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St Patricks Day crafts
February 24, 2012, 9:57 AM
Filed under: Craft Ideas

 Here are a few crafts I found on www.allcrafts.net.  I find this site very helpful and has great ideas and links for every holliday and for everyday. 

   It’s an alarming trend that shows no sign of abating: every year, more and more families fall victim to leprechaun-related mischief around St. Patrick’s Day. “It’s never the same,” reports Margaret Bentley, of Painesville, Ohio. “The children talk about it for weeks in advance, wondering what things the leprechaun will do when he visits our house.”

Similarly, the kids in the Dezotell family of Seekonk, Massachusetts, can only imagine what the next St. Patrick’s Day home invasion will bring. Green milk? Green toilet water? Green footprints? Trails of shamrock confetti? “One year the kids woke up with green kiss marks on their foreheads,” recalls mom Monique, still clearly shaken.

Is it any surprise, then, that kids like 8-year-old Jacob Dezotell have decided to fight back? Every St. Patrick’s Day since he was in kindergarten, Jacob and his sister, Elise, age 7, have tried to capture a leprechaun. Despite powerful bait (Lucky Charms cereal!), Pot of goldtheir traps have caught only chocolate gold coins and candy bars, accompanied by notes taunting them with “Good try,” or “Can’t catch me!” As everyone knows, Leperchauns hoard pots of gold, and if caught, must reveal the treasure’s location to their captor. But that’s not the payback Jacob seeks. Because the elusive elves are always leaving him chocolate, he figures they must have even more of that than gold!

It’s for the sake of Jacob, Elise, and all the other St. Patrick’s Day mischief fighters that we offer here three state-of-the-art leprechaun traps. Each is easily made from ordinary household materials and uses lures and baits drawn from the latest research in leprechaun psychology. But please take our designs and customize them to make something unique: Leprechauns, as we all know, won’t be fooled by the same trap twice!

Leprechaun hat trap

LEPRECHAUN HAT PIT TRAP

Leprechauns have big egos, so a giant version of their own hat is irresistible to them. Once they step on the false top, you’ll have caught a 10-gallon prize.  So that the top doesn’t give way too soon, use a lightweight bait, such as a crumpled piece of gold foil.

Leprechaun hat trap: step imageOur hat, a recycled oatmeal container, is wrapped with green felt secured with double-sided tape. To make the trap, we cut a hole in the lid (see image), then cunningly concealed it with a circle of green felt that will give way when the leprechaun steps on it.  Leprechauns love to break rules. Warning signs are sure to lure them in.  Natural materials make these woodland creatures feel at home. Our ladder is made from twigs held together with wood glue.

RAINBOW CAGE DROP

No self-respecting leprechaun can resist a giant rainbow. As he gets close and spies the gold bait, his curiosity will get the best of him. When he pinches the pot, down comes the cage!

A bent wire hanger (1) hidden by a piece of poster board (2) forms the support for the suspended cage. We bent the hook of the hanger into a loop to hold the line.

Rainbow Cage Drop: Step Image 1We tied fishing line to the top of a plastic berry basket, then threaded the line through the wire loop and back down through the basket. We pulled the line taut and secured it under the bait.  To conceal the cage, we tucked fiberfill into the weave of the basket, giving it the look of a fluffy cloud.

Rainbow Cage Drop: Step Image 2The weight of the bait holds down the fishing line. Ours is a mini flowerpot painted black and filled with gold-painted rocks. Glitter glue adds extra sparkle.  Grass-like fabric blankets the base, evoking the Emerald Isle.

Rainbow Cage Drop: Step Image 3We added a path made of glitter craft foam to point the way to the bait. Leprechauns are drawn to flashy objects.

Rainbow Cage Drop

Irish Ribbon Banner

Supplies: Colored Pencils, Markers, No-Run School Glue, Glitter Glue, Pointed Tip Scissors, Construction Paper, yarn, poster board, ribbon

1. On a large piece of white construction paper or poster board, use colored pencils to draw a cloud with a rainbow, two hand-size shamrocks, and a big pot of gold. Color them with markers. Use your imagination to decorate them with authentic Irish designs and sayings. Add glitter glue for glittering gold and other sparkling effects. Dry.

