Handprint Shamrock Craft Easy St Patrick’s Day Idea for Kids

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Today we have a fun handprint shamrock craft idea using simple materials that would make a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day project for kids to make at home, or as part of their classroom celebrations. This is one of the most easy shamrock crafts that you could find!

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up soon (March 17th). To mark the occasion, you can make this easy Shamrock craft with the kids, using their own little handprints, then they can display their own shamrocks or even use the handprints to create a St. Patrick’s Day card for friends and family.

St Patrick's Day Handprint Shamrock craft for Kids. Have a shamrock' St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Craft Supplies

For this easy St Patrick’s Shamrock craft, or clover handprint craft, all you need is just a handful of basic arts and craft supplies.

  • Green paint
  • Paper or Cardstock
  • Paintbrush
  • Optional – add some gold glitter (you may also need glue for this, or use gold glitter glue)
  • Optional – scissors (for the adapted version)

And of course, your kids will need their hands!

green paint

To extend the activity, before you start you could work with the kids to mix up their own green paint. Check out our color mixing activity which focuses on how to make green.

St Patrick’s Day is the perfect time to focus on the color green so these activities tie in very well.

How to make a Shamrock Handprint Craft (or a four leaf clover!)

So, here is a simple craft that is easy and inexpensive, that kids will love and it makes for a great St Patrick’s Day gift. Let’s get started!

Today, we are going to give you the easy, step-by-step instructions of how to make the most awesome kids’ crafts using only a few household items: Shamrock Handprint crafts!

First, have the kids paint their hands in the green paint.

green handprint painting

This can get messy and is lots of fun for kids of all ages!

Carefully place hands down to stamp the handprint patterns onto your paper or card to create a shamrock formation as you can see below.

To make the handprint, you will need three handprints placed at 90 degree angles to each other.

Once your three handprints are in place, use a paint brush to finish off the Shamrock with a green stem.

For an optional extra, you can sprinkle some gold glitter on top of your handprint shamrock picture for good luck! So pretty! The kids little handprints will look so cute.

For a meaningful keepsake, with three children get them to make one special handprint shamrock together by using one handprint per child.

Adapt this craft for younger kids

If you have young kids who want to go crazy with the handprints all over the page, and don’t want to follow the shamrock shape formation – that is okay! Let them go crazy and experiment with the paint to their heart’s content. I have an easy hack for you to try.

Once your toddler has finished stamping green handprints all over the page, find some handprints that are clearly defined and cut out three handprints together, using toddler safe scissors.

green hand prints with paint

You can then arrange these handprints onto a new piece of paper and glue them down to create the Shamrock handprint craft together. If you leave a white outline around the handprints, then this will look great glued down onto green paper.

Hand Print Four Leaf Clover

Want to make a lucky four leaf clover craft instead of a traditional shamrock, just add one more handprint leaf and you’ve got your lucky clover. It is so easy!

What is the meaning of Shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day?

So you’re making this simple and fun St. Patrick’s Day craft with the kids, and the children would like to know – what have Shamrocks got to do with St Patrick’s Day?

The significance of Shamrocks is that they are a famous symbol of Ireland, known all around the world. The shamrock is the emblem of St. Patrick, the patron St. of Ireland and the person who this traditional holiday is all about!

So are clovers and shamrocks the same thing? A shamrock is a type of three leaf clover. Four leaf clovers are seen to be lucky because they are more rare to find.

st patricks day shamrock or three leaf clover

If you’re looking for a fun way to teach your kids about the history of St. Patrick, then this is the craft for you! Make the shamrocks together and then check out some books and Ireland and St. Patrick’s Day from the library.

Poems or Greetings for your St. Patrick’s Day Craft

Want to turn this St Patrick’s Day Handprint Shamrock craft into a greeting card, or just add a special St. Patrick’s Day poem or wish? Here are a few ideas

  • Wishing you a sham-rockin’ St. Patrick’s Day!
  • May your troubles be less, and your blessings be more, and nothing but happiness come through your door (this is an Old Irish blessing)
  • Wishing you a pot of gold, and all the joy your heart can hold.

How do you say Happy St. Patrick’s Day in Irish?

It is Lá Fhéile Pádraig sona duit! and pronounced Law leh Paw-drig suna ghit (source)

More St. Patrick’s Day Crafts and Activities

If you’re planning a St. Patrick’s Day party, check out these lucky St. Patrick’s Day printable decorations.

That post also contains some St Patrick’s Day craft templates that you can use for some more fun crafts, including a free shamrock template and a Leprechaun hat coloring page.

st patricks day coloring printables and templates for crafts

Rainbow crafts are also popular for St. Patricks Day, as you can hunt for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, like a cheeky leprechaun.

We have a couple of easy rainbow crafts to share. Kids can have fun making these 3D rainbow crafts

Or these pot of gold rainbow shakers for sensory play.

pot of gold rainbow shaker st patricks sensory play

Printable Instructions

This painting activity is easy for little ones, but if you would like these handprint shamrock instructions in an easy printable format to refer back to, you can print via our Create card below.

Handprint Shamrock Craft Easy St Patrick's Day Idea for Kids
Yield: 1

Handprint Shamrock Craft Easy St Patrick's Day Idea for Kids

Prep Time: 1 minute
Active Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 12 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

How to make a Handprint Shamrock Craft with kids. This is a super easy St Patrick's Day idea for young kids to make at home or preschool.


  • Green paint
  • Paper
  • (Optional) Gold glitter


  • Your hands
  • Paint brush


  1. Paint your child's hand, or have them paint their own hands in green paint
  2. Make three handprints around the page, to create a shamrock formation
  3. Use a paintbrush to add the stem for the shamrock
  4. You are all done! Let the handprint picture dry
  5. Optional: add some gold glitter for good luck.


Full details on blog post at intheplayroom.co.uk

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Easy shamrock handprint craft for kids, perfect for toddlers to make for st patricks day.

St Patrick’s day is always a fun holiday, with the parties, the parades, the drinks, the food, the Irish history, and of course, the Shamrock.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, whether you are Irish or not!

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