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Saint Patricks Day Garland
Mar 14th, 2013 by Craftylocks

Super quick and easy paper craft decoration to get the children to do when you suddenly remember the O’Briens are coming round to celebrate St Patrick’s Day at your place!

Start with a green piece of printer size paper and cut it in half lengthways – you will now have two strips of paper. Fold each one into a concertina – folding it into four usually works really well. Draw a shamrock shape on the front, making sure that the edges of the picture go on the edge of the paper.

Cut the shape out and when you open it you will have a row of shamrocks ready to decorate the wall. Repeat on the other piece of paper and tape them together – keep repeating to make it as long as you like.

If you do happen to do this as a leisurely planned activity, you can also have lots of fun decorating your garland with drawings, glitter, stickers and the like.

This is a great paper craft for children to do independently, and to help them I have a Paper Garland Tutorial.

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Saint Patricks Day Wreath
Mar 10th, 2013 by Craftylocks

 

Oh I had fun with this one – and my family heard probably a few too many times how much I like it – but there are so many good things about it …

1. It is easy and effective (I suppose that could be two points but I really like high-lighting paper crafts that cover both)
2. It works for young children, as well as slightly older kids (like me)
3. The children can do most of it on their own
4. It can be adapted to other themes as well
5. No special materials are needed
6. It can even be educational
7. I could use a shamrock shape cutter I found among my mum’s (mom’s) crafting gear.

I really like the idea of something like this at the door to welcome visitors with a celebration wreath. Just change the colors or theme to whatever is relevant. I think this would be great for letting everyone know which local sports team you support.

For the base of the wreath, a pizza box lid or base is a great size. Trace around a large plate and a small one to make the wreath shape and cut it out. You could also make a smaller one using a paper plate. Paint the shape green so that it does not matter if the artist covers all the cardboard with their decorations.

Gather up all sorts of green bits and pieces. This is the educational part, have your young artist help you find things the right color. To add to the mix we roughly chopped up some green paper. I also used a cutter to make the shamrock shapes – thanks mum!

Then just randomly glue things on! You could demonstrate scrunching some tissue up and looping bits of crepe paper – or just leave them to it and see what they think of. I had glitter I was going to add at the end to fill and cover if it was needed, but it had so much on it that I did not use it after-all.

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Saint Patricks Day Lucky Guess Clover
Mar 14th, 2012 by Craftylocks

 

These are lots of fun! If you have not done this paper craft with your children before, this Saint Patrick’s Day craft is a great excuse.

I don’t know what they are called, but I love this idea to use them for Saint Patrick’s Day as a lucky four leaf clover.

Start with a square piece of paper.

Fold it in half and open it out.

Fold it in half again the other way and open it out again.

Fold the corners in to the corners into the center.

Turn it over.

Fold the corners into the center again.

Fold it in half.

Carefully pull out the corners with your fingers pushed into the fold.

Use your fingers to open and shut the center.

Write some words to read around on the outside.

Write some numbers on the center.

And of course, write something on the inside flaps that you open out.

We have written lots of ‘lucky’ things just for Saint Patrick’s Day.

To play it, someone chooses a word which the holder of the ‘clover’ spells out as they open and close the ‘clover’, alternating which center numbers they display. Then the chooser selects a number which is counted out as the holder of the ‘clover’ again opens and closes the ‘clover’. Then finally a number is chosen again and this time the flap is opened and the ‘luck’ is read out.

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Potato Print Making
Mar 5th, 2012 by Craftylocks

 

I thought this was quite a fun craft for children, to fit in with St Patrick’s day – decorating paper with potato prints.

Cut your potato in half making the cut surface as flat as possible, this will give a much better print surface.

A nifty way to get a nice shape cut into the potato is to use a cookie cutter shape to press into the potato and then use a knife to cut the potato away up to the edge of the cookie cutter.

Then when you lift the cookie cutter shape away you will have a nice shape ready to start printing with.

To get the paint onto the printing surface of the potato, you can either paint it on with a brush, or spread the paint onto a tray and stamp into the tray and then on the paper.

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