It’s March Break. The kids are off school and I am working. Since they won’t have great March Break adventures, I thought I would spice up our free time with some fun and festive crafts! With St. Patrick’s Day only a few days away, we thought would would look into the history of St. Patrick Day and create a beautiful table decoration to honor him!
History of St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day is the celebration of the death of a famous Christian Priest. Patrick was born in the 4th Century in Ireland. He was the son of a Deacon and a grandson of a Christian priest. When he was 16, he was abducted by Irish Raiders and held captive in Gaelic Ireland. He spent 6 years as slave until he received a vision from God. This declaration told Patrick to flee to the coast, where a ship was waiting to take him home. Patrick listened to the words of God and the premonition came true. To honor God’s help, Patrick became a Christian priest. He was known as the man who converted thousands of pagan Irish to Christianity. When he passed away on March 17, he was canonized as a Catholic Saint. (Wikipedia)
Since his death, March 17th has been celebrated as St. Patrick Day. Today, St Patrick’s Day celebrations generally include parades and festivals celebrating a Celtic theme. The timing also coincides with the coming of spring so the colour Green (i.e. Shamrocks) Celtic music and all things Irish (i.e. Leprechauns) are a few of the icons we use to celebrate this day.
Lucky Leprechaun Hat Table Decoration
1 Flower Pot
1 Pipe Cleaner
Green, white and black construction paper
Hot glue gun/White glue
1.. Paint flower pot Green
2.. Add a strip of black electrical tape around midsection
3.. Cut a black rectangle out of construction paper and then fold in half. Cut a smaller rectangle out of the center of the rectangle for the buckle. Attach with glue.
4.. Fold a green paper in quarter. Fold the lose edge side to the solid side. Holding the center point, cut a round shape from side to side. Unfold. Repeat with a smaller piece of white paper.
5. Wrap a pipe cleaner into a tight circle, then curl the remaining length on your finger to create a spring with a circle base. Glue the circle to the top of the flower pot (aka the top of the hat) and poke the curly part through the center of the white and green shamrocks.
6. Set on table and enjoy with other St. Patrick Day Festivities!