Printable St. Patrick’s Day placemats to color are an easy, fun way to keep kids of all aged entertained during St. Patrick’s Day classroom parties, family dinners, and neighborhood parties.
Holiday classroom parties are one of the quintessential elements of elementary school. Kids often look forward to the parties for smaller holidays, such as Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day, just as much as the larger holidays, such as Halloween and Christmas. Coloring placemats is an ideal St. Patrick’s Day classroom party activity to fill out an afternoon of lots of games and candy.
I also love St. Patrick’s Day placemats to color for family St. Patrick’s Day dinners, neighborhood parties, and other social events. I know that when you’re planning holiday gatherings for multiple ages, kid activities tend to be low on the priority list. Don’t forget about the little ones who will be in attendance. Ensuring kids will stay engaged and entertained guarantees that everyone will have a better time at the dinner or party.
I’ve made ten 11″ x 14″ printable St. Patrick’s Day placemats to color, all completely free. All of these designs also print well in 8.5″ x 11″ and 11″ x 17″ formats for added flexibility. Eight of the placemats feature St. Patrick’s Day-themed messages and pictures to color with shamrocks, rainbows, leprechauns, top hats, and pots of gold. Two of the placemats are game placemats with St. Patrick’s Day-themed activities and games, including a word search and a word unscramble. The coloring difficulty varies quite a bit from one design to the next with placemats geared for multiple ages.
Free printable St. Patrick’s Day placemats to color couldn’t be an easier home or classroom activity to prepare ahead of time. A couple of days prior to the holiday or party, allow time to print or get the placemats printed and buy or round up age-appropriate coloring materials. Set out the placemats and coloring supplies before the dinner or party, and you’re ready to go.
In the next section, I share my top coloring supply recommendations. After the printables, I cover a few tips for printing or having your placemats printed.
Best coloring supplies for printable St. Patrick’s Day placemats
I’ve created St. Patrick’s Day placemats tailored to a range of ages. For younger children, twistable coloring supplies are perfect. You get rich colors without the hassle and stress of peeling paper and worrying about your kids eating crayons (or eating as much crayon anyway). Crayola Twistables colored pencils and Crayola Twistables crayons are both great choices.
For older kids who would like to add more detail to their coloring designs, colored pencils are optimal. My personal favorite colored pencils are Prismacolor premier colored pencils. Primacolor offers smoother, more vivid tones that enable better blending than other leading colored pencil brands. Prismacolor pencils are available in sets ranging from 36 to 150 pencils.
Fine tip markers are another good choice for detailed coloring designs. The best budget fine tip markers you’ll find anywhere are Crayola super tips washable markers. If you’d like additional options, search fine tip markers on Amazon. They offer multiple sets geared for adult coloring, planners, and more.
About the printable St. Patrick’s Day placemats
The free printable St. Patrick’s Day placemats are for personal use only. You’re welcome to print them as many times as you like for both home and classroom use. Please don’t distribute the download files. If family, friends, or co-workers would like their own placemats, please send them to this post where they can download the files for themselves. Thank you!
I’ve created each placemat in JPG and PDF form. For home printing, most likely you prefer JPG format, as it gives you the most control over quality and image scale. If you’re sending your placemats to a printing service, most likely it will be easier to use PDF files.
The preview versions in this post are low-resolution and include black borders, as it gets confusing having so much white space in the blog post. The previews aren’t suitable for printing. Please use the download links to get the placemats you’d like to print. The download files are high-resolution without borders.
Free printable St. Patrick’s Day placemats to color
Assorted shamrocks with a “Happy St. Patrick’s Day!” message in the middle.
Assorted shamrocks with a “Happy St. Patrick’s Day!” message at the bottom.
A bit of Irish luck
The message “May you be touched by a bit of Irish luck today” with a shamrock border on either side.
A laughing leprechaun and three shamrocks with the message “Try to catch a few leprechauns in time for St. Patrick’s Day!”
Luck ‘o the Irish
A top hat with a shamrock in the brim surrounded by shamrocks with the message “Luck ‘o the Irish.”
Pot of gold
A rainbow with a pot of gold and the message “Will you find a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?” underneath it.
Top ‘o the morning
A rainbow with the message “Top ‘o the morning to you this fine St. Patrick’s Day!”
St. Patrick’s Day coloring
Four rectangles with one each for the following St. Patrick’s Day-themed coloring items: shamrocks, Irish flag, rainbow, and top hat.
A St. Patrick’s Day games placemat featuring a word unscramble, shamrock matching activity, and rainbow to color.
A second St. Patrick’s Day games placemat featuring a word search, Irish flag to complete with appropriate colors, and rainbow to color.
Printing your St. Patrick’s Day placemats
I created the printable St. Patrick’s Day placemats with 11″ x 14″ printing in mind. They work well for 8.5″ x 11″ and 11″ x 17″ printing as well. Many home printers have the capacity for printing up to 11″ x 17″ and even wider. If you’re sure of your printer’s largest capacity, look up the specs. Simply Google your printer make and model, and you should find the details you need.
Regular printer paper does work for placemats but isn’t recommended, particularly because these placemats are intended for coloring. My top choices for home-printed placemats are cardstock and premium matte ink-jet paper. The placemats will be much sturdier, and the colors will look smoother and brighter.
If you don’t have a home printer with the capacity for printing 11″ x 14″ pages or larger or you don’t want to deal with ordering special paper and printing your own placemats on top of other holiday tasks, send your placemats to your preferred printing service. There are lots of places that offer quick, high-quality, affordable printing services, such as FedEx, Costco, Staples, and OfficeMax.
How do I print my placemats on 8.5″ x 11″ or 11″ x 17″ paper?
11″ x 14″ is a common printing size for photos. It’s not nearly as common for other kinds of printing, which can make it tough to find paper in this size that isn’t photo paper. While I did link a couple of options above for 11″ x 14″ paper, I know that many people prefer 8.5″ x 11″ and 11″ x 17,” as these types of paper are more common and versatile.
An 8.5″ x 11″ format may also be preferable for young children and anyone who simply wants to use the St. Patrick’s Day designs as coloring pages, not placemats.
Simply choose 8.5″ x 11″ or 11″ x 17″ on your printer. Both of these sizes will leave a white border on either side of the placemats. For the vast majority of the St. Patrick’s Day designs, you won’t even notice a difference.
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