The Blarney Stone is a quick and easy St. Patrick’s Day craft for kids that is super simple to make and so much fun!
What is The Blarney Stone?
The Blarney Stone is a block of limestone built into the wall of Blarney Castle, about 5 miles outside Cork, Ireland.
Kissing The Blarney Stone is a tradition that’s been around for centuries. People travel from around the world to give the Blarney Stone a kiss, which is done by leaning backward while holding onto two railings.
On our trip to Ireland in 2017, we visited Blarney Castle and kissed the stone. The castle itself wasn’t much to see, and it wasn’t very well preserved. But you can’t go all the way to Ireland and NOT kiss the stone, right?!
Why do people kiss the Blarney Stone?
When I was a kid, I was told that kissing the Blarney Stone would give you good luck, but apparently, the legend says kissing The Blarney Stone will give you the gift of gab, meaning the ability to talk with eloquence and flattery.
Maybe “luck” sounded better to kids and that’s why my teacher told me that! 🤪
At any rate, there’s a stone…in Ireland…millions of people kiss it for superstitious reasons…and it was recently ranked by TripAdvisor.com as one of the most unhygienic tourist attractions!! 🤣
Blarney Stone Craft
I thought it would be fun for the kids to make their own “Good Luck Charm” before St. Patrick’s Day, and this is the idea we came up with! We went on a walk to find some rocks and then gathered a few craft supplies. These little rocks turned out completely adorable and making them was so fun! Here is how we did it:
The Blarney Stone – St. Patricks Day Craft for Kids
- paint – green and red/pink
- paint brush
- googly eyes
- hot glue gun or sticky dots -White glue will work too, but it takes longer to dry.
Clean your river rock (so TripAdvisor doesn’t judge you!) and paint the entire rock green. (It’s for St. Patrick’s Day, and what kid doesn’t love painting?!) Let this dry.
Paint a pair of lips on the rock. I like to make it look like a heart.
Using glue or sticky dots, glue 2 eyes to make a face. You can get as creative as you’d like with this. My boys thought a cyclops stone was the funniest thing ever!
Now you can display them, keep them in a pocket for extra “luck” on a math test, or start smooching, hoping for the “gift of gab”!
My kids love these! They are easy and fun… and the end result is too cute!