Washi Tape St. Patrick's Day Cards

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St. Patrick's Day Cards to Make with Kids

St Patricks Day cards
Katherine Lee

Making St. Patrick's Day cards with kids is fun, and this idea for a pretty washi tape card is a perfect St. Patrick's Day craft for kids.

Washi tape is Japanese decorative masking tape. You can find these inexpensive but beautiful tapes through online stores like Cutetape.com. Washi tapes can be used to create a variety of crafts, including cards, mini bunting, cupcake decorations, and more. They can also be used to dress up gift wrap, and can be a fun way for kids to decorate cups, books, toys, and whatever else they want to add color and design to!

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Gather your materials to make your St. Patrick's Day cards.

St Patricks Day cards
Katherine Lee

  • To make these St. Patty's Day cards, you will need the following materials:

  • light green card stock paper or construction paper
  • printed or hand-written letters on white paper that spell out "Happy St. Patrick's Day" in capital letters (For this craft, I used a 22-point Times New Roman font size.)
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • glitter glue pen in green
  • baker's twine or string (If you can't find green, any neutral color will do.)
  • washi tape in shades of green

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Cut the letters into strips.

St Patricks Day cards
Katherine Lee

Cut the letters you printed or wrote out into strips. In the next step, you will add washi tape to each individual letter to give them color and add each letter to the twine to create a banner.

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Put washi tape on your letters.

St Patricks Day cards
Katherine Lee

Starting with your first letter (the letter "H" in "Happy St. Patrick's Day"), put a strip of washi tape on it with the tape going vertically over the letter. (See photo.)

Even though washi tape is awesome because it can be taken off and re-taped if it isn't quite on the right spot, this step might be easier if handled by a grownup since it can be tricky to line up the tape with the letters quite right. On the other hand, if you wanna go with a slightly off-center look for each letter, by all means let young kids have a go! One of the best things about crafting with kids is that you can ditch perfection out the window and you'll still have cute and lovely creations.

(Hint: Vary the colors of the letters to create an interesting effect when you make your banner on your card.)

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Trim off paper on either side of the letter and put the letter on the twine.

St Patricks Day cards
Katherine Lee

Next, snip off the excess white paper that isn't covered by washi tape on either side of the letter. The put the letter on the twine, starting at one end. (See photo for how the back of the letter will look with the twine placed at the top of the letter.)This is an excellent step for older grade-schoolers to take on as they practice their fine-motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

(Hint: To calculate how much twine you'll need for your St. Patrick's Day greeting card, approximate how much you will need to spell out each word, then decide how you want to place the letters. For this card, I decided to put "Happy" on one line, "St. Patrick's" on a second, and "Day" on a third.)

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Trim off any excess tape and paper on the bottom of your washi tape letter.

St Patricks Day cards
Katherine Lee

To make your letter look neat, trim off any excess tape and paper on the bottom to create a boxy shape.

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Contine adding more letters to make your first word for your card.

St Patricks Day cards
Katherine Lee

Add more letters to complete the first word -- in this case, "Happy" -- for your washi tape St. Patrick's Day card.

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When you have finished making your washi tape words, lay them out.

St Patricks Day cards
Katherine Lee

Once you have finished your washi tape words, take a piece of 8 1/2" x 11" card stock and fold it it half. Lay out the St. Patrick's Day greeting the way you might want it on the card before gluing it down.

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Apply glue to the back of the washi tape word banner you have made.

St Patricks Day cards
Katherine Lee

Take your glue stick and apply the glue to the back of the washi tape banner words. Working with one string of words at a time, mount them on the card.

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Add a shamrock with a green glitter glue pen to finish your card.

St Patricks Day cards
Katherine Lee

To complete your card, add a shamrock using your glitter glue pen. (This step is optional--it adds a nice touch, but the washi tape letters are pretty enough on their own!)

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Here is the finished washi tape St. Patrick's Day card.

St Patricks Day cards
Katherine Lee

And here is a completed St. Patrick's Day washi card, ready for you to share with friends and family. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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