Written by John Mace Alois
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March has arrived, which means Spring is on the way! It also means that one of the most festive March holidays, Saint Patrick's Day, is here. For some, that means dressing up in various shades of green to keep away the pinchers, and for others, it's another occasion to celebrate. Regardless of the reason, one thing is for sure. Saint Patrick's Day is a day for family and fun!
If your family is the type that enjoys DIY crafts, including your kids, we've got you covered. Whether you're Irish or not, it's always fun to gather up the kids and sit at the table, creating leprechauns, rainbows, and pots of gold. So gather up your popsicle sticks, yarn, glitter, and glue, because we have three easy St. Patrick's Day crafts for your whole family!
What is Saint Patrick's Day?
Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, lived during the fifth century. He was born in Roman Britain but was kidnapped at 16 and enslaved by the Irish. Eventually, he escaped but would return to Ireland, teaching Christianity to the native people.
His life's story grew within the Irish community after his death, believed to be March 17, 461. One of the most well-known versions tells how he explained the Holy Trinity using the shamrock's three leaves to represent the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
It wasn't until the ninth or the tenth century that the people of Ireland began observing the Roman Catholic feast day of St. Patrick on March 17. As Christianity spread throughout the world, so did the celebration of St. Patrick. Today, there are parades, parties, and vibrant green food shared in celebration of the legend of St. Patrick.
The first known celebration of St. Patrick's Day in America occurred in Boston in 1737. But the first known parade was held in St. Augustine, Florida, on March 17, 1601.
When is St. Patrick's Day 2022?
Even though St. Patrick's Day is officially on March 17 every year, the day of the week changes; in 2022, this holiday will be on a Thursday. Since it's not a weekend, you might need to move a few things around to squeeze in your St. Patrick's Day crafts, but there's plenty of time to get them made.
If you want to watch this year's St. Patrick's Day parade in New York City, tune in to your TV on March 17. The parade is scheduled to start at 11 am at 44th Street. But they'll march up Fifth Avenue and right past St. Patrick's Cathedral!
Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day
Do you have plans to celebrate St. Patrick's Day this year? Maybe you have years of Irish culture you're waiting to honor, or you're one of the many who are Irish one day out of the year. Try one of these fun ways to share in the celebration this year.
- Wear green
- Decorate with shamrocks, leprechauns, and pots of gold
- Attend a parade
- Eat green or traditional Irish foods
- Go on a four-leaf clover hunt for good luck
- Play Irish music
- Make St. Patrick's Day crafts
Although we suspect if you've found us and this blog, you're already planning some pretty cool things for your kids.
Simple St. Patrick's Day Crafts
No St. Patrick's Day celebration is complete without parades, festivals, and making sure you're wearing a shamrock somewhere. But did you know there are other symbols for St. Patrick's day that can expand your crafting options?
Besides leprechauns, other symbols include:
- Irish music and harp
- Celtic knots
- Pots of gold
- Irish flag
- Celtic cross
Now you can see that there really is no limit for crafts to make for St. Patrick's Day! Just make sure you have lots of green and gold craft supplies!
Best Crafts to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day
To make this list, we poured over various platforms and craft blogs for inspiration from others who have been preparing to celebrate. There were many good ideas for easy spring crafts that you can easily give an Irish twist.
Gather up your supplies and get ready for our top three festive St. Patrick's Day craft ideas for the whole family!
Best Yarn Crafts for Kids - Yarn Wrapped Shamrock
This cute green shamrock DIY yarn craft is a great activity to get your children involved. You can potentially fill up a whole wall with several shamrocks by simply pinning them. We suggest making the shamrock in differing sizes to give it more pizzazz. Either way, it's one of the easy yarn crafts that is sure to make your kids giggle and make your home look festive.
Yarn Wrapped Shamrock Materials List:
- Shamrock template
- Green Yarn
- Glue gun
The first step in creating these wrapped shamrock, is to find a shamrock template. You can find multiple variations online via Google search or you can simply draw it by hand. Make them as big or as little as you’d like. We suggest a range of sizes.
