Handprint Rainbow St. Patrick’s Day Craft


Handprint Rainbow St. Patrick's Day Craft

Making handprint crafts for the holidays is a great way to celebrate with a young child while making a priceless keepsake. For St. Patrick’s Day, make a fun handprint rainbow complete with a pot of gold.


  • Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, black, and gold nontoxic paint
  • Blank paper
  • Paper plate
  • Cotton ball
  • Cotton swab or paintbrush


  1. Pour some red paint onto the paper plate.
  2. Use a cotton ball to create a thin layer of paint on the palm of your child’s hand.
  3. Press the red handprint onto the paper starting on the left side.
  4. Wash the paint off your child’s hand.
  5. Repeat the first four steps with the orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple paint. The palm prints will form a rainbow.
  6. Use the black paint to create a black pot under the purple handprint.
  7. Use the gold paint to create gold coins in the pot.

A rainbow handprint is a fun craft to make with a toddler for St. Patrick’s Day. At first, my toddler daughter was not too fond of the paint on her palm. However, by the time of the green handprint, she no longer cried when I put the paint on her hand. She also really enjoyed playing in the running water as I washed her hands.


Rainbow Acrylic Paint Red Paint on a Paper Plate

Red Handprint Orange Handprint

Yellow Handprint Green Handprint

Blue Handprint Purple Handprint

Painting a Black Pot Painting a Pot of Gold

St. Patrick's Day Handprint Rainbow

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, and happy crafting!

For more St. Patrick’s Day crafts, try my Footprint Four-leaf Clover St. Patrick’s Day Toddler Craft, Handprint Rainbow St. Patrick’s Day Toddler Craft, Handprint Four-Leaf Clover Toddler St. Patrick’s Day Craft, Shamrock Paper Plate Wreath, Pot of Gold Rainbow Paper Plate Craft, and Burlap and Ribbon St. Patrick’s Day Wreath Craft.

Image Credits

Handprint Rainbow St. Patrick’s Day Craft © 2013 Heather Johnson
Rainbow Acrylic Paint © 2013 Heather Johnson
Red Paint on a Paper Plate © 2013 Heather Johnson
Red Handprint © 2013 Heather Johnson
Orange Handprint © 2013 Heather Johnson
Yellow Handprint © 2013 Heather Johnson
Green Handprint © 2013 Heather Johnson
Blue Handprint © 2013 Heather Johnson
Purple Handprint © 2013 Heather Johnson
Painting a Black Pot © 2013 Heather Johnson
Painting a Pot of Gold © 2013 Heather Johnson
St. Patrick’s Day Handprint Rainbow © 2013 Heather Johnson


Written by Heather Johnson

Heather is a writer, librarian, linguist, wife, and mother who loves her husband, children, dogs, and cat. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in creative writing and master's degrees in library and information science and English studies with a concentration in linguistics.

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