St Patricks Day Card

With St Patricks Day round the corner I thought that making a card to celebrate would be a nice opportunity for me and The Toddler to mess around with some paints. ‘Making’ is his current favorite thing to do (other than being Batman, obviously) and with the weather being less than 100% at the moment this was a great indoor project that we could do.

st patricks day shamrock cardMy original plan was to do some potato printing onto some paper. Look, I made a really cute stamp and everything. If you do choose to do potato printing I highly recommend drawing your image first onto the potato before you start cutting as its a bit trickier than you’d expect! Also its handy to dry out your cut potato on a bit of kitchen paper before you paint as this will help it to carry the paint better.

st patricks potato printingHowever The Toddler, being three, did not appreciate my plan for this St Patricks Day card and instead decided that he would use the stamp to ‘paint’ with. “Up and down Mummy!” I’m fairly certain that at one point he was also using it to draw directions to the local soft play. He has attempted this before!

kids st patricks day cardI’m not a huge fan of forcing small kids to do art how I think they should do it, so we had a slight change of plan here. We waited for the paint to dry and then cut shamrock shapes out of it instead. Out comes the ever faithful glue (“Yay! Sticking!” Big hugs.) and our card is finished. Actually, I think I rather like it this way.

Linking up with some amazing craft godessess over at #getyourcrafton which is currently being hosted by Kids Chaos. You will, as ever, be shocked to learn that I’ve also got a Pinterest board for St Patricks Day ideas, why not go and have a look?

And if you like this card do Pin or Tweet it! Sharing is caring!!

23 Comments

  1. 26th February 2014 / 11:27 am

    The best laid plans! I agree that it is much better to let children go with the flow and let them decide what to do during a creative project and then you can always use the results of their creativity as you have with your pretty card. I often do the project in my head whilst sitting next to the toddler who is up to all sorts just to plant the seed in their head that there are other ways to paint that don’t include squishing your hands in all the paint and then squelching it across the paper. This sometimes works and it keeps me from interfering with their work!

  2. 26th February 2014 / 11:37 am

    Great idea, so funny that your liitle one had other plans. It’s great to get them painting, it doesn’t really matter what the end result is 🙂

  3. 26th February 2014 / 11:39 am

    My 11 year old daughter loves anything crafty! She loves making cards and bracelets and drawing etc! Great card!!! 🙂

  4. 26th February 2014 / 12:15 pm

    Love that he draws maps – excellent future career there! And I never had any luck with potato prints either – it always turned into finger painting and chaos!

    • 26th February 2014 / 7:46 pm

      Well he’s told me that he’s going to be an artist when he grows up but I’m still holding out for (very well paid) human rights lawyer 😉

  5. 26th February 2014 / 3:39 pm

    Lovely idea of a potato stamp, shame it didn’t see the final cut… but artists are always right and have to pick their own way 🙂

  6. 26th February 2014 / 7:58 pm

    The best things come from a change to plans! These look great 🙂 Thanks for the tips for your original idea though, I’ve not done potato prints for years so this just jogged my memory. I think maybe this will be something me and my little one do soon! I love your finished card. You are right, it’s always best to let your toddler explore in their own way.

  7. 26th February 2014 / 9:31 pm

    I love the potato stamp, not sure my leaf would look as good as that if I carved it! Great cards

  8. 27th February 2014 / 12:38 am

    Love that he wanted to use the potato as a paintbrush! A cute card and easy craft to do and quick thinking to turn it around with the cutting out shamrock shapes x

  9. 28th February 2014 / 2:16 pm

    i love potato printing! so fun, and can be done by anyone, any age.

  10. 28th February 2014 / 6:02 pm

    oh who cares if it didn’t go to plan, still looks fab!

    • 3rd March 2014 / 8:24 pm

      Totally, no point in trying to force a three year old to do anything, trust me!!

  11. 28th February 2014 / 6:19 pm

    Good tips on the potato printing – we tried it once – reasonably successfully to make a Christmas card design but my girls were a bit bigger so we avoided using it as a paintbrush idea! Love what you did with the result though and sticking is always popular!

  12. 28th February 2014 / 8:23 pm

    Wow I love this! I am a total newbie when it comes to crafts and this looks like a simple way to start. Used to love potato printing when I was little. Will give it a go! X

  13. 28th February 2014 / 11:09 pm

    I’m not as good as I’d like at doing crafts with the kids. I’m not sure if it is because I don’t like the cleaning up or I can’t let go and let them do their own thing. I love the way your card finished and how you adapted your plans

  14. 1st March 2014 / 1:39 am

    I think the card looks great! We often have to change things if Peakles wants to do things her way – and most of the time it works out better than the original times.

  15. 1st March 2014 / 3:54 pm

    I love the finished product and I’m very impressed with your potato cutting skills!

  16. 2nd March 2014 / 9:14 am

    I’m afraid I’m such a control freak that I had to stop doing craft when they were little for fear of taking over. You’ve done well to go with the flow. Now mine are older they create way better stuff than I ever could!

    • 3rd March 2014 / 8:21 pm

      Arguably my three year old already paints better than I do 😉

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