2. Cut out all four pieces with scissors. Arrange them in the order in which you want them to hang on your banner. Turn them over and run a long ribbon down their backs. Attach ribbon to the pieces with school glue. Dry.

3. Hang your Irish Ribbon Banner in a doorway, in a window, or on a wall.

Thatched-Roof Cottage

crayola supplies: Gel Markers, No-Run School Glue, Pointed Tip Scissors, Construction Paper
household supplies: recycled boxes, corrugated cardboard

1. Find pictures of homes and barns with thatched roofs. These structures were built all over the world, including Great Britain, Africa, and North America, for many centuries. Can you figure out how these light-weight roofs are made? Straw or grass is tied into bundles, laid in three layers, and pegged in place with pointed hazel sticks.  This type of roof was usually used by people who had little money, but not always. In 1300, the owners of a great Norman castle in Sussex, England, bought 6 acres of rushes to make the roof of their castle. How easily thatched roofs would catch fire! Imagine how quickly the Great Fire of London spread for 3 days beginning on September 2, 1666!

2. To make your own replica thatched-roof cottage or barn, start with a recycled box.  Use scissors to cut construction paper to cover the box if it has writing or pictures on it. Attach the paper with school glue. Dry.

3.  Cut rectangles from colored construction paper for doors and window trim. Glue them to your cottage. Cut smaller rectangles of white paper for the inside of your windows. Use Crayola Gel Markers to make window panes. Glue windows inside the trim. Dry.

4.  Use your markers on brown construction paper to make wood trim for your cottage. Experiment with different lines and patterns to create the wood grain. Use the tip of the marker to make very fine lines. Draw lines close together to look like wood grain. To make the wood look weathered, use the white Gel Marker. Cut the wood grain paper into thin strips. Glue on your cottage. Dry.

5.  Peel the paper from both sides of corrugated cardboard. The rough-looking ridges look almost like a thatched roof! Add marker lines for straw if you like. Glue to the box. Dry.

6.  Use a white Gel Marker to make brick or stone patterns on red or gray paper. Cut and fold the paper to create steps and a chimney. Glue to your cottage. Dry.

7.  Use your imagination to create grass, flowers, bushes, or trees. Add fences, ponds, or other details to make your thatched-roof cottage inviting to visitors.

Clover Collage

supplies: Paint Brushes, Washable Kid’s Paint, Blunt-Tip Scissors, recycled newspaper, leaves, paper towels, container(s) of water, recycled file folders

1. With an adult, walk outside to gather safe green leaves. Search for a four-leaf clover! Pick only with permission. Wash hands thoroughly. Or collect recycled green items indoors, such as ribbon, coupons, or fabric scraps.

2. Use scissors to cut off the tag of a recycled file folder. Cut the folder in the shape of a clover if you like.

3. Spread newspaper over your work area. Paint the entire file folder with a thick layer of green Crayola Washable Kid’s Paint and Paint Brushes.

4. While paint is still wet, arrange your green items into a collage. Everything will stick when the paint dries. Notice how many different shades of green there are!

For older kids and crochet fans:

Shamrock Coasters & Dishcloth Designed by: Cylinda Mathews Dishcloth pattern designed by: Edith Smith

Materials: For Coaster:100% cotton thread, size #10 Steel crochet hook, size 8 USA (1.50 mm)

For Dishcloth:Sugar & Cream worsted weight (Emerald Green) Size G hook

Finished Size: Coaster: 4″ x 4″ Dishcloth: 10″ x 11″ Gauge:Not important in over all size. Tension should remain consistent.

Skill level:Experienced (must have knowledge in basic filet)

Coaster & Dishcloth: For Coaster: Use cotton thread and size 8 hook For Dishcloth:Use worsted weigh and size G hook.

Row 1)Ch 44; dc in 8th ch from hook; * ch 2, sk next 2 ch, dc in next ch; rep from * across: 13 om.

Row 2)Ch 5, turn work (counts as first dc plus ch 2); dc in next dc; (ch 2, dc in next dc) 4 times, (2 dc) in next sp, dc in next dc, (ch 2, dc in next dc) 7 times.

