Shamrock Rocks Treasure Hunt & Irish Garland

Project ideas with Resene

It’s St Patrick’s Day on 17th March every year and that means it’s a great opportunity for you to celebrate everything Irish. Green and shamrocks are some of the most iconic Irish emblems and these crafts take these themes and turn them into some St Patrick’s Day fun.

Resene and Fleur Thorpe have put together these crafts that say I-rish you a happy St Patrick’s Day.

St Patrick’s Rocks

Plan an outdoor treasure hunt with the kids to help them discover a little luck of the Irish including their own pot of gold for St Patrick’s Day.

You will need:

Step-by-step instructions:

Resene rocks 1

Step 1: Start by selecting stones that are of similar size and shape.  Paint the top of them with one coat of Resene Quick Dry.

Resene rocks 2

Step 2: Once the primer is dry, paint two stones each with two coats of your favourite Resene colours. Fleur used Resene Chetwode BlueResene Hot Toddy and Resene Hopskotch.  Allow the first coat to dry before applying the second coat.

Resene rocks 3

Step 3: Once the paint is dry, use a thin paintbrush to paint on the outline of a clover with your favourite green. Fleur used Resene Green House.

Resene rocks 4

Step 4: Next, fill in the bottom half of each leaf with more Resene Green House.

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Step 5: Finish by painting in the top half of each leaf in a brighter green, Fleur used Resene Tree Frog.

Resene rocks 6

Step 6: For the pot of gold, take a plastic plant pot and give it a quick sand with a medium grit sandpaper and apply one coat of Resene Quick Dry.  Once the primer is dry, apply one coat of Resene Apache, and once this is dry, apply two coats of Resene Gold Dust.

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Step 7: Fill the pot with chocolate money or other gold coloured treats, hide it in the garden and leave a trail of clover stones for your young lucky gold hunters to follow.

Irish garland

If you happen to be hosting any St Patrick’s Day festivities, this is a great decoration to add to your setting. Hang it over a dining table, outside on a fence or between trees for an Irish-themed picnic. Whatever the setting, this is probably the luckiest garland you’ll ever make!

Top tip: Always hang your horseshoes with the tips facing upwards – that way you can ‘catch’ the good luck.

You will need:

  • Resene testpots in your chosen colours, Fleur used Resene Anise, Resene Go Go GoResene Crusoe and Resene Groovy
  • Cardboard (637gsm thickness works well, you may be able to find an old box at home you can use)
  • Horseshoe silhouette printout
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush
  • String
  • Ribbon in rainbow colours

Step-by-step instructions

Resene garland 1

Step 1: Start by printing out a silhouette of a horseshoe.  Cut this out with scissors and then use a pencil to trace around it onto your cardboard.  Cut this out with scissors.

Resene garland 2

Step 2: Use a paintbrush to paint on one coat of Resene Anise.

Resene garland 3

Step 3: Paint on two coats of Resene Go Go Go. This will give the horseshoe a lovely shiny metallic finish.

Resene garland 4

Step 4: Experiment on the other horseshoes with different base colours under Resene Go Go Go.

The shoe on the left has a base of Resene Anise, while the shoe on the right has a base of Resene Crusoe.

Resene garland 5

Step 5: Once the paint is dry, punch a hole in both ends of each horseshoe and thread through a length of string.

Resene garland 6

Step 6: Between each horseshoe, tie short lengths of ribbon in a rainbow pattern.

For more projects and inspiration, view hundreds of project ideas online and visit your local Resene ColorShop.

Project and images by Fleur Thorpe for habitat by Resene.

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