Saturday, March 10, 2012

St. Patrick's Craft

I've been seeing so many cute and fun St. Patrick crafts that celebrate the man/priest/bishop ~ Saint Patrick.  Not the secular view of this "day of partying."  Xhonane from Familia Catolica recently listed various crafts on her blog to celebrate this famous beloved saint of the Irish.  I decided to try my own hand at creating a St. Patrick craft that was educational for my first graders yet fun and simple for them to make.  As usual, my inspirations were Jennifer of Crafolic and Tiffany of Family at the Foot of the Cross who have really great craft ideas to celebrate the Feast of St. Patrick.  Then Xhonane of Familia Catolica and Gardenia of Love My Little Flower have created liturgical folders for many Catholic feast days throughout the year.  With this in mind, I worked on a couple of St. Patrick books that include how he supposedly taught the people of his time about the Holy Trinity and his Prayer for the Faithful.  Here is my first result:

On white card stock, I used a white crayon to write out Happy St. Pat's Day and then used watercolor paint over it.  Crayola site says it will work great but it didn't pop out enough for me on the paper so I went over it with a green marker.  Using watercolor paint on card stock made the paper wrinkle up a bit so I glued it to construction paper to stabilize it better.  Then used pretty ribbon to hold the book together.

I used this site for my large shamrock template.

St. Patrick's Prayer for the Faithful, I found at Our Catholic Prayers. The picture of St. Patrick was found  at St. Thomas Aquinas Church and I reduced in down quite a bit.  (Tiffany led me to this one on her St. Patrick Wreath).

The images of The Holy Trinity were found at Jennifer's Crafolic site HERE.

Here is my second result:

I worked with the same shamrock template as above on white card stock.  To create the little shamrocks on the cover, I used Jennifer's idea that she explains HERE.  A little bit of green paint and a Q-tip can make a very cute clover.

That's my attempt at being creative and crafty to celebrate Saint Patrick.  I'm very grateful for Jennifer, Tiffany, Xhonane and Gardenia for all of their generous hearts in sharing their ideas and resources!  Tomorrow morning, my first graders will be the recipients of their craftiness hearts!



  1. This is so neat1 Thank you for sharing!

  2. Noreen,

    Your children are going to have so much fun with this craft, and learn lots too. I bet you enjoyed trying out these ideas. Does your son help you prepare your lessons?

    Are you having a special celebration in your parish for St Patrick's Day? We always have Mass followed by a parish meal or barbeque, and of course, everyone wears lots of green!

    God bless!

  3. Very nice, Noreen! It looks great!! I think the kids will enjoy it and learn something, too! Hands-on stuff always works well for my kids. (Although, I do realize that's not true for all kids)
    Truly awesome!
    God bless!

  4. Hi Noreen!! I wanted to tell you that I included this craft in this post:
    Thank you for sharing!!

  5. Thank you my friends! It was fun to be crafty but I'm well aware that my attempts are on the childish side. That's ok with me!

  6. Noreen, this craft turned out great!! You did a wonderful job creating a craft, and I agree the bloggers that you mentioned are inspirational. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  7. Noreen, these little booklets turned out adorable! Your first graders are truly blessed by you and the effort you put into their faith formation...God love you:) And thank you...I am honored for the mention!