35 Last-Minute St. Patrick’s Day Decorations & Crafts
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Did you know that we are celebrating St. Patrick’s 1,560th death anniversary this year? To commemorate the day, we listed some of the best St. Patrick’s Day decorations to narrow down your choices. We also included St. Patrick’s Day crafts that you can do with kids.
Decorating helps you immerse into the spirit of the St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Aside from the religious reasons, the day also reminds us of the hardships that Irish Americans experienced to gain full inclusion.
Although the first official St. Patrick’s day parade was in 1601 in a Spanish colony that we now know as St. Augustine, Florida, it took years before it became a holiday to anticipate. The $5.14 billion estimated spending budget and the 13 million pints of Guinness sold on this day alone says it all!
St. Patrick’s Day Decorations
Here are some pretty St. Patrick’s Day decorations that genuinely capture the festive mood of this holiday. We hope you find one to liven up your space.
According to folklore, gnomes guard underground treasure and gems and therefore bring good luck. How they ended up as part of the St. Patrick’s Day celebration is not clear, but who cares? These 15” lightweight plushies make good St. Patrick’s Day decorations for your mantle, side table, or even your couch.
What better way to welcome guests than hanging an outdoor banner like this one? It ties together your outdoor St. Patrick’s Day decorations. Made of high-quality burlap and printed with fade-proof permanent dyes, it will weather the warm days of early spring and many years more. It is also machine-washable, the colors do not bleed, and it keeps well in the closet.
The shamrock is an Irish national emblem. Aside from its simple representation of the Holy Trinity in the early days, poor Irish Catholics used the leaves to adorn their dresses and hats. Add a festive vibe to your traditional Irish fare with this table runner. Each shamrock painstakingly decorated by hand gives tribute to the Irish people’s industry and creativity.
St. Patrick’s Day means kegs of beer and Guinness cocktails. Liven up your bar area with these battery-operated, remote-controlled beer mug hanging lights. It has a built-in timer, so you can set it to light up at specific times of the day.
These are perfect St. Patrick’s day decorations when entertaining at home or even at your bar downtown. Try setting this up on your counter, arranging it in some tall glass vases or minimalist sculpture for that classy look.
Irish folklore tells us of a greedy couple who captured a leprechaun when they uprooted their last carrot. The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow may represent greed and elusive dreams, but also hope and endless possibilities.
Aptly filled with gold and green coins (and leprechauns, of course), St. Patrick’s Day decorations like this remind us of the hardships (pot of gold) that the Irish immigrants had to follow to achieve acceptance and status.
Did you know that the odds of finding a four-leaf clover is 1:10,000? Therefore, according to Irish tradition, finding a four-leaf clover means you found faith, hope, love, and luck. While others do not believe in luck, the power of positivity tells us otherwise. Nevertheless, hanging these handmade string lights lends positive energy to your home.
Give your windows a makeover with these window decals. Instead of glue, these decals cling-on, leaving no traces when removed. Aside from windows, they also work on tiles, car windows, and almost all smooth surfaces. So go ahead, go loco with these St. Patrick’s Day decorations, and worry not about cleaning up.
Give your couch a little love with these throw pillowcases that compliment your St. Patrick’s Day decorations. Made with high-quality linen and printed with state-of-the-art digital printing, these remain vivid through the years. It is also perfect as a gift to family and friends and makes good decor for homey settings.
This string of green fairy lights makes a festive addition to your trees, especially if you want to host an outdoor St. Patrick's day party. Each 15-meter series has 200 LED lights and is extendable to up to 5 strings. You can also choose from the 8 light modes to set the stage for your Irish jig after your party.
Here’s to more classy settings and sophisticated company. The Irish know how to brighten up a bland white background with this lace table runner and placemat with shamrock embroidery. Due to its delicate material, we recommend hand washing it with no bleach and line drying only.
Hang these festive St. Patrick’s Day decorations in your office, classroom, or homes. These garlands and swirls look perfect hanging from the ceiling, windows (instead of the usual curtains), or against the wall. You can also put these together or separately as cost-effective and time-saving last-minute decors.
Looking for an environment-friendly decor alternative for your living room, office, or party? This burlap banner is printed with high-quality digital printing that does not fade, even when placed outdoors. These do not clash with your existing decors as well, even if you choose spring green for your party backdrop. Easy to fold and store, with no worries about fraying, this banner will last for years.
Invite the leprechauns home to bring that pot of gold with this beautiful hand-painted countertop decor. This wooden screen is the perfect way to keep out clutter from plain sight while keeping them close at hand. The letters are also hinged together for easier safekeeping. This handicraft will surely grace your table and mantle for years.
