Believe it or not, St. Patrick's Day is not all fun and games--it requires planning! For crafts, activities, and recipes that will upgrade your St. Patty's day, here 6 helpful hacks.
Make your own luck by following these simple tips.
Shamrock Pepper Stamp
Making St. Patty’s Day decorations with the kids? To fashion a stamp in the shape of a shamrock, simply cut off the bottom of a bell pepper—voila! Dip the clover shape in green paint and stamp away!
Bring some Irish spirit to the breakfast table by adding a few drops of green food coloring to pancake or waffle batter. Stir the coloring in gradually until you get the shade of green you want, and prepare as usual.
St. Patty’s Free Party Emporium
Yep, we said “free”! For adorable holiday decorations that you can print out at home, check out LivingLocurto.com/2012/03/st-patricks-free-printables. You’ll find festive signs, bottle wrappers, drink flags, cake toppers, cupcake wrappers, and more!
Bring a Little Irish Luck to Your Doorstep
Here’s another great holiday project for you and the kids: Turn a plain-old flowerpot into an adorable green leprechaun hat. In addition to a clay pot, get some green paint and a paintbrush, a large metal washer (for the buckle), sandpaper to sand down the washer, gold paint, thick black ribbon, and a hot glue gun. Paint the pot green and set it aside to dry. Sand the washer to make it smooth and ready for painting; paint it completely with gold paint. Once both the pot and washer are dry, use your hot glue gun to secure the black ribbon around the center of the pot. Glue the washer—or buckle—on top of the ribbon, and your leprechaun hat pot is ready to grow some shamrocks!
Luck Be a Rainbow Collage
There really is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! At the end of this rainbow, at least. You and the kids can make this simple rainbow collage in a snap—all you’ll need are paper plates, scissors, paints in all six colors of a rainbow, cotton balls, white glue, and gold glitter or sparkly paint. Slice a paper plate in half with your scissors, then paint the arches of a rainbow onto one half-circle. Dab a few cotton balls in glue and paste them along the bottom of each arch to form clouds. For the gold treasure, mix the glitter with a bit of glue to make a glittery paste, then paint gold coins near one end of the rainbow.
Corned Beef Cook Test
For lip-smacking, perfectly tender corned beef this St. Patrick’s Day (or any day), give your meat the fork-slip doneness test: Poke a carving fork into the roast and lift upward slowly and carefully. The fork should slip out of the meat cleanly if it’s moist and tender.