Printable Trinity Shamrock Craft- Perfect Craft For St. Patrick’s Day!

We crafted shamrocks and added this printable to turn them into Trinity shamrocks. You just print 2 sided, fold, and open! Check it out. printable trinity craft for St. Patrick's day that folds open Each time that you fold the printable out, it reveals a new person of the Holy Trinity with a symbol, and it also reveals a prayer to them at the same time. Watch this shot play of the printable unfolding step by step. (Click picture to enlarge)

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This printable Trinity fold-able can be used separately with no crafting involved! The end result is just a circle. Each one prints on just one piece of paper (front and back).

Of course… you guys know me. I really wanted it to be a craft. ;-) I made these with my preschool class for the letter “T” (for Trinity). I pre-cut shamrock shapes from white cardstock, and gave them yellow and blue paint that could mix to make green. If you do this, there must be just a few drops of blue paint for a puddle of yellow.

painting shamrocks with preschoolers- yellow and blue make green

For painting, we used a clothes pin holding a cotton ball. These were handier for very young children than foam brushes because there was no particular way they had to be turned to work.

paint shamrocks with preschoolers by mixing your own green paint

They are also wearing the world’s most amazing crafting aprons for children, available from ikea. Love these! (They don’t pay me or anything, but truly, I love these.)

So once they paint their shamrock, they can color and cut their little Trinity booklets, and glue stick them (folded up) to the middle of their shamrock. We also glue-sticked the shamrocks onto their choice of colored construction paper. Here they are the with printable Trinity booklets closed:

shamrock craft for preschool- teach the trinity

And here they are with their Trinity booklets open!

trinity shamrock craft for preschool

shamrock trinity craft- printable

I love how this reveals a part of the prayer each time a part is folded back, and that it folds out into the shamrock shape. Mixing the yellow and blue to make green was really fun for my preschoolers as well!

Print your free Trinity booklets by clicking here. Remember to print them front/back! Cut them very carefully- do not cut the circles apart. You will have one single piece when you are done cutting. Fold the Holy Spirit dove over to the middle, then the cross, then the crown. If gluing it down, put glue on the back circle where it says “1 who + 1 who + 1 who = 1 what”. Let the other circles flap free.

printable trinity craft for kids

We also sang “The Trinity Song”, Tune of “Are You Sleeping”

(Can be sung in a round)

God the Father, God the Father.

God the Son, God the Son.

God the Holy Spirit, God the Holy Spirit.

Three in one, three in one.

My kids also love to sing the “Father I Adore You” song in a round, which is also a song about the Trinity. We really enjoy rounds in general I guess!

Hope you guys enjoy this super easy Trinity shamrock craft! Great craft for celebrating a Catholic St. Patrick’s day. ;-)

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How to Make an Easy Shamrock from Pipe Cleaners

This is a great tip for making Shamrocks from pipe cleaners!

This picture really says it all:

Just put 3 of your fingers together,  and wrap the pipe cleaner around all them, 1 at a time. Pull it off the tops of your fingers, and twist the 2 ends together to hold it.

Trim the stem to your desired length. You’re finished! Even if kids need some help, use their fingers to wrap around and they totally think they made it themselves. ;-) Lydia only wanted to make them in pink and purple, which was fine with me.

You can use these however you want. You could probably tweak this technique for making shamrock rosaries, and you could also make a shamrock for your St. Patrick paper bag puppet to hold! Also, you could use these as a prop for singing the St. Patrick’s Day Trinity song! :-)


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Shamrock Shepherd’s Pie for St. Patrick’s Day {and a linky!}

I thought for today’s First Friday link-up, it would be fun to have a St. Patrick’s day theme! Scroll to the bottom of this post to see everyone’s ideas and add your own links.

As many of you already know, I have a St. Patrick’s day article out in Catholic Digest this month. I was really excited about the projects I got to share! There are directions in the article for making a shepherd’s pie with a green pepper shamrock on top, but they didn’t end up using my pictures- they used stock photos. I felt like that project really missed it’s punch without the photos, so I wanted to share them with all of you.

The reason why I made a shepherd’s pie is because St. Patrick worked as a shepherd boy when he was a slave. The shamrock embellishes the top at St. Patrick’s symbol for the Trinity- one clover, 3 leaves!

