7 Fun St. Patrick’s Day Crafts to Do With Your Kids

Are you looking for a fun way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your kids?

Hoping to bring some luck o’ the Irish to your family (or at least some good old green fun)?

Look no further. The editors of My Kids’ Adventures searched the Internet for St. Patrick’s Day crafts that are easy and fun to make with your kids.

In this article I’ll share our favorite lucky seven St. Patrick’s Day crafts to do with your kids.

Bring some luck o' the Irish to your family with seven St. Patrick's Day crafts from around the web that are easy and fun to make with your kids.

Why St. Patrick’s Day Activities?

You don’t have to be Irish to join in the spirited fun of St. Patrick’s Day on March 17. The holiday celebrates the Irish and Irish-at-heart with food, fun and lots of green for shamrocks (the leaf of the clover plant) and leprechauns (little green “fairies”).

Green beer aside, there are lots of ways to celebrate—and decorate for—St. Patrick’s Day with kids. We hope you’ll like this roundup of seven super projects, recipes and games from around the web.

St. Patrick’s Day is filled with parades, stories and traditions that are fun for kids of all ages: Wear green so you don’t get pinched. Catch a leprechaun so you can get his pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Eat traditional Irish food like corned beef and cabbage, or any food that’s been dyed green.

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated all over the world on March 17.

Here are seven great things to make with your kids for St. Patrick’s Day!

#1: Shamrock Rainbow Door Decoration

Show your Irish pride from your doorstep with this wonderful shamrock rainbow door decoration from Rockabye Butterfly.

shamrock rainbow door

This shamrock rainbow door decoration is a fun craft that incorporates two major symbols of St. Patrick’s Day: shamrocks and rainbows.

To create a three-dimensional shamrock, twirl tissue paper on the end of a pencil. Add the different colors of the rainbow in tissue, glue on a cardboard cloud and you have created the ultimate “welcome sign” for St. Patrick’s Day!

#2: Leprechaun Traps

You need to catch a leprechaun to get his pot of gold. This leprechaun trap from Jennie Lyon at Inhabitots should do the trick.

leprechaun trap

Everyone needs a leprechaun trap if they want to snag a leprechaun on St. Patrick’s Day.

This activity lends itself to creative play and conversation, as you design and build the trap and all of its components. Who is your leprechaun? What’s his name? What does a leprechaun do on the other 364 days a year? The trap is made from recycled materials, which is another bonus.

#3: Paper Shamrocks

This shamrock craft from Jamie at Hands on as We Grow is as easy as 1-2-3: Cut green strips, staple them together and make a chain. Great for kids who can’t get enough of the stapler!


You can make a single shamrock or a chain of them.

Make single shamrocks or a chain of them. It’s an easy, fun activity that even the young ones can do.

#4: Rainbow Jell-O

For a refreshing, festive treat, how about making rainbow Jell-O with this easy recipe from Glory at Glorious Treats!

rainbow jello

Instead of a pot of gold, there’s a single chocolate coin on top of the rainbow Jell-O.

This is a delicious, easy-to-make treat, but does require patience, because the Jell-O has to set for 15-30 minutes between layers.

It’d be good to make this along with other activities—and while you cook a St. Patrick’s Day meal together—to account for downtime. Or you can make mini-rainbows and use only three colors.

#5: Racing Balloon Leprechauns

Tammy at Housing a Forest took the idea of racing balloons and adapted it to create racing balloon leprechauns.

Check out these racing leprechauns in action then go have a race of your own with your kids!

A fun project for the whole family—create personalized balloon leprechauns and race them. Try this project with balloons of different shapes and sizes and see which one gets to the pot of gold first.

For another race to the pot of gold, check out the rainbow treasure hunt.

#6: St. Patrick’s Day Bracelets

Afraid of being pinched on St. Patrick’s Day? You’d better wear green. These fashionable St. Patrick’s Day bracelets from Stephanie Morgan at Momtastic ought to do the trick.

popsicle stick bracelet

Get your green on with St. Patrick’s Day popsicle stick bracelets.

What’s fun about this project is that as long as you have popsicle sticks, you can decorate these bracelets with whatever you have on hand. Young kids can color them or adorn with stickers, while older ones can go all out, painting them, adding sparkles, doing a yarn wrap or all of the above. There’s lots of room for creativity with this project.

Note: Account for overnight prep time for bending the sticks.

#7: Wee Little Leprechaun Bookmarks

Green up your reading with wee little leprechaun bookmarks from Lila at Sweet and Lovely Crafts.

leprechaun bookmark

Leprechaun bookmarks are fun to make and something you can use year-round.

Show your personality with a leprechaun bookmark. You can make a detailed leprechaun or a simple one using basic materials—paint, googly eyes and a black sharpie on cardstock. Don’t forget the ribbon or string!

If you want some themed reading for the holiday, check out Karen Gallagher’s list of Top 5 St. Patrick’s Day Books for Children on Savvy Auntie.

Some Final Thoughts

It’s easy to be lucky on St. Patrick’s Day. All you need is creativity, family togetherness and lots of green art supplies. Everyone’s a little Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. So get your family together and make some fun crafts and great memories.

What do you think? Did you go green for St. Patrick’s Day? Which activity was your favorite? Share your experience and your pictures in the comments section.

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About the Author, Debra Eckerling

Debra Eckerling is an editor at My Kids Adventures. The creator of Write On Online, a website and community for writers, Debra helps individuals define, plan and achieve their goals. Other posts by »

  • http://www.mykidsadventures.com/ Jennifer Ballard

    Thanks, Deb! Lots of great ideas. I can’t wait to try out the balloon races.

  • EmilyQuestions

    Oh, my, I recall the days of Leprechaun traps, Debra! Thanks for the walk down memory lane :) Great post!

  • Debra Eckerling

    Thanks, Jennifer! I love that one too! You can do variations with different types of balloons, which is really cool

  • Debra Eckerling

    Thanks, Emily! Have you caught one? Ever wonder what you do if you caught one?

  • http://www.mykidsadventures.com/ KJ Ammerman

    I like that you included food and activities in this article! I love that there are a variety of ideas all in one place :)

  • Debra Eckerling

    Thanks so much, KJ! It was a lot of fun to write!

  • Lana Richards

    Thanks, Debra. What great ideas! And the big bonus for me: I now know how to tell my 3-year-old what a leprechaun is — a “little green fairy.” Love it!

  • Debra Eckerling

    Happy to “help,” Lana! Glad you liked the article. If you do any of these crafts, we’d love to see pics!

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