It's almost St. Patrick's day, can you believe it? Growing up, we had never made a very big deal about the holiday; it was always just a day you wore green to make sure you didn't get pinched. Now that I have kids, it's a another reason to celebrate. Really, just give me a Friday and I'll celebrate it - but on this day when there are rainbow steamers run through my house I have an excuse :). We are currently living temporarily in a different state, in a "furnished" apartment without all of our things - kids without 90% of their toys. At first I thought this would be a bad thing but it has forced us to get creative, and art supplies are inexpensive, easy to store, and fill up hours of the day. It's amazing what you can do with a little glue, pipe cleaners, and paper. Like pinwheels, shamrock pinwheels to boot!
Pipe Cleaner Shamrock Pinwheel Craft
- Green pipe cleaners
- Green construction paper
- Glue stick
- Little hole punch if you have one, if not a tack or pin
Fold one piece of paper in half twice as shown.
Now cut out the shape of a clover leaf like shown. Ours were about 4 inches long, but if we make them again I would keep them at about 3 inches tall. This should give you four leaves.
Now fold over one corner and slightly bend the leaf to curve as shown. Use the glue stick to secure. Next glue them to each other forming a four leaf clover. I used a little flashlight to hold them together on the table for a few minutes. Let the glue dry completely. Use a hole punch or a tack to make a small hole through the center of all four leaves. We used two pipe cleaners twisted together to make them sturdy. Just leave an inch at the top of single pipe cleaner to put through the hole. Insert the end of the pipe cleaner through the hole on the flat side of the shamrock, then bend the pipe cleaner to create a 90 degree angle. Then simply loop the end on the front to secure.....
.....and blow! They really are fun to make, and could be made into any shape. Maybe flowers for spring? I hope everyone has a great St. Patrick's day. I am taking an idea from our contributor Aubrey and having a Green Party. Just invite friends and their kids and tell everyone to bring something green to eat. Then see how creative everyone gets with the things they bring!
Post by Destri : www.themotherhuddle.com