Saint Patrick's Day is just around the corner! I'm actually Irish, but read somewhere that everyone is Irish on March 17th :) I was looking for a fun project for St. Patrick's Day and decided paper shamrocks were in order! These shamrocks were so easy to make, and they're adorable to boot! See below for all the details!
For this project, you will need:
First thing you will want to do is trim your scrapbook paper into 1 inch strips. You'll need four 12"x1" strips for the outside of your shamrock and four 10"x1" strips for the inside of your shamrock. You can stick with one color, two colors, a different color for each piece- it is up to you! You'll also need one strip for a stem in a coordinating color. I chose dark green for my outside color and stem and green gingham for my inside color.
Next I folded all my paper strips in half (except the stem). If you are using patterned paper like me, you'll want to fold the pattern part OUTWARDS if it is the 12" strip, or INWARDS if it is a 10" strip.Glue Glider Pro with Permatac for projects like this... it is probably more sticking power than I "need," but it never lets me down!
Next I took one strip of my green gingham and stuck one end (pattern side UP) to one end of the solid green strip where I put the adhesive. Then I bowed the outside green paper and stuck the other side of the gingham paper to the other end. You'll have somewhat of a D shaped piece of paper at this point. Next I took my tape and ran a little strip along the outside edge (see red arrow above.... tape runner adhesive is hard to photograph!).
How cute did these turn out? Feel free to use different colors of paper even - who says shamrocks have to be just green? I'm sure the leprechauns wouldn't mind shamrocks in all the shades of the rainbow! :)
Feel free to experiment with this project- make shorter paper strips for smaller shamrocks, if desired. You could add more layers too! Just keep a 2" difference between layers so they separate nicely.
I hope this gets you in the mood for St. Patrick's Day! How will you celebrate St. Patrick's Day this year?
When you give this project a try let me know how it turns out!