Trace your template(s) on your cardboard, making as many shamrocks as you want. Go wild! Depending on the age of your children, you may allow them to cut their own designs, or you may want to do this for them. Always be cautious with young children and scissors.
Next, take your hot glue gun and place a dot on the center of the shamrock(s). The side you choose to place the glue will end up being the back side.
Cut a piece of yarn to your desired length and carefully place it on the blob of glue. This part you need to do for your children as a safety precaution since the glue is very hot. We suggest you use our ombre green yarn, since it will give you a beautiful range of greens.
- Once the glue has dried, take the piece of the glued green yarn and wrap it around the cardboard. Keep wrapping until you're satisfied with the way it looks! Not all of the cardboard needs to be covered, either. In fact, having little pieces of cardboard peeking out gives it a little extra style!
- Leave a longer piece of the yarn connected to the shamrock for easier hanging. Your shamrock is done, but if you'd like to give it a little extra personality, you can add googly eyes, felt cheeks, and glitter!
Easiest Yarn Craft for Kids - Green Pom Pom Garland
If you're looking for Spring crafts that can double as a St. Patrick's Day decoration, a green pom pom garland may be just for you. Since the color green is associated with both Spring and St. Patrick's Day, it makes the perfect way to decorate your home to celebrate.
Pom Pom Materials List:
- Green/Orange Yarn
Note on the yarn you use (because we're a yarn company :)): For this simple craft, we suggest you use our ombre green yarn. This yarn will give you different tones of green and will showcase some variety. Since the color orange is also associated with both spring and St. Patrick’s Day, you should also try adding our ombre orange yarn.
- Take a piece of yarn and start wrapping it around your 4 fingers. If you desire a much fluffier looking pom pom, then we suggest wrapping a thicker layer. For smaller varying sizes, try wrapping around fewer fingers for each pom-pom.
- Once you’ve reached the desired thickness, carefully slip the wrapped yarn away from your fingers. For easier removal, ensure you don’t wrap around your fingers too tightly. Try your best not to allow the yarn to lose its shape.
- Once you’ve removed it, cut it from the ball of yarn. It would be best to help your children with this part since it may come undone easily if not handled correctly.
- Cut a separate piece of yarn to tie the wrapped bunch. Once the bunch is secured, take your scissors and cut the looped ends of the bunch. Repeat this process until you’ve made your desired amount of pom-poms.
- Lastly, cut a piece of string to whatever length you’d like. If you have few pom-poms, but want a more “full” look, cut the string to a short length. Cut smaller pieces of string to attach each pom-pom to the longer piece of string. Space them out as you’d like.
Spring Yarn Crafts for Adults
Don't worry. We didn't forget about the adults in all the St. Patrick's Day madness for kids. Try our DIY amigurumi Knit and Crochet Unicorn Kit. It's one of the top yarn craft projects for adults, but with a little help, older children can do it too.
It's a beginner kit, so if you're not familiar with yarn crafts, this may be a good place for you to start. It comes with all the instructions and tools for you to begin learning the art of knitting or crocheting!
Apres Craft Snack Time
Those little tummies might get hungry from all that crafting, so you'll want to follow up with some delicious St. Patrick's Day-inspired snacks. Here are a few of our favorites!
- Shamrock shaped Sugar cookies
- Rice cereal treats with rainbow colors
- Potato skins
- Green Jello or gelatin
Let these ideas inspire you, or maybe you have some Irish recipes of your own!
Luck of the Irish
Whether you're celebrating your Irish heritage or just joining in on the fun, these St. Patrick's Day crafts are sure to bring your family fun and laughter. And isn't that what any holiday is supposed to be about?
So gather up your popsicle sticks, sequins, and glitter, and put your kids' creative minds to the test. We'd be excited to see what they come up with!