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Shamrock Tissue Paper Suncatcher Craft

This shamrock suncatcher craft is the perfect Saint Patrick’s Day craft for kids of all ages. It is especially ideal for preschoolers and kindergartners, though even the littlest ones can benefit from all sorts of extended skills!

These shamrock suncatchers use just a few common craft supplies and only take about 20 minutes to complete. It’s a quick, easy, and economical craft to include in an art center and extension activities during St. Patrick’s Day-themed lessons.

Top shows two completed shamrock suncatchers. The left one is in different shades of green and the right one is rainbow colored. Middle has white and black text on a green background that says Shamrock Suncatchers St. Patrick's Craft for Kids. Bottom shows an in process shot of gluing green tissue paper squares to shamrock template.

This easy shamrock craft makes a wonderful decorative addition to any classroom, virtual school background, or homeschool space.

It is simple to create, inexpensive and makes a beautiful window decoration. Just look at how the light shines right through the paper to give it a faux-stained glass look!

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St. Patrick’s Shamrock Suncatcher Learning Benefits

Making these tissue paper crafts are a fun fine motor activity for preschool and kindergarten-aged children that provides practice with cutting, gluing, and color awareness, though it can be adapted for older kids too who can always use the practice.

Fine Motor Skills

Using scissors strengthens littler hands leading up to handwriting and other activities with less frustration. By cutting out the shamrock shape, and tissue paper squares for older kids, they’ll also gain confidence along with control skills.

You could even step outside the box and cut different tissue paper shapes, practicing their names and colors along the way (red hearts, yellow flowers, green leaves, etc.).

Using glue bottles or sticks also works on fine motor skills, especially when they have to figure out how much to apply, where, and use their grip (more strengthening!) to apply it in a controlled manner.


Choosing which colors to use, whether all one green, shades of it, a rainbow, or even gold allows creativity to blossom. Making these choices is fundamental to their artistic expression and lays the groundwork for further exploration and learning excitement.

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Color Recognition and Patterns

Challenge older children to create a rainbow suncatcher by gluing red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple tissue paper into the traditional rainbow pattern. They will find this to be a quick and enjoyable craft that they can complete on their own.

Tissue paper rainbow shamrock suncatcher in a brightly lit window.

Literacy Skills

Another fun learning benefit to complement this craft for older children is with some literacy practice! Kids love limericks, and older kids can benefit from a mini-lesson and then the opportunity to write their own on shamrock shapes they’ve cut out and colored in with paint, crayons, or pencils to display next to their suncatchers.


Kids of all ages can experiment with layering the tissue paper for a quick science lesson on transparency and opacity. Why does the light shine through in different ways depending on how many layers are used? Can they think of any other examples where this happens?

For a another cool science lesson and craft combination, try making these coffee filter shamrocks.

White child's hand gluing different shades of green tissue paper cut into squares onto printable shamrock template.

More Suncatcher Crafts for Kids

Suncatcher crafts are a delightful and creative way to capture the beauty of sunlight in every season. They are a fun, low mess art project for children and a fantastic method to teach them about light, color, and design.

The brilliance of suncatchers as they illuminate with the sun’s rays can bring joy to any space, making these crafts perfect for kids who enjoy adding a personal touch to windows and gardens. Let’s explore some charming tissue paper crafts for kids to easily create and enjoy.

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Shamrock template printout laying on craft table with scissors, tissue paper, and glue around it.

Shamrock Suncatcher Craft Supplies

  • Shamrock Craft Template (get the free printable template by filling out the form at the bottom of this post)
  • Tissue paper in a variety of colors
  • Scissors
  • Liquid glue or glue sticks
  • Self-Adhesive Laminating Sheets (optional)
  • Scotch(R) Removable Wall Mounting Tabs (optional)

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How to Make a Shamrock Tissue Paper Suncatcher

First you will need to download and print out our printable shamrock craft template (available by filling out the form at the end of this post).

Please note: The template includes a couple different sizes for use in a variety of projects. The largest size was used for the suncatchers in these photos.

I recommend using regular printer paper for this project. The light will shine through plain printer paper easier than cardstock. Next you will need to cut your tissue paper into small one-inch squares.

Pieces of cut up green tissue paper scattered on the left side of shamrock template. White child's hand gluing tissue paper to the shamrock.

You can prep ahead by cutting up the tissue paper into squares or other shapes for your child. You can also buy pre-cut tissue paper squares for an even quicker and easier project. 

Younger children could also rip the tissue paper into smaller pieces and older children could cut their shapes or squares.

Tissue paper squares arranged in rainbow order around printable shamrock template covered in glued on tissue paper.

Use greens and yellows for a more traditional look or rainbow colors for a rainbow suncatcher. 

Use liquid glue or glue sticks to cover the entire shamrock shape with tissue paper a bit at a time. It’s okay if the tissue paper overlaps or goes over the edges.

Set the suncatchers aside to dry. Once the glue is dry, cut out the template.

Two finished shamrock suncatchers cut out from template. Left one in various shades of green and the right one is rainbow.

Use self-adhesive laminating sheets for a homemade St. Patrick’s Day decoration you can enjoy again, year after year and use these removable mounting tabs to make it super easy to display them around your home.

Now your pretty faux-stained glass tissue paper shamrock suncatcher is ready to hang in the window and enjoy all month long.

