March 17th is days away and with it comes a great deal of expectation from the wee little Leprechauns in your life. Sure, last year’s “Luck of the Irish” glitter stickers were a blast, but wouldn’t you have much more fun actually making crafts (and memories!) with your children this St. Patrick’s Day? I know what you’re probably thinking: Who has the time for crafts? or maybe Why bother, when it’s all going to end up in a landfill, anyway?
Luckily, I also know that there’s a helpful little piece of recyclable paper in your home right now that can make for the perfect solution to all of the questions above. When it comes to making magic when you’re crunched for time and resources, look no further than your average, everyday empty toilet paper roll.
1. Pots of Gold
Still trying to figure out the best place to store all of that excess Leprechaun gold? You’re not alone. And since good storage is in such high demand, you’ll need a timeless strategy. Upcycle your old toilet paper rolls into practical, stylish pots of gold that not only take up minimal room, but require very few extra crafting materials and take less than a half hour to make!
2. Wind Catchers
I hate to say it, but St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t always yield the best of weather. So why not prepare for the worst with a fabulous wind catcher to sport your festive spirit? All you need is a toilet paper roll (or paper towel roll for a lengthier catcher), some assorted acrylic paints, ribbon and dental floss.
It wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day if you didn’t spend some time on safari for magic. But how will you do so without these regulation binoculars to help lead the way? A toilet paper roll is the perfect size for your viewing pleasure when the time comes to buckle down and get searching.
Granted, you don’t want all that searching to go waste if, at the end of the day, there are no leprechauns to be found. While a toilet paper roll makes the perfect pair of binoculars for looking, it is also coincidentally the perfect body type of a standard middle-aged leprechaun. The beauty in this craft is that you and your child can make his or her leprechaun look as average or above average as they wish. The possibilities are endless, as long as the glitter is.
5. Cardboard Clovers
Don’t worry, I didn’t forget the clovers. The sturdiness of a toilet paper roll mixed with its workable flexibility makes for one flawless shamrock. If you don’t have time to find a 4-leaf clover in nature, this option is a great alternative.
6. Clover Stamp
Even better, you can use a toilet paper roll to construct a clover stamp. With just a bit of tape and some paint, your child will be free to stamp clovers on anything and everything for the whole day! Although, I would highly recommend stamping with a washable paint, in case the excitement ends up all over your hallway walls.
So there you have it: a last minute list of St. Patrick’s Day activities that will keep your children busy and your environmentally-conscious heart happy. When going about these crafts, of course, it is also important to stay humble because the other crafters on your block will undoubtedly become green with envy. (No, it’s not just from too many green bagels!) After all, who would have thought that something as ordinary as a toilet paper roll could serve such an extraordinary re-purpose?