Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Shamrock Shapes

In honor of St. Patrick's day coming up in a few days, I thought I'd post some things related to this rather green celebration.  Every holiday that goes by I try to do crafts with my kids using the colors and themes of the season.  So needless to say I was pleased as punch yesterday, when my oldest, on her own, re-purposed some foam valentine stickers to make shamrock shapes to decorate some paper plates.  Yeah!  She's a mini me!  She and her sister both had fun gussying up both sides of the plates, only trouble for me now is choosing which side to proudly display on the fridge.  Here is their handy work.
three and four leaf clovers made from heart foam stickers
So that's a great thing to remember that heart shapes make great clovers when you put the tips end to end.  I have this heart shaped waffle maker that makes 5 mini hearts into a flower shape.  Now the wheels are already spinning on how they are going to get green shamrock waffles for breakfast on St. Patrick's day this Saturday.  
I was also looking around the interwebs for a few more craft ideas, and I found a few we want to try this week.  Here is the first one, found on a  blog at Silly Eagle Books using these same foam stickers to make a shamrock shaped stamp by gluing them to a recycled lid.

Heart shamrock stamper as created by Vanessa at "Silly Eagle Books"
You can dip these in paint, a stamp pad, or even color over them with markers to transfer tons of fun shamrock shapes onto paper.  Matter of fact you could use any foam shape and make some easy stampers out of them.

Another great idea for a St. Patrick's day kid's craft are these beautiful shamrock sun catchers from the blog Serving Pink Lemonade.  (Ironically, it's snowing today, in mid March, so a few pretty sun catchers in the window might just do the trick to help get our minds on spring time).
Beautiful shamrock sun catchers from Jeanine and Amy from "Serving Pink Lemonade"
You can make these beauties using wax paper, crayon shavings, and an iron. Click on the link above for full instructions.  You could really use this technique for any upcoming holiday. We for one are up to our eyeballs in half broken and paperless crayons, thanks to one, tireless 4-year-old who should be hired on full time somewhere for her love of disassembling crayons and creating confetti.  Now we can put her crazy love of shredding to good use in a lovely craft project for the whole family.

Have fun with the kids this week and get creative!  It's not easy being green... or is it?!


Amy@ServingPinkLemonade said...

Great ideas! Thanks for the link.

Vanessa said...

your daughter did a great job! :)

vanessa @ silly eagle books

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