Green tissue paper shamrock suncatcher in sunny window.

Tips for Using the Printable Shamrock Template

If you don’t have tissue paper on hand, you can still use the printable shamrock craft template for a variety of other projects. 

For example, younger kids can color the shamrocks with a variety of mediums. They can also use green sequins, pompoms, glitter, or buttons to decorate their shamrocks. 

Or you can simply use the template to trace and cut out shamrocks on green construction paper. Tracing is a great opportunity for more fine motor skills work.

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Saint Patrick’s Day Books for Kids

If you’re looking to continue the fun, there are many opportunities. Books are always a favorite extension for holidays and art, helping build literacy, listening skills, critical thinking, and creativity.

Some science is thrown in here too for good measure! Here are some of our favorite Saint Patrick’s Day Books for all ages. And don’t forget that even older kids enjoy a good picture book!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the Crayons

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the Crayons by Drew Daywalt embraces the imaginative and colorful world of crayons to celebrate the festive spirit of St. Patrick’s Day.

This delightful tale is perfect for kids, showcasing a whimsical journey through the eyes of crayons that craft a magical holiday experience. With Daywalt’s signature humor and charm, children are not only entertained but encouraged to explore their creativity and the joy of reading.

Pout-Pout Fish Lucky Leprechaun

Pout-Pout Fish: Lucky Leprechaun by Deborah Diesen is an enchanting book that takes young readers on an undersea adventure with the beloved Pout-Pout Fish. In this St. Patrick’s Day special, Mr. Fish embarks on a whimsical journey filled with shamrocks and surprises.

The story’s rhythmic verse and vibrant illustrations captivate children, inviting them to join in the search for the elusive underwater leprechaun. This book is a treasure trove that combines festive St. Patrick’s Day themes with lessons on friendship, perseverance, and the joy of discovering one’s own luck.

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The Hidden Rainbow: A Springtime Book for Kids

The Hidden Rainbow: A Springtime Book for Kids by Christie Matheson is a delightful exploration of colors and nature, ideal for welcoming the spring season. With its interactive elements and charming storyline, this book invites young readers to seek out the colors of the rainbow in the natural world around them.

Matheson’s book is not only a visual treat with its beautiful watercolor illustrations but also an educational journey, teaching children about different plants and encouraging outdoor discovery and play.

Rainbows (Amazing Sights of the Sky)

Rainbows (Amazing Sights of the Sky) by Martha E. H. Rustad illuminates the science and beauty behind one of nature’s most spectacular phenomena. This informative book caters to young, curious minds, guiding them through the process of how rainbows are formed, what colors are visible, and why they appear in the sky.

Rustad’s engaging text, combined with vivid illustrations, make the concept of light refraction and weather conditions accessible and fascinating for children. It’s an excellent resource to spark an interest in meteorology and physics while providing a visually stunning reading experience.

Limericks for Kids

Limericks for Kids by Birchall Publishing is a whimsical collection of short, humorous poems designed to tickle the funny bones of children and encourage them to appreciate the rhythmic and rhyming aspects of language.

Each limerick comes with its quirky twist and clever punchlines, making reading a delightful and engaging activity. Perfect for a lively family read-aloud or classroom fun, this book not only promotes laughter but also enhances phonemic awareness and vocabulary in young readers.

More St. Patrick’s Day Crafts for Kids

Crafting during holidays is more than just a fun activity; it’s a rich opportunity to engage children in the celebratory culture and symbols of the occasion. Below, you’ll find more fantastic St. Patrick’s Day craft ideas that are perfect for kids.

These crafts are not only easy and enjoyable to make but also serve as excellent tools for developing fine motor skills and fostering a sense of accomplishment in young crafters.

Get the Free Shamrock Craft Template

I hope this fun St. Patrick’s Day provides your little leprechauns with some educational and entertaining ways to learn about colors, shapes, literature, and science! Talk about being lucky!

Shamrock Suncatcher Craft

Shamrock Suncatcher Craft

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $5 or less

These tissue paper shamrock suncatchers are a quick and easy Saint Patrick's Day craft for kids. They make bright and colorful window decorations!


  • Shamrock Craft Template
  • White Printer Paper
  • Assorted Colors of Tissue Paper
  • Glue


  • Scissors


  1. Print out the shamrock craft template on regular paper and use the largest size or make two smaller ones.
  2. Cut your tissue paper into smaller pieces or purchase pre-cut tissue paper squares.
  3. Glue tissue paper pieces to the paper and cover the entire shamrock shape.
  4. Set the suncatchers aside to dry completely.
  5. Once the glue is dry, cut out the template and hang in a window.


Preserve your suncatcher by using self-adhesive laminating sheets and use removable mounting tabs to make it super easy to display them.

Did you make this project?

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Tuesday 12th of March 2024

Going to try

Darcy Zalewski

Tuesday 12th of March 2024

We hope you enjoy making your own shamrock suncatcher, Janelle!


Monday 19th of February 2024

Such a quick and easy craft to complete with the kiddos! I love the different shades of green tissue. We will be featuring you starting Wednesday at the Creatively Crafty Linky Party! Pinned and shared! Creatively, Beth

Darcy Zalewski

Tuesday 20th of February 2024

Thank you so much, Beth! We love fun and easy holiday craft projects for kids!

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