These days, our wild St. Patrick’s Day activities (think green beer and Bailey’s) have been traded for kid-friendly fun. We’ve gathered up a bunch of festive St. Paddy’s Day crafts and activities that will get your crew excited about the holiday, whether you’ve got preschoolers or older kids. Keep reading to find your favorite. 

1. Handprint Rainbow Painting

Let your little leprechauns get messy with this cute creation from Kids Craft Room. They’ll have fun experimenting with paint colors and making different shapes. To get the scoop on how it’s done, click here.

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2. Rainbow Shamrock Decoration

Break out the tissue paper to make this colorful craft from Rockabye Butterfly. The shamrock is covered with tissue paper flowers, then topped off with rainbow streamers to make the perfect St. Patrick’s Day decoration. Click here to get the details.

3. Paper Plate Leprechaun Mask

If you’ve got paper plates and paint on hand, you’re all set to make a leprechaun mask like this one from Kids Craft Roo. Complete with a leprechaun’s signature hat and ginger beard, kids will have a blast wearing their creations around the house. To see the step-by-step instructions, click here.

photo: Sara Olsher

4. DIY Fairy Garden

The Irish have a long-standing relationship with The Little People of lore, and the leprechaun is one of the most famous this time of year. Craft a fairy garden for your little visitors using houseplants, doll furniture and more. Click here to learn how to DIY it for the wee folk.

5. Marzipan Rainbows

Chasing a rainbow is not as tricky as it seems, thanks to Craft Knife’s clever use of marzipan in place of clay to make lucky rainbows. Best part? They can actually eat their creations without getting sick. Learn more by clicking here.

6. Pencil Stamp Shamrock

This project from No Little Peanut is elementary for a tot of any age. Kids can fine-tune their motor skills by stamping in the lines or free-forming a shamrock! See more pictures and read about their sweet St. Patrick's party here.

7. Lucky Shirts

Use Multiples and More's idea to create special shirts just for St. Patrick's Day. Crafty kids can glue on sparkly rhinestones or use alphabet stamps to personalize their shirts. Click here to see the instructions.

8. Paper Boutonnieres

Jazz up your St. Patrick's Day outfit with a homemade boutonniere. Hop over to Family Chic to learn how to make these cuties out of cupcake liners.

9. Marshmallow Rainbow

Kids can make a sweet rainbow out of colorful mini marshmallows—and maybe snack on a few while they're at it. Head over to No Time for Flashcards to get the instructions.

10. Pots o' Gold and Rainbows

Hide pots of gold around the house with this cute craft from Willowday. All you need to pull it off is a paper cup and some colorful ribbons. Click here to get the scoop.

photo: Abbey Hendrickson via flickr

11. Rainbow Paper Chain

This simple take on the classic paper chain from your elementary-school days becomes totally festive by making it rainbow. Decorate your house for pennies with a little tape and an array of colored construction paper.

12. Shamrock Suncatchers

Hands On As We Grow came up with this light-catching craft that's perfect for tiny tots. Kids can go wild arranging tissue paper and glitter, then just keep it in place with contact paper. Click here to see how it's done.

13. Painted Rainbows

For a simple craft that even the littlest kids will enjoy, paint abstract rainbows with cotton balls. This cute idea from In Lieu of Preschool is also a great opportunity to teach kids about the colors of the rainbow. To get the details, click here.

14. Toilet Paper Roll Leprechauns

How adorable is this little guy from Moments of Mommyhood? Put your old toilet paper rolls to good use by crafting wee leprechauns to display around the house. Click here to see the instructions.

15. Satin Shamrock Headbands

Your little girl can rock a St. Patrick's Day-appropriate hairstyle with this awesome idea from Club Chica Circle. Older kids can help burn the edges of the satin to give it a curled look, while younger ones can cut out the shamrock shapes and glue the pieces together. Get the how-to by clicking here.

What’s your favorite St. Patrick’s Day craft? Tell us in the comments below. 

—Katie Ludin, Susie Foresman & Amber Guetebier

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