The traditional festivities around St. Patrick’s Day involve green beer and corn beef and cabbage for many people, but it may just be kids that have the most fun with the holiday. Who can resist getting creative with clothes and accessories to avoid getting pinched? This American tradition is thought to have started in the early 1700s. Because “St. Patrick’s revelers thought wearing green made one invisible to leprechauns, fairy creatures who would pinch anyone they could see (anyone not wearing green),” said the Christian Science Monitor. “People began pinching those who didn’t wear green as a reminder that leprechauns would sneak up and pinch green-abstainers.”
But green attire is just the beginning. In honor of National Craft Month and little leprechauns everywhere, check out these fun St. Patty’s Day crafts to get you in the spirit.
1. Give a Little Luck
Whether you’re having a St. Patrick’s Day-themed get-together or just want to create something festive with the kids, these shamrock-filled mini pots will bring a few smiles—and maybe some good luck.
If you’re doing this in advance, you can buy a few packets of shamrock seeds. Or, search your neighborhood for a patch of clover that’s sprouted up (your neighbors probably won’t mind you picking their weeds). These mini pots make the perfect receptacle.
2. Set a Trap for a Leprechaun
One of the newer and most fun traditions on St. Patrick’s Day is making a leprechaun trap. There are thousands of options to choose from, but this leprechaun trap bundt cake may just be our favorite (any trap you get to eat is probably going to be near the top of our list!). Plus, IT HAS A RAINBOW INSIDE. A rainbow. Inside. We need to come up with a reason to make this every week.
Don’t forget to buy some chocolate coins for the leprechaun to leave behind.
3. Make it Nutritious
But before you break out the sweets, make sure the kids have a healthy lunch — a healthy lunch in the form of a leprechaun bento, to be precise. This fun and nutritious meal is sure to be gobbled down since the sandwich is shaped like a leprechaun, complete with matchstick carrot hair and beard and cheese slices cut in the shape of shamrocks.
4. Create a Colorful Beverage
To Drink? A rainbow crush ice, of course. This creative—and beautiful—drink will amaze and hydrate your little ones. And, they can help make it too. The trick? Pouring different colored drinks (try Gatorade in different flavors, or Gatorade G8 if want to avoid sugar) into ice trays and letting them freeze ahead of time. Once they set up completely, put like colors in plastic bags and shatter by smashing with a hammer. Take your crushed ice and pour into glasses, and, voila!—you’ve made a little magic.