Celebrate St Patrick’s Day with Crafts, Foods and Fun

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day with Food, Fun and Crafts
By Beth Engelman
From Mommyonashoestring.com

St Patrick’s Day is around the corner and that can mean only one thing, it’s time to celebrate with a tip of our hat to shamrocks, leprechauns, and lots of green food coloring. Did you know that if you catch a leprechaun, he MUST give you his pot of gold?

Leprechaun Trap
Mischief abounds with this tricky trap that is not what it seems. A paper-mâché shoe sits atop a disguised “hollow” box.

Materials: An old shoe, aluminum foil, newspaper, Mod Podge, paint, construction paper, ribbon and an empty cardboard box.

Directions:

To Make the Paper-Mâché Shoe:
• Cover an old shoe with aluminum foil to make a mold. If you don’t have an old shoe, visit your favorite second hand store!
• Cover the aluminum shoe mold with Mod Podge and newspaper. Allow “shoe” to dry for at least 24 hours.
• Paint the shoe or cover it with decorative paper. Add shoe straps with ribbon or additional paper-mâché.
• Do a little dance because the shoe is so cute…it rivals Jimmy Choo!

To Make the “Hollow” Box
• Remove the top of an old box.
• Cover the entire box with construction paper so it looks like a solid box.

Position the Trap
• Place the shoe on top of the box.
• When the Leprechaun sees the shoe, he will want to fetch it (since he is a cobbler by trade). Unfortunately for the Leprechaun, when he hops up onto the box to get the shoe, he will fall into the hollow box and get trapped.
A really fun follow up to this activity, is to hide the shoe while your children are asleep. In the morning they will be amazed to see the trap was touched and the shoe is missing! You might even leave a surprise treat or leprechaun written-note as a way of congratulating your children on their fine effort. I recommend signing each note, “better luck next time,” as a way of keeping the tradition alive for years to come.

“Potato” Candies
Satisfy your sweet tooth with these yummy candies that look like potatoes and taste like cheesecake!
Ingredients
1/4 cup butter
8 oz low-fat cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 1/2 cups flaked coconut (optional)
2- 3 tablespoons cinnamon

Directions
Beat butter and cream cheese together until smooth. Add the vanilla and confectioners’ sugar and continue to mix until smooth. If desired, mix in the coconut. Roll into balls or potato shapes, and roll in the cinnamon. Place onto a cookie sheet and chill to set. If desired, roll potatoes in cinnamon again for darker color!

Make Green Bath Bombs
(Or at least a fizzy green one!)
Thanks to Megan from Metropolis Bath and Body for this delightful idea that will turn your kids bathtub into a green river!
Ingredients
2 parts baking soda
1 part cornstarch
1 part citric acid (optional, but helps the fizz ~available at most grocery stores)
1-2 tsp vegetable oil *
green food coloring
*If the fizz balls don’t seem to stay together well add more vegetable oil to bond the ingredients together.

Directions
Mix all of the dry ingredients together then add oil. Carefully add the green food coloring, making sure not to add too much which would activate the baking soda. Roll into balls and let dry on wax paper Drop 1-2 fizz balls into the bath and watch the green fizz go!

“Do the Mashed Potato” Buffet
Thank you to entertaining hostess Jeanne Benedict for this terrific idea.
Create a mashed potato buffet with usual and unusual toppings. Here are some of my family’s faves….
• Cheese slices (Cheddar, Swiss, Parmesan, etc)
• Low-fat sour cream
• Turkey bacon bits
• Chopped chicken
• Spinach soufflé
• Chives
• Sunflowers seeds
• Italian Dressing
• Cottage cheese
• Broccoli
• Teriyaki chicken breast slices

Lucky Crayons
Do you have a pile of broken crayons that have seen better days? Do you struggle to explain to you children that just because the crayons are broken, they still work? Give your kids good luck and your crayons a second chance with this easy and inexpensive craft. Gather a pile of green, yellow and blue crayons (in honor of St Patrick’s Day). Peel the papers off the crayons. Break the crayons into 1-inch pieces. Place crayons in a muffin tin (sprayed with non-stick spray) or letter molds (available at most craft stores). If using a letter mold spell out the word LUCK! Place in an oven at 150 degrees for 15 minutes. Allow to cool. Carefully pop the crayons out of the mold! Your kids will love their new lucky green crayons and you will love knowing no crayons were hurt to make this craft! A word of caution: PLEASE hand wash the tins / mold after use. Do not place any crayons remnants in your dishwasher!!!!

