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Paper Shamrock Wreath

I took down the Valentine's decorations yesterday and now the house seems bare. I am seriously lacking in St. Patrick's Day decor, so I decided to make some using stuff I already had. Gotta justify my craft supply hoarding tendencies somehow, right?! Anyway, this is what I came up with:

It's a 3D shamrock made of scraps of green paper. The only thing I love more than a cute project is one that uses up scraps. Hurray! Wanna make one of your own? Here's how:

Materials Needed:
* Scrap paper. Double-sided looks best. Or you can glue two pieces together to make double sided paper.    You will need:
              7- 12x2 strips of paper 
              7- 10x2 strips of paper
              7- 8x2 strips of paper
* Ribbon for hanging
* Extra scraps of paper for center decoration and back pieces
* Hot glue

1. Stack the papers together and glue the ends on one side together.

2. Loop the inside piece over and glue the edge down.

 3. Repeat with the other two pieces until you have a teardrop shape.

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you have made six tear drops. Group in twos and glue the ends together to form a heart shape.

5. To make the stem, you will be making two fold marks on each of the three strips you have left.

For the 12" strip, make a fold mark 5 inches from the left edge and 5 inches from the right edge, so that there are 2 inches between the two fold lines and the section between the folds is centered.

For the 10" strip, make one fold mark 4.25" from the left edge and 4.25" from the right edge, so that there are 1 1/2 inches between the two fold lines and the section between the folds is centered.

For the 8" strip, make one fold mark 3.5" from the left edge and 3.5" from the right edge, so that there is 1 inch between the fold lines and the section between them is centered.

Whew! Did that make any sense? I have my doubts... but maybe this picture will help you know what I mean:

6. Line up the ends and glue them all together, like this:

7. Now assemble your shamrock. I cut out a small cardstock circle so I would have something to glue all those points to. Then I added a little accordion fold medallion in the front center. It's cute and it hides the part where it's glued together.

8. Glue on a ribbon loop so you can hang the wreath.

And there you have it, folks. The finished size is about 12 inches across. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out and now my house isn't quite as bare as it used to be. And bonus... my scrap paper piles are a little smaller too!

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  1. Hey - found your post on Pinterest (of course). Did you just use Scrapbooking paper? Also - How did you do the accordion folded medallion? (How wide is the paper & then do you just fold it "accordion style" & hot glued in a circle? ) Love the addition of the button to finish it off. Great idea for a door decoration & looks very easy - can't wait to make one for my front door!

    1. Hi Gwyn! I did use scrapbooking paper. I made the medallion following these instructions: They are super easy and fun and you can make them any size you want. THanks for stopping by!

  2. Hi Gwyn,
    I love the elegance of this four leaf clover! I appreciate the tutorial on your site. I am posting this picture to our Facebook page with a link to your site. I hope that is OK with you.

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    1. Perfect, Denise! And with plenty of time to spare.


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