Maybe you're planning the greatest St. Patrick's Day party your town has ever known. Maybe, due to the fact that you have small children and a full-time job, you need to find something more productive to do on March's biggest holiday than slamming back some Guinness and Jameson. Either way, you need some St. Patrick's Day DIY craft ideas – and more than just a few of them.
Well, dear reader, the luck of the Irish is definitely with you this year. We've sorted through the newest, most popular projects from our favorite bloggers and pinners and we've come up with what we consider the pot of gold of St. Patrick's Day Crafts for 2014. You might even say that they sham-rock. At this point we've officially run out of witty puns for this holiday so why don't you just go ahead and check them out?
1. Green Pancakes
A good St. Patrick's Day starts with a properly balanced breakfast. In this case, balanced means a heaping stack of green pancakes that look like they were ripped out of a Dr. Seuss book. There's no special trick to making these holiday staples – you just need to unload a bottle of green food coloring into a normal batch of pancake batter. But that won't stop your kids from going nuts over them.
Get the Recipe at Thoughtfully Simple.
2. Leprechaun Hat S'mores
These Leprechaun Hat S'mores are cute, spirited and covered in chocolate. What else could you possibly ask for in a St. Patrick's Day treat? Add them to a dessert spread at your holiday party or just enjoy them at home with your family. If you aren't afraid of getting your hands gooey, they're a great project to do with your kids.
See the full tutorial at Hostess with the Mostess.
3. Lucky Metallic Photo Frame
Everybody has something in their life that makes them feel like the luckiest person in the world. Maybe it's your kids, maybe it's your dog, maybe it's your collection of Warhammer figurines. Whatever it is, celebrate it by making this awesome Lucky photo frame. It's an awesome piece of holiday décor that will look great on your mantle or desk. And since you can download the background template for free, it's also pretty flippin' easy to make.
Get the tutorial along with a free printable at The DIY Club.
4. Shamrock Bouquet
Nothing says "St. Patrick's Day" quite like a bouquet of clovers. Since you probably don't want to spend all day picking your own in a field, though, we figured it would be better just to show you how to make your own out of craft paper and skewers. It's simple, it's easy, and it's a great project to do with your kids.
Get the tutorial at Sweet and Lovely Crafts.
5. Simple St. Patrick's Day Green Punch
If your kids are still underage come snack time on St. Patrick's Day, we think you'll find this Simple St. Patrick's Day Green Punch to be an admirable alternative to alcohol. Made from Sprite and lime sherbet, it may be a little too sweet for your aging taste buds – but it should hit all the right notes with the little leprechauns in your life.
See more at Luv a Bargain.
6. Printable Rainbow Loom Card
Rainbow looms are all the rage these days. We're not going to pretend to understand why. However, we're happy to help facilitate the madness by sharing this awesome St. Patrick's Day greeting card template. All you have to do is whip up a batch of green loom bracelets, print out the cards, attach the bracelets to the cards and then hand them out to your friends and family as tokens of good luck. Assuming you aren't as terrible at using those infernal looms as we are, it's a pretty easy and thoughtful project all things considered.
Get the tutorial and printable template at Living Locurto.
7. St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Bag
The idea of finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow has been around so long that we can't believe nobody has thought of turning it into a dessert until now. That said, this St Patrick's Day Rainbow Bag is masterfully done, featuring a rainbow of M&Ms leading to a gold mine of Rolos. It's clever, it's delicious and it's a great party favor for your kids to hand out to their classmates.
See the tutorial and get a free printable label at Love and Sugar Kisses.
8. St. Patrick's Day Dipped WhoNu? Cookies
If your St. Patrick's Day party promises to be a classier affair than the standard beer-fueled soiree, we'd like to direct your attention to these masterfully dipped St. Patrick's Day WhoNu? Cookies. Tasteful, tasty and carb-conscious, they're sure to impress even the snobbiest of companions.
Get the recipe at Ms. Fox's Sweets .
