Guest Author - Deborah L. Kompare
Ok, I’m not Irish, but this holiday does give you some cute ways to celebrate. There are rainbows, leprechauns, shamrocks and parades to celebrate. I hope this article gives you some ideas to get started celebrating this fun holiday.
First, one of the things most people think of when you mention St. Patrick’s Day is leprechauns. You could use a paper plate and make a leprechaun mask. I have also heard of some really cute suggestions to make a leprechaun trap. Yes, it could be something as simple as a shoe box that is propped up with a stick that has a string tied to it (and if you see that leprechaun in the trap, pull it quickly!!) Have some fun decorating the “trap” and let me know what you catch in the forum. If you don’t catch your own leprechaun, here is a link that will help you make one to display:
Would you like to give flowers, and of course, shamrocks, to someone special? Check out this cute corsage at MakingFriends.com. It does not seem difficult to make, and can be adapted for several different holidays. Simply change the flowers and colors and you could create beautiful corsages for several
I’ve always thought of St. Patrick’s Day as one of the holidays that we celebrate with the absolute intention of having fun. I live near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and there is always a nice parade in town, as well as in some communities to celebrate this holiday. Almost everyone has something on that is green, and fun. Do you like to wear headbands? Looking for an easy way to wear green? Again, MakingFriends.com has a creative solution to your quest:
One last idea is to celebrate that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. You could do something as simple as drawing a rainbow on a sturdy piece of poster board and color/paint the rainbow, with it’s pot of gold at the end. Feeling a bit more adventurous? Try cutting small pieces of construction paper to fill in the rainbow like a mosaic. Another idea would be to have tissue paper cut into small pieces. Put glue onto the poster board, in small sections at a time. Wrap the tissue paper around the eraser end of a pencil and place this onto the poster board. Keep the tissue paper pieces close together to cover the area. This produces a very nice effect. Do you have younger children at home? Let them make their rainbow out of handprints placed in a rainbow pattern. It’s a bit messy putting paint onto their hands, but you could also trace the outlines onto construction paper and glue the handprints onto poster board.
Please feel free to stop by the forum and let us know if you have tried any of these crafts, or let us know some of your favorites. I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas.