CRAFT: Lucky Pennies for St. Patrick’s Day

Here’s a very fast, easy, and inexpensive St. Patrick’s Day craft for you this weekend (or a belated treasure for classmates on Monday), RMT’ers! They’re “lucky pennies,” and it’s so easy you totally have everything you need to do this if you have a basic stock of art supplies on hand and a change cup in the car (or loose change in the couch!).

Most of the supplies needed to make "Lucky Pennies."

Most of the supplies needed to make “Lucky Pennies.”

I used Gorilla Glue. However, white glue should work a-OK here.

I used Gorilla Glue. However, white glue should work a-OK here.

Please don't do what I do here. Meaning, do not glue before putting down a layer of protective wax or other paper between your craft and table top. I now have a nicely spotted dining room table (whoops!).

Please don’t do what I do here. Meaning, do not glue before putting down a layer of protective wax or other paper between your craft and table top. I now have a nicely spotted dining room table (whoops!).

“Lucky Pennies”

SUPPLIES:
Green Construction Paper
A Shamrock Stencil about 3″ diameter (You can make this by printing a shamrock shape-cutting-tracing onto cardboard, or draw one free-hand; I used a cookie cutter)
Pencil
Scissors
White or “Gorilla Glue”
Pennies
Green fine-tip markers (make sure your green paper and green markers are different shades or might not show up very well)

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Trace the amount of shamrocks you want to give out with pencil.
2. Cut your shamrocks.
3. After laying out your shamrocks on wax paper or other layer of protective paper from your table-top (don’t ask how I know this), drop one dot of glue on each shamrock a few (4-8) at a time; glue one penny HEADS SIDE UP (meaning, your glue-side down is tails) on each shamrock. Let dry (time here depends on glue used).
4. Write to-from names on each “lucky penny” with a marker, similar to a Valentine.

Lucky Pennies!

Lucky Pennies!

Time it took me to do 23 “Lucky Pennies” as shown: 1 hour.

If you have extra time or want to, you can even edge each shamrock with glitter glue, decorate with stickers, or whatever other decoration you want to add. I kept mine simple to showcase the lucky (shamrock) penny (self-explanatory)… and I simply only had the time to do this much! And while T didn’t help with this craft, he so could have… but again with that time thing (I did these in the late-afternoon the day before I wanted them at school). Lucky him, or me, or both of us?!

Whoa, wait, what happened here?! This is a picture of T's classroom Friday. Apparently someone was busy overnight in the room and left a mess!

Whoa, wait, what happened here?! This is a picture of T’s classroom Friday. Apparently someone was busy overnight in the room and left a mess!

I wonder who's little green footprints these are! Have a great St. Patrick's Day, RMT'ers!

I wonder whose little green footprints these are?! Have a great St. Patrick’s Day, RMT’ers!

Have a blessed St. Patrick’s Day, RMT’ers! What crafts or other special shamrock-themed fun do you have in store this weekend?

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