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Rainbows, Leprechauns, and Gold–OH MY! ~ St. Patrick’s Day Craft

I married into an Irish family. Growing up, St. Patrick’s Day was the day you wore green so your friends didn’t pinch you. But I want my daughter to appreciate her heritage, even if I don’t have much experience with it. I figured I needed to start out pretty simple. And I knew if I told her the story about Saint Patrick and driving the snakes out of Ireland, she would want to move there immediately.

In keeping it simple, we discussed leprechauns and their pots of gold. I showed her some pictures of Ireland and how beautifully green it is. Then we got down to serious St. Patrick’s Day crafting business!

Handprint Rainbow

I’m a sucker for any craft that will remind me of the size of my daughter’s hands. I knew this would be pretty easy and bonus (!) I had all of the supplies on hand, except the glitter foam.

These are the supplies we used:

11X14 canvas

Crayola Washable Kids Paint

Black construction paper

Gold glitter foam sheet ($0.88 at Walmart)

Not pictured: Elmer’s glue, scissors, hole punch and foam brush


Next, we took our crafty selves out to the porch and set up. I thought it would be a good time to insert a little science into our craft time. I explained about the colors of the rainbow. When I started trying to explain indigo, my daughter sort of glazed over, so I let that one go. We lined up our paints and I told her that rainbows are always in the same color order, she definitely got that point-lesson salvaged!



Now for the fun part! Getting those little hands messy!

Learn from my mistake: a foam brush covers the hand more evenly than the kids paint brush. Also, make sure your kiddo washes her hand thoroughly between colors. My daughter wanted to switch back and forth between her right and left hands, but that’s totally up to you. 





Keep Going! It’s almost a rainbow! At this point, my girl kept sighing loudly and saying, “This is taking for forever, Mom!” But it’s just her drama, she was having fun.




Finally! Now to make the leprechaun’s St. Patrick’s Day pot of gold. 





We looked at some clip art pics of pots of gold and then tried to draw some ourselves. Next, I let my girl loose on the glitter foam sheet with a hole puncher to make gold coins. That was definitely her favorite part of the whole project. I took the bottom off of the puncher, so the coins kept popping up all over the table. Oh the giggles!!




By the time we finished making a mountain of gold coins, her hand-prints were dry. We went back outside and glued the pot of gold to the end of the rainbow. She decided about halfway thru the gluing process that she was going to ‘save’ some of the coins for another project.




Here’s the finished project! I dated it on the back of the canvas, so 10 years from now I won’t be arguing with her about how old she was when we made the rainbow.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!

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