We wouldn’t say that we’re totally inept in the crafts department, but it’s safe to say that we’re no Martha. Which is why we’ve rounded up a series of cute St. Patrick’s Day projects that require no special skills or equipment whatsoever. So, while you’re cooking your traditional St. Paddy’s Day feast or whipping up some apropos desserts, your kids will love creating these festive crafts. Make the entire ordeal a celebration by cueing up some classic Irish tunes as well. Without further ado, here’s a diverse list of St. Patrick’s Day crafts for kids featuring cut-and-paste leprechaun creations for toddlers and preschoolers, jewelry-making crafts for tweens and teens and edible art for, well, anyone with an appetite for food and festive cheer.
30 Fun and Easy St. Patrick’s Day Crafts for Kids
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12. Shamrock Rings
It’s amazing what some nimble pipe cleaners can turn into, as evidenced by this super cool craft. All you need is a pack of 100 pieces and some nifty folding skills to create a little bling that kids will be happy to sport when celebrating with the family (and in order to avoid getting pinched at school).
Grab some card stock in different shades of green, green yarn, googly eyes, a black marker and some white craft glue and you have the tools to make a craft that’s equal parts festive and spooky. (You know, in case you want something a little more unexpected than the regular leprechaun and shamrock stuff.)
OK, so you may have noticed we love our rainbows, but can you blame us? They’re just so joyful. This craft by Pink Stripey Socks even includes a leprechaun and hot air balloon pull component so the kiddos can interact with it.
Need to spruce up your St. Paddy’s Day spread in a hurry? These printable napkin wraps are so easy you can let the kids handle them while you put the finishing touches on dinner. Note: This craft requires scissors, so any kid under the age of ten should probably be supervised.
Tradition says if you don’t wear green on St. Patrick’s Day you get pinched. Well, this delightful craft is not only fun to make, but it’ll also guarantee that your kids ward off those pinching leprechauns.
This ridiculously cute finger puppet craft is just right for the toddler and pre-K crowd (i.e., the age group that will actually make use of the finished product). Needless to say, the materials—googly eyes, marker, card stock—are all little kid-friendly, too, and the free printable template makes the whole process a total breeze.
Pinterest-worthy eye candy that holds a stash of the real sweet stuff? We’re on board, and we bet your kid is, too. Once you’ve scored the candy cauldrons, just charge your kid with the fine motor skill-boosting task of cutting out free, printable rainbows while you man the hot glue gun.
Bust out the magazines, scrap paper and sparkly cardstock for a simple cut-and-paste activity with a big reward. This process art project leaves plenty of room for creativity and yields an eye-catching shamrock collage that even the youngest kids can accomplish.
Nothing says “pre-K activity hour” like a good ol’ paper plate craft. Here, paper plates get dressed up with acrylic paint, ribbon, felt and a pom pom to create a mixed media masterpiece that’s highly entertaining to make and downright adorable to behold.
So your little one isn’t quite ready to mess around with actual pieces of colored glass. No biggie: With watercolors, acrylic paint, a stack of mixed media paper and a few other basic supplies, you can craft a festive, faux stained glass work of art that’s every bit as pretty as the real thing (and way easier to manage).
It doesn’t get much cooler than this wearable art project, which involves slathering lucky charms in mod podge and turning them into charms for a bracelet. The hardest part is resisting the urge to eat those satisfyingly crunchy marshmallows—but we reckon your tween or teen (the target age group here) can muster enough self-control for that.
This seriously charming and whimsical piece of wall decor is a nod to St. Patrick’s Day that will inspire year round cheer. That said, this rainbow craft is best reserved for tweens and teens, since it requires some special, grown-up tools (think: pom pom maker, heavy duty scissors, embroidery scissors and a hot glue gun).
We’re kind of smitten with this cereal box craft—and not just because the process is kid-friendly and the materials are inexpensive and/or completely free from your recycling bin. Indeed, the best part of this nifty mixed media craft is the fact that it leans into holiday magic and inspires imaginative storytelling in its kid creator.