St. Patrick's Day Crafts

Get in the Kitchen
Cook up some fun for St. Patrick’s Day! Get in the kitchen and try some of these yummy ‘green’ inspired recipes!

Shamrock Cupcakes
Recipe Idea, courtesy of Cooks.com

Ingredients

- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1/4 cup butter (room temperature)
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4-5 drops green food coloring
- 1 16 oz can vanilla or mint frosting
- 1/4 cup green decorating sugar
- 1 small shamrock shaped paper stencil

Directions

1.) Preheat oven to 350F.

2.) Grease and flour a 12 cup muffin pan (or line with cupcake baking liners. These may be found in seasonal patterns and colors at supermarkets and craft stores).

3.) In the bowl of an electric mixer, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt until well mixed. Add butter, eggs and milk; beat on low speed just until ingredients are moistened.

4.) Add several drops of green food coloring until the mixture is desired color (a very pale green - just a few drops!). Beat for two minutes at medium speed.

5.) Pour batter into prepared muffin pan filling each cup until 2/3 full. Wipe off any spilled batter using a damp cloth so that it doesn't bake onto pan. Bake until tops are golden and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean (about 16-20 minutes).

6.) Remove from oven and allow to cool for 2-3 minutes; loosen edges gently using a butter knife or spatula. Cool on a wire rack.

7.) Spread cooled cupcakes with lightly tinted vanilla or mint frosting.

8.) Trace a shamrock shape on a piece of wax or freezer paper and cut out (or use a purchased stencil or cookie cutter). Place stencil over the center of each cupcake and sprinkle on green decorating sugar in the shape of the shamrock.

9.) Enjoy!

Lime Jell-O Fluff Salad
Recipe Idea, courtesy of Cooks.com

Ingredients

- 2 6 oz. pkg. Lime Jell-O
- 4 cups hot water
- 2 cups cold water
- 1 cup crushed pineapple
- 1/3 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
- 1 pkg. Dream Whip
- 1/2 cup milk

Directions

1.) Combine Jell-O and hot water in a large bowl, stirring until dissolved.

2.) Pour in cold water; mix. Stir in pineapple and nuts. Refrigerate until mixture has thickened to a jelly-like consistency.

3.) In a medium bowl, stir together the Dream Whip and milk. Whip until mixture is stiff.

4.) Fold into the Jell-O mixture gently, a small amount at a time until mixed well, leaving the Dream Whip as fluffy as possible.

5.) Turn mixture into a 9x13-inch pan and refrigerate for several hours or overnight before serving.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Clover Leaf Cookies
Recipe Idea, courtesy of Cooks.com

Ingredients

- 1/2 lb. butter
- 1/2 c. confectioners' sugar
- 1 c. cake flour
- 1/2 lb. ground almonds
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- Maraschino cherries
- Angelica

Directions

1.) Cream butter and sugar; add flour, almonds and vanilla.

2.) Roll in tiny balls; place three together with a bit of cherry in center and a strip of angelica for a stem.

3.) Bake on greased cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 15 or 20 minutes.

Green Gamers
Have some fun as a family or with friends, and try a few St. Paddy’s Day games!

St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger hunts can be a lot of fun, especially if they involve many people. Try a little hunting this St. Patrick’s Day and have a blast with friends and family! Make sure to get the little ones involved too!

What You Need

- Irish inspired gifts (Visit your local dollar store and buy small items like little pots of gold, shamrock necklaces, and mini leprechauns for the children; for the adults, purchase Irish inspired teas or coffees, shamrock or clover shaped candles, or bookmarks with Irish sayings.)
- Green construction paper
- Markers

How To Play

1.) Based on the Irish gifts you purchased, think of Irish clues to aid in the hunt. Then hide them! Go indoors or outdoors, and make it a fun challenge!

2.) With the green construction paper, cut out pieces in shamrock shapes or four-leaf clovers.

3.) Using different colored markers, write out your Irish clues. Each clue should have an Irish theme to it. For example, one of your clues could be: “Who is a famous Irish poet who wrote about the Irish countryside? The answer is W.B. Yeats. The hunt could lead guests to a bookshelf with a copy of his collected poems, which is where you could hide a bookmark or other item.

4.) Add your own spin on the hunt! There is no right way or wrong way to do this, so make it your own and have a lot of fun! The person to find all of the items wins! Let him/her choose their favorite Irish gift as a prize.

Irish Jig Dance Off
Get everyone up off their seats, and have a little dance off, Irish style!

What You Need

- Irish Music
- Green Construction Paper
- Judging Sheet/Scorecard (make your own!)
- Markers
- Irish Inspired Prizes

How To Play

1.) Using green construction paper, write down five or more categories for judging criteria. Include creativity, the best moves, the most authentic, etc.