Hang these party banners on your door, living room, party venue, or even outdoors to welcome your guests. The floor-length hanging banner, made of high-quality anti-wrinkle and temperature-resilient fabric, is washable and easy to store. You can also hang the “Lucky” banner separately if you want to.
In the olden days, poor farmers discovered a treasure outside their doors - shamrock - to adorn their dresses and hats so they could stay fashionable. Surprise your guests with a classy yet nostalgic table setting made more special with these rhinestone shamrock napkin rings. You won’t need fancy napkin-folding skills, as these rings will perk up even the most ordinary table setting. What’s more, you can use these for other occasions and in different locations too.
Bring out the Irish in you with these St. Patrick’s Day decorations for the open spaces on your lawn, or simply line your walkway to welcome your guests. Made of heavy-duty corrugated plastic, each lawn decor is also weatherproof and reusable.
They come with removable plastic stakes should you decide to take them as indoor decors. Stick them to kitchen cabinet doors or use them to perk up your party backdrop!
Do you want to make your St. Patrick’s Day decorations pop out better? You’ll love having this adorable leprechaun welcome your guests and wow the kids.
This 6-foot inflatable is a perfect way to tell kids about the folklore surrounding St. Patrick’s Day and teach a lesson or two about greed, especially with all the candies and sweets lying around in decorative pots.
Add a more authentic vibe to your decors by adding these cling-on leprechaun footprints to your floor. It works on ceramic tile, wooden floor, and even the curbside! The set comes with 36 pairs of 6” prints and lots of coins, shamrock, and horseshoe decals.
It won’t damage your wooden floor. To remove it, use a hairdryer to loosen the adhesive and apply a hot towel on top. Repeat the steps, slowly peeling off the decal. Wipe off the adhesive with water to clean it up thoroughly.
What better way to celebrate than to have your guests wear St. Patrick’s decorations? Every kid and kid-at-heart will love these sunglasses, necklaces, and bracelets. Have fun with the non-toxic temporary tattoos. You can use these to fill loot bags or something to find in your mini-treasure hunt. Throw in some leprechaun storytelling to complete the fun.
Add a touch of sophistication to the St. Patrick’s vibe with this teal plastic dinner set with elegant gold trim. Made with high-quality food-grade, BPA-free plastic, these reusable plates are sturdy and durable and are perfect for outdoor parties.
Each set comes with 25 dinner plates, 25 dessert/salad plates, 25 cups, and 25 gold cutlery sets. The collection also includes 25 pieces of classy napkins.
Tie your St. Patrick’s Day decoration with this white floor-length curtain with sew-on green stripes perfect for your living room, bedroom, or even the office. What’s more, it’s versatile enough that you can hang it a week before and remove it the week after the celebration. It’s sheer to let in natural light yet thick enough to protect from prying eyes.
St. Patrick’s Day Crafts
Do you love crafting? Check out these St. Patrick’s Day crafts to make with your kids. Hang them or wear them. You’ll love them all.
22. Shamrock Garland St. Patrick’s Day Craft
Make this shamrock garland with some craft paper, a stapler, and a single-hole puncher. This St. Patrick’s Day craft is a good bonding activity for kids to string this garland together.
- Make your paper strips. Mark your green and yellow-green construction paper into 1” strips along the paper’s long side to make 1” x 11 ½” strips. Cut the yellow-green in half.
- Assemble. Staple the strips to make shamrock leaves. Hot glue the leaves together and add a stalk.
- String together. Punch holes on the middle leaf and string using a craft twine. Hang this garland near the fireplace or over the mantle.
23. Leprechaun in a Jar St. Patrick’s Day Craft
Catch some naughty leprechauns and use these mason jar crafts to light your lawn. For brighter jars, add one bunch of battery-operated fairy lights into each one. You can also punch a hole on the lid and add a few fairy lights to make a series of leprechaun jars for a more economical option. These are perfect for some St. Patrick’s Day decorations for your porch.
- Paint. Use green acrylic paint on your mason jar and let it dry.
- Make a leprechaun. Using a piece of black craft paper, cut out a leprechaun and some shamrock from the same card stock.
- Assemble. Add some Spanish moss into the jar. Tape the leprechaun and shamrock cutouts inside the jar and add lights. Add some fairy lights. Finish off by adding a ribbon around the lid.
24. Shamrock Headband St. Patrick’s Day Craft
Kids love to dress up, so you shouldn’t pass up an opportunity to make this headband. This wearable craft is one of the lovely St. Patrick’s Day crafts that’s simple to make and needs only a few supplies. You and your kid can make it in less than 20 minutes, including the drying time.
