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Leprechaun Houses

leprechaun house and shamrock banner title

We had the funnest party yesterday with some of my friends I worked with years ago and all their cute kiddos. I do an annual St. Patrick’s Day party with them and thought it would be fun to change things up a bit. If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I love to decorate gingerbread houses. We did haunted houses at Halloween, the classic gingerbread houses at Christmas, and then love shacks at Valentine’s. I wanted to do leprechaun houses, but was a little sugared out. I’m so glad I decided to do wood houses for these. They turned out absolutely adorable! Now we have a place to keep our leprechauns if we get lucky enough to catch one.

small leprechaun wooded houseThe whole project started with these adorable house boxes I found while looking for stuff for a completely different party. The size and shape is perfect, and I love that the roof comes off so you can take a peek inside and even decorate it for the little guy.

leprechaun house suppliesHere is a list of where I purchased everything to help you find things a little easier. Everything I bought at craft stores was 40% off when I purchased it. Watch for sales, craft stores always have great ones.

Michaels – black rocks, white rocks, moss rocks, moss rocks with succulents,
Oriental Trading – paper mache house boxes, gold coins, large wood slice, wood spools
Walmart – moss ribbon, bag of moss
Hobby Lobby – small wood slices, moss ribbon, small popsicle sticks

leprechaun house wood stairsMy boys have been so anxious to make a bug garden (like a fairy garden, but for bugs) that I thought we could use these houses in the bug gardens after St. Patrick’s Day. I’m sure the paper mache houses won’t hold up very well outside, but that will just give us an excuse to do this fun activity again. If you are going to make fairy gardens, I think little wood bird house kits would make such cute houses that you could decorate. That’s what we’ll replace these with after they have endured the weather a bit. Luckily, all the cute steps, wagons, tables and chairs, etc. are all wood and will be just fine.

leprechaun housesMy oldest boys are 5 years old and couldn’t get enough of this. They’re still making houses and other accessories out of all the wood slices and moss as we speak. They woke up first thing this morning, and got to work. 12 hours and about 5 pounds of glue later, they’re still creating. I think the excitement of working on their bug gardens mixed with getting to use the hot glue guns by themselves, is what has kept them busy all day. They have done so well with them and can’t put them down.

side of wood leprechaun houseAt the party I had three cordless hot glue guns to split between the 12 kids. First of all, that wasn’t nearly enough. Second, the cordless hot glue guns didn’t heat the glue fast enough for how much they were being used. They took forever. I grabbed my cheap, mini glue guns that plug into the wall and we were able to crank out the houses much faster. If you decide to do wireless glue guns for this project, I recommend having one per person.

natural leprechaun houseAnd you can’t have a leprechaun house without a few gold coins. We places them around the houses to help lure the leprechauns to us. I hope it works.

leprechaun fairy garden housesSend your kids outside to gather some sticks and other treasures from nature and get to work making some leprechaun houses. Or, you can just go buy everything at the store like I did. Haha! Works either way.

I hope you have felt inspired to make leprechaun houses or maybe it gave you motivation for a fairy/bug garden this summer. Whatever you choose, enjoy the process of making them. That’s the best part.

St. Patrick’s Day Party for Kids

I hosted the easiest St. Patrick’s Day party last week for my kids and their friends. I’m excited to share it with you today. It was very little prep work and looked great. You can’t go wrong with that. I love designing and making the decorations for my parties, but with my fourth baby arriving in a month, I just didn’t have the energy for it this time. I kept the party very simple and the kids had a great time.

St. Patrick's Day party favor

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For the party favors, I filled little black pots with gold chocolates, yellow water beads, green sucker sticks, crayons and rainbow candy. I topped them with a little personalized shamrock, and these adorable party favors doubled as place setting cards. (I shared all the info about them in this previous post.) The tables were covered with white butcher paper. I have mentioned before how much I love using it for parties. It’s cheap, makes clean up a breeze,  looks nicer than those plastic table clothes with all the creases, and you can use it as one of the party activities.

St. Patrick's Day table rainbow bubbles

While the kids waited for everyone to arrive and to eat a lunch of delicious green and rainbow colored foods, they colored on the table with their new rainbow crayons. It’s always good to have an activity for kids to do while they are waiting for the others to arrive, so you don’t lose complete control before the party even starts.
St. Patrick's Day party table cotton ball lights

I am obsessed with cotton ball lights. My brother brought some home for my kids a few years ago when he visited Thailand and I am so mad at myself for not using them sooner. I have theirs hanging in the playroom and they are adorable. I bought some green cotton ball lights for this party with the intent on hanging them, but I love the way they look on the table. The pot is raised on little blocks which was perfect for hiding the plug from the lights underneath.
St. Patrick's Day party table rainbow bubbles

I found these rainbow colored bubbles at Walmart and stuck them in my new favorite pot from Ikea. I used rice and beans in the bottom of the pot to help the bubbles stand up. Then I topped it with green crinkled paper. I love the simplicity of this centerpiece and it also functions as an activity for later in the party.

You can’t forget to add some gold chocolate coins to the mix. They’re a must for every St. Patrick’s Day party, even if they really aren’t all that yummy. You know I’m right. Haha! These ideas can also be used as little surprises and treats from a leprechaun visiting your house. Get creative and have fun!

Pot of Gold Party Favors

I have been preparing for a St. Patrick’s Day party for my kids and their friends. So many ideas have been going through my head for party favors. It’s my favorite part of throwing parties, so I always start with those first. Today I have a few pot of gold party favor ideas to share with you that are so simple and take just minutes to prepare. 

