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A Cootie Catcher Perfect for St. Patricks Day

Inside: How to make a cootie catcher

You may be asking, “What is a cootie catcher?” Well, let me throw back to grammar school days, we use to love playing with these during recess. We loved feeling like we could predict our future husbands, careers and if the cute new boy would have a crush on us! So to spread that playful luck, I’m going to show you how to make a cootie catcher.

Cootie CatcherHow to make a cootie catcher

To add a little Irish flair for St. Patricks day we rounded off the corners you are left with a very lucky paper clover cootie catcher. Write in four special treats and enjoy celebrating the holiday in whichever way your luck may lead!

What is a cootie catcher

How to Make a Cootie Catcher

All that is needed for this project is a single sheet of green paper, scissors, and a white crayon or pencil.

  1. Fold the paper corner to the edge and cut off the remaining strip to leave a square.
  2. Next, fold each of your four corners into the center of your sheet and crease.
  3. Turn the paper over to the other side and fold each corner over again and crease, this will leave you with the basic shape of a cootie catcher.
  4. Take the pointed single ends that stick of the top and using scissors around your points down. Once all four points are rounded you will be left with a paper four leaf clover!
  5. In the interior of the catcher, write in four different lucky treats, ie. “so lucky we get to eat pizza!”  

Spend a few minutes playing the game with your kids and treating them accordingly. This would also make a fun activity for a St. Patrick’s Day playdate or party!

DIY cootie catcher

Let us know in the comments what answers you like to put in your cootie catcher!

Photography by Carly Taylor for a subtle revelry.

PS. Last year, as one of my first projects shared online, I made shamrock cupcakes.


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  1. I love this! I’m a school teacher and will be making this with my fourth years. They’re going to love it!

    Thank you very, very much!

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