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ShamROCKS and Gold Nuggets St Patrick’s Day Crafts

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.

Completed shamrock and gold nugget painted rocks on a grey wood surface as an example of St Patrick's Day crafts ideas.

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.

If you also love rock painting, be sure to explore our Christmas themed painted rocks, painted mandala hearts or our summer time shark painted rocks for more ideas.

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!

A small cement pot filled with gold painted rocks surrounded by rocks with shamrocks painted onto them.

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.

Materials Needed:

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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:

Supplies needed for this Saint Partick's Day craft idea.

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. 

Painting a rock with gold paint.

Instructions for painting shamrocks on rocks:

Using festive green, paint one small heart shape as shown.

One small green heart painted onto a round gray rock as the start of the shamrock St. Patrick's Day craft idea.

Paint a second heart shape as shown.

Two small green hearts painted on to the beach rock.

Paint a third heart shape as shown on the opposite side.

Painting three small hearts as the petals of the shamrock.

Connect all three hearts and carefully paint one stem with the tip of the paint brush.

Painting the first layer of the shamrock on a round grey beach stone.

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.

Blending two green paint colors to make the green painted shamrocks on a beach stone.

Using sour apple, paint highlights to the tops of each shamrock leaf.  Leave to dry.

Nearly completed painted shamrock on a small round beach stone.

And that’s it! You can quickly create a whole field of clovers and pot of gold nuggets!

Several gold painted rocks and stones with painted shamrocks on a white surface.

Looking for more St Patrick’s Day crafts?

Here are some additional Saint Patrick’s Day crafts to explore:

We hope you have a wonderful and lucky St. Patrick’s Day!

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Collage of images showing the completed painted gold nuggets and shamrock stones for St. Patrick's Day.
Beach stones painted as gold nuggets and shamrocks as examples of st. patrick's day crafts

ShamROCKS and Gold Nuggets for St Patrick’s Day

Jane and Sonja
Make these festive shamrocks and gold nugget painted rocks just in time for St. Paddy’s day.
5 from 1 vote

Materials
  

  • Decoart Americana Metallics in Old Gold, Sour Apple and Festive Green
  • Medium sized acrylic paint brush
  • Fine tipped acrylic paint brush
  • Rocks with rough and jagged edges, small to medium sized, approx. ¾” diameter
  • Rocks with a smooth surface in assorted sizes

Instructions
 

  • 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!
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