St Patrick's Day Craft

Fill your home with adorable St Patrick's Day décor, handcrafted by you, with an all-inclusive DIY Art Kit from Three & Me. It's all you'll need to keep the leprechauns in your home, office or classroom amused and out of troublesome shenanigans! Or even better... bring in all your hooligans to paint with you!




Your DIY Art kit will contain all the materials and tools to create 4 unique wooden signs. Order your kit here.


The DIY Art Kit:

  • 1x 6" block with raised luck squares and horse shoe

  • 1x 6" shiplap round with 3D wood leprechaun

  • 1x 4.75" wood tag with string and March 17 lettering

  • 1x 5" wood banner with wood shamrock and string (optional: add multiples to create a longer continuous banner of shamrocks)

  • paints in white, black, orange and green - for additional paints see here

  • 1 sponge brush

  • 1 mini detail brush

  • 2 sponge wedges


Additional supplies:

These are the unpainted wood elements in your kit:


Get comfortable. Grab a snack and let's get the shenanigans started!

Set out your 4 sets, so you have a roadmap of where you're going.





We'll start off painting these 3 pieces in white.

Sand your wooden block for smoother edges.

You can also paint your shiplap round in white if you prefer. Scroll down to see an example of it in black or white.


This is what your shiplap rounds will look like in white or back:







Use the sponge to apply a thin layer of paint to your shapes. Do not use too much paint, as it will run over the edges of your tags and look messy.

For a whitewashed look, you'll only need 1 layer of paint

For a more solid color finish, apply as many coats as you need until you get the desired coverage.

Less is more! Rather paint a few coats, drying in between, than 1 that is too thick.

Set aside to dry.




Your luck squares, will have tape on the back side, to keep the cut out letters in place. Remove the tape and separate out your letters from your squares. This will give you a professional finish to your painting!




To make it easier to paint your small pieces, attach them to a piece of masking or painters tape.




Use the fine detail brush or sponge wedge to apply a small amount of paint to your letters.

Let them dry.



Apply a second coat for more coverage. Set aside to dry





Use the cleaned and dried sponge brush to paint a thin layer of black paint onto your shiplap round.

For a paint wash effect, 1 layer with be enough.

For a more solid color, allow the paint to dry and paint a second coat.






Using the sponge brush, wedge or fine brush, paint the chalkboard, March and numbers black. To minimize wastage of supplies, use the sponge brush, which already has black paint on it. You can stick the smaller items onto masking tape (as with the LUCK letters) to prevent them from moving while you paint them. They are very delicate, so be careful!





Use a sponge wedge to dab green paint onto all your green items: the hat and shamrocks. For a paint wash effect, 1 think layer of paint will be enough.

For a solid color, apply multiple layers of paint, drying in between. See the third image for contrast.




Once the hat is dry, an option is to add white dots to it. Use the back of a nail and white paint to achieve this effect.


Dip the flat end of the nail into white paint and stamp the paint onto the hat. You can work randomly or in a more defined pattern as above.





Using a sponge wedge, apply orange paint to the leprechaun's beard. You can do this in white if you prefer! You do not need to paint the whole surface. Only the beard will show underneath the hat once they are glued together.

Work in downward strokes for a more natural effect.




Using the same sponge wedge, color the K square in orange.

Blend the orange with some leftover white paint, for a different shade of orange to paint the L square.





You can leave the C square natural or paint it in yet a different shade of orange or use some left over green paint for a complimentary combination.

The horseshoe can be left natural or you can paint it black/ gold/ silver.





This is where you should be at. We will not be painting the leprechaun's nose and hands. I find the the natural wood adds the perfect skin color tone, but if you'd like to paint them, you can! All your elements should be painted and drying at this point. Wash your brush while you wait for paint to dry.




Let's assemble our sets!

get your glue out for this. I prefer Aleene's Turbo Tacky glue, but Tacky Glue, wood glue and superglue work too.


Position the luck squares on your dry block.

