If you’re looking for some simple, nature-inspired St Patrick’s Day crafts then consider yourself lucky! We’ll show you how to make these festive shamrocks and gold nugget painted rocks just in time for St. Paddy’s day.
Easy St. Patrick’s Day Crafts
Although we love the joy and fun of this special day, the truth is, we don’t make nearly enough St Patrick’s day crafts. We’re determined to change that this year and have a little party with the kids. Keep scrolling to the end for additional easy St Patrick’s Day crafts for kids to help with as well.
Painting rocks has become one of our favourite crafts for just about any time of year and little gold nuggets are the perfect spring bling.
These painted green shamrocks and gold nuggets are a simple St Patricks Day craft idea that even preschoolers could help with. Give them a little pair of gloves and let them turn rocks into gold!
These painted rocks will look great as part of anyone’s St Patrick’s Day party decorations. So add some extra luck to your tablescape with a pot of gold and some green shamrocks. They’d be perfect alongside a plate of our green crinkle cookies!
Tips for painting on rocks:
- Protect your work surface before painting.
- Make sure your rocks are clean and dry before starting.
- Let paint dry fully between coats and when changing colors.
- Apply as many coats as necessary to achieve desired coverage.
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For Gold Nuggets:
- Decoart Americana Metallics in Old Gold
- Medium sized acrylic paint brush
- Rocks (with rough and jagged edges, small to medium sized, approx. ¾” diameter)
For Shamrock Painted Rocks:
- Decoart Americana Acrylics in Sour Apple and Festive Green
- Fine tipped acrylic paint brush
- Rocks (with a smooth surface in assorted sizes)
Instructions for painting gold nuggets:
With a brush, paint each jagged rock in old gold and put aside to dry before applying a second coat.
Instructions for painting shamrocks on rocks:
Using festive green, paint one small heart shape as shown.
Paint a second heart shape as shown.
Paint a third heart shape as shown on the opposite side.
Connect all three hearts and carefully paint one stem with the tip of the paint brush.
Dip the paint brush in sour apple and mix with water. Paint the inside of the shamrock leaving the edges in festive green still visible. Leave to dry.
Using sour apple, paint highlights to the tops of each shamrock leaf. Leave to dry.
And that’s it! You can quickly create a whole field of clovers and pot of gold nuggets!
Looking for more St Patrick’s Day crafts?
Here are some additional Saint Patrick’s Day crafts to explore:
- quick and easy decorative spheres with dollar store supplies;
- pretty and delicious rainbow Jello cups;
- this St. Patrick’s Day sensory bin idea is perfect for keeping the toddlers entertained;
- make an adorable leprechaun garden with the kids!
We hope you have a wonderful and lucky St. Patrick’s Day!
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ShamROCKS and Gold Nuggets for St Patrick’s Day
- To make gold nuggets, paint each jagged rock in Old Gold.
- To paint shamrocks on rock, use Festive Green and paint one small heart shape.
- Paint a second heart shape.
- Paint a third heart shape on the opposite side.
- Connect all three hearts and carefully paint one stem with the tip of the paint brush.
- Dip the paint brush in Sour Apple and mix with water. Paint the inside of the shamrock leaving the edges in festive green still visible.
- Using Sour Apple, paint highlights to the tops of each shamrock leaf.
- You can quickly create a whole field of clovers and pot of gold nuggets!