I've always enjoyed decorating for Saint Patrick's Day. Sure it's in part because I'm Irish, but also I've always just loved the vibrant splashes of green in the midst of this otherwise dead and squishy brown season of March melt. And besides, it's a lovely reason to celebrate in the middle of Lenten somberness.
As I was putting out my feelers for St. Patty ideas to do with the kids I was struck by how few crafts I came across pertaining to Saint Patrick himself! Rather, my efforts turned up a multitude of leaping leprechauns, rainbows and shamrocks (Which, arguably could pertain to Saint Patrick since he used them to teach the concept of the Trinity...but still.) The lack of St Patrick ideas got my creative juices flowing (which is sometimes a dangerous thing ha!) and into my head popped the childhood memory of gazing admiringly at the gorgeous stained-glass windows of my church-St. Patrick in particular. I thought it would be fun to create a stained-glass looking image of Saint Patrick at home. So, I got to work with my paper and pen and here is the result:
Click the link below to print from Google Docs:saint patrick drawing
To achieve the stained-glass look, simply print the above image onto a sheet of vellum. Then, color with the medium of your choice (Note: To get a more vibrant color you can color BOTH SIDES of the vellum). We used plain ol' markers and crayons for ours. This is a fun craft for all ages and it looks beautiful in a sunny window! Here's how ours turned out:
Just wanted to share our stained glass windows with you. If you decide to make your own, I'd LOVE to see your masterpieces or hear how they came out! Please post a comment or link below! Happy crafting! :)
Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig!