DIY – Paper Shamrock Wreath

I recently found the shamrock wreath I made last year (Studio Snapshot – St. Patrick’s Day Paper Shamrock Wreath). It was looking a little shabby, so I decided to make another and include instructions so you can make one too.

My new Paper Shamrock Wreath, perfect for St. Patrick's Day.

My new Paper Shamrock Wreath, perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.

Like last year, I decided on two colors of green and one of white. Unlike last year, I decided I wanted to use a heavier card stock for my paper. Last year I made my strips of paper 1.5″ wide. This year I made them 1″ wide. It’s totally up to you to decide what width of strips you want to make your shamrock.

Last year's Paper Shamrock Wreath on left and 1" by 12" strips of green and white paper that will become my new wreath this year.

Last year’s Paper Shamrock Wreath on left and 1″ by 12″ strips of green and white paper that will become my new wreath this year.

From 12″ square card stock, I cut cut seven 1″ strips from each of my three colors. I used two greens and one white. I left the dark green 12″ in length, cut the white to 10″ and the light green to 8″. Try different widths and lengths of paper. Play around to find the combination of lengths and widths that give you a pleasing shamrock.

I stapled one set of colored strips to form a teardrop.

I stapled one set of colored strips to form a teardrop.

Holding a set of each of the three colors (longest on the outside, shortest on the inside) I used a stapler to make a teardrop shape. See photo above. I then made 6 teardrops.

The above photo shows where I scored the lines for the stem of my shamrock.

The above photo shows my six teardrops plus where I scored the lines for the stem of my shamrock.

I scored and folded my 7th set of colored strips (see above photo) to make my shamrock stem. I then stapled my stem like I did with the teardrops.

I used a glue gun to glue two tear drops together, ending up with 3 heart shaped leaves for my shamrock.

I used a glue gun to glue two tear drops together, ending up with 3 heart shaped leaves for my shamrock.

I used a glue gun for my next steps. I glued two teardrops together to make each of the heart shaped leaves. Then I glued the three leaves and the stem to a round piece of card stock (see it in the center of the above photo).

I folded a paper medallion for the center of my Paper Shamrock Wreath. I glued a few beads in the center.

I folded a paper medallion for the center of my Paper Shamrock Wreath. I glued a few beads in the center.

I folded a 1″ by 11″ strip of text weight paper into an accordion. I then glued the ends together and held the accordion into a circle and glued the back of the medallion with hot glue. I held it for a few minutes until the glue dried. Done! I may add a ribbon to hang it like I did last year.

Enjoy, Candy

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