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DIY St. Patrick’s Day Craft

By Nancy Payne x’16


Shamrock Tinted Mason Jar

Inspired by the Wisconsin Union Mini Courses and Craftshop, this is the perfect craft to get into the St. Patrick’s Day Spirit. With the help of Craftshop programmer Ella Williquette and Momtastic DIY, we have put together a festive mason jar that is perfect as a holiday center piece, flower vase, pencil holder, wrapped candy/snack container or luminary candle holder. If you have any festive DIY crafts or ideas, please share in the comments below!


Mason Jar

1 tube of green food coloring

Modge Podge–gloss

Paper bag or safe surface to get messy


Sponge brush


Take the food coloring and place into a small bowl, add 3-4 tablespoons of water and mix together. Next, add 3-4 tablespoons of Modge Podge into the mason jar.


After adding the two together into the jar, begin swirling the mixture around to coat the entire jar. Pour the extra mixture into a bowl and leave the jar to dry upside down for 30 minutes.


After letting the jar dry for 30 minutes, put the jar upside down on a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet and set in the oven preheated to 200 degrees F.


After letting the jar sit in the oven upside down for 10 minutes, flip the jar over and bake it for 20-30 more minutes right side up. Once it is finished it will look something like this:


Keep in mind the more food coloring and Modge Podge you use, the more opaque it will be. As you are waiting for the jar to dry, cut out a stencil of a shamrock on a thick piece of paper. Once the jar is finished, wrap the piece of paper around the jar with the shamrock centered in the middle of the jar.


Next, take the sponge brush and apply modge podge over the shamrock. Pour glitter over the glue and wait for it to dry. Make sure that the glue does not soak through the paper.


After letting the glitter dry, remove the stencil and add either a ribbon, yarn or band around the top to finish. Let the jar sit for 24 hours before use.


You’re done! This craft will take your St. Patrick’s Day party to the next level.¬†Feel free to try other colors for other holidays and multi-purpose use.

Note: this jar is not safe to drink or eat out of.

For more information about the Craftshop and their transition into becoming the Wheelhouse Studios as a part of the Memorial Union Reinvestment, click here. For information on Union Mini Courses, click here.

Nancy Payne is a UW sophomore majoring in Strategic Communication frequently seen in Der Rathskeller eating a bag of Stiftskeller popcorn with a bowl of Chocolate Peanut Butter Babcock ice cream on the side.

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