Hello SIP family! We hope you're having a fantastic start to March! Here in Utah we were having some warm springlike weather, then (shocking) we got snow again...🤦♀️ There's Utah for ya!
Anyway, for this St. Patrick's Day blog, I decided to go all out! You have spoken on what you'd like to see more of, and I did my best to deliver.
I've got my go to annual, fool proof, Irish sandwich; made with slow roasted corned beef that will be the perfect meal for a work potluck, dinner with friends, or just serving for your family to make the holiday festive. I've got some crafts that your kids will love but one I also know YOU will love as well! I also am sharing my two favorite hairstyles for my girls right now. They are so easy, stay in all day, and don't require a lot of time.🙌
St Patrick's Day Craft
Let's start with the crafts!
An Easy Leprechaun Wreath
First up is my adorable leprechaun wreath. I LOVE how this turned out and how bright and colorful it is.
All you need is a styrofoam wreath, a hot glue gun, and rainbow yarn.
Now, you can buy your own pom-pom balls already made but I was having a hard time finding them at my local craft stores so I made my own. These do take some time, but once you start, they go quick. Here is a link to the video
I used for instructions to make the perfect pom-pom balls.
Depending on how big your wreath is, you'll just keep making the pom-poms until it's full. You do want to glue and attach your leprechaun hat first. Glue it so it's angled a little so when it's up on your door, you can see the front of the hat well. Then once the hat is secure, you can start fill the rest of the wreath with your pom-poms in a rainbow pattern. So easy and it seriously looks so cute when it's up!
Tag us on social media if you give this a try, we'd love to see how yours comes together!
DIY Leprechaun Puppets
The next craft is a perfect kid craft. Even my toddler twins got in on the fun. Not pictured because they were in diapers. (Real life moment!) These little leprechaun puppets are so inexpensive and give the kids a lot of room to use their imagination.
Here's what you'll need:
- Construction Paper
- Styrofoam Moustaches
- Brown Paper Bags
- Stick on eyes
- Leprechaun accessories
Then just follow these steps as shown.
Glue green construction paper to the bag underneath the flap for the outfit and a little square above the flap for a hat!
Decorate the hat!
Glue eyes, buttons, beards and more onto your leprechaun friend!
I got the paper lunch sacks from Walmart and the rest of the items from Hobby Lobby. I love just browsing and finding things for the craft that my kids will love. Make sure as they glue the beard, to not get the glue under the sack flap. One of my daughters did this and she couldn't open it to use the puppet. We ended up making another so she could use hers right. This kept my girls busy for a good amount of time and I loved the faces they came up with.
Kids Lucky Irish Hairstyles
Now onto my easy go-to hairstyles. As most of you know, my girls have a ton of hair! I'm always trying to find ways to do their hair that are quick and easy, but hold their hair out of their faces and prevent knots.
The Crown Braid
First up, Jordyn. We call this the "rainbow braid" in our house. Some call it a crown braid.
The Unicorn Mane
For Tennley's, I love this unicorn mane! You just make three separate pony's.
Then start with the top one, split into two and twist around and under the next pony and tie together with an elastic.
Then do the same thing on the next one. Again, pull on some of the hair to give it a more fluffed look. Then I just complete the end with a braid, sometimes a low messy bun, or just leave it with the pony. Super cute, and spunky for this kid of mine!
To finish up, I wanted to share my Irish sandwich recipe that I make every year! If you're Irish and I'm doing this all wrong, forgive me! Haha This is just what I call it so I'm sorry if I botch this!!!
3lb. Corned Beef, with packet
1 Cup water
3 Cloves Garlic, minced
1 Bay Leaf
2 Tablespoons Sugar
2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 Teaspoon Pepper
Rub corned beef with garlic, spice packet, sugar and pepper. Place in slow cooker fat side up.
Add the vinegar and bay leaf on the sides of meat, then fill slow cooker with water until it covers about 1/4 of the meat.
Cook on low for 8-9 hours.
Remove from slow cooker, use two forks to shred meat. Place shredded meat on baking sheet and broil on high for 5-8 minutes until some of the bits are crispy. Serve on toasted rye or sourdough bread with thinly shredded cabbage, and store bought Russian dressing. YUM!!
I'm a fan of a Reuben or Pastrami sandwich but this is the only time I make this at home. It's yummy and fits for the holiday! You can be the favorite co-worker and take this into the office. You can invite friends over for a St. Patty's party or just serve it for your family to make the holiday festive! Let me know if you give this a try!
Have an awesome day and we will be back with our next blog with all things EASTER!!!
Jessie, Blogger for SIP
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