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Guest Project: St. Patrick’s Day Cone for Kids

Suzie Button of Suzie Button Creations sent over this great project for St. Patrick’s Day. Use party hats to create hanging treat cones for the kids (or adults) this St. Patrick’s Day. These would also make great party favors. Hang from the backs of chairs if you are having people over for a meal this St. Patrick’s Day. Find the full project here.

Guest Post: Eco-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day

[Editorial Note: I’m posting this on behalf of Celebrate Green! Info at bottom]

March can be a drab month–waiting for winter to end and the first signs of spring to emerge. That’s why, whether you’re Irish or not, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day is a cool idea–especially if you make it eco! Here are some simple, fun, affordable ideas for you and the family that will make those not included green with envy!

  1. Gather your friends and neighbors for your own St. Patrick’s Day walking parade. Whether it’s around a cul de sac or down a street or two, you’re sure to have a great time if you dress in green and wish everyone the luck ‘o the Irish as you pass by! Encourage participants to make hats out of whatever they have around the house or before the parade, ask guests to bring an old white/beige t-shirt and meet at your house. Cut shamrock shapes into potatoes and stamp on the shirts with eco-friendly fabric paints.
  2. Decorate at least one room in the house with the spirit ‘o the green. Gather everything green you have lying around from books to clothing to flower pots etc., even green sheets. Set the timer for ten minutes and let the kids decorate the room. Then have a party there! Put on some Irish music, learn a jig and celebrate.
  3. Skip the corned beef. It’s not really Irish anyway! (According to the History Chanel, no one in Ireland ate this except for a few royals. But when the Irish immigrated to New York’s lower East side, they were looking for a cheaper alternative to bacon and probably learned about corned beef from their Jewish neighbors.) Since one of the most Earth-friendly habits you can get into is eating less (or no) beef, focus on the veggies. Cabbage is great if people like it, but if they don’t, potatoes are usually a favorite.  How about setting up a potato bar and color the taters green with pureed veggies like kale, spinach, arugula, or pea pods. Add spice with green salsa or more interesting taste with sage.
  4. End a party or St. Pat’s family dinner with homemade organic oatmeal cookies and pistachio, lime or mint ice cream/sherbert/sorbet.
  5. For evening entertainment, borrow or rent A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. The story centers on an Irish immigrant family in Brooklyn in the 1900’s and their young daughter’s struggle to stay positive in the midst of poverty. Better yet, choose to start reading the book of the same name on St. Patrick’s Day.
  6. If you want to enjoy the occasion with a touch of beer, always a St. Paddy’s Day favorite, check out the many organic alternatives.
  7. A few quick, easy, no waste games for your gathering:
  8. See how many words two teams can make from the longest place name in Ireland: Muckanaghederdauhaulia
  9. Have everyone try to guess the meaning of Irish words like: handfasting, sean-nos, or a jaunting car. Answers and more words are here.
  10. Here’s an Irish children’s game: One child is Mr. Fox and the other children line the wall. Mr. Fox stands about 10 feet away with his back turned. The children in the line say, “What time is it Mr. Fox?” He replies, “one o’clock.” Then the children walk slowly toward the fox, repeating the question and answer until the Fox says, “Dinner time.” The fox chases everyone back to the wall. It anyone is tagged, he/she is now the Fox.

Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson are mother and daughter and co-authors of Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family, available at www.CelebrateGreen.net

Guest Post: Lucky the Leprechaun Terrarium

St. Patrick’s Day isn’t the craftiest of holidays for me.  Let’s face it.  How many shamrocks can you stand to make out of green construction paper?  I’d much rather be cooking corned beef and drinking a tall mug of Guinness!

But since Caley (one of the editors of FaveCraft) asked me to provide a St. Patrick’s day DIY, how could I say no?  Last year, I had the opportunity to actually meet Caley in the most unlikely of places.  DUBLIN IRELAND!  I was there for the U2 concert and she had emailed me about contributing to the website.  We ended up having tea in Temple Bar and talked a lot about what influenced our crafting.

