They say everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, and having a party filled with green decorations, party favors, and food can be a lot of fun. Traditional Irish meals are easy to come up with, and you can tint many sweets with green food coloring to fit the theme, but what about party favors?
Here’s a list of five cute craft ideas to whip up for your St. Patrick’s Day party that are sure to have your leprechaun guests dancing a jig. Any of these could easily be made into name place card settings to show seating arrangements for a dinner party too.
Candy pot of gold
Look in your local craft or hobby store for small buckets and fill them with Rolo candy or gold foil-wrapped candy coins to make your own little pots of gold. You could paint the buckets green, or leave them white as in the original idea and they could be re-used for other craft projects in the future. (Think Easter, filled with colorful jelly beans).
Edible rainbow with pot of gold
Chocolate ‘gold’ coins or any gold Hershey’s Kisses in a bag with colorful twizzler-like candies can be your pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. You could also buy or make your own rock candy or sponge candy and break into small pieces to simulate the gold.
Lucky bag of treats
One of the simplest party favors you could make for St. Patrick’s Day is to put Lucky Charms cereal in small bags and close with a free printable that’s appropriate for the day. This is a quick an easy treat for a children’s party for school or day care. Use a generic tag for each bag, or personalize it with each child’s name to make them feel extra special.
If you’re handy with a sewing machine or needle and thread, whip up some little leprechaun pants to be filled with gold candy or other treats. Make sure to bookmark the directions to make bunny pants for Easter!
Free printables for your own ideas
These free St. Patrick’s Day printables can lead to numerous crafty ideas on making just about any tiny container fit the theme of the day. Take a small box or bag – even a tiny clay flower pot – and fill with candy, then attach a St. Patrick’s Day-themed tag. In addition to the candies listed above, you could also pick out yellow or gold jelly beans, Skittles or M&Ms, saving the rest of the colors for Easter.