St. Patrick's Day: Leprechaun Hat

Turn your little ones into lucky Leprechauns with these hats made from paper plates!

What You’ll Need:
*Paper plate
*Green paint & paintbrush
*Scissors
*Black construction paper
*Yellow construction paper
*Glue

Preparation:
*If you do not want to paint the paper plate, you can use a green paper plate instead.

Activity:
*Cut the center of the paper plate almost all the way around, but leave attached to the rim.

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Stained Glass Shamrock

Make these beautiful stained glass shamrocks to bring the “luck o’ the Irish” into any room of your house! If you like this craft, check out our Shamrock Necklaces – another great craft for St. Patrick’s Day.

What You’ll Need:
*Clear contact paper
(Glad Press ‘n’ Seal will work in a pinch, but contact paper is a little easier to handle and a bit more translucent.)

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Flower Pot Wind Chimes

Making your own wind chimes is a breeze with just a few items you may already have around your house! If you like this craft, check out our patriotic wind sock - another great craft for a windy day.

What You’ll Need:
*Three small clay flower pots (per craft)
*Paint & Paintbrushes
*String – about 18 inches long
*Beads/old keys/metal washers or nuts

Activity:

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Flower Pattern Shirts

Take a plain shirt that you’re bored with, or a favorite shirt with some stains, and turn it into a new and fashionable look! If you like this craft, check out our Patriotic T-Shirts - another fun way to update your wardrobe.

What You’ll Need:
*T-shirt
*Scissors
*Chalk
*Tank or t-shirt to wear underneath

Preparation:

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Baa, Baa Black Sheep

Teach your child "Baa, Baa Black Sheep" and create your very own black sheep. This craft courtesy of Ashland Community Preschool.

What You’ll Need:
*Paper
*Black or grey paint
*Cotton ball
*Black marker
*Google eye (optional)
*4 mini popsicle sticks or 2 regular popsicle sticks cut in half.

Preparation:

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Cinco de Mayo: Mexican Bark Paintings


May 5th is Cinco de Mayo. Celebrate this festive holiday by making a Mexican Bark Painting. Originally made by Mexican Indians, such as the Nahua and Mayans, on paper that was made from the bark of a tree, these paintings are brightly colored and often feature animals or plants.

What You’ll Need:
*Brown craft paper or paper bag
*Chalk or pencil
*Brightly colored paints
*Paintbrushes
*Black Marker

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Mother's Day Bouquet

Make some beautiful flowers for Mom this Mother’s Day that will last all year long! If you like this craft, check out our Snowflake Flowers - another great way to make some beautiful everlasting flowers.

What You’ll Need:
*Multi-Colored Tissue Paper – Mom’s favorite colors!
*Green Pipe cleaners
*Marker/Pen
*Scissors
*Hole Punch

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"Hand"-made Spring Flowers

These “hand”-made flowers are the perfect way to get into the spirit of spring! And they make a great gift for grandparents, too!

What You’ll Need:
*White paper
*Paint
*Paintbrushes
*Wipes/paper towels

Preparation:
*Walk through your garden to see what color flowers are starting to come up and decide what colors to use for your flowers.

Activity:

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Flower Picture Magnets

Make these pretty flower magnets using the kids’ pictures. A perfect gift or just to hang on your fridge.

What You’ll Need:
*Leftover wallpaper, greeting card, patterned paper plate (This is for your flower, so you’ll want it to be something colorful. You only need about a 4-inch square per flower.)
*Close-up picture of your child (This needs to fit in the center of your flower -- you’ll want it to be about 2 inches in diameter.)
*Green pipe cleaner
*Glue
*Tape

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Snowflake Flowers

If your spring flowers haven’t bloomed yet, make these fun easy flowers at home to give to someone special!

What You’ll Need:
*Old magazines
*Scissors
*Hole punch or sharp pencil
*Pipecleaners

Preparation:
*Go through the magazines and find pages that have a lot of color – full-page ads work well. You will need two pages per flower.

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