When straightening up my craft area recently I came across a stash of colored papers in various shades of green. It was perfect to make a shamrock door decoration like Jennifer of The Craft Patch.
I really enjoyed this project, which actually turned out to be two in one. I made the garland in the background from the same paper. More on that in another post.
This is a quick craft. Cut your strips, form the shapes and glue everything together. Then hang it up on the door for a little Irish charm!
- Strips of paper in various shades of green. Mix and match to suit your supply and tastes.
- 7 – 2″ x 12″
- 7 – 2″ x 10″
- 7 – 2″ x 8″
- 2 – 2″ circle from heavy paper (I used paper plates)
- piece of ribbon for hanging
- glue gun and sticks
- ruler, scissors, pencil, cutting mat and protective mat
Once you’ve cut the strips stack them with the longest strip on the bottom and glue one edge together. Use a glue gun or something with a quick bond. Then fold each individual strip to form a teardrop shape and glue it to the edge. Hopefully the horrible photos above will help. Create 6 tear drop shapes, then glue two together to form a heart shaped “leaf.” Repeat to make two more leaves.
You should have one strip left from each of the three lengths.
To form the stem, fold each strip of paper so the middle gets progressively smaller. For the longest strip measure in 5 inches, mark a line, then measure over 2 inches and fold along that line. The medium strip will be 4 1/4″, mark a line, measure an 1 and 1/2 and fold along that line. Finally for the shortest strip you’ll need to measure 3 1/2 inches, mark an inch and fold.
All the pieces should fit inside each other, you just need to glue the edges together. I made a mistake in measuring but decided to leave it. Oddly enough, the idea of an unnecessary crease bothered me more than the difference in the length of the sides.
I took Jennifer’s suggestion and cut a pair of 2 inch circles from some gold paper plates I had to use as something to glue the shamrock pieces to. It also serves to hide the joins. I found it was necessary to glue the sides of the leaves to help strengthen the shamrock. My paper was kind of heavy, like scrapbook paper. You might not have to do this step with a lighter weight paper. Finally, I glued a length of ribbon for hanging.
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