies, lucky leprechaun bark, and mint fudge. They've all been injected with a little bit of an emerald hue. Better yet, cram all the colours of the rainbow into one cake in a jar with this recipe.

Remember when Chef Jo made Mad Hatter' marshmallows for Halloween? Well these treats can easily be transformed for March 17 by going green, effectively turning them into edible leprechaun hats. Just take a look at this take on the idea. Go one step further and turn your decorative marshmallow creations into cake pops like this blogger did, and they're perfect for sharing.

If baking isn't your forte, fear not. No one's going to say no to a pot of gold -- or chocolates wrapped in gold paper. This blogger went the extra step of wrapping homemade treats up as gold bars.

Crafty clovers

St. Patrick's Day Crafty Clovers
photos via The House that Lars Built , The Chalkboard

Whether decorating for a bash or having a little family fun, there are tons of crafty ideas online to spread the love -- or luck -- of the day.

The easiest takes us back to grade school, with this how-to on creating a shamrock potato stamp. Get the kids into it, stamping to their heart's content to create party decorations or art for the fridge.

Trade your spud in for a pair of scissors, and you can make a simple decorative wreath of shamrocks as pictured here. Grab cardstock in a few different shades of green, and get cutting shamrocks in various sizes. Then, all you have to do is slide them onto a sturdy wire loop, or glue to an embroidery hoop.

If you've got more of a green thumb, consider creating a mossy shamrock for your front door like this one. Just create the appropriately-shaped base using cardboard (or buy a styrofoam base from a craft shop), and get gluing!

Bottom's up!

St. Patrick's Day DIY Bottle Labels
photos via Design Sponge, Twig and Thistle

Whether or not you're into green brew, you can set the scene for a day filled with fun and frivolity with these party DIYs. Give your bottles a little shamrock makeover with these 'Lucky Brew' printable labels from Benign Objects or these 'Elixir Luck' labels from Design Sponge. And make sure you follow suit with your coasters, with these special printables.

For those who prefer a cocktail -- or perhaps a mint milkshake for the kids -- make sure everyone can slurp in style by creating four-leaf clover straw toppers. All you need is some green card stock from which you cut a four-leaf clover, two inches wide. Poke a small hole in the middle, slide it through a green straw, and you're good to go.


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