Bubble Wrap Activities: Salt Dough Shamrock Decorations for St Patrick’s Day


Add a quirky twist to your Shamrock decorations this St Patricks Day, with our fun Bubble Wrap Activity using salt dough.

Bubble wrap activities for kids salt dough shamrocks

Until moving to Ireland 5 years ago, celebrating St Patrick’s Day didn’t really cross our minds. Now we wouldn’t miss our local parade, my husband and sons even marched in it last year with their GAA club. St Patrick’s week also sees the fair arrive in town and visiting that with the kids soon became a tradition as well. Although it is getting to be a very expensive trip out now, as the kids are getting older and more daring, wanting to go on the bigger rides. Going up to school in the run up to St Patrick’s Day is really special as well. There is Irish music playing as we go in and the older kids are dressed up and handing out stickers to the younger kids in exchange for them saying a few words in Irish.

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We are starting to get our decorations ready now for our family St Patrick’s Day celebrations next month. First on the list were some shamrock salt dough decorations to go on our seasonal hallway tree. We currently have some lovely love hearts on their, but these are due to come down now as Valentine’s Day has been and gone.

bubble wrap salt dough shamrock decorations
Bubble wrap salt dough shamrocks for St Patrick’s Day

Bubble Wrap Activity for Kids: Salt Dough Shamrock Decorations

You will need:
2 cups of plain flour
1 cup of salt
1 cup of lukewarm water
Shamrock cookie cutter
Rolling pin
Bubble wrap
Baking tray
  1. Mix together the flour and salt and gradually add in the water until a stiff dough is formed.
  2. Roll it out onto a lightly floured surface and lay bubble wrap over the top bubble side down.
  3. Use a rolling pin or your hands, firmly press down the bubble wrap pattern into the salt dough.
  4. Take the Shamrock cookie cutter and cut out your decorations. Not forgetting to add a small hole for hanging your decoration using a pencil.
  5. Lay the shapes out onto a baking tray and put into an oven pre heated to 180c.
  6. Let them bake for around an hour or until firm to the touch.
  7. Once cooled paint them.
  8. Once dry then add a layer of PVA glue for some added shine.
  9. Leave to dry and then thread a piece of string through the hole, tie a knot in the end and then display.

We did try adding in a few drops of green food colouring, so that we wouldn’t have to paint them. However, we didn’t add enough and they came out looking a very pale, so they needed a lick of paint after all.

Do you have anything special planned for St Patrick’s Day this year?

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27 thoughts on “Bubble Wrap Activities: Salt Dough Shamrock Decorations for St Patrick’s Day

    • She might need a bit of help pressing it down to get the full effect of the bubble wrap, but other than that no reason why you shouldn't give it a go. Hope you have fun with it if you decide to try this out.

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