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Old 02-20-2004, 01:05 PM
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Easy Shamrock Pin
Protect yourself and those you love, from St. Patrick's Day pinching with this easy to make, green, shamrock pin.
You'll need:
Green felt
Gold buttons
Pin backs (craft store)
Craft glue or glue gun
Thread

Cut 2 inch squares from the green felt. Use a pen or pencil to draw a shamrock. Cut felt shamrocks.
I find it easier to make a paper pattern first by drawing
three hearts and then add the stem.
Sew gold buttons in the middle. It should only take a few stitches, you don't need to be a seamstress for this.
Use the glue to attach the pin backing and you are done!
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Old 02-20-2004, 01:06 PM
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St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Wand


Supplies
green construction paper
3-inch diameter cardboard circle or plastic lid
drinking straw
scissors
glue
glitter
pencil
What you do


1.Draw 3 circles on the green construction paper by tracing around the lid or cardboard circle.
2. Cut out the circles.
3.Glue together a section of the circles' edges to form a clover shape.
4.Dab glue onto the shamrock and sprinkle on glitter.
5.Glue the straw onto the back of the middle circle to form a handle.
6.After the glue dries, see how much St. Patrick's Day magic the shamrock wand can create.
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Old 02-20-2004, 01:08 PM
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St.Paddy's day little man puppet
cut a large shamrock out -- have the child paste it on a large art stick or popsicle stick and then add the arms (with attached little shamrocks for hands) and legs (again with little shamrocks for feet)
Shamrock cut outs
cookie cutters into paint and either paint a sweatshirt or on large pieces of paper.

Shamrock Puzzles
cut out a large shamrock and let the child paste, paint crayon all over it. depending on the age the child later cut it into several pieces and let them put the puzzle together!!

Ages: 2+
Shamrock hunting
Take children into back yard or a park and have them look for four leaf clover. We actually found one last year!!!--- This can be done inside as well by making construction paper clover and 1 four leaf shamrock and have the kids try and find it.

All ages
Leprechaun mischief
While the children are out playing or before they arrive make some silly changes in the room like putting things out of place, hiding things, leaving gold chocolate coins, etc. Leave green footprints Blame it on the leprechaun when they come in. Explain all about St. Patrick's day and leprechauns.

All ages
Coin hunting
Scatter gold chocolate coins in yard before children arrive and have fun searching for the "luck" left by the leprechauns.

Ages 2 1/2 +
Collage
Cut out a shamrock shape and have a box of green collage materials- yarn, fabric, ribbon, buttons, glitter. Add green coloring to glue and let them decorate.

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Shamrock Wall Hanging

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The luck of the Irish will be in your home this year with this friendly and welcoming paper bag wall hanging.

You will need:

brown grocery bag
acrylic paint in antique gold and Kelly green
toothbrush
paintbrush
fine tip black marker
pinking shears (or other decorative scissors)
small material scrap in stripes or other pattern of your choice
2 gold buttons, any shape
cotton batting (Fiberfil)
white craft glue (Tacky glue)
gold craft wire
pencil
shiny green ribbon
shiny gold ribbon


What you do:

Lay brown paper bag on flat work surface. Cut out two large sections from the front and back of the bag. Stack those sections, one on top of the other, then fold them in half. Draw a shamrock, then cut it out with the pinking shears. Or you can use this as a pattern. (have pattern on another page)

Beginning at the bottom of the shamrock, use tacky glue to connect the two layers at the seams, stuffing the shamrock as you go with cotton batting (Fiberfil). Work your way around the edges, carefully stuffing (but not too much!) until shamrock is completely closed. Note: there is not enough room in the shamrock stem, simply glue this together.

When the glue is dry, paint the edges of the shamrock with antique gold paint. When that dries, paint the shamrock green as shown in photo. When the green paint is dry, dip the bristle tips of a toothbrush into the antique gold paint. Test your flecking ability on a piece of scrap paper before doing this on your heart. Hold toothbrush horizontally and drag your thumb across the bristles, causing the paint to fleck spots wherever you aim it. When you are comfortable with this method, go ahead and fleck gold paint across the shamrock to look like gold dust.

When gold paint is dry, use the black finetip marker to write "It's Your Lucky Day!", placing decorative dots at the point of each letter. Draw small double stitch lines around the shamrock approximately 2 or 3 inches apart (see large photo). Use pinking shears to cut out a square from the striped scrap material. Use white glue to adhere the material to the lower right hand corner of your brown bag shamrock. Use white glue to adhere a small gold button to the material scrap. Tie a bow in a piece of shiny gold ribbon, glue it the base of the stem.