You have to be choosy when selecting a green pepper for this project! You need a green pepper with only 3 bulbs- not 4! If you get one with 4, when you slice it, it will look like a 4 leaf clover, not a shamrock. A 3 petaled shamrock is a great symbol for the Trinity. A 4 leaf clover is a good luck charm carried by Leprechauns and adorns rainbows and pots of gold.

Ingredients needed:
•    1 pound ground beef
•    Salt and pepper
•    1 cup frozen peas
•    1 cup frozen carrots
•    1 cup beef broth
•    2 ½ cups mashed potatoes
•    1 green pepper (with three lobes)

Brown the ground beef and add the broth, then salt and pepper to taste. Mix in the peas and carrots, and then put the ground beef mixture into a pie or casserole dish. Arrange the mashed potatoes on top however you’d like. Slice the green pepper crossways to get a shamrock shape, and add another sliver to make the stem. You’ll get the best shamrock shape from a slice close to the end of the pepper. Add this “shamrock” on top of the mashed potatoes to garnish the pie. Bake at 350 until the pie is warm throughout, and the mashed potatoes start to brown on the edges.

We got fancy and piped on the mashed potatoes with an icing tip. :-) You could just make the top swirly with a  fork if you’re looking to make it easier.

I think this is a really fun dinner to serve up for St. Patrick’s day! What are your plans for celebrating this great feast day?  Share your links below!

Read the link-up rules here before adding your link. Feel free to join in the St. Patrick’s day theme, but you are welcome to share other Catholic posts for March as well. :-)

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How to Make a St. Brigid’s Cross with Kids

I have wanted to try making a St. Brigid’s cross for years, but never got around to it until now. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be, and we had a lot of fun! St. Brigid’s feast day is on February 1, but St. Patrick’s day is an equally great time to make this fun craft!

I decided to experiment with several materials to see what made the best cross. Here are a few I made out of colored raffia.

While the raffia crosses are adorable, the raffia was harder to work with than the pipe cleaners. Next, I tried making some crosses out of plastic string. It didn’t go well. In fact, it went so un-well that I don’t even have any pictures to share. It was a total craft fail. Therefore, I’m going to recommend using pipe cleaners for this project! (If you’d like to try your hand at making some St. Brigid’s Crosses out of raffia, I’m going to suggest learning first with pipe cleaners and then moving to the raffia.)

I also experimented with different sizes of St. Brigid’s crosses. With both the raffia and the pipe cleaners, I thought the smaller ones were easier to handle, and very cute!

So after our many experiments, I’m going to recommend making these out of pipe cleaners with kids (and quite possibly, half-length pipe cleaners.)

You need 15 pipe cleaners to make 1 full sized St. Brigid’s cross, and about half that many for a smaller one. Whatever size you decide to make, you’ll want all of your pipe cleaners to be the same length when you start. You’ll need one that’s straight, and the rest of them should be bent in half. It’s easiest to do this before you start.

How to Weave St. Brigid’s Cross: a picture tutorial

Start with 1 straight pipe cleaner. Place a folded pipe cleaner over it. Rotate it once to the left, and add another pipe cleaner. Rotate it once to the left, and add another pipe cleaner. Rotate it once to the left, and …. well, I think you’re starting to understand. It’s actually very easy once you get going! Ever time you add a pipe cleaner, you put it over all of the pieces sticking up. Then rotate and repeat.

When the cross has gotten to your desired size, cut some small sections of pipe cleaner, and twist the ends together. We made this one using the colors of the Irish flag!

My 5 year old was able to weave a St. Brigid’s cross (with a little help) and she was very proud! I’m going to recommend this craft for everyone ages 5 and up! (Lydia’s is on the left, and mine is on the right. I think it made it easier than we used the same colors as we went so I could say things like “now we need the yellow one to point up.”)

I think the smaller ones were a little easier to handle because it was easier to keep the pieces of pipe cleaner straight. Once you get the hang of it with pipe cleaners, give the raffia a try! I used about 3 strands of raffia at a time. The directions I found said to soak the raffia in warm water before beginning, but I skipped that step and it seemed to work just fine.

I strongly recommend trying your hand at these! They’re super fun to make, and so cute when they’re finished!

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