It's fun to go all-out for the holidays, but even with one celebration after another, you don't have to worry about breaking your budget with these affordable St. Patrick's Day projects. From dollar store crafts like shamrock pasta magnets to creations using supplies you already have at home (like paint and toilet paper rolls), discover six inexpensive St. Patrick's Day crafts that won't cost a pot of gold to make!

Shamrock pasta magnet

Most kids love any St. Patrick's Day craft that involves pasta, paint and glue, but what you'll love is that all of the materials for this affordable craft (from Crafts For All Seasons) can be found at the dollar store!

Crafts for all season- Shamrock pasta magnet


  • Green cardstock, or light cardboard
  • Scissors
  • White tacky glue that dries clear
  • Acini de pepe uncooked pasta
  • Green acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Magnet


  1. Draw a shamrock on your cardstock or print one here. Let your youngster use scissors to cut out your St. Patrick's Day craft shape.
  2. Coat one entire side with glue, spreading it around with a paintbrush.
  3. Sprinkle the pasta liberally onto the glued surface, using more than you need, and press down on the pasta pile to be sure your noodles will stick. Let it dry completely.
  4. When your glue is completely dry, shake off the excess pasta and remove any noodle pieces that extend past your cardstock.
  5. Using your green paint and your paintbrush, paint the noodle surface completely green. Be sure your kiddos get into all the nooks and crannies and let it dry completely.
  6. Glue a magnet to the back of your cardstock and display it on your fridge year round!

Find the full photo tutorial at Crafts For All Seasons

Hand print leprechaun

Your little lucky charm can create a personalized leprechaun with this affordable St. Patrick's Day handprint craft from that won't cost you a pot of gold!

Handprint Leprechaun


  • Paint in orange and pale pink
  • Black, yellow and green construction paper or scrapbook paper
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush
  • Black marker
  • Glue
  • Small circle punch (optional)
  • White art paper


  1. With your child's open palm face up, add orange paint on the fingers, joint and heel of the hand to create hair on the handprint.
  2. Next, add pale pink to the rest of the palm to create the face of the leprechaun.
  3. Place your kiddo's hand firmly on the paper, face down, to leave a handprint for the basis of your leprechaun.
  4. Use the green paper and cut out a hat and glue to your leprechaun's head.
  5. Use the black paper and cut out a strip for the hat band and a pot for your gold. Glue the strip to the hat and the pot near the bottom of the page.
  6. Use the yellow paper and cut out a hat buckle. Glue it to the hat. Then, use the same paper to cut out circle coins with your punch or scissors and glue in a pile coming out of the top of the pot.
  7. Once the handprint is dry, use your marker to give your little one's leprechaun a happy face, ready to celebrate St. Patrick's Day!

Find the full photo tutorial at Elizabeth Lauren

Shamrock hair pin

Add a little luck to your youngster's day with these adorable felt shamrock hair pins by craft blogger that also work as an affordable St. Patrick's Day craft headband or ponytail holder!

Molly Moo St shamrock hair pin


  • Green felt
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Glue
  • Hair rubber band, headband or bobby pin


  1. Using your pencil, draw three Ms side-by-side along the edge of the felt to create your shamrock leaves and cut.
  2. Thread needle and sew along the flat edge of the three leaves, creating a tiny banner.
  3. Pull the thread from each side, drawing leaves together to form a shamrock shape. Knot the thread at the back to secure.
  4. Wrap the remaining thread around a hair pin, head band or hair rubber band for an easy and inexpensive shamrock craft your little girl will love!

Find the full photo tutorial at Molly Moo

St. Patrick's Day hand print money tree

Create a handprint keepsake while getting your youngster into the lucky spirit with a St. Patrick's Day craft from Incredible Edible Crafts that proves money can grow on trees!

St Patricks Day handprint coinsMaterials:

  • Yellow construction paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Green letter-sized cardstock
  • Chocolate coins
  • Glue
  • Double-sided tape


  1. Trace around your youngster's hand and arm on a sheet of yellow paper to form tree branches and trunk. Cut with scissors.
  2. Adhere the handprint cutout to the green paper with glue.
  3. Help your youngsters adhere small pieces of double-sided tape to the backs of the chocolate coins.
  4. Secure the chocolate coins to the tree and he's ready to celebrate the lucky day with this affordable St. Patrick's Day craft!

Find the full photo tutorial at Incredible Edible Crafts

Leprechaun hat favors

Give kids their own little pot of gold with a St. Patrick's Day craft by guest poster Jeromina on Canadian Living!

Leprechaun hat favors


  • Snack-sized plastic bowls
  • Green acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Small square sponge
  • Green and yellow cardstock
  • 5/8-inch black ribbon
  • 1/2-inch double-sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Candy


  1. Turn the bowl upside down and paint two coats of paint on the curved underside of the lip. Allow it to completely dry after each coat.
  2. Dab two coats of paint with a sponge until the outside of the bowl is completely covered. Allow it to completely dry after each coat.
  3. Use the sponge to dab two coats of paint on the top of the lid. Allow it to completely dry after each coat.
  4. Cut the ribbon long enough to wrap once around the bowl and affix with double-sided tape near the brim.
  5. Cut a shamrock shape from the green paper and a 3/4-inch by 1-inch buckle from the yellow paper and adhere both to hat with double-sided tape.
  6. While you're at the dollar store picking up supplies for this craft, remember to pick up some candy to fill your leprechaun hats!

Find the full photo tutorial at Canadian Living

Toilet paper roll Leprechaun

Don't toss out that TP roll! Thanks to this affordable St. Patrick's Day idea from TP Crafts you can put your kids in the spirit of the holiday with materials you probably already have on hand.

Toilet paper roll LeprechaunMaterials:

  • 1 toilet paper roll
  • Green paint
  • Green construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Pink or peach construction paper
  • Easter grass or yarn for beard
  • Tape


  1. Paint your cardboard tube green and allow to dry completely.
  2. Cut a wide circle from the green construction paper.
  3. Using the cardboard tube as a template, trace and cut a circle from the middle of your original circle and slide onto your cardboard tube. Secure with glue about a third of the way down from the top to form the hat's brim, or tape if you're in a hurry.
  4. Using your pink or peach paper, cut out a circle and let your little one draw a lucky leprechaun face. Glue to the green tube.
  5. Adhere Easter grass or yarn for the beard and voila! Your youngster has a little leprechaun craft and is ready to celebrate St. Patrick's Day!

Find the full photo tutorial at TP Crafts

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Topics: st. patrick's day crafts