Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Starting St. Patrick's Day early!

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My family is very Irish, and although St. Patrick’s Day is a year round holiday for us, we still celebrate St. Patrick’s day on March 17th.  Since I haven’t been home in for St. Patrick's day in so long, we figured we needed to send some St. Patrick’s day fun to our friends and family.

This week to get ready for St. Patrick's day we made green pepper shamrock stamps!  I wish I was creative enough to think of this on my own, however; when I was at a yard sale (back in the days when we lived in the Midwest) I stumbled across a mother who was getting rid of some homeschooling books and I snatched up the one on holiday fun for the family.

This activity is very simple and cute.  It can be for as long as short or as long you would like.  It is also a pretty inexpensive activity~which is great for many of us moms!  I also used this opportunity to keep informing Rory about the color green- Green pepper, Green Paint, Green stamps, Green Stickers.
Materials needed:
  • Green peppers: I got 2 one that looked like it could be a 3 leaf clover and one that looked like it was a 4 leaf clover (See picture below)
  • Knife for cutting
  • paint- green of course ;)
  • paintbrush (or you can use your fingers)
  • paper
  • decorating supplies (if wanted)
*I also put Rory in an old shirt so she didn't get paint all over her clothes....she still got some paint on her clothes but not as much as she normally would!
You can tell by the bottom of the peppers if they are going to be a 3 leaf clover or a 4 leaf shamrock

I cut the peppers on the bottom, and although you can use the whole pepper as the stamp, because my family is vegetarian and we love our peppers, I only cut a little piece of the pepper to use as a stamp. It is important that when you make the cut on the pepper that you cut them straight or else one side of the shamrock will be darker than the other.
You can just cut the bottom of the pepper and use the whole pepper as a stamp, I wanted to eat my peppers so I just cut a small piece for the stamp!
Once the pepper is cut you can see how it forms the shamrock.  All you have to do then is paint the bottom of the pepper and stamp it on paper.

It wouldn't be a complete project unless we ate something!
When the shamrocks are all dry you can decorate them however you choose!
More St. Patrick's Day activities to come!

1 comment:

  1. Love this..and Grace loved her St. Patty's Day card from Rory! Now I see how you made the clover..with a pepper..very clever!



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