Creating a Celtic craft project with your child is a great way to keep her connected to her cultural heritage while having fun on a rainy or cold afternoon. Whether your ancestry is Irish, Scottish or Welsh, there are many craft projects you can create together with your child that will help initiate meaningful conversations about where your family comes from.
Create a Scottish Tartan
Draw, paint or cross-stitch a family tartan together with your child. Creating a unique tartan is a way to initiate a meaningful conversation about your shared Scottish heritage. You can easily research your family name online to find your actual tartan pattern. Historically, tartan patterns and the colours within express physical location, occupation and the political loyalties of a clan. Talk with your child about the meanings behind the design of a tartan, and create a unique and new tartan that represents your familial life.
Knit a Fair Isle Design
If you and your child already know how to knit, together you could learn how to knit in the Fair Isle or Aran techniques and create a pretty Celtic designed scarf, hat, blanket or other knitted craft. Fair Isle knitting comes from Scotland, and Aran designs are Irish in origin.
Découpage a Celtic Animal Design
Celtic animals are pretty, extremely colourful and geometrical in design, making them a good découpage craft for young children. Webster's Dictionary defines découpage as follows: "The art of decorating surfaces by applying cutouts (as of paper) and then coating with usually several layers of finish (as lacquer or varnish)." In addition, Celtic animals carry significant meaning and myths about Celtic heritage with them. Decorate a box, cup or picture frame with a Celtic animal for a unique craft project.
Lucky Shamrock Box with Irish Blessing
As St. Patrick's Day approaches, you and your child can fold origami boxes and decorate them with traditional Irish shamrocks and designs. Your child can then write an "Irish blessing" to put inside each box, which he can give to family and friends as a gift.
A popular Irish blessing is as follows:
"May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand."