Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Shamrocks and Leprechauns - Gift Idea

Passing Notes Today: Mrs. Kelly

Top O' The Mornin' To Ya.


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St. Patrick's Day is a big holiday in our house.  With a name like "Kelly" I have to honor my heritage, right?  Seriously though, I remember waking up to green orange juice and milk on March 17th throughout my childhood.  My dad's mother (who was "made" in Ireland but born over here...if you catch my drift) used to dye her hair green.  This year I thought we would send a little Irish love to some of our favorite people.  Remember, we're all Irish on St. Patrick's Day.

First, I headed to Wegmans and snatched up some shamrock.  You almost HAVE to buy these (my husband is rolling his eyes) because they are priced at $3.99.

Then we created leprechaun markers for the plants (to jazz up our gifts).
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To make our markers, I first looked for leprechaun images on the interwebs.  I found this one that I downloaded.  Thank you Kara 78, whoever you are!  

Here are my steps for making the planter:

1.  Gather your materials. You will need white card stock and popsicle sticks.  Can you handle it?! 
  
2.   Print leprechauns.  I opened up the leprechaun image in Microsoft Windows Live Photo Gallery - it's my default photo viewer.  You could probably use any photo software.  I printed four leprechauns to a page at the 3x5 size.  Make sure to click "4" by "number of pictures."  It's below the leprechauns.  



I printed the leprechauns on card stock.



3.  Find your pictures.  I chose pictures of my kids to use for the leprechaun faces.  It's best to get a closeup of their face.  You can crop a picture to make it a closeup.  Here is the one I chose of my daughter:



4.  Print your picture.  I found the wallet sized pics to be perfect.  



5.  Cut your leprechauns.  Watch how I did it:




6.  Cut your picture.




7.  Assemble your leprechaun.  I just used tape.  



8.  Optional.  Have your little ones decorate the popsicle sticks.

And here is the finished product, again:
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My kids had fun putting on puppet shows with these before we gifted them.

And for good measure, I made a couple extra:

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May the luck of the Irish be with you today and every day!

From the leprechauns and...







Note from Mrs. Gosling:  I have never seen a leprechaun with such great cheeks!!!!!

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