So I guess it’s fate that since we met in Ireland I’m providing a St. Patrick’s Day DIY.  The only thing I could think of was a terrarium.  I’d made one with a little fimo clay gnome some years back and I thought switching out the gnome for Lucky the Leprechaun would be perfect.  However, living a mile high in a little town in Montana doesn’t exactly provide one with a wealth of houseplants for a terrarium.  How about NO plants at all!  Not this time of year.  I was reduced to using some dried moss I’d stored away from a trip to Idaho and running to the grocery store for alfalfa sprouts!    That’s what living in a small town does to you.  You learn to improvise and use what you have!

This is a simple project and one that soon sparked my own imagination when I thought it’d also be fun to start your own indoor sprout herb garden.

Lucky is easy to create.  You’ll need green orange, black, yellow, and flesh colored clay to create Lucky.  And if you’re wanting to create the rainbow for the pot of gold, you’ll need white, blue and red clay.  I found a little glass jar at the thrift store.  If you’re actually making a terrarium you’ll need some carbon (found at pet stores) and some potting soil and a small houseplant.

Construct Lucky.  I’m sure most of you can look at him and figure it out for yourself, but I’ll write the instructions anyway.  Remember to wash your hands when changing to different colors of clay as they can intermingle with each other.  I rolled out the hat in green clay to look like a tall cylinder.  Then pinched out the bottom brim.  Roll out a thin small piece of black clay . Flatten down and wrap around the top portion of the hat.  Then make a yellow buckle.  I formed a tiny square, flattened it and used a toothpick to shape the outline of the buckle.

Using flesh colored clay, roll out a ball that will be Lucky’s head.  Make a couple of eyes with black clay and a nose from the flesh colored clay.  I simply rolled out two small balls of black and one of flesh.  Then attached them by pressing down with a toothpick.

Now, you’ll want to make the body.  Pinch off a large portion of the green clay for Lucky’s chest and roll it into a large square shape.  Pinch off four smaller pieces of green clay and mold them into two arms (sleeves) and two legs (pants).  Attach them all together.  Pinch off one small piece of black clay for Lucky boots.  Attach this to the bottom of his pants and roll the end of a toothpick in the middle to make it look like a pair of boots.  Next roll out two small pieces of flesh colored clay and roll into balls.  Attach under his sleeves as his hands.  The beard is made of orange clay and shaped by making a long ‘V”.  Attach it to Lucky’s face, use your toothpick to make his mouth and use the ends of the toothpick by dragging it on the clay to make it add ‘hair’ texture.

Make your pot of gold by rolling out a ball of black clay and pinching the top out for the rim of the pot.  Then roll out a small piece for the handle and attach.  Make tiny balls of gold and put them inside the pot.  Make your rainbow by rolling out different colors.  Attach all together and flatten.  Then attach the rainbow over the pot of gold.

There you have it!  Lucky the Leprechaun Terrarium -or- Herb Garden!

Erin Go Bragh!

xo,

Maize Hutton
www.maizehutton.blogspot.com

How to: Throw a St. Patrick’s Day Party

While St. Patrick’s Day is exactly a week away, you may be celebrating this weekend with a night on the town or better yet, a party at your own home. This Saturday and Sunday, many cities will be holding their St. Patrick’s Day parades and festivals. After attending one of these events, invite some friends over for a St. Patrick’s Day party. To help you prepare, I’ve put together some tips on how to throw a St. Patrick’s Day party. Even if you are planning a quiet night at home with the family, you can still get a little festive with these ideas!

