Because you’ve got to give the kids something to do while you drink green beer, check out this super-cute toilet paper tube shamrock craft from Pretty Prudent. I like that it does double-duty–it’s an excellent kid craft, but it looks hella cool when an adult does it, too. It’s fun for everyone!
Need a little more non-beer green for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration? Here are more eco-friendly shamrock crafts to keep you festive:
1. banner. To make this project green and not just “green,” use upcycled papers.
2. button art. Use up all your green buttons!
3. edible garnishes. You’ll need a shamrock punch, but if you’ve got one, this is a super-awesome way to add shamrocks to your Paddy’s Day meals.
4. embellished Mason jars. Use these as luminaries or to hold flowers or other party supplies.
5. embroidery hoop wreath: Here is some quick decorating that you can do for a St. Patrick’s Day party.
6. felt shamrocks. Eco-friendly felt is easy to find, whether it’s wool felt (natural!), or recycled-plastic felt (recycling!).
7. green garland: Make it a little more shamrocky by choosing all green buttons.
8. green pepper prints. Kids will love discovering the shamrock that appears when they print from a halved green pepper.
9. hair accessories. These are easy to make from scrap fabric.
10. magazine heart shamrocks. Get kids upcycling those old magazines!
11. record album shamrocks. This tute includes some pretty brilliant instructions for cutting record albums with SCISSORS.
12. shamrock beanie. It’s still cold here. Might as well be festive about it.
13. shamrock brooch: Wear this so you don’t get pinched!
14. shamrock pizza. I’m thinking green peppers, jalepenos, green olives, spinach, kale…
15. split pea shamrocks. Little kids love these kinds of mosaic projects.
16. toilet paper roll shamrock: This one is a different look than Pretty Prudent’s shamrock; it’s the way to go if you’ve only got one spare toilet paper tube to craft with.
17. wine cork shamrocks. You can get the kids started on this after you’ve opened your third bottle of wine.