A Fun Craft Idea for St. Patrick’s Day!

Last weekend, my kids spent an afternoon at my mom and stepfather’s house.  Each time the boys visit, my mom usually has some kind of craft planned. With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, this time was no different…On this visit, my mom (“Mimi” to them) taught them about Ireland and came up with a fun craft idea for St. Patrick’s Day…

St. Patrick’s Day Craft Idea:

A fun project for kids or adults…

To introduce my kids to Irish architecture, my mom shared one of her books about Ireland’s thatched-roof cottages.  Then she helped them build their own Irish cottage from a box.

Irish cottage craft and book for St. Patrick's Day


For the roof, they attached a broom and then glued on windows and a door.  My older son worked very hard to give the effect of a shadow on the red door by coloring the top black.  

Overall, they were happy with the results but my detail-oriented mom wished she had provided a shorter box to match the one story cottage.  She thought the cottage was a little tall.  Of course, the boys didn’t care.  They just loved trying to recreate the photo from the book.

St. Patrick’s Day Theme:

While the boys created the cottage, my mom explained the meaning of St. Patrick’s Day. 

For extra ambiance, she even played Irish music in the background.  Then, she shared her Ireland travel experiences and how she and my stepfather visited his Irish family there.  As an extra touch, she gave the boys some Irish coins but they left them over her house.  They keep reminding me that we have to go back and get them “as soon as possible”!

Irish Treats:

And during this Ireland-immersion afternoon, Mimi was sure to provide a snack!

Irish Soda Bread

For an Irish afternoon, what is more appropriate than Irish soda bread?

Of course, it was a huge hit with my older son so we had to take the rest home.  For some reason, my younger son was not as thrilled.  Apparently, he he was expecting it to be more like cake!

Of course, I would share the recipe with you but Mimi cheated and bought this at the grocery store.  Though, I have to tell you, I tried it and it was delicious!  No reason to waste time baking!

Overall, it was a wonderful afternoon for the boys…and for Mimi!  Thanks Mom!

Have you thought of any fun craft ideas for St. Patrick’s Day?

Follow along so you don’t miss a post!

Subscribe by email – HERE

PinterestInstagram / Facebook / Twitter

Irish cottage and Irish soda bread


Similar Posts


  1. What fun! And the bread looks yummy, I agree…who needs to spend all that time baking! :)Thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday…Blessings,Cindy

  2. Can Mimi come to my house and hang out with my girls? 🙂 Your boys are lucky – this is the kind of stuff they will always remember!

  3. FANTASTIC project!My mom is very similar. Always painting with her grandkids.But this project is adorable! Love it! xoxA

  4. Your mom is so creative! I bet your boys absolutely love visiting her! Thanks for stopping by to say hello!AlisonNancherrow

  5. Oh I always love hearing about your boys. I actully feel like I know them a little from your post on sibling order. And you sure have a fun Mom, "Mimi" is the name my boys call my Mom too. I keep finding ways I connect with you, isn't that nice? Let's see, using a broom for a thatched roof? I can see where you got your creativity from …which reminds me. No school events lately? Thanks so much for stopping by my blog during these whirlwind days. There's so many times I think about returning the visit but I can't seem to catch up. Although I count you as one of my favorite blog friends. Love your taste. Love your boys. And I SO appreciate your kindness!xoLeslie

  6. What a wonderful grandma your mom is! My daughter brought store bought Irish Soda Bread last year and it was yummy. Thanks for sharing with SYC.hugs,Jann

    1. Thanks, they all had a great time. As you can see, this was a few years ago and I miss those sweet old days!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *