St. Patrick’s Day Activity: Straw Shamrock Sun-Catcher

I love activities that allow me to upcycle or reuse things that would normally be thrown away. Instead of throwing away plastic straws, rinse them out and save to make colorful plastic “sheets” to upcycle into fun crafts.

This month we are also studying Ireland, and as the shamrock is the national flora, this was fun to include.

First you need a good collection of plastic straws. I used teal and light green, but you can use any colors you have.

Next, cut the straws into little pieces. About 1/4 inch is fine. I found if you cut them inside a bag or box, they stay contained.

Next you’ll need a large sheet of parchment paper. Pour the straw pieces on the paper and smooth around into a circle.

Fold the parchment paper over and using an iron on the highest temp, iron until the straw pieces have melted together well.

You should have a plastic sheet like this when you are done.

Download this shamrock outline HERE.

Trace around the shamrock outline with a sharpie.

Cut out your shamrock with sharp scissors.

Using a hole punch, make a hole on the top to hang your shamrock.

Tie some string to hang your finished product.

Tada! How cute it this?

I hung ours on our window. The sun shines through the holes and casts shadows on our kitchen table. I talked to my oldest how shadows are produced and when things stand in front of the light from the sun, a shadow is born.

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