From leprechaun beards to shamrock hats, a few simple crafts can turn you from a spectator into a participant at a St. Patrick’s Day parade or party.
“Kids especially like something they can wave, and to join in on the festivities,” says Joy Howard, associate editor of FamilyFun magazine.
The crafts should be easy because St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t have a big build-up like Christmas, says Marianne Canada, host of HGTV.com’s Weekday Crafternoon series (www.hgtv.com/weekday-crafternoon ).
“You don’t want to invest a whole lot of time and money into that day, but you want to do something,” she says.
Here are four craft ideas, beginning with something silly: the leprechaun beard — a twist on the ubiquitous moustache on a stick.
Start by printing (or eyeballing) FamilyFun’s online beard template from March 2013, at www.parents.com/familyfun-magazine/ .
Cut that shape out of faux fur and a piece of corrugated cardboard (with the flutes running vertically). Glue the fur to the cardboard. Add a small amount of glue to the end of a bamboo skewer and insert it into a center flute of the cardboard cutout.
Yes, it’s that simple. Use different types and colors of faux fur (green is good) and devise your own beard shapes for variety, says Howard.
She also recommends decorating cheap plastic sunglasses with green faux fur and attaching them to a skewer. Or decorate sunglasses with washi tape or duct tape in various patterns and colors.
“Furry green glasses — now that is fun and whimsical,” says Howard.
From FamilyFun’s current issue comes this idea: the Glad Hatter, made from a dinner-size paper plate. Small children can decorate these paper hats with paint, markers, crayons or glitter.
To make the hat, draw a circle 1¾ inches from the edge of the plate. Fold the plate in half and draw half of a shamrock shape along the fold inside the circle, with the base of the shamrock touching the circular line you drew. Cut out the shamrock shape (not its base) and the rest of the circle, to make a head hole. Bend the shamrock up. Widen the head hole as needed. Decorate.