March is just flying by, and I almost forgot to plan St. Patrick’s Day activities for the little ones in my family. If you’re feeling a little last minute like me, I hope you find these crafts and activities helpful and fun!
Crafting and creating with young people is a learning experience for kids and adults. I like to use the prep-time as teachable moments. I might tell a background story about St. Patrick’s Day, how the tradition began etc. If they’ve never been to Ireland or seen pictures I might bring out my laptop and show pictures first of where Ireland is on the map and then of photographs of the landscape. Kids seem instinctively interested in geography, place, contrast, and of course, pictures, so I like to nurture these interests from a young age. Then I’ll introduce the activity and ask my little ones what they think might work and what might not. If we’re using something new I always like to model using the materials. Then I sit back and watch them discover and learn from their experience.
All you need to make these cute Shamrock Prints are toilet paper holders and green paint! You can use these prints to decorate wrapping paper for a St. Patrick’s Day gift, to make a special card for parents and siblings who might be at work or at school, or just for fun. After making these prints if the kids are still interested I’ll add rainbow crayons and gold pom poms to create a multi-dimensional project.
Buttons and Burlap are some of my personal favorite crafting materials, so I have plenty on hand to share with my little ones. The combination creates a lovely wall hanging. This craft is best for school aged kids, since it requires a glue gun, but you could easily modify the project for younger children with paper and glue, or fabric and fabric glue.
I love button crafts! Maybe it’s because I love hot glue, or maybe it’s because buttons are so easy to work with. I just think buttons are some of the most friendly, pretty, versatile crafts materials to work with. I’ve used buttons to create quirky wreaths, adorn felt ornaments, greeting cards and scrapbook pages. I’d like to dedicate this post to button crafts I’ve never tried – and I’ve tried a lot. Hopefully there’s something here that will inspire you to get creative and use buttons in ways you haven’t thought of.
This artist created a new look by smashing her old buttons and layering them. I just love the effect. These smashed buttons make unique jewelry, but I think they’d be great for purse making and mixed media projects as well.
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Bring nature indoors as the weather cools down with this fun project! Kids and adults can enjoy creating these gorgeous trees to top boxes, add to a terrarium, or decorate a bookshelf. Use up old beads and buttons, or create a unique memento with collected shells or rocks. The possibilities are endless and the result is stunning.
What You Need:
Wire (we used 20 gauge wire cut into 18 inch pieces)
Grab something old and turn it into a sparkling new checkers game! This DIY can easily be adapted to whatever you have on hand. From old art pieces to cardboard boxes and from your ever-growing button stash to bottle caps, you can create a pretty game you’ll love to play.
With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to have my daughter make this Shamrock Button Art project to put on the mantel. She has really been in to crafting with buttons lately and was really excited when I brought out a bunch of green buttons for a project.
I traced the shamrock pattern onto the burlap frame and then she used the glue gun to glue all the buttons on. The easiest way to do this is to start by gluing the buttons around the outline first, then move into the middle. It is okay to glue buttons on top of one another to cover up all the burlap in your shamrock.
A few months ago my aunt gifted me with a couple of zip lock gallon baggies full of buttons. Teeny white ones, big fat vintage leather ones, colors and sizes galore. I love them and must admit that I’ve got them in pretty jars on my shelf so I can just stare at their gorgeousness. But I also love using buttons in usual ways in my crafting and decorating projects. I’ve been digging deep into pinterest for some ideas for all those buttons, here are a few of my favorites.
I can’t decide if I should make these for my daughter, or myself! So fun and funky! I love them! While they would definitely be a labor of love, they would also be a fantastic way to show off a special button collection. Cant wait to get started! How about you?
My little girl is currently growing her hair out and so we’re on the hunt for cute hair bobbles for those future pony tails and these are so fun! I love the idea of customizing them for different favorite outfits or just having a whole rainbow of button bands available for our morning hair sessions, but these would be super cute with vintage or sparkly shank buttons for special occasions. And best of all they are so fast! Who knew? Easy peasy even on a busy morning!
This is just a quick project to keep the idle hands busy once school lets out for the Holidays. The little ones can practice motor skills as they place the buttons on a sparkly pipe cleaner. Once they are done simply twist the wire into a circle. A quick gift for everyone on your list.
Simply place the buttons on the pipe cleaner by inserting it through any hole on the button. Continue to add buttons until you can make a circle with the buttons. Once all the buttons have been added, use one end of the pipe cleaner to twist around the other end to close the circle. Take the other end of the pipe cleaner and make a loop to use as a hanger. Tie a bow around the cleaner with ribbon to make it pretty.