Friday, March 4, 2011

St. Pat's Jewelry Craft with Free Printable

I'm hosting a St. Patrick's Day playdate on St. Patrick's Day. The main activity the kids will be doing is a hunt for gold (chocolate) coins. With the exception of one young boy, the kids will be all girls, so I thought this shamrock necklace and bracelet would be a fun little craft for them to do, too. It's easy and the supplies are inexpensive. I also made up a little sign to go with it. If you'd like to use this idea for your own playdate, I've provided the printable you see in the photo here. (This is my first attempt at personally providing a printable, so please let me know if you have any problems.)

Even if you're not hosting a St. Pat's playdate, this necklace and bracelet would be fun to wear to a St. Pat's Day parade or to school that day.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Multi-pack of foam shamrocks (I purchased mine at Michaels for $1.79 with my 40% off)
  • Plastic straws (I used 2 straws for 1 necklace)
  • Gems and glue dots (optional)
  • Yarn
  • Hole puncher
  • Scissors (not shown)
  • Scotch tape (not shown)
  • "Make Your Own Luck" Printable (optional) Download here
**Money-Saving Tip: When coming up with activities, try to come up with ideas using items you already have. With the exception of the foam shamrocks, I already had all the items for this craft.**

HOW-TO:
  • Estimate how much yarn you need by loosely wrapping it around the child's wrist or neckline. Cut the yarn. To avoid the ends from unraveling, wrap each end with a small piece of clear scotch tape.
  • Cut the straws in 2" pieces. I used 2 straws for 1 necklace.
  • Using the hole punch, punch two holes in each shamrock. (If you only use one hole, the shamrock will flop around.) Then, decide on a pattern, and thread the yarn through the straw pieces and shamrocks. Tie the ends when finished.
  • Add a little bling using glue dots to affix the gems. Below you'll see the necklace with gems and without. Boys may want their necklaces without.
That's it! Get creative with your patterns!

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6 comments:

  1. What a fun idea!
    I may do this with my kids..love the printable too :)

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  2. That's great craft for a party! Thanks for the idea!

    Miranda
    www.justdrinkacoke.blogspot.com

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  3. this is really great. I love the foam shamrocks.

    megan
    craftycpa.blogspot.com

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  4. So much fun for kids! I love this. We're featuring all things GREEN this week at the M&T Spotlight and I'd love for you to submit this. http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

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  5. Thanks Laurel! I just sent it to the M&T Spotlight!

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  6. That is so cute!

    I'd also love for you to join into my For the Kids Link Party! Stop on by!!

    http://sunscholars.blogspot.com

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