- Prepare the headband. Find some green headband or wrap a satin ribbon around a thin headband.
- Make the decor. Cut out 2 shamrock leaves from a yellow-green foam sheet and make 2 bigger ones from a green glitter foam sheet. Hot glue the smaller leaf over the bigger one.
- Make the banner. Using the headband, trace the lower part of the banner on a green foam sheet, about 2” thick. Trace a thinner band, about 1 ¼”. Write an appropriate St. Patrick’s Day greeting on the banner.
- Assemble. Hot glue the pieces together, adding the shamrocks near the ear.
25. Leprechaun Hat St. Patrick’s Day Craft
Make a leprechaun hat from craft paper or foam sheets for the kids. Everyone will find them adorable, especially if they wear an actual leprechaun suit too! Here’s how to make it:
Measure your little one’s head. Mark off 6” on your craft paper or foam sheet for the top hat. Hot glue the edges to form a cylinder.
Tip: If you don’t have a foam sheet, you can use a vellum board and some paint to make the hat. Make sure to let it dry completely before using.
- Make the top and the brim. Measure the top of the hat and add 2-3” to that size to make the brim. Cut out the center of the brim, making sure to do it right so you can use this piece as the top of the hat.
- Assemble. Hot glue the top and the brim to the cylinder of the hat. Add a gold or black belt to the cap and add a shamrock cut from a yellow-green foam sheet and green glitter foam sheet.
These cute hanging gnomes add charm to your St. Patrick Day setting. You can string these together to hang like a banner or hang them individually wherever you fancy. These also make a great addition to your Christmas tree, which makes it a good investment.
How to Make Sock Gnomes
You can also turn your old socks into hanging gnomes with this St. Patrick’s day craft.
Things You’ll Need
- Green, light green, and black felt
- White fabric scraps
- Polyester stuffing
- White faux fur
- Gold spray paint
- Make the body. Cut an old sock, about 4” each for adult socks, longer for children’s socks. Close one end, fill with polyester stuffing, and tie off the top. Fill a 3” square of white fabric with polyester stuffing and tie off with some thread. Add the faux fur as a beard and attach the nose.
- Make the hat. Cut out 6” diameter circles from the felt and cut them in half. Hot glue each half circle to make the hot, then attach this to the body. String a 5” string through the hat to make the hanger.
- Decorate. Spray paint to a piece of felt to make a buckle. You can also add some shamrock cutouts to the hats.
27. Pot of Gold Wreath St. Patrick’s Day Craft
Isn’t it great to hang some of your kids' work in their room? This St. Patrick’s Day craft can take less than an hour to make, but the children will have lots of fun with it.
- Make the cutouts. Create 17-18 shamrock cutouts from three different shades of green craft paper or foam sheets, each measuring 3”. You can also add glitters if you like. Cut a beer mug, a gold pot, and a rainbow resting on two clouds.
- Prepare the wreath form. From a piece of cardboard, cut a circle about 12” in diameter and 1” thick.
- Assemble. Arrange the shamrock around the wreath form, alternating the colors and applying hot glue. Add the beer mug, rainbow, and gold pot, as shown in the picture above. Add a piece of string to hang the wreath.
28. Straw Holder St. Patrick’s Day Craft
A cute paper straw holder is an excellent addition to the drinks table, especially if you’re doing a buffet setting. This is one of the easiest St. Patrick’s Day crafts that you can do in under 10 minutes and a good last-minute activity to spruce up your table.
- Assemble the jar. Wrap a clean mason jar or any 8 oz. clear jar with a strip of 3” burlap ribbon. Secure both ends around the jar with hot glue.
- Decorate. Cut a shamrock from craft paper and stick it on the burlap for simple decor. Finish off by tying a craft twine on the top of the jar. Fill this with paper straws and put it on your buffet table.
29. Farmhouse Wreath St. Patrick’s Day Craft
Irish legend has it that a wreath means luck to the household and welcome to the visitors. Make this lovely grapevine wreath decorated with tulips and a shamrock cutout to welcome spring. Make your wreath all through the spring season by removing the shamrock after St. Patrick’s Day.
- Prepare the flowers. Separate the light green and white tulips, and position them around the wreath to make the best arrangement. Using tie wire or hot glue, stick the flowers to the grapevine, leaving some space at the top for the bows. Leave the bottom part bare.
- Prepare the accessories. Make several bows using different patterns and sizes of ribbons. Using an 8” x 8” green cardstock, cut out a shamrock outline, about ¾” thick.
- Assemble the wreath. Add a small string to hang the shamrock inside the wreath. Hot glue the bow at the top of the wreath and cut some ribbons off the bow. You can hot glue the ribbon to the flowers, so they don’t dangle in the center of the wreath.
30. Shamrock Pendant St. Patrick's Day Craft
According to Irish legend, St. Patrick used the shamrock, a widespread plant in Ireland, to illustrate the Holy Trinity to convert nonbelievers to Christianity. Make this beautiful shamrock craft for you and for kids to wear. With just a lump of green clay and a screw eye pin hook, get ready to amp up your OOTD.
- Mold the clay. Make three tiny hearts and the stem, depending on the size you want. We recommend a half-inch heart, making a 1 ½” finished pendant. Put the hearts and the stem together, smoothing over the edges, so the shamrock looks seamless.
- Bake the pendant. Preheat your oven and bake for 30 minutes at 110°C (230°F).
- Decorate. Using acrylic paint, draw a cute face on the pendant and let it dry. Do the same on the other side. Apply varnish and let dry. Add the cable necklace and enjoy your new statement accessory. For a hippie look, go for a leather cord.
31. St. Patrick's Day Craft Gift Box
Who would have thought matchboxes make great gift boxes? With some good cardstock and decorative paper of your choice, you can craft gift boxes to fill with chocolate coins for your little ones.
- Make the drawer. Cut a 5” x 7” piece from your green cardstock. Score around the card, measuring 1 ¼” on all sides. Make a small cut up to the corner where the scores meet. Glue together.
- Make the sleeve. Using the printed cardstock, cut a 5” x 8” piece. Score at 1 ¼”, 3 ¾”, 5”, and 7 ½”. Using double-sided tape, assemble the sleeve. Slip the drawer into the sleeve.
St. Patrick’s Day Treats
We don’t want to leave bakers out of this St. Patrick’s day craft list. And who goes to a party without cake or cookies, anyway? We also added other supplies you can use for your DIY treats to spruce up your table.
Grab this party cauldron set for your edible St. Patrick’s Day decorations. You can fill the miniature cauldron (5” circumference) with gold-painted gums and rock candy. Fill the largest one (8” circumference) with gold chocolate coins, lollies, and other sweet treats.
The smallest ones are for the children to snag their treats later. These are small enough, just 2 ½” each, to have your kids “fill” them out without going on too much sugar.
Here’s the fun part if you’re a kid at heart at a St. Patrick’s party. Fill your pot with these chocolate coins, plastic gold coins, and more chocolate treats. Your dessert table won’t look any better with these. You can also use these chocolate coins to decorate your explosion cake or fill the cauldron set.
Spend a fun day making St. Patrick’s Day cookies with kids using these lovely cookie cutters with matching stamps. This cookie cutter set is made of high-quality, food-grade stainless steel with rolled top to protect your hand and a sharp cutting edge for flawless cookies.
How to Make St. Patrick’s Day Cookies
- Bake the cookies. Roll out a box of store-bought cookie dough and cut using your cookie cutters. Bake as instructed.
- Frost your cookies. Whisk together the confectioner’s sugar, vanilla extract, corn syrup, and some water. Adjust the water or confectioner’s sugar to achieve the desired consistency. To make a colorful frosting, add a few drops of your favorite shade of green food coloring.
Note: You can also give your cookies an ombre finish if you like using two colors of frosting and blending them where the two colors meet. Fill a squeeze bottle or piping bag with the frosting and design your cookies.
35. St. Patrick’s Day Explosion Cake
This cake is far from the ordinary. Slice it and let the treasures inside explode. Who knows if the leprechaun left a real gold coin inside?
- Prepare the cake. You can use store-bought vanilla cake or bake your own. Cut it into layers and add frosting between layers. Cut a hole in the center of the cake. Chill for 30 minutes to set.
- Make the gold decors. Add some edible gold dust to your gold mine gum nuggets and let them dry. Drop the nuggets into the hole in the cake. Do the same to the rock candy, but set it aside for the topper.
- Decorate. Frost as desired. Decorate your cake tray with watermelon rock candy. Add some sugar pearls or gumballs to your cake. You can also use a green sprinkle medley for more texture.
- Add the topper. Make a small cauldron from melted dark chocolate chips. Carefully spoon the gold rock candy you made earlier, allowing some to spill over the cake. You can also make some shamrock-shaped fondant decor to add more fun to your cake.
Did you enjoy this list? We hope this helped you find the best St. Patrick’s Day decorations to liven up your space in less time.
We covered outdoor and indoor decors, lightings, window treatments, and even setting the table. We also included some kid-friendly St. Patrick’s Day crafts so you can bond with children and make the holiday more meaningful.
If you have all the means and the time, what would you do instead: buy your St. Patrick’s Day decorations or craft them? We’d love to hear your thoughts.