As the kids have gotten older, the kinds of crafts that we do have needed to shift. For instance, the pipe cleaner rosary has long since past lost its enchantment… So, I would like to introduce you to (drum roll please…) the DUCT TAPE SHAMROCK!
Lydia has been recently obsessed with making duct tape roses. I have never used duct tape as a crafting medium before… it honestly seemed silly to me. And expensive. But it’s actually pretty awesome! It’s very durable, and available in every bright color, and it has a very modern, plasticy look that is appealing to kids and teens. It’s also flexible and versatile and self sticking. So… I’m kinda loving the duct tape thing now! Plus, bonus points for being “cool”. And… I totally found colorful duct tape at the DOLLAR TREE! So yep, this is also a cheap craft.
At the Dollar Tree, I found the colorful duct tape in the tool section, not the craft section. Happy hunting! You can also get it at Wal-Mart in a variety of colors, and there is a lot more on the roll, so even though it’s more expensive, you’re getting more. I like the cheap stuff though because I can load up on more colors for the same money. And it honestly worked almost as well for crafting, and while I preferred the on-brand, Lydia preferred how the cheap stuff worked. It’s a little more stiff.
Ok, ok. Let’s get started. First, cut a piece of duct tape about 3 inches long.
Fold the bottom over just a little bit..
Then roll it into a tube. This makes your stem for the shamrock.
Set your stem to the side. For the leaves… petals…??? whatever the 3 shamrock thingies are… we started with pieces about 4 1/2 inches long. Turns out 4 inches is just fine.
Next, you’re going to fold the top down on itself, but leaving some sticky part hanging out at the bottom. Try to line up the edges and fold it without puckers. Don’t worry- this is actually the most difficult step. For reals.
Now, fold your piece of duct tape in half length wise with the sticky part facing OUT.
And then round the top 2 corners with your scissors.
Now you have this! And you need to make 2 more…
So now you have 3!
So now you have all your pieces! Time to assemble your shamrock. This is the really fun part!
Fold your petal in half again with the sticky part out.
Then fold both of the sides up in half, and stick the sticky parts together. It’s kind of like a “W” fold if you can picture that.
This is what gives the shamrock petals their nice 3 dimensional feel. Slick the duct tape down to stick it together. You should end up with a nice 3D heart shape.
Do this exact same thing to 1 MORE PETAL… but your middle petal needs the stem in it. So fold the 3rd petal around your stem.
Now you’re ready to stick it all together! Cut a thin strip of duct tape to attach the petals to the stem.
Hold the petals in place and wrap the duct tape around and around. If the bottom part of your petals is too long, you can trim them first.
That’s it! Here it is from the back.
These are so fun to make, it’s kind of addictive. Ours kept multiplying… lol
And of course… Lydia made a duct tape rose… lol
This holographic green tape came from the Dollar Tree…
If you want them to be able to poke into foam, you can shove toothpicks up the stem… or you could simply roll the duct tape around toothpicks to begin with.
Then I took a little plastic pot from the Dollar Tree, and hot glued a styrofoam ball into it so I could stick the shamrocks in. And I painted the ball green on top.
And I made a St. Patrick’s day flower by hot gluing 5 of the shamrock “petals” around in a circle.
Well, I’m very excited to tell you that I wrote another book! I actually wrote it a few years ago (lol) and then life crashed and I never published it. It’s meant to be the first in a series of which I have already started others. We will see how you guys like it as to whether or not the series continues…
So as my kids started getting a bit older, I needed more than just glitter and pony beads to teach them about our rich Catholic faith. I needed substance. Some Catholic… meat and potatoes if you will. But I still wanted it to be deliverable in a child-friendly format, and I’ve never believed that children learn best from textbooks. So I started writing these little picture books.
In this first one, I teach them about the Trinity. I introduce them to each person in the holy Trinity and highlight their symbols and the most basic things to know. I tell multiple Saint stories having to do with the Trinity, including about how St. Patrick taught about the Trinity with a shamrock.
