St. Patrick's Day Crafts
"Crafting" is a well-used verb in our home. St.Patrick's Day gives us a great opportunity to bring out the creative materials.
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Fruit in all colors of the rainbow. For example:
Red: Strawberries, Cherries
Orange: Mandarin Oranges, Cantaloupe
Green: Kiwi, Green Grapes
Violet: Grapes, Plums
Long Party Picks
Anything extra to decorate or color it
1) Fold the paper plate in half. Trace the template (alter it as you wish).
2) Cut around the template. DO NOT cut the bottom the shamrock. Stop cutting at the outer ridged edge of the plate.
3) Fold up the shamrock at the base. Look at the picture of the girls wearing their crowns to see an example of how to fold it upward.
4) Now for the part that circles the head: Cut along the ridged edge of the plate (cut 2" in for a small head, cut 1/2" in for a larger head)
5) Decorate and wear!
Shamrock Fruit Cookies
Snickerdoodle cookie recipe
Cream cheese "frosting" (recipe below)
Assorted fruit cut into bite-sized pieces
2) Place the balls in a shamrock shape on the cookie sheet. Lightly "squish" them with a flat glass--so they begin to meld together.
3) Bake them according to the recipe you chose.
If you are preparing these for a party that's not until the next day--DON"T add the topping until a couple hours before (otherwise the cookies will get mushy). However, if they are for today, add the topping after the cookies have completely cooled.
4) Cream Cheese "Frosting"
3 ounces cream cheese (I use Neufchatel), room temperature
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Thoroughly whip together all ingredients.
Spread (or pipe) onto the top of the cookie
Refrigerate leftovers (they become soft if not eaten soon)
There they are--delicious treats to enjoy!
Heavy paper or cardboard (we used a cereal box)
Orange construction paper--3 pages
Long pencil (to curl the construction paper)
2 long rubber bands (one for each ear)
1) A cereal box provides a nice foundation for the beard. Slightly bend it (without creasing it) and cut a triangle shape for the mouth opening.
2) Begin at the bottom with a line of glue. Cut construction paper into strips. Curl the strips around a pencil. Glue them in a row at the bottom.
3) Continue working your way up until you get to the very top.
4) Staple rubber bands on each top corner. Wrap rubber bands around ears.
1 cup butter
½ cup sugar
1 (3-ounce) box flavored gelatin—for St.Patrick's Day, we used lime
3 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
10-15 cups of popcorn (If you want your popcorn more coated, use fewer cups)
Combine first 5 ingredients in a heavy 2-quart saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.
Cook stirring occasionally, until a candy thermometer reads 255º. Note: I’ve burned the gelatin because my heat was too high. Keep a close eye on it. Also, sometimes I only go until 250º and that is fine too.
Place popcorn in a large bowl; pour hot mixture over popcorn, and stir until thoroughly coated. Spoon into a large roaster or baking pan. Note: I divide the popcorn into 2 bowls and dump half the mixture in one and stir. Then I dump it over the other and stir. This makes it easier to handle
Dump on two over-sized jellyroll pans.
Bake at 300º for 10-15 minutes (until crunchy), stirring twice. Transfer to lightly greased aluminum foil. Let cool and break into bit size pieces. Note: forget the greased foil; I pour mine right out on the Silestone counter and let it cool. It’s never stuck or burned.