St. Patrick’s Day parties are not just for adults. Kids can join in the fun too. Start the party planning by creating this easy to make invitation for family and special friends.
Materials Needed for St. Patrick’s Day Party Invitations
Kids can create colorful invitations for this special event using simple arts and crafts materials. Parents should help children to locate appropriate items/materials for this activity. Materials include:
- Cardstock or other thick paper in white
- Shamrock stencil or template (or try a cookie cutter)
- Green tempera paint
- Paint brush
- Green glitter
- Glue stick
- Computer with printer
- Printer paper
- Large mailing envelopes
Steps for Kids to Create Holiday Party Invitations
Before beginning this activity, make sure to discuss specific party details. Even though St. Patrick’s Day is March 17 of every year, it may not be possible to have a weekday party. Some families may need to plan for the nearest weekend date possible. Additionally, parents should select a time of day for the party. Mid-afternoon times are a great option for children grade school aged and younger.
- Fold the cardstock in half so that the top touches the bottom (it should look more like a tent than a book).
- The child can use a pencil to trace a shamrock shape using a stencil, template, or cookie cutter on the front of the folded cardstock.
- Using a thin paint brush, the child can now paint the shamrock green.
- While the paint is still wet, he or she can sprinkle green glitter over the shamrock. Shake off any excess glitter onto a piece of paper and reuse.
- Set aside to dry.
- Using a word processing program, parents can help children to design a simple inside information page for the information. Create a cute St. Patrick’s Day logo on the top using different fonts to notify guests what the party will be celebrating. Make sure to note that this is a family/children’s party. Add the child’s/family name, date, time, place, and an RSVP number underneath. Try to make this part fit on approximately half of a page.
- Print two to a page and cut in half with scissors.
- Open the cardstock and glue the information page to the bottom half of the invitation.
- Set aside until the glue dries.
- Once dry, place the cards into the envelopes, address, and mail!
Additional St. Patrick’s Day Invitation Craft Ideas
Come up with another unique idea, or add to this one with some simple embellishments. Kids can choose to make the invitations as plain or fancy as they wish. Additional invitation ideas include:
- Stamps or stickers: Use an ink pad and shamrock stamps (or shamrock stickers minus the ink pad) to add to the outside of the invitation. Try decorating both back and the front.
- Leprechaun: Kids can draw a leprechaun on the outside or inside (top) of the invitation with markers or colored pencils.
- Glitter: Instead of covering the shamrock with glitter, paint a thin layer of clear drying, non-toxic glue over the outside of the postcard and lightly dust with glitter.
Kids can create a very special St. Patrick’s Day party invitation that will be perfect for any family celebration. Parents should help children to gather materials, and assist in the art making when needed. The finished product can be mailed or handed out to guests such as extended family, classmates, friends, and neighbors.