That fun, green, gold, and rainbow filled holiday is just a few weeks away now! So how about a little St Patrick’s Day craft for the kids?
This festive wand with its Shamrock top, gold streamers and rainbow coloured base will provide loads of crafting fun for your little leprechauns. Mind you, the hot glueing parts should be done by adults. Hot glue gun burns are no good.
An unexpected use for the shamrock wand? Well instead of a pinch, unsuspected passerbys not wearing green can get a little bop on the head! Plus, waving around a wand is just plain fun no matter what your age is, don’t you agree?
- Shamrock template (plus printer)
- Gold glitter cardstock
- Dowel stick
- Gold sequin trim or ribbon
- Hot glue gun
2 Take your dowel and measure out the spacing for the 7 colours of the rainbow, leaving about at least an inch margin for the top. My 12 inch long dowel worked out to each colour being 1.5 inches.
Print off the shamrock template
(or use any shamrock outline, including your own) either directly onto the back of your glitter cardstock, or onto plain cardstock to cut out and use as a template. Cut out two shamrocks from your gold glitter cardstock.
3 Use tape to mark off each section when colouring it in. Remember the colours of the rainbow are ROYGBIV – Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet.
4 Place a bead of hot glue on the top of the dowel then firmly press the end of your sequin trim or ribbon to adhere. Continue this all the way around.
6 Hot glue the backside of one shamrock onto the top of the dowel, making sure its centred.
If you’re using sequin trim, trim each strand a little longer than you need then pull off a few sequins. Tie the remaining thread into a knot to ensure the sequins don’t fall off.
7 Hot glue the other shamrock onto the other side. You’ll also want to apply glue on each leaf to have the two shamrocks sealed together.
8 Trim the shamrocks so they’re both the same shape.
Now give your wand a good swish and run off to have some leprechaun-worthy fun!
Don’t forget to download the free shamrock template
And for other St Patrick’s Craft fun, check out this free printable St Patty’s Day Garland from last year!
The green, gold, rainbow colours, or an excuse to eat Lucky Charms.
What’s your favourite thing about St. Patrick’s Day?
Top Row: doughnut i’d do without a friend like you from confetti sunshine / kids valentine’s card from she wears many hats / got my eyes on you valentine from handmade mood
Middle Row: let’s stick together valentine from live laugh rowe / valentine’s cards from classic play
Bottom Row: kid valentine labels from lia griffith / valentine art print from i heart nap time / animal valentines from sweet c’s designs
I’m always amazed each year at how fantastic all the free (yes free!) printables are. I mean, aren’t they all adorable?
From art to cards to kids’ valentines, the above 8 are my top pick’s for this year’s valentine’s printables.
And if you’re planning on giving treats, here are the valentine’s printable treat bags I made last year.
My mom has owned funny looking pans with bagel looking inserts for several years. It wasn’t until all this donut craze that I realized what they were truly for. You better believe I borrowed them, and I may not give them back…
I altered my favourite cupcake recipe
a bit for these mini buttermilk red velvet donuts. Due to their tiny size and super quick bake time they’re even more dangerous than mini cupcakes.
Now I’ve gotta tell ya, I’m a bit of a lazy baker. I’ll cut corners where I can, and more importantly, cut out dishes. I’m always a bit annoyed that you need to get two bowls dirty when you’re baking. I’m sure it’s important to separate the dry ingredients from the wet, but does it really make a difference?
Well I challenged that baking school of thought and made this batch of donuts all in one bowl. I gotta say, they look and taste just fine to me. And I don’t know about you but less dishes always makes me happy.
With white and pink icing topped with gold sprinkles, these make the perfect Valentine’s treat. They’re super easy to whip up for this Friday, or any day of any month of any week really…
Eat | Buttermilk Red Velvet Donuts
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1/3 cup canola oil
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 2 tablespoons red food colouring
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/3 cup cream
- 3 cups icing sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 4 drops red food colouring
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease pans with canola oil.
- In a large bowl, whisk together all wet ingredients. When well combined, whisk in the sugar.
- Use a sifter to add the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix until thoroughly combined.
- Spooning out the batter, carefully fill each donut form 2/3 full.
- Bake for 7 minutes. Meanwhile whisk together all the icing ingredients.
- When ready, remove donuts from oven and let cool before icing.
- To ice, hold the donut upside down and dip it in the icing. Hold it above the bowl to let the excess drain before flipping right side up and letting it set. Before the icing hardens, add your sprinkles of choice.
*Note: I adapted the icing recipe from Coco Cake Land
and it’s fantastic. I’d be tempted to add cream cheese next time. If you give it a go let me know!
For maximum cuteness, add these mini donuts to a few cupid’s arrows
. Is there such a thing as too cute?
I myself am a plain old sour cream glazed girl.
What’s your favourite kind of donut?