Whether you're Irish or not, St. Patrick's Day is such a great holiday for kids! It's filled with fantasy and fun – leprechauns, pots of gold, rainbows, luck – what kid wouldn't love this stuff? Help your child celebrate St. Patrick's Day, with these fun and charming crafts. There are some great food craft ideas here as well as fun paper craft ideas for kids. For more on the origins of St. Patrick's day, see our St. Patrick's Day Craft Kit Giveaway.
These super adorable treats from The Decorated Cookie would make any kid smile on St. Patrick's day! To make them at home, place a marshmallow on a lollipop stick, quickly dunk the marshmallow in a cup of water, and dip it in green colored sugar. You can also use edible colored markers to create your own shamrock designs!
Shamrock Milk Shake
For these shamrock milk shakes, you'll need three ingredients: 1 cup of milk, 2 tbs pistachio flavored instant pudding, and 1 Oreo mint chocolate covered cookie (chopped). Mix it all together and you have a great St. Patrick's day shake! For more info, see Kraft Recipes.
Leprechaun Hat Cupcakes
Make your own leprechaun cupcake wrappers using green cardstock for the hat, white cardstock for the trim, and yellow cardstock for the buckle. Wrap your baked and frosted cupcake in the green hat. Put a green shamrock candy on top! For more info, see Babble.
St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Treats
I actually made these rainbows last year as a party favor treat – they were inspired by Our Best Bites. All you need are Rainbow Colored Twizzlers (I found these in my local grocery store), Rolos, cellophane bags (or any clear bag), and ribbon. So cute, easy, and affordable!
Green Candied Popcorn
Your kids will love this green festive popcorn for as a craft idea for St. Patrick's day! You'll need popped corn, sugar, white corn syrup, butter, salt, cream of tartar, vanilla, baking soda, and green food coloring. For a detailed ingredient list and instructions, see Skip to My Lou.
Rainbow Cereal Craft
Draw a rainbow with a black marker and let your kids color the rainbow in with different colors. Let your kids dip Fruit Loops cereal in glue and paste them to their rainbow. This is a great activity for motor skill development, and especially great if you have Fruit Loops already in your cupboard! For more info, see The Bubbly Blonde Teacher.
Scrap Paper Rainbow
If you don't have Fruit Loops lying around, you probably have some colored paper (cardstock or construction paper laying around. Draw the rainbow lines, and have your kids glue the pieces of paper to the rainbow you just drew. Cute craft from No Time for FlashCards.
Paper Shamrock Craft
You may have seen Valentine heart garlands made out of paper and staples around the web. Hands on: As We Grow used the same concept to make a paper shamrock craft. Here you would need green construction paper or card stock, a stapler, and some yarn or string to hang your shamrock.
Draw a beard on paper. Cut out orange construction paper into strips and roll them around a pencil tightly to make them curl. Glue the curls to the beard starting at the bottom. Punch holes in the sides, and attach yarn so you can tie the yarn around the back of your head. There you go, you have a great orange leprechaun beard from No Time for Flashcards!
Lucky Clover Patch
This craft is a great way for your kids to express how lucky they are on St. Patrick's Day! You'll need a styrofoam block covered in green tissue paper, and green card stock for the fringe. You can use a shamrock punch or cut your own shamrocks out using green paper. Have your kids write why they are lucky on the shamrocks. Tape or glue the paper shamrocks to toothpicks and insert them into the foam. What a cute and thoughtful craft from Lisa Storms.
I love this list of St. Patrick's Day craft ideas for kids. I can't wait to get started on some of these projects with my kids! If you would like to stay posted on craft ideas for kids, please subscribe to our email newsletter on our homepage.