Rows 3-13)Follow chart below to complete the coaster. (Do not end off at end of Row 13).

Basic Filet Instructions:Om= open mesh, the open spaces created. Sm= solid mesh, the filled spaces that create the design Ch 5 to turn rows starting with an open mesh.

Coaster Edging:

Rnd 1)Ch 1, (3 sc) in corner st, (2 sc) in each open mesh and sc in each st around the coaster, working (3 sc) in each corner; join with a sl st in first sc. Fasten off, secure ends.

Dishcloth Edging:

Rnd 1)Ch 3 (counts as first dc, now and throughout), turn work; evenly work dc around the edge working (3 dc) in each corner; join with a sl st to first dc. Fasten off; secure ends.

Finishing:

Spray coaster with water or spray starch if desired. Coaster can be blocked by shaping on top of a terry towel. Let dry. Or, cover with a handkerchief and pressing on the wrong side using a cool iron setting.

This cheery greeting card has a window on the front with a “pane” made from an inkjet transparency and a frame cut from green foil board. The inside of the “window” is filled with shamrock confetti! The interior of the card has the same shamrock design toned down so that the text is clearly readable. Kids get a kick out of getting these cards, and an even bigger kick out of making them! It can be modified for a birthday or other occasion depending on the clip art and confetti you use! Make sure there is adult help since there is a lot of cutting involved in constructing this card.
MATERIALS:
Card stock
Green foil board (available at craft supply stores)
Shamrock confetti (also available at craft stores)
One inkjet transparency
Backer board or other heavy cardboard
Scissors
Craft knife
Cutting mat or heavy cardboard
Glue or glue stick
INSTRUCTIONS:
1) Open a blank half-fold card in your graphics program. Select a piece of shamrock clip art and duplicate it so that it forms a tiled cover on the front of the card. Resize and duplicate again if you want the design smaller. (We duplicated a tiled cover, shrunk it to one-quarter its size and then copied and pasted three more times so that the shamrocks would be smaller.)
2) Draw a rectangle measuring 6 1/4 ” wide by 3 3/4″ high and center it on your card front. Format the rectangle so that the fill color is white .
3) Draw a second rectangle 5 1/4″ wide and 2 3/4″ high and center this one as well. Format it with a white fill as well. This will serve as the frame for the shaker window. Group those two rectangles and save the file.
4) Copy the cover design and paste it to the inside of your card. Format it with a light gray color so that the design is faded slightly.
5) Place a text box with your desired text on the inside of the card. Color the text a dark green. Save the file again.
6) Now go back to the front of the card and copy the grouped rectangles. Pay close attention to the measurements so that when you paste it onto a blank page the dimensions are the same.
7) Paste the grouped rectangles to a blank page in portrait orientation. Print a test page out on plain paper.
8) If the frame looks okay against the front of your card, you can now print the frame on the back of the foil board. Cut the frame out using a scissors and/or craft knife.
9) Now trace the frame on the heavy cardboard or backer board and cut this out with your craft knife. Take your time with this step, as the backer board is quite heavy and will probably take a few passes with the knife to cut all the way through.
10) Go back to the blank page with the grouped rectangles and place your cover text in the middle of it and center it in the rectangles.
11) Now remove the outline on the smaller rectangle and print this box with the text in the middle on an inkjet transparency. Allow this to dry for about ten minutes before cutting out the rectangle.
12) Once you have cut out the rectangle on the inkjet transparency, center it on the frame you cut out of the backer board and glue it in place.
13) Apply glue to the back of the frame cut from the green foil board and apply to the top of the transparency. Presses firmly around all edges to make certain the pieces are adhered well.
14) Print your card out on the card stock. Allow to dry for a few minutes.
15) Sprinkle the shamrock confetti in the center of the white rectangle on the front of your card (less is better than more in these cards or the text on your window “pane” becomes lost in the flurry of confetti. We used about 30 – 35 pieces.)
16) Apply glue to the back of your window frame and place it on the center of the card front over the confetti. Press in place to adhere.
17) Now pick the card up and SHAKE! Watch the confetti move around inside your shaker window frame!
A professional looking card that will be admired by all who see it!


Happy Crafting everyone!

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