Depending on your child’s age, allow him or her to do as much or as little as you are comfortable.
The Blarney Stone is actually a part of the Blarney Castle battlements near Cork, Ireland – but that does not mean you and your child can’t make your own to kiss for good luck! You will need some Plaster of Paris (or other air-drying molding compound), a mold and some acrylic paints. You can use any shape mold you like. You can use the inside of a Styrofoam plate, the bottom of a disposable plastic cup or cardboard box – or any kind of container from which you can easily remove the plaster once it sets. Mix and pour the plaster according to package directions and place into the mold. Once it has dried, paint it a bluish gray and paint words like “Blarney Stone” or “Kiss Me!” on the edges. Once the paint dries, you’re done!
What says St. Patrick’s Day better than shamrocks and four-leaf clovers? For this wall-hanging you will need construction paper (green, of course!), scissors and (optional) green or gold or silver glitter, craft glue, a hole-punch and a paper clip, or tape. Draw or print a large shamrock or four-leaf clover shape onto a piece of green construction paper and cut out with scissors. Have your child decorate with his or her name, in pen or with glue and glitter, or just paint free-form on it with the glue then sprinkle the glitter. You can either hang it with tape or punch a hole in the top and bend the paperclip into a hook to hang from the ceiling or a nail.
If shamrocks aren’t your style, how about a Pot of Gold? The materials are the same as above except you will need black construction paper and gold glitter and a white crayon for drawing on the paper. Draw a kettle/cauldron shape, with or without feet on the paper, with a mound on the top that resembles a pile of coins. Cut it out and fill the coin area completely with glue and gold glitter. Child’s name can be glittered onto the kettle itself. Hang as with the shamrock described above.
If you want to make an afternoon of it, why not make a St. Patrick’s Day Banner to string up? You’ll need all the same materials as above, plus yarn or string or at least 2 dozen paperclips. Make several of the shapes described above (you can also make “leprechaun hats”). You want at least 10 pieces, total. Using the holepunch, put holes in each side of each piece. Tie all of them together with yarn or connect with paperclips hooked together. Hang each end on a screw or nail.
This last idea is a little more complicated and requires totally different materials. You and your child can make a faux stained glass Leprechaun! You will need some translucent craft paint in green, black, peach, yellow, pink and orange (the kind with a pointed tip for writing is best), a mirror that can be laid flat, lotion, a pencil, wax paper and a removable adhesive (rubber cement will work if placed when still wet). With a pencil, firmly sketch a basic leprechaun shape (head & hat or full body) on the mirror. Pour a small bit of lotion on your finger and use it to “grease” the mirror inside your sketch, being careful not to smudge the lines too much. Using the peach paint, fill in the face area (and hands, if it’s full body). Switch to orange for the hair and/or beard. Use green for the hat (and suit). Add black for the band on the hat, yellow for the buckle, black again for the eyes and nose (and shoes), pink for the mouth. Make sure to only squeeze the paint onto the greased area. Paint should be thick, but not so thick it runs! Allow it to dry for several hours. Gently remove from mirror and remove lotion with a paper towel. Apply removable adhesive to the back and stick to a window.