St. Patricks Day Party Ideas:

  • Invite friends to wear green to the party. As the party host, make a shamrock pin with felt, crochet or fabric yo-yos. Wear some lovely green and gold beaded jewelry.
  • Replace your outdoor/porch light with a green-tinted light bulb to help direct guests to the right house.
  • Hand out homemade “Kiss me I’m Irish” buttons to party guests, like the one shown above. The buttons make for fun party favors. You can also use the buttons as prizes for party games (see end of list).
  • Make a simple centerpiece with a square box turned into a Leprechaun Hat. Search through old gift boxes for an appropriate sized box. Turn the box over so that the lid forms the brim of the hat. Paint the box bright green. Once dry, remove the box from the lid and paint a band of black around the top. Add a square gold buckle on the front. When dry, replace box on lid.
  • For an even simpler centerpiece, make a Leprechaun’s Pot of Gold. Fill a small black cauldron left over from Halloween with gold chocolate coins. For a bit of fun, paint a rainbow on a large rectangle of paper and hang over the pot of gold.
  • Use a small heart rubber stamp and green ink to create shamrocks for adorning napkins, paper plates and other party accessories. Stamp three hearts with the points nearly connected and painted a curved line for the stem.
  • Cut out felt shamrocks in green, orange and white (the colors of the Irish flag), punch small holes on each side and string onto twine to create a St. Patrick’s Day party garland.
  • String green Christmas lights from the walls or wrap around an indoor tree.
  • Create a green party punch. In a large bunch bowl, mix 1/2 gallon lime sherbet with 2 liters of ginger ale or lemon-lime soda.
  • For those drinking at the party, you can serve a traditional Irish beer, such as Guinness, and a cheap, light beer which you can dye green with a drop or two of green food coloring.
  • Make shamrock cookies with green icing. If you don’t have a shamrock cookie-cutter, connect the points of three hearts together and add a small stem before baking.
  • Get competitive with an Irish Trivia/St. Patrick’s Day party game. For example “When was the first St. Patrick’s Day Parade?” The team with the closest answer wins. Answer: The first St. Patrick’s Day Parades were not in Ireland, but in Boston (1737) and New York (1762).

New Pattern Monday: Luck of the Irish Crafts

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up in just a few weeks, you’ll want to get your favorite green decor out before it’s too late. At FaveCrafts, we have several new St. Patty’s patterns that will show off your Irish heritage, or just your love for St. Patrick’s Day. Because on St. Patty’s Day, everyone is Irish!

Easy Crochet Shamrock

Good Luck Charm Bag

Beaded Shamrock Necklace

Guest Towel for St. Patrick’s Day

Check out my previous Holiday Crochet Round-Up for more St. Patrick’s Day crochet patterns from bloggers like you. Also, be sure to visit the St. Patty’s section at FaveCrafts for more great projects.

Home Decor Tuesday: Patterns from Our Sister Site

Some of you may or may not know this, but we have a new sister site called AllFreeCrochet a website dedicated to the best free crochet patterns, tutorials, tips and articles on crochet. Find all varieties and skills levels, from easy to crochet afghan patterns to complex Tunisian crochet patterns. All the patterns on this site are truly amazing and you can make whatever you wish.

Decorating your home with crochet patterns leaves you with many options. You can get your crochet hook out and get crafty. One of my favorite home decor crochet patterns is jute cord door mat. This is an easy crochet pattern anyone can make. It sets the tone for your living room or walk-in area. Welcome your guests with a lovely crochet pattern.

Here are some more home decorating ideas:

Rugs:
Accent Rug
Racetrack Rug
Loop Flower Rug

Pillows:
Cozy Cottage Crochet Popcorn Pillow
Petal Pillows

Organization:
Crochet Work Basket
Recycled CD Rolled Edge Basket

How to Make St. Patrick’s Day Crafts

St. Patrick’s day is exactly a month away which gives you just the right amount of time to get all your crafts together and prepare something fun for this holiday. Even if you’re not Irish you can still pretend to be for the day. All the festivities that go on really excited me. My favorite is when they dye the Chicago river green, it’s just a really neat tradition you look forward to each year. You get to watch all the parades on TV and see the cool costumes people are wearing. I like the tall green hats and the buttons that say “Kiss me I’m Irish.” I’m fifty percent Irish so I have a good time with this holiday. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make something crafty for St. Patrick’s day. Here are some really easy and cheap St. Patrick’s day crafts you can make in no time.

