While making my heart paper chain for Valentine’s Day, I kept thinking that a similar method could be used for four-leaf clovers. It worked so well! I actually came up with four different paper shamrocks. I used them in a paper chain but they would be a great St. Patrick’s Day craft for kids. You could hang them individually by a string from the ceiling or hide them throughout the house to have your kids hunt for them.
How to: Paper Shamrock Chain
Here’s what you’ll need:
12×12 inch colored paper (double-sided works great here, but isn’t necessary)
scissors or paper cutter
1. Start by cutting your paper into 1.5 inch strips. I was in a “wing-it” mood and just used scissors. You can always use a paper cutter for more accuracy.
2. Fold a 1/4 inch tab to the inside of the paper. Do this on both ends.
3. Fold that paper in half, bringing the tabs together.
5. Place a little glue on one tab and glue the tab right so that it meets up with the center fold. Repeat with the other end.
6. Repeat steps 1-5. You will now have two half clovers! Just put a little glue in the center and stick them together. You just completed the first paper shamrock.
Follow steps 1-3 from above (cut paper strips, fold tabs, and fold paper in half). Before you glue the tabs to the center, fold the tab to the back and meet it up with the center fold and crease it. The pictures should help with the understanding of this step.
2. While the paper is still folded back, staple very close to the crease.
3. Do the same thing to the other side of that paper. The end product should look like this:
4. Now add a little glue to the tab and attach it close to the center fold, just like you did for the first shamrock. This is one half. Repeat these steps with a second piece of paper. When you have two halves use a little glue to stick them together.
This makes a shamrock that is about twice as big as the previous two. This is how I made the biggest shamrock in the center of my paper chain.
1. Fold a 1 1/2 by 12 inch paper in half and place a staple close the the crease.
2. Make a small tab at one end of the paper, glue the tab to the opposite end of the paper. Repeat this four times.
When you have all four leaves done, just use glue them together to make your four-leaf clover.
These first 3 variations are what I used in my paper chain. To chain them together just staple a loop of paper between 2 of the shamrocks. To make the stem, I just glued a little scrap of paper in between the 2 half pieces.
*Note – to make this mantel decoration I just painted a scrap of wood white, used masking tape to block off 7 even segments (once the white paint was dry) and then painted them rainbow colors with acrylic paint. Just peal off the tape once the paint is dry. So easy! I’m going to flip to board over and paint something for spring/Easter on the other side. The pot of gold is a pint wide-mouth canning jar with Rolo candy in it.
The fourth paper shamrock is a bit different. This I plan on doing with my preschool kids. My daughter has this one on top of her dresser for a little decoration in her room.
I started out by making a square tube from paper.
I then glued a half piece (you could use variation 1 or 2 for this) to the square tube, putting one on each side of the tube.
I ended up with a cute little 3-D paper shamrock!
I’m linking this project up over at Honey Bear Lane.