2.) Select two or three judges from your group of family and friends. Choose judges by the oldest, or youngest – or draw numbers from a hat.

3.) Clear a space where your guests can begin their groove.

4.) Turn on the Irish tunes, and get EVERYONE onto the dance floor.

5.) Have the judges off to the side, monitoring the dancing action, and have them write down their ‘favorites’ on the dance floor, scoring them in each of the selected categories.

6.) Play three to four songs, to give everyone a chance to show the judges what they can do, then tally up the results and award a prize to the best dancers!

7.) Most importantly, HAVE FUN!

Heave Ho
Game Idea, courtesy of Party411.com

A traditional Gaelic game sure to bring some life and fun to any St. Patrick’s Day Party!

What You Need

- Clothesline
- Crossbar
- Paper bag
- Newspapers or Tissue Paper
- Spatula

How To Play

1.) Arrange an area with a clothesline or crossbar through a doorway or across one end of a room to pitch a sack across.

2.) Make a sack out of a paper lunch bag stuffed with newspapers or tissue paper.

3.) Everyone lines up and tries to heave the sack across the line using the spatula.

4.) The person who succeeds the most times out of 10 tries wins the game.

Crafty Leprechauns
Round up the leprechauns and get around the craft table! Make your own decorations or just have some crafty fun with these ‘Luck of the Irish’ creations!

Super Shamrocks
Craft idea, courtesy of TheBestKidsBooksite.com

Shamrocks are a staple of St. Patrick’s Day. So why not make a few and hang from the ceiling or tack on the wall? It’s an easy way to decorate or add a little ‘green’ flair for the holiday!

What You’ll Need

- Green Construction Paper
- A Shamrock Template (Try this one!)
- Glitter, stickers, markers; or anything else that you can use to decorate your shamrock!
- Scissors (Please Note: Parental Supervision advised for children under 13-years-old.)

Putting it All Together

1.) Cut out a large shamrock from green construction paper. ( Use the template provided or your own imagination. Special Note for Kids: Be sure to ask your parents for help when using scissors!)

2.) Decorate with tiny shamrock stickers, leprechaun figures, glitter, or any other materials that will make your shamrock stand out!

3.) Hang on the wall, from the ceiling, or throw them on the coffee table as a great decoration!

St. Patrick's Day Bookmarks
Craft idea, courtesy of TheBestKidsBooksite.com

What You’ll Need

- Green Construction Paper or Green poster board
- Crayons, Markers
- Stickers, stencils, or anything else to make your bookmark one of a kind!
- Scissors (Please Note: Parental Supervision advised for children under 13-years-old.)
- Optional A Leprechaun template (Try this one!)

Putting it All Together

1.) Cut out a bookmark shape using your construction paper or poster board. (Use the template provided or your own imagination. (Special Note for Kids: Be sure to ask your parents for help when using scissors!)

2.) Decorate, decorate, decorate! Using your stickers, stencils, markers and crayons, create your bookmark masterpiece! Remember, this is YOUR creation, so make it something special!

3.) Put it to use in your latest read … or give it away!

Lucky Leprechaun Hats
Craft idea, courtesy of TheBestKidsBooksite.com

What You’ll Need

- Heavier weight construction paper (2 pieces for each hat)
- Headband
- A Hat template (Try this one!)
- Decorations - Stickers, glitter, etc.
- Scissors (Special Note for Kids: Be sure to ask your parents for help when using scissors!)

Putting it All Together

1.) Cut out a long headband about an inch and a half wide - this will allow you to wear the hat.

2.) Next, cut out a hat shape using a hat template (check out the link above!).

3.) Decorate! Jazz it up with stickers, glitter, or anything else you see fitting for your hat. Remember, this is your creation, so have fun with it!

4.) Let it dry and attach it to the headband so that it is facing toward the front. Put it on and enjoy the day!

Looking for more St. Paddy’s Day fun? Check out a few ideas from around the Web:

* Green Stamp
Spread some Irish flair with this hand-made Shamrock stamp!

* St. Patrick’s Pot of Gold
A quick and fun recipe to entice your little leprechauns! Everyone will enjoy these wee emerald pots filled with sweet, edible gold!

* To Catch a Leprechaun
Three different contraptions to trap a leprechaun! A fun craft idea for the whole family!

* Food Network: St. Patrick’s Day
Find the tastiest recipes to wow your guests this St. Patrick’s Day! Find recipes for all your Irish favorites: Traditional Irish Stew, Corned Beef and Cabbage, and authentic Irish coffee!

* Kaboose: St. Patrick’s Day Online Games
Find coloring games, riddles and jokes, and test your St. Patrick’s Day knowledge with Kaboose’s St. Patrick’s Day Activity Center!


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