Tag Archives: St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2017

I made this shamrock some time ago and shared the instructions last year. See the link below to make your own.

See the link below for the instructions to make your own paper shamrock.

DIY Paper Shamrock

Enjoy, Candy

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Tradition has it that one should wear green clothing or accessories on St. Patrick’s Day. The origin of wearing green is unknown, but it may have been because green represents the regenerative powers of nature.

Green Puffy Pentagon Boxes, perfect for a little St. Patrick's Day gift.

Pentagon boxes perfect for a little St. Patrick’s Day gift. For instructions: DIY Puffy Pentagon Box

For St. Patrick’s Day, I have chosen to showcase some of my green paper art. These are not wearable, but they all incorporate the color green. When appropriate, I’ve included links to any instructions from previous blog posts.

Green handmade journal with magnetic closure.

Green handmade journal with magnetic closure

Origami Mandala

Origami Mandala. For instructions: DIY Tea Bag Folding & Origami Rosettes

Hand bound book

Hand bound book

Made from tea bag wrappers (top from nettle tea, bottom from Irish breakfast tea).

Made from tea bag wrappers (top from nettle tea, bottom from Irish breakfast tea). For instructions: DIY Tea Bag Folding & Paper Origami Rosettes

Made from tea bag wrappers (top from nettle tea, bottom from Irish breakfast tea).

Back sides of rosettes in above photo, made from tea bag wrappers (top from nettle tea, bottom from Irish breakfast tea). For instructions: DIY Tea Bag Folding & Origami Rosettes

Folded paper necklace and earrings named "Limeade."

Folded paper necklace and earrings named “Limeade”

Paper Lotus Flowers in Holiday Colors.

Paper Lotus Flowers. For instructions: Steps to Making a Lotus Flower

This tool is cut from a piece of packaging insulation. Just about anything that will make a mark can be used.

This tool is cut from a piece of packaging insulation. Just about anything that will make a mark can be used. For information see: Making Paste Papers: Part One

Congratulations Accordion Card Book.

Congratulations Accordion Card Book

Clover-Fold Boxes

Clover-Fold Boxes. For instructions: DIY Clover Fold Box

This photo shows how I made the bird feet and legs from paper clips.

This photo shows how I made the bird feet and legs from paper clips. Instructions: DIY Cute Paper Birds

My finished garland is about 8 feet long.

Green heart garland for St. Patrick’s Day. For instructions: DIY St. Patrick’s Day Paper Garland

Looking down at the burl wood bottom of the Earth Spirit Vessel.

Looking down at the burl wood bottom of the Earth Spirit Vessel, Broken Wing

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Candy

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

Studio Snapshot – St. Patrick’s Day Paper Shamrock Wreath

Working in my studio took a back seat this week as taxes, routine preventative medical care and helping friends were my priority. Still, I did manage to get into my studio to make this St. Patrick’s Day paper shamrock wreath for my front door.

This is how the shamrock wreath looks on my front door.

This is how the shamrock wreath looks on my front door.

This is how the shamrock wreath looks like on my closet door in my studio.

This is how the shamrock wreath looks like on my closet door in my studio.

For the decorative center of the shamrock wreath, I used a vintage button in the center of a circle of folded paper.

For the decorative center of the shamrock wreath, I used a vintage button in the center of a circle of folded paper.

For this wreath I used staples and a glue gun. I now remember why I haven’t used glue guns very often. I can make a real mess with glue guns. Luckily, clean up is easy.

Enjoy, Candy

17 Days of Green

Over on my Facebook page, I’ve been sharing something green that I’ve made out of paper every day for the first 17 days of March. Each share brings back a wonderful memory. I’ve decided to share my 17 Days of Green here and include links to any instructions or templates I may have on how to make the piece if I’ve blogged about it here. The link will be in the description under the photo. I hope you enjoy looking at these as much as I have.

This tie is made from paste paper where I used a variegated comb to make the pattern in the paper.

17 Days of Green – Day 1 – Father’s Day Gift Bag with paste paper tie attached with velcro.

Fun and easy project! I covered this small composition book with one of my digital paste papers. I will post instructions in a later blog post.

17 Days of Green – Day 2 – Paper Covered Composition Book is covered in one of my paste paste papers.

The card slips inside the folded envelope.

17 Days of Green – Day 3 – Folded Envelope with Enclosure Card made from one of my paste papers.

With St. Patrick's Day coming later this month, I had to make some green triangle boxes, still perfect for chocolate.

17 Days of Green – Day 4 – Triangle Boxes I made for the Oregon Chocolate Festival.

17 Days of Green - Day 5 - Polka Dot Lotus Flower made with a batik paper.

17 Days of Green – Day 5 – Polka Dot Lotus Flower made with a batik paper.

These pencils are wrapped in a peacock feather paper. They go to a friend who loves green. Unfortunately I didn't have any sea turtle paper, so the peacock feather paper will just have to do.

17 Days of Green – Day 6 – Paper Wrapped Pencils wrapped in a peacock feather paper. 

One of my more successful blog posts showcased my Earth Spirit Vessels.

17 Days of Green – Day 7 – Earth Spirit