Two St. Patty’s Day crafts

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With Saint Patrick’s Day …. tomorrow! .… I have visions of corned beef and cabbage teasing me and Guinness Chocolate Cake. Oh, and I wanted to share some craft ideas.

Les crackers de tête à modeler – St. Patty’s Day style

We made these easy, fun crackers for Mardi Gras, and had so much fun, I thought we’d do them again for St. Patrick’s Day.  Mon Cœur (MC) jumped right in, filling them.

Materials:

  • Toilet paper tube (empty, obvi)
  • Tissue paper
  • Tape
  • Yarn/string
  • Filler

Directions:

I’ve labeled the steps with Maman (for what I did) and moi (for what MC did)

  • (Maman) Line three toilet paper tubes on a sheet of tissue paper.  The top and bottom tubes are just “place holders.”  
  • (moi)Tape the tissue paper to the middle one.  
  • (Maman et moi) Roll the tube and tape the other edge of tissue paper.  (Note: after trying to “pop” them previously, I wouldn’t advise rolling the tube more than twice with the tissue paper.)  
  • (Maman) Take a piece of yarn and tie the tissue paper around between the middle and bottom tubes.  Remove the bottom tube.  
  • (moi) Stuff the tube from the top with the filler.  
  • (Maman) Tie the second piece of yarn between the top and middle tube and remove the top tube.  Voilà!

We filled our tubes with gold coins, pompoms in the colors of the rainbow, homemade confetti, some candy, and a bunny.  

We made these on Sunday, and MC could not wait for tomorrow to start popping these…Although we’ve been able to save one for tomorrow!


The next craft we’ve done three different ways, so take your pick and make it!

Sun catcher with green and gold crayon shavings 

I liked this version, although the way that it’s made, it’s easy for tissue paper to fall out along the edges.

Materials:

  • crayon shavings
  • tissue paper (optional)
  • wax paper
  • construction paper
  • scissors
  • tape/glue
  • iron and towels

Directions:

  • Make and cut out a shamrock outline
  • Prepare crayon shavings and tissue paper (if using)
  • Cut two square pieces of wax paper that will cover the shamrock outline
  • Place crayon shavings on one piece of wax paper, then cover with the other.
  • Cover wax paper with a thin cloth or towel
  • Place iron over top and melt crayon pieces
  • Let cool
  • Glue the shamrock outline on the decorated wax paper, then cut the excess wax paper along outside.

Sun catcher with tissue paper

This version holds together better than the previous.

Materials:

  • tissue paper
  • wax paper
  • construction paper
  • scissors
  • glue
  • paintbrush

Directions:

  • Make and cut out a shamrock outline
  • Prepare tissue paper (cut into small pieces)
  • Cut two square pieces of wax paper that will cover the shamrock outline
  • With the paintbrush, glue tissue paper onto one piece of wax paper, then cover with the other.
  • Glue the shamrock outline on the decorated wax paper, then cut the excess wax paper along outside.

Sun catcher card with crayon shavings

This version worked out the best, as I was able to enclose the wax paper in the card, and nothing fell out.

Materials:

  • crayon shavings
  • wax paper
  • construction paper
  • scissors/exacto knife
  • tape/glue
  • iron and towels (if making with crayon shavings)

Directions:

  • Take an 8×10 card stock paper and fold in half, horizontally (or hamburger, if you will).
  • Draw a shamrock on the paper and cut out the shape using an exacto knife.
  • Prepare crayon shavings and tissue paper (if using)
  • Cut two square pieces of wax paper that will cover the shamrock outline
  • Place crayon shavings on one piece of wax paper, then cover with the other.
  • Cover wax paper with a thin cloth or towel
  • Place iron over top and melt crayon pieces
  • Let cool
  • Place decorated wax paper inside the card, and glue down on front and back.
  • Write desired greeting on the front of card.

MC enjoyed learning to iron, and liked sprinkling the crayon shavings on the wax paper.


What will you craft for St. Patrick’s Day?

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