FREEbie: Shamrock Faux Stained Glass Craft

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Stained glass is beautiful, but not necessarily the most “kid-friendly” craft. So we decided to come up with an alternative … faux stained glass! Our FREEbie: Shamrock Faux Stained Glass is a fun craft for kids and adults and the end result is so pretty! Once complete, you can frame your creation or hang in a window to enjoy.

The inspiration for this stained glass comes from the legend of the shamrock. St. Patrick used the shamrock as a symbol to explain the Holy Trinity to the people of Ireland. Tomie dePaola beautifully shares the story of St. Patrick, along with the legend of the shamrock, in his book Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland.

“When Saint Patrick was preaching about the Holy Trinity, the people could not understand that there was one God in three Divine Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Patrick looked down, and growing at his feet was a shamrock. He picked it and held it up, showing that there was one stem, but three leaves. The people understood the Holy Trinity at once.” – excerpt from Patrick Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie dePaolo

Tomie dePaolo’s Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland does a beautiful job of sharing the true story of how a young boy went from being a slave to a faithful servant of God. Along with the biography of Saint Patrick, he also includes several legends: Saint Patrick and the Snakes, Saint Patrick and the Lost Horses, Saint Patrick and the Evil Coroticus, Saint Patrick and the Altar Stone, and Saint Patrick and the Shamrock.

Download our FREEbie: Shamrock Faux Stained Glass to celebrate the legend of the shamrock as you learn more about Saint Patrick and the reason we celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day!


Kat ReaderKat is the proud mama to 3 incredible boys. Her family began their homeschooling journey in 2006 when her oldest was in 2nd grade, and the twins were barely 6 months old. She’s passionate about researching resources and activities that allow her children to use all of their senses and learning styles, which she shares at World of Learning. In her “spare time”, she’s a Virtual Assistant, creating printables, logos, business cards and more, and providing editing services.  Connect with Kat on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google +.


  1. Thank you Kat! downloading 🙂
    Tomie DePaolo is a favorite in our home – I had forgotten about this one one St. Patrick. I”ll be looking at our library for it this week!

    • Kat Reader says:

      Yea! So glad to hear 🙂
      We love Tomie dePaola too. I’ve been considering either Strega Nona or Clown of God for our K-3 Book Club. Enjoy Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland!

  2. This is a fantastic resource!
    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

  3. Great art extension for Tomie dePaolo’s book. I think we may own this. Gotta check and see,lol. Thanks for linking up to the Thoughtful Spot Blog Hop. Hope to see you next week!

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