Shamrock Smoosh St. Patrick’s Day Craft

Do you do a lot of St. Patrick’s Day activities?

We don’t do a lot., but we’ll dress in green, read some awesome books, and make a St. Patrick’s Day craft or two.

Earlier, I shared our pretty shamrock rainbows and today we’re going to be doing a bit of smoosh painting. (Yes, I made up that term! It’s a fun word for a fun process)

Try some fun smoosh painting to create this pretty St. Patrick's Day craft for kids. The process is fun and the results are pretty with this sensory painting idea.

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Supplies Needed:

White paper
2 – 3 shades of green paint
Plastic wrap
Scissors
Glue
Thin cardboard (we used a cracker box)

Try some fun smoosh painting to create this pretty St. Patrick's Day craft for kids. The process is fun and the results are pretty with this sensory painting idea.

How to make this fun St. Patrick’s Day craft

To begin, tear off a piece of plastic wrap for each child.

Next, squirt a little bit of each shade of green paint onto the plastic wrap. We were using three different paint colors, but any amount more than two will work.

Try some fun smoosh painting to create this pretty St. Patrick's Day craft for kids. The process is fun and the results are pretty with this sensory painting idea.

Next – and this is the best part – turn the plastic wrap paint side down on your paper and start smooshing.

Smoosh all over.

Smoosh the colors together.

Then smoosh, smoosh, smoosh until most of your paper is covered.

Try some fun smoosh painting to create this pretty St. Patrick's Day craft for kids. The process is fun and the results are pretty with this sensory painting idea.

This part of the process turned out to be a lot less messy than I anticipated.

To contain the mess, I had covered the table with an old sheet so the girls only ended up with a little bit of paint on their fingers.

The messiest part of the whole process was throwing away our paint-covered plastic wrap.

Try some fun smoosh painting to create this pretty St. Patrick's Day craft for kids. The process is fun and the results are pretty with this sensory painting idea.

While waiting for the paint to dry, cut a shamrock from your cereal box.

Shamrocks are not as complicated to draw as you might think. Draw three hearts with their point meeting in the middle, add a stem, and you’re done.

If you’re still not confident in your drawing abilities, do a quick Google search for a shamrock to trace.

Cut out the shamrock and brush glue all over it. We used a watered down glue (one part glue to one part water) to easily get coverage over the entire shamrock.

Try some fun smoosh painting to create this pretty St. Patrick's Day craft for kids. The process is fun and the results are pretty with this sensory painting idea.

Put your dried painting on top of the cardboard cutout, painted side facing out.

Then, press down until it’s stuck good.

We ended up putting ours under a heavy book for awhile to press it down and make sure our edges didn’t curl.

Once your glue is dry, use your cardboard as a guide to cut the paper.

And, you’re done!

Try some fun smoosh painting to create this pretty St. Patrick's Day craft for kids. The process is fun and the results are pretty with this sensory painting idea.

I love how these turned out… and I really loved the smooshy process we went through to make these fun shamrocks.

Have fun decorating with this awesome St. Patrick’s Day craft!

Try some fun smoosh painting to create this pretty St. Patrick's Day craft for kids. The process is fun and the results are pretty with this sensory painting idea.

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Terri is a writer and mom of two elementary-aged girls. She has a passion for learning and is always looking for ways to make learning fun. You can find her here writing about fun learning activities, art, craft, and family fun ideas.

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