Simple and Easy Shamrock Crafts for Kids

St. Patrick’s Day is coming our way, and while we already have an adorable set of general St. Patrick’s Day crafts for kids, I wanted to dedicate this collection to Easy Shamrock Crafts for Kids! These are crafts for kids of all ages, from preschoolers to elementary school kids and older too!


Easy Shamrock Crafts for Kids

First a bit about St. Patrick’s Day and the famous Shamrock symbol, then about our fabulous crafts for kids!

Are clovers and four-leaf clovers the same?

From a St. Patrick’s Day crafting and decorating perspective – The answer, in a nutshell, is NO! A clover has 3 petals, while a four leaf clover has four! So if you want to craft “authentically” for St. Patrick’s Day, your clovers should really only have 3 petals. However, if you see a profession you like and it has four… you can still do it. Just adjust the clover pattern! Most clovers can be created by combining 3 hearts and a stem, so the shape really isn’t too hard to make!

Botanically…it might be. In Ireland, 3 leaf clovers, wood sorrels and medicks grow in abundance and a Shamrock could be one of these three. But it’s unclear where it has its roots (no pun intended).

So, as part of St. Patrick’s Day crafts, aim for 3 heart-shaped leaves and a stem!

Why are clovers considered lucky?

So is it really a Lucky Shamrock or just a Shamrock? There are many theories as to why shamrocks are so important for St. Patrick’s Day. As mentioned, shamrocks (i.e. shamrocks, wood sorrels or medicks) grow wildly across Ireland. Many say it was used to symbolize the Holy Trinity… others say it would help ward off evil spirits and give magical protection. Whatever you believe is generally considered a lucky charm!

When is Saint Patrick’s Day?

St. Patrick’s Day is always March 17!

Alright… now we have those basic questions hanging in the balance, it’s time to grab your crafting supplies, you’ll need your basics like paper, a pair of scissors and a glue stick… and that’s it. left ! Let’s let your creativity run free and make a fun craft or two!

Shamrock crafts for preschoolers

Let’s start with some preschool clover crafts. As mentioned it is only “loosely” grouped into age groups and I think many of them are suitable for children of all ages. Especially if you are working in a classroom, where children need to work more independently. Let’s take a look at our clover activities!


Wire Wrapped Shamrock

One of our Red Ted Art favorites for this holiday season – Yarn Wrapped Shamrocks (with pattern) – especially nice for preschoolers, but kids of all ages can enjoy this fabulous craft!


saint patrick's day tambourine

So this paper plate clover craft – is actually a St. Patrick’s Day tambourine!! So you can make them a fun musical instrument for the holiday season OR… if you like the look, they would also make great wall decorations or even sun catchers. But also take a look at the cute tambourine craft.


easy clover art

Our DIY ideas for Saint Patrick’s Day continue. Active Littles offers fabulous shiloutte artwork that toddlers and preschoolers would love!


clover cards

We love lacing cards for all occasions. Such a fantastic fine motor skill for young children and a great way to introduce sewing! Carrots Are Orange have a great project for you.


easy paper clover puppet

Want a little Shamrock Man Craft? The Resourceful Mama’s Paper Shamrock Puppet is always popular. All you need is white and green construction paper. Although you can also have fun making the puppet with pipe cleaner arms and legs!

salt dough clover charms

You know how much we love salt dough! So fun and easy to make and use. It’s time for a salt dough craft project. And here are some adorable Shamrock Saltdough charms from Rainy Day Mum. If you are working with preschoolers and younger children, you will need a shamrock cookie cutter. Older children can shape 3 hearts themselves and join them together to create the salt dough clover charms!

paper puppet clovers

I love this cute little Shamrock Rhyme and craft BUT if you choose to do this please consider using green construction paper or green card. this lovely session of crafts and rhymes! Visit Rainy Day Mum for more info (but not the moss.. ha).


handprint poem

Rhythms of play has a cute handprint clover + poem template! So sweet! If you pass, she also has a fantastic rainbow clover paper craft using the salt paint technique! You could probably also recreate a craft similar to a shamrock with a thumbprint!

marshmallow clover craft

If you love creating prints, try Pinterested Parent’s Marshmallow Clover Craft. Who doesn’t like a little stamping. Oh my. How funny!

paper mosaic clover

Another cute decor to do with kids of all ages is these diy st patrick’s day craft mosaic clovers! A simple clover collage or a small clover collage to try. They’re a great way to use up bric-a-brac in craft boxes – you can even add pom poms or tissue paper scrunchies to give them texture and depth. Then string them together to make a Shamrock garland (either punch holes to thread the shamrocks or staple them together). Visit Happiness Homemade to learn more!


sham rocks contact paper

Another fun activity for preschoolers on St. Patrick’s Day is a Shamrock Suncatcher – or often also called a contact paper clover. Contact paper is a great way to get little kids making cute window clovers. There are a number of sites you can browse and try, for example this one from Hands On As We Grow. First the children glued, then the mother cut out the clovers. Alternatively… you can:


a contact sheet

.. first take a Shamrock template .. and fill it with contact paper and tissue paper to create your cute Shamrock Suncatcher according to Director Jewels. Or visit Simply Today Life for a 3 leaf clover version!

DIY Paper Clover Decorations and Crafts


Shamrock Fun Bookmarks


prickly paper clover

Beautiful Paper Quilled Shamrock – this uses an empty toilet paper roll as a shamrock outline and we’ve created it as a fabulous St. Patrick’s Day craft. However, I think they would also make lovely shamrock decorations.


accordion clover

Accordion Fold Paper Clover Decorations – we love this paper folding technique because it’s so pretty and really catches the light in a fun way. You need to make 3 heart-shaped pieces to stick together with some glue and some rod. Easy! Make a set of these paper shamrocks and string them like a garland.


3d paper shamrocks made from green hearts. These would make a lovely wall decoration or could be added to the font of a greeting card!


rotation art clovers

About a Mom shares cute Spin Art clovers. I think these would look really lovely as a cloverleaf wreath, don’t you think? Simply tie them to twine, yarn or baker’s twine with staples or tape and you’re done.


clover wreath

Looking for more Shamrock decorations? Try this upcycled puzzle clover wreath from the Soccer Mom blog. I love recycled puzzles (use tempera paint for more eco-friendliness), then grab some markers or crayons to create your lucky rainbow banner!


pom pom garland

Design Improvised has a cute clover and pom pom garland! We love pom poms – did you know they are easy to make using just your fingers or using the pom pom cardboard disc method? Lots of fun!

paper clovers

Chicken Scratch NY has these fabulous paper shamrocks, although she uses green paper/green card to make them, I think they would work as a toilet roll shamrock too, don’t you think? Such an easy way to decorate for St. Patrick’s Day!

I hope you enjoyed these fun projects! Take a moment to pin them on Pinterest, so you can find them at your leisure!

Check out the remaining crafts in our St. Patrick’s Day collection:


More fun for St. Patrick’s Day!

Shamrock preschool activities
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