St. Patrick’s Day Jewelry– I remember when I was young and on the poms squad. We got to walk in the Chicago parade presenting our dances and cheers. It was so much fun. Our team got crafty and made our own jewelry to sport in that parade. Most of the jewelry entailed were bracelets. They were so easy to make. All you need is some thin thread or fishing wire, beads of your choice, of course we used green beads for Patty’s day. You can make an even better bracelet if you use multiple shades of green beads. They also have the specialty beads with the green shamrocks on them. All you need to do is tie a big enough knot on the thread to hold the beads then string the beads on. Once all your beads are on you tie the two ends of the thread together and there you go. You now have a nice St. Patrick’s day bracelet you can wear out. This is a perfect craft for kids to make as it’s nice and easy.

Irish Buttons– If you want to wear your Irish buttons then you might as well make them yourself. Buy a plain button, some construction paper, shamrock stickers and glitter. Cut the construction paper in a round circle so it’ll go over the button perfectly then glue it on. Wait for it to dry before you add anything else. Once it is dry you can add your sticker to the center of the button or you can even add multiple stickers all over the button depending on how big it is. You can then use a glue stick to swipe some glue anywhere on the button to cover it in glitter. You will be sparkling all day long.

Green Hair Accessories– These were really fun to make too. Again, nice for kids to help out with. Get one of those metal barrettes that snap on one end and some wrapping ribbon. If this is for St. Patrick’s day, you can get different shades of green ribbon or green and white. You can then glue one end of the ribbon on the top of the barrette. Continue to do this in alternating colors until you reach the end of the barrette. Once this is all dry you can then take another piece of ribbon and glue it over the other pieces of ribbon so they’re covered nicely. When you’re ready, you then curl the ribbon so it creates a nice bounce. This is a fun craft that’s wearable for any St. Patrick’s day.

Favorites Friday: St. Patrick’s Day

As a current inhabitant of Dublin, I am particularly excited about St. Patrick’s Day (even if none of my Irish friends are). This will be my second St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland, and I plan on doing a better job this time around of attending events in the four-day-festival the city now holds. Though I will probably avoid the drunken chaos of the Dublin parade, I have to hear some traditional Irish music and see some Irish games (hurling, Gaelic football). In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, here are our favorite St. Patrick’s Day craft projects from all over:

My Picks

Kraken Crafts (love the name!) shows us that lovely St. Patrick’s Day crafts can also be easy. She made this shamrock garland with the help of fusible interfacing.

Shamrock Garland from Kraken Craft

Shamrock Garland from Kraken Craft

This St. Patrick’s Day Afghan knitting pattern is a really neat project from the Aranknits list. Each month, someone different designed an Irish-inspired afghan block, until there were 16 different blocks to make up the afghan for St. Patrick’s Day.

Recycled aluminum cans are used to create a shiny leprechaun hat and shamrocks. The assemblage by Aluminous Publishing makes a lovely St. Patrick’s Day centerpiece. Yay for green crafting!

St. Patrick's Day Centerpiece by Aluminous Publishing

St. Patrick’s Day Centerpiece by Aluminous Publishing

Mindy’s Picks

Try making these shamrock boutonnieres from Martha Stewart. She does everything so well.

Shamrock Boutonnieres from Martha Stewart

Shamrock Boutonnieres from Martha Stewart

Wish a friend luck with this St. Patrick’s Day clover card from carriescards Etsy shop.

Lucky Card from Carries Cards

Lucky Card from Carrie’s Cards

Kelly’s Picks

This cute fabric Shamrock tutorial posted at Sunshine’s Creations is made by creating yo yos – so easy and really great to use as decorations. The site suggests making garland out of them!

Fabric Shamrock made with Yo Yos by Sunshine Creations

Fabric Shamrock made with Yo Yos by Sunshine Creations

This sparkly Four Leaf Clover Brooch by A Fanciful Twist  is so bright and colorful I think you could wear it to bring you luck all year long!

Sparkly Clover Brooch by A Fanciful Twist

Sparkly Clover Brooch by A Fanciful Twist

Guest Blogger Video: St. Patrick’s Day Treats

Our favorite stampin’ lady is back with another great video for FaveCrafts! Dawn Griffith, from Stampin’ Up has made an excellent video tutorial of this adorable St. Patrick’s Day project – a cute candy wrapper for your luckiest friends and family members! Please make sure you check out Dawn’s Blog, Dawn’s Stamping Thoughts, and her other great video tutorials. To see the last project Dawn did for us, click here.