Last year, we made lucky shamrock magnets. Since M2 is on a painting kick currently, I decided to let her do something with paints. Like any little girl, she's also big into glitter.
- a wooden clover (found at Target for $3)
- green matte acrylic paint
- gold metallic acrylic paint
- a paint sponge
- paint brush
- light and dark green tempera paint sticks (you can get these here)
- clear glitter glue
- gold glitter glue
How to Make ItI started by painting the clover a deep green to give M2 a base to work with, being sure to paint the sides and the rope hanger. To keep paint from getting all over, I set the clover on a box for it to dry. Once it dried, I lined the edge with the gold paint using a watercolor paint brush. If you have older kids, they could do the base and edging themselves.
Next was M2's turn. I set her up with green tempera paint sticks in two colors and gold glitter glue. We put on the glitter glue together, rimming the edge of the clover over top of the gold paint I'd added.
She then went at it with the paint sticks. Dark and light green paint topped the green background. Once it dried, she dumped glitter glue all over it and spread it out with the paint brushes to work it in with the paint -- totally her idea! I'm really impressed she came up with that technique, it turned out well. The different paints and glitter gives a neat textured affect to the project.
The whole craft took no time at all, wasn't messy, yet was fun to make. Plus, it's a decoration we can pull out year after year to enjoy.
The clover got set out to dry overnight then hung up on the wall. I added the date and M2's name to the back.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
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