9. Burlap and Wood Luck Sign
This cool burlap and wood Luck Sign is so well done that we have a hard time accepting that it wasn't made in a factory. Signs like this sell for $50 or more in some shops but you can make your own for less than half that by following a simple set of instructions. And seriously – check out that tilted "U"_x009d_ with the shamrock. How cool is that? You totally need to make one.
Get the tutorial at Burton Avenue.
10. Pot of Gold Printable
If you have a lot of friends you need to treat on the cheap this holiday then you need this awesome Pot of Gold printable card template in your life. Print out a few dozen, cut "˜em out, stick on some Rolos or other gold-wrapped candy and make it rain on your friends and family. It's that simple and that sweet.
Get the printable courtesy of Mission to Save.
11. Bottled Leprechaun Spirits
What exactly are Leprechaun Spirits? We think that's best left to you. Maybe they're pure grain alcohol, maybe they're aromatic potpourri or maybe they're something more intangible – something that we can neither smell nor taste. All we know is that these gold leaf-decorated homemade Leprechaun Spirits bottles are incredibly cool and anyone who receives one should feel truly lucky to have someone like you in their lives.
See more at Design Sponge blog.
12. Paper Shamrocks
These DIY Paper Shamrocks are not only an awesome decoration – they're also an awesome activity to do with your kids. Just grab some craft paper and some safety scissors and you're good to go. When you're done making them, you can either hang them up in your house or give them away as gifts to your friends and family.
Check out the full tutorial at Hoosier Homemade.
13. Leprechauns Live Here Modge Podge Sign
We both know that leprechauns don't really live at your house, but sometimes it's nice to pretend. And if you're going to be incredulous this St. Patrick's Day, you might as well do it with this awesome homemade Leprechauns Live Here sign. Fair warning– this project requires a decent amount of crafting gear. You need a Mod Podge stencil set, a Silhouette cutting machine and a laminator to do everything exactly as it's shown in the tutorial. Even if you don't have all the recommended equipment, though, you can probably come up with a pretty awesome workaround. We have faith in you.
Get the tutorial at Fynes Designs.
14. DIY Gumball Machine
Why spend money on a gumball machine when you can just make your own with this awesome St. Patrick's Day tutorial? All you need is a fish bowl and some cheap terracotta pots and saucers to pull this one off. While this particular gumball machine build takes two days to complete, we think that's completely fair considering how awesome it is. The finished product will make an awesome decoration as well as a reusable dessert table centerpiece for all of your St. Patrick's Day parties to come.
Build your own over at Just Dip It In Chocolate.
15. Lucky Golden Stones
Nobody wants to receive rocks on St. Patrick's Day – unless, of course, those rocks are covered in gold. These super-creative Golden St. Patrick's Day Stones are an excellent and easy gift to give this holiday. Nothing more than river rocks that have been spray-painted gold and drawn on with a paint pen, they'll look great in any garden or home. You can even take them to work to use as a paperweight. If that's not versatility, we don't know what is.
Make your own at Little Miss Type A.
16. St. Patrick's Day Muddy Buddies
Muddy Buddies have been staple "giveaway"_x009d_ treats for years. You're pretty much guaranteed to receive a bag of them from somebody on every major holiday – and we don't see any reason why that tradition should stop now. Add a few green M&Ms to your batch of Muddy Buddies and tie them up with a free St. Patrick's Day printable tag and voila, you've got an awesome treat to dole out to your friends and family on March 17th.
Get the recipe and free printable tag at NoBiggie.
17. DIY St. Patrick's Day Bunting
When it comes to decorating your St. Patrick's Day party, you can't do much better than this awesome DIY bunting. It's clever, it's crafty and it's much easier to make than it looks. All you need is an old book, some green card stock and some buttons and twine and you'll be in business.
Get the full instructions at Simple As That.
Have an Awesome St. Patrick's Day Craft Idea? Share It With Us!
These 17 St. Patrick's Days crafts should give you plenty of productive ways to spend your time this March 17th. That said, we're always on the lookout for cool new ideas to share with our readers. So if you have an awesome DIY St. Patrick's Day Project that we missed then post it in the comments below! If you're lucky, we'll post it on our social networks or possibly even reach out to you to submit it as guest post to the ACS blog!
Until next time,
The ACS Team