Hole-Punch St. Patrick's Day Art

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Using colored paper and hole punches, create children's St. Patrick's Day art. Shamrocks, leprauchans or a pot of gold are suitable themes for celebrating on March 17th.


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It's always exciting for children to try something different when creating art. Their eyes light up when they see new materials in the art center. And my students always really enjoyed using hole punches to make or accentuate their crafts. For St. Patrick's day, you can make a pot of gold, a four-leaf clover, or a rainbow. The hardest part is punching all the holes, but kids like doing that too! And all that punching helps to strengthen those little hand muscles. After that, each piece is easy to complete.

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 3 (1 of each)


  • 1 3-hole puncher
  • construction paper (black, white, green, yellow, red, orange, blue, purple, and pink)
  • 1 glue stick
  • scissors
  • 1 marker, pen, or pencil


  1. Draw or trace a pot on black paper and a clover on white paper. Cut them out.
  2. Use the hole puncher to punch out yellow and green punches. You can always punch more if you need them.
  3. Glue yellow punches along the top of the pot to represent gold. I felt that the pot of gold was too simple, so I glued on a small shamrock out of green punches.
  4. Spread glue all over the four-leaf clover. Sprinkle green punches on top until you feel it is complete. Allow to dry.
  5. Now you need punches for every color of the rainbow (ROY G BIV). I used pink and purple to represent indigo and violet.
  6. Use the glue stick to draw each rainbow layer. Add all of the colored punches. This rainbow isn't exactly uniform, but it still turned out to be a cute craft.
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