Cut a piece of gold craft wire long enough to wrap completely around your shamrock. This should be enough for your hanger. Find the middle of craft wire, wrap the middle section of the wire around a pencil about 6 or 7 times. Pull the pencil out to create the curl at the top of your hanger. Curve the wire into a hanger shape and poke each end carefully through the sides of the shamrock as shown in the photo. Use the skinny end of a small paintbrush to curl the ends of the wire that you poked through.

Using shiny green ribbon, tie a knot onto the craft wire halfway down from where the top curls begin. String both ends of the ribbon through the back of the button, then tie a bow. If your button is flat, tie ribbon in a bow, then use a hot glue gun to glue the second gold button to the center of the bow. Spray the entire shamrock with a coat of acrylic sealant.

Note: It is not necessary to paint the back of the heart, though you may if you like.
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Leprechaun poop
Place a handful of Lucky Charms brand cereal, green jelly beans or mints in a small zipper food storage bag.

Seal and label with the following poem, or print our free printable gift tag:


I spied a little leprechaun
Outside upon the lawn.
I hurried out to catch him
for I knew he’d soon be gone.

I tiptoed very quietly
Sprang toward him with a swoop.
He shook his fist and disappeared,
All but this pile of poop!
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Pot of Gold

by Amanda Formaro

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This super easy project is a fun way to create a little package of goodies for friends, family, or best of all, Mommy or Daddy! Simple items make this a great classroom project for St. Patrick's Day.



You will need

8-10 iridescent yellow pom poms
yellow curling ribbon
green tissue paper
small baby food jar
white craft glue
water
scissors
paint brush or sponge applicator
M&M's, Skittles or other colorful small candies (optional)



Instructions

Thoroughly wash and dry small baby food jar and lid. Mix 4 tablespoons of white craft glue with enough water to bring it to painting consistency.

Have children cut tissue paper into squares. Starting with small sections, apply glue mixture with paint brush or sponge applicator to jar. Stick tissue paper onto glue mixture and continue all the way around the jar. Apply glue mixture over the top of tissue paper layer. Apply a second layer of tissue paper, allow to dry completely.

While jar is drying, apply glue around the outer edge of the jar lid. Adhere the ribbon around the lid lip and tie in a knot. Curl the ribbon by sliding the flat edge of the blade from a pair of scissors along the ribbon. Glue pom poms to the top of the lid and allow to dry.

When jar and lid are completely dry, fill jar with colored candies and give to the lucky recipient! Attach a cute note such as "Kiss me. I'm Irish!" or "A Lucky Pot of Gold for You!".



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Rainbow Magnet

This absolutely adorable rainbow magnet is colorful and easy to make. Hang it on your fridge and bring the luck of the Irish into your household!

Materials:

6 x 4 1/2 - inch wooden oval frame
Green fun foam or felt
3/4 - inch tall candle cup
1 pkg. gold seed beads
1 yard 1/8 - inch green ribbon
2 inch strip of magnet

9 mm pony beads…
-- 16 red
-- 16 yellow
-- 16 green
-- 8 orange
-- 8 blue

Acrylic paints…
-- Red
-- Yellow
-- Green
-- Orange
-- Purple
-- Blue
-- Black

Paint brush
Sand paper
Saw
Drill
Glue gun



Instructions:

Rainbow
Using a saw, cut oval in half to form two rainbow shapes. You can make two magnets if you have double the other materials. Sand rainbow shape to smooth cut edge. Drill 4 small holes evenly spaced in each end of the rainbow. Paint rainbow as shown in photo. Be sure to paint the edges around the rainbow.

Cut 8 - 4 1/2 - inch lengths of green ribbon. Knot a green bead at one end of each ribbon. String the remaining beads on ribbon as shown in photo. Thread beaded ribbon through a hole in the end of the rainbow. Glue the end of the ribbon to the back. Trim excess ribbon on back. Repeat with remaining beaded ribbons.

Pot of gold
Paint candle cup black. Let dry. Glue gold seed beads all over top of candle cup to look like gold. Glue pot of gold to right side of rainbow.

Clover
Cut a clover from fun foam or felt. Glue to left side of rainbow.

Finishing
Glue magnet to back of rainbow.



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