Good morning everyone! February is already drawing to a close, and I still feel like I’m falling behind. I have always been a juggler, but I am new to this balancing act we call motherhood. March is just around the corner one of my family’s favorite holidays is just around the corner. My husband’s birthday is a few days before and he’s a huge Notre Dame fan. So every year I try to dream up new ways to celebrate. I’m especially excited about this year, because Aaliyah is old enough to celebrate with us. So it’s time to start creating scavenger hunts and make Leprechaun traps. Why, do you ask? Because it’s so much fun! So mark March 17th on your calendar, because we are going to have some fun with this.
I have found some great links from some of my fellow crafty moms to help you dream up some good old Irish mischief for your little ones. The Crafting Chicks can help you put together a cute little Leprechaun Trap with your little ones. It’s a great after school project for the whole family. Oopsie Daisy has some free printables for you to create a Scavenger Hunt to keep your kiddos busy. It’s a fun way to create some childhood memories. One of my favorites, turn your house upside down to make it look like some mischievous Leprechauns paid you a visit before your family woke up. Tutus and Tantrums can show you how to leave Leprechaun footprints as evidence of your little visitors.
And in the spirit of getting crafty, I have put together a tutorial for a St. Patrick’s Day plaque and an Irish banner. And for those of you with a sweet tooth, I’m sharing my recipe for Shamrock Popcorn. It’s a delicious treat that is great for St. Patty’s Day parties or just a family treat.
1 cup popcorn kernels, unpopped
1 brown paper bag
12 oz. white chocolate
2 Tbsp. shortening
Green food coloring
2 cups Pretzel sticks
1 1/2 cups green M & Ms
1. Cover a cookie sheet with wax paper and set aside.
2. Place popcorn kernels in a paper bag. Cook them in the microwave and cook for 2 minutes. Separate popcorn from the unpopped kernels (we don’t want anyone breaking any teeth). Pour popcorn in a large bowl and add your popcorn and M & Ms. Then set it aside.
3. In a small microwaveable bowl, combine white chocolate and shortening. Microwave it for 30 seconds. Then mix chocolate with a spatula and place it back in the microwave. Heat it for another 30 seconds. Remove bowl from microwave and stir melted chocolate with your spatula until smooth. Add green food coloring to your melted chocolate and stir it to combine.
4. Pour your now green chocolate over the popcorn mixture. Stir mixture until it is all lightly coated with chocolate. Then spread mixture onto your prepared cookie sheet. Place cookie sheet in the refrigerator for 20 minutes, so chocolate can harden.
5. Remove popcorn from refrigerator and put it in a bowl for all to enjoy!
Now that you have satisfied your sweet tooth, let’s get crafty! It’s time to bring a little Irish into your lives for the month of March! We’re going to put together a little plaque for your mantle or coffee table.
St. Patrick’s Day Plaque
1/3 yard Burlap
Shamrock Stencil, optional
Letter Stencils, optional
Picture Frame for 8 x 10 picture
We’ll begin by cutting your piece of burlap. Place the cardboard or backing of your picture frame on top of your burlap. you’ll use this to determine what dimensions to cut your burlap. At the place you where you want to make your cut, pull the frayed strand of burlap. Pull it tight so your burlap becomes cinched, until the strand is pulled free. You should be left with what looks like a snag in your burlap that runs the length. Using your scissors, cut along the snag. Repeat this process to cut the other side of your burlap.
Now it’s time to paint! First place your burlap on a piece for cardboard or newspaper, to protect your surface. You may do one of two things; draw freehand or paint using stencils. I like to do my lettering freehand, but I used a stencil for my shamrocks. If you’re using stencils, use small amounts of paint and dab the burlap with your brush. That way the paint won’t bleed underneath the stencil. Once you’ve finished painting, set it aside to dry.
Once your paint has dried, use your sharpie to outline your lettering. It will give your plaque a little more depth.
When you’re done, place your burlap inside your picture frame and display it for all to see!
Don’t forget, March 17th is the magical day when mischievous Leprechauns emerge and play practical jokes. So set a trap or schedule a hunt for those energetic and playful kids of yours. You never know, you might have a little fun. You’ll definitely create some great memories for the whole family. So enjoy, because it’s an excuse to be silly and have a good time!