I found these little black pots that are the perfect size for small treats and gifts. The first set of pots I filled with chocolate gold coins and a variety of other rainbow prizes including:

The pot of gold party favors are topped with a clover name tag to personalize each one. These can also double as place setting cards for each guest.

pot of gold water beads

For those guests that have food allergies, this one is perfect for them. This pot of gold is filled with yellow water pearl beads. If you haven’t played around with these before, you have got to try them. They are intended for decorative uses in vases of flowers and things along those lines, but they are too cool not to play with. You place these teeny, tiny, plastic balls in a cup of water where they absorb all the water and grow. They are slippery, bouncy and feel so cool. This is an activity my kids love to do. We watch a bunch grow, then pour them in bowls or small tubs and play in them. They are so fun for a sensory activity.

pot of gold lucky charms

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This last one can be used at a party or as a surprise breakfast left from a little leprechaun. It’s the tiny sample spoons in this one that make it so adorable. Combine that with the small black pot filled with Lucky Charms and this treat is magically delicious. :)

You can find the clover and other St. Patrick’s Day sayings to put on your tags in the Silhouette Design Store. Simply click on the image below.

Green Ice Cream Float Topped with Edible Gold

shamrock float drinks

We have started celebrating St. Patrick’s Day around our house. Rather than cram all the fun into one day, I like to do a little activity every day with the kids for a few weeks leading up to each holiday. It is so fun to teach them about all the traditions that come with each one, and see how excited they get learning about new things. Yesterday I had a special treat waiting for them when they got home from preschool. I made them each a green ice cream float topped with edible gold. I even sprayed the Golden Oreos with edible gold mist to make them sparkle and shine. The boys were so delighted and thought everything was delicious. shamrock float gold oreos

Recipe: Green Ice Cream Float with Edible Gold

Ingredients:

  • Ginger Ale
  • Lime Sherbet
  • Whipped Cream
  • Light Karo Syrup
  • Gold Sprinkles
  • Gold Confetti
  • Golden Oreos
  • Edible Gold Mist

Directions:

  1. Dip the rim of the glass into Karo Syrup, then dip into gold sprinkles
  2. Add two-three scoops of Lime sherbet into the glass, then fill with Ginger Ale.
  3. Top it all off with whipped cream, edible gold confetti and a fun straw.
  4. Spray the Golden Oreos with edible gold mist to make them sparkle and shine.

shamrock float whipped topping

I loved trying out a few of the edible gold sprinkles and more that I found. My kids couldn’t believe that they could really eat it. They kept looking at me as if I were tricking them and waiting for me to tell them it was a joke. Mason licked the rim of his glass clean while telling me how delicious the gold was the whole time. Haha! I love that boy!

This drink really is so simple and will make a big impact on a party. You can never go wrong with that. Enjoy!

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St. Patrick’s Day Treat Bag Toppers

St. Patrick's Day treat bags BLOG

St. Patrick’s Day is Monday and these treat bag toppers are perfect for those last minute gift ideas. Give them to friends or leave them as a gift from a leprechaun for your children. They are print and cut files to save you even more time! As with most of my little treat bags, I used these plastic bags. They are the perfect size for little treats and storing small die cuts. I use them all the time.

Right now Silhouette has all their designs in the online store 50% OFF! This is a great time to build up your collection and get those St. Patrick’s Day designs you’ve be eying. I’ll be submitting a darling Tea Party line that will be available next week, so keep your eyes peeled and check back here to see how I used all the die cuts and patterns.

You can find all gold treat box die cuts in my Silhouette portfolio.
Shamrock Bag Toppers | St. Patrick’s Day Toppers

FREE Download | Rainbow Kids Craft Tutorial

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I have a fun kids craft for you today. This is one I remember doing when I was little and thought it was the coolest thing. The steps are easy, and depending on the size of rainbow you print, this will keep your kids busy for a little while.

Supplies Needed:

  • Rainbow Card | Free Download
  • Tissue Paper in a rainbow assortment of colors, cut into 1.5″ squares
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • Cotton Balls
  • Gold Candy (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Download and print the rainbow card. (The sample above is using the size that prints 4 to a page.) Cut tissue paper into 1.5″ squares
  2. Wrap a square of tissue paper around the eraser of a pencil.
  3. Lightly dip the end of the tissue paper into the glue.
  4. Press the tissue paper onto the rainbow card.
  5. Continue to add tissue paper along side the previous one going by colors and following in order of rows.
  6. Glue cotton balls or candy to the ends of the rainbow.

You can also use the rainbow cards with other media. Try coloring, painting or glueing colored candies to it. For Silhouette users, you can import the .svg file using the Designer Edition (currently on sale) and cut out all the pieces in different colors to be glued together. There are a variety of fun ways to decorate your rainbows while spending time the kiddos. How are you going to use the rainbow cards?

St. Patrick’s Day Gold Treat Boxes

St. Patrick's Day gold treats BLOG

I love little holidays like Valentine’s and St. Patrick’s Day where there are little expectations and you get to make simple decorations and treats to celebrate your own traditions. We’re just starting our own family traditions now that my boys are getting a little older to somewhat understand the holidays. I plan on having little clues around the house as evidence a leprechaun has been there on St. Patrick’s Day. I’ll use green food coloring to dye food and drinks, maybe even color the toilet water green for some extra fun. In elementary I remember there being green show prints around the room where the leprechaun had been. I plan on using these leprechaun shoe prints to do the same thing at our house. And of course, our leprechaun will be leaving treats throughout the day too. Perhaps at the end of a little treasure hunt.

Do you have any St. Patrick’s Day traditions? Does a leprechaun visit your house?

You can find all gold treat box die cuts in my Silhouette portfolio.
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