March is the perfect time to decorate the house with some fun St. Patrick’s Day crafts. And when it comes to St. Patty’s crafts, you just can’t beat shamrocks and colorful rainbow crafts for kids.
We had fun putting the two ideas together and make suncatchers.
Each rainbow shamrock suncatcher is a colorful touch of spring hanging in the window.
During the winter we had fun making these tie-dyed snowflakes. They inspired this simple craft.
Making this colorful rainbow suncatcher is easy enough for a toddler and fun for older kids as well.
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Start by having your child use washable markers to color their coffee filters. You will need one coffee filter for each suncatcher.
For a bit of extra fun, we suggest using these scented markers.
Encourage your child to fill in all the white space. The more they decorate it, the more vivid the colors will be on their suncatcher.
To make a rainbow shamrock suncatcher, have them color the coffee filter in a rainbow pattern.
Once they are decorated, spread the coffee filters out on paper towels. The paper towels will help lessen the mess during the next step.
Have your child spray their design with water using their spray bottle. (My son loves this sprayer.)
Watch the colors begin to swirl together.
Allow the coffee filters to dry completely. This is the perfect time to start planning that Leprechaun trap!
To make the frame for your shamrock suncatcher, fold a piece of construction paper in half. Then fold it in half again.
Cut a heart from the folded paper, using the inner corner of the paper as the heart’s point and leaving the sides intact.
This will create a shamrock shaped hole in the paper.
It’s important that the heart you cut is a little smaller than 1/4 of the size of your coffee filter.
Sit the solid clover shape down.
Then cut around the shamrock shape in your folded paper again to make the frame. We made ours approximately 1/4 inch (1/2 cm) thick.
Use a glue stick or clear tape to attach the clover frame onto one of the tie-dyed coffee filters.
Use scissors to trim off the extra coffee filter.
Then hang your rainbow catchers on your window with clear tape. If desired, tape the solid construction paper shamrocks to the window, too.
The rainbow shamrock suncatcher looks beautiful in the windows. With the temperatures warming up, it’s the perfect St. Patrick’s Day craft to add a touch of spring.
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Originally published February 24, 2017.