If St. Patrick’s Day caught you by surprise this year (isn’t it still January?) you are not alone. Or maybe your living room already looks as festive as a store window, and you’re simply looking for new ways to get the kids making shamrock decorations and leprechaun traps. Either way, we’re here for you. It’s time to gather the green art supplies and safety scissors and start crafting up some St. Patrick’s Day splendor.
By gathering the fam for some simple St. Patrick’s Day crafts for the kids to put together themselves, you’re not just coming up with a new way to stave off boredom. You’re reveling in the spirit of the Emerald Isle! You’re also teaching everyone the value of being resourceful and making the very green move of making things instead of promoting the wasteful dollar-store industrial complex.
These St. Patrick’s Day crafts are kid-friendly (i.e., super-easy to make) — and they’re hella cute. So cute, in fact, you might even want to leave them up year-round. From a shamrock table runner to a very lucky penny sign to your very own pot of gold filled with Rolos (yep), it’s time to get crafty. Here are some of our favorite DIYs for St. Paddy’s Day this year.
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A version of this article was originally published in February 2016.