Weekend DIY: St. Patty’s Crafts
When I was a kid, we didn’t run to the store to buy decorations for various holidays. We made them. And we made them primarily out of what was already in the house.
While shopping these past few weeks, I’ve seen a larger than usual St. Patrick’s Day decoration section in various stores, and thought, “They’re so simple. And where are the craft kits for the kids?” When I got home, I hunted for instructions on the basic crafts we made at home and in art class. Things like shamrock stamps using nothing more than an apple and paint (we made them out of potatoes, too), or a leprechaun out of a paper plate and construction paper (this one at sassydealz.com calls for felt).
Who remembers making carnations out of tissue paper? You’ll find instructions on making gorgeous ones at Rust & Sunshine. You could also use colored facial tissues, or even toilet paper. What about a leprechaun hat using a paper plate and construction paper? Find that one at Meaningful Mama.
Then there’s the shamrocks made out of strips of construction paper. Sugar Bee Crafts has a great tutorial on these cool decorations.
Lots ‘o fun, right? When you’re done, you can sit down and enjoy a yummy mint milkshake. Just put about 2 cups of vanilla ice cream (or frozen yogurt) in the blender. Add 1 cup milk, 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract, a dash of vanilla extract and green food coloring. Mix and serve!
Or, you can opt to enjoy a green beer. Just add 5 or 6 drops of liquid green food coloring to the glass first!
What kind of St. Patrick’s Day crafts did you make as a kid? Share your ideas and post your pics below!