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Saturday, March 7, 2009

St. Patrick’s Day Crafts, Pot of Gold craft, Shamrock Pin, Leprechaun Hats, Flower Wreaths

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St. Patrick’s Day despite having its religious nuances, like most holidays is a day to indulge in fun and excitement. This is a day when the mood is Irish and the whole atmosphere is painted green with shamrocks proudly displayed for all to see. Children have their share of fun on this auspicious occasion by indulging in all kinds of fun activities. Adults make effort to spruce up their home or neighborhood and give it a festive look with all things that remind one of the Emerald Isle. Creative minds huddle together to craft beautiful décor items that add shimmer to this holy Irish festival. Try your hands with some of these innovative craft ideas that make use of simple homely stuff to weave magical creations out of it.

Pot of Gold craft:
Materials needed - Paper Plate, Toilet Tissue or Paper Towel Roll, Glue and Paint.

Instructions – Firstly cut the toilet tissue or paper towel roll to a height of about 2 inches and paint it black. Cut the paper plate in half and then cut out an arc shape from the outside edge of the paper plate. One has to ensure that the end of the arc can fit into the hole in the painted toilet tissue roll. The arc now needs to be painted with bright colors so that it has an appeal of a rainbow. Once the paint dries, slide one end of the rainbow into the black toilet tissue roll and glue it in place. Wow! Now you have a beautiful, colorful pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. To make the pot look more attractive one can sprinkle gold glitter or sequins with the help of glue.

Shamrock Pin:
Materials needed - Construction Paper, Glue, Acrylic Sealer Spray and Pin Backing.

Instructions – Cut out 20 clover shapes for each pin. Use different shades of green to color these cut outs to create a wonderful effect. Glue all the shamrock cutouts on top of each other with the edges lining up as evenly as possible. This will form a stack of shamrocks. Different colors will lead to different colors along the side of the stack. Once the glue is dry, the shamrock stack needs to be sprayed with a few coats of acrylic sealer. The acrylic sealer will make it shine bright as well as make it more durable. Once the sealer dries up, using tacky glue or hot glue gun, glue the pin back in place. You can adorn it with sequins or glitters and then flaunt it around over your coat or dress. It can also serve as a great token to welcome your guests at home.

Leprechaun Hats:
Materials needed - Small Paper Plate, Paper Cup, Paint, Glue and Construction Paper.

Instructions – Paint both the paper plate and the outside of the cup, green. Once the cup is dry, glue the cup upside down in the centre of the bottom of the paper plate. Now cut a piece of black construction paper to approximately 1-inch thickness and long enough to wrap around the cup where it is glued onto the paper plate. This will act as the band on the hat. After gluing it in place, you can also cut out a small yellow buckle for the hat-band if you like. Now you can watch gleeful face of kids as they run around with those colorful hats in their hands.

Shamrocks and Flower Wreaths:
Materials needed - glue gun, scissors, one 9” grapevine wreath, one roll of 2” wide light green burlap mesh ribbon, seven green shamrocks metallic confetti, three 4 leaf clovers metallic confetti, eight small white satin roses and one piece 6” natural twine.

Instructions – First and foremost you need to insert a 6” piece of natural jute twine through the vines at the top of the wreath and then knot off the ends. This needs to be done before wrapping any of the burlap mesh ribbon. The next step is to hold the end of the roll of burlap mesh ribbon to the wreath on the right side of the piece of twine for hanging. Now begin wrapping the ribbon tightly around the grapevine wreath and continue wrapping the wreath till you have completely covered the same. When you are done with this, cut the end of the ribbon and glue it to the wreath.
After this, arrange the seven metallic confetti shamrocks around the wreath spaced at a distance of about 1 and 1/4” and glue them onto the wreath. Leave a space at the bottom of the wreath for the three 4 leafed clover and arrange them to create a beautiful effect at the bottom of the wreath by pasting the same onto the wreath. After the gluing of the metallic confetti and four leafed clover is over, add the satin flowers to the wreath. The eight flowers with their stems intact should be glued between the shamrocks and on either side of the three 4 leaf clovers, next to each other. Take aid of a small scissor to pierce a hole in the ribbon for inserting the stem of the flower. Once all the eight flowers are added, the wreath is all ready to be hung in your house to mark the arrival of St. Patrick’s Day.

Thus, you can either encourage little genius to unleash their creative minds and weave magic out of it or assist them to try out some of these wonderful craft ideas mentioned here. These groovy craft items can truly act as fascinating decorative pieces to bedeck one’s home on St. Patrick’s Day. Kids along with adults can join hands, be a part of the whole preparation process and live this joyful day to the fullest.

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