Use only a tiny amount of glue, to prevent it from squashing out the sides and messing up your beautiful paint job. Insert the painted letters into the squares and admire how professional your paint job is!

Glue all your pieces into place and allow to set.





Place all your leprechaun pieces around your black shiplap circle.

Use the glue sparingly, especially when it comes to the hands.




You'll need to be very careful when applying glue to the March 17 components, because they are so small and delicate. If you've applied too much glue, it may show once dry, so dab off excess glue with a paper towel if necessary.


Loop the thick piece of string through your tag and tie a knot on both ends.





apply glue to the back of your shamrock and stick it onto your banner. Loop the thinner strong through the holes and tie off at the top, if you're only doing once banner. For multiple or longer banners, loop the string continuously through all of the sets so you can hang them up on one piece.




Enjoy your sets! I hope you had fun joining me in this craft experience! Please share photos online of your projects on social media with tag @threeandme! I'd love to see how they turned out!


Have a happy St Patrick's Day!


Warmly,

Claire





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Had the most fun tonight with an amazing instructor and many wonderful friends! Three & Me out did themselves with beautiful presentation and amazing craft that I am excited to display in my home! I look forward to another opportunity to craft with Three & Me in the future!

Camas, WA

What an amazing experience! Claire is an incredible instructor and makes these projects so fun and truly easy for those like me who are not artsy! She is extremely organized and everything is so well thought out and ready in advance. I can hardly wait to take more classes in the future. I would highly recommend Three & Me!

Angela H.

Camas, WA

I just went to my first Three & Me workshop. It was a wonderful experience. Claire is a warm hostess and an excellent instructor. Making everyone feel engaged and successful. The materials are top notch and every detail is well thought out. It’s a great escape for a personal creative moment or a fun way to connect with friends and family while expressing your inner artist.

Camas, WA

Such a fun string art class tonight! Claire is a wonderful instructor and everything was so beautiful; the display, the art, the examples, the supplies, the snacks! So fun!

Camas, WA

This is truly a fun night out! Claire's instruction is helpful, humorous and fun! I love how she allowed us options to be creative and put our own twist on our projects. There is a lot of attention to detail with the set-up, supplies and refreshments which did not go unnoticed.  I can't wait for the next project!

What a fun evening! Claire has thought of every detail and guides you step by step through the whole process! She is such an encourager and makes you feel like you have just made a masterpiece! I highly recommend her classes! I can't wait to take another one!

Camas, WA

I had such a fun evening! Three & Me had everything presented beautifully and organized in a way that made it easy to follow along for those of us that aren't necessarily crafters by nature! Thank you for a fun night!

Courtney H.

Camas, WA

Thank you Claire Houlding for an incredible night! It was so much fun creating with Three & Me!

Hollen F.

Camas, WA

You all did such a great job! Claire Houlding what a fun thing you are starting in our community! Love it. So fun to be there tonight!

Jennifer B.

Camas, WA

I craft a lot at home, but doing crafts in a class with friends is so much better. THREE & ME makes it so easy to do the things I am interested in, without having to find the supplies and figure out how to do it on my own. I've just booked my next ladies night with Claire! I can't wait. 

Vancouver, WA

Tonight, a bunch of lucky ladies got to craft along side one of the very best. Claire's heart, is hands done one of the very best and those of us who were there got to create something amazing that we will proudly display in our homes. Many laughs and much fun was had by all. I highly recommend one of Three & Me classes to anyone in the area! Spread kindness around like confetti!!

Lana E.

Camas, WA

Art is not my strength. I don't have a creative bone in my body. So I came to a workshop because my friend made me... and I made something I now love. I was expecting to sit and watch, but landed up getting fully involved! My husband and kids don't believe that I made it myself. I'm coming again and I'm bringing my sister... she's even worse at crafts than me.

Alyson S.

Washougal, WA

We had such a fun girls night out making Christmas signs. Claire did a wonderful job explaining what to do and they turned out great! We are all looking forward to more events!! Thank you!

Kristine A.

Camas, WA

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