There are also some pondering/discussion type questions, again, on a child level.
At the end I share a few songs you can sing, crafts you can make, food you can eat, and some other activities to enjoy and learn about the Trinity.
To me, these little books encompass everything about Catholic Icing that I love, and I truly believe they are an EXCELLENT way to teach our little ones about the faith. I officially recommend this book for ages 2-10, but I guarantee that even YOU will be pondering the Trinity after reading it.
It was also important to me that these books are readable in one sitting meaning you can actually hold a child’s attention this long. In conclusion… I put a LOT of thought and love into this little book. And honestly I’m hoping that you guys LOVE it because I want to finish the series. But… I have a lot of partially completed projects right now so I’m kind of testing to the waters to see what you as readers want. We will see.
Today, I’m offering this Trinity book for kids in 2 formats:
A printable booklet in pdf format
A kindle ebook
I will warn you that this book is in booklet form, so it has to be printed front/back and assembled correctly. I have included page numbers on all of the pages to help you, and although it’s in color, it’s mostly white with your printer ink in mind. And if you’re someone that loves kindle books, you already know that.
IF I finish this series of books, they were meant to be printed, hard copy books. I am trying this one out as a download and as a kindle book. Let me know in your comments what you think. I did a lot of brainstorming about printing them, and in order to keep them affordable (which has ALWAYS been my mission here at Catholic Icing. Always.) I thought I would come out with them in sets of 5. They would be the same size and type of book as my Mass Booklets that I sell. This way they could be 5 for $25, and you would get 5 different titles at a time. Not 5 Trinity books. Because who needs 5 of the same book?
Anywho, we will see how yall’s interest is in this project. Leave your feedback in the comments! As always, love you guys and God bless!!! *muah!*
Hi everyone!!! Surprise, surprise, I’m still alive lol. I thought that as I’m getting back into the swing of posting here again, I would share something I did with the kids super recently. I didn’t even intend to post these but they came out cuter than I expected them to. Also, cross crafts are super useful during the Lent and Easter seasons.
Supplies Needed For Cross Craft:
Foam board (white or black)
Box Cutter or Steak Knife (for grown ups only)
Markers (for white crosses) or Gel Pens (for black crosses)
First, a grown up cuts the foam board into cross shapes. Trace something if that’s easier for you. Ours are NOT symmetrical because I freestyled it. You really can’t cut foam board with scissors but you CAN “saw” at it with a steak knife if you don’t own a box cutter. And I know from experience.
I cut white crosses for my little kids and gave them the giant bag of “mystery markers” we have. You know- the bag with all shapes, sizes, and drynesses of markers that have been collected over years. I didn’t supervise or guide them at all and I was surprised how cute they came out.
But they still looked a little unfinished so I decided to “frame” them with washi tape, which helped them be cuter and also made the edges of the foam board look nice. Just cut the pieces of washi tape to length and wrap around the edges of the crosses.
Before Washi Tape Framing:
After Washi Tape Framing:
These days, Lydia is in middle school, so it takes more than a bag of “mystery markers” to keep her interest. How did that happen so quickly? Lol. Anywho, I gave Lydia a black cross and she used her metallic and sparkly gel pens to drow her designs. Lydia and I are OBSESSED with these gel pens lol. And we use only the brand I linked above.
For Lydia’s I went around the edges with glittery gold washi tape. And it’s super cute but the glitter tape was a lot harder to work with. It was a cheap brand but it actually had to be glued on. lol. Maybe a better brand would have worked. This stuff came out of the dollar bin.
Anywho, here’s the finished product.
Here’s Lydia with her cross…
And here’s Julian, Anabelle, and Violet with my mom and their crosses.
For now I mixed them into our wall of family pictures on canvases and I love them! Having anything crafty and colorful around the house always makes me smile.
I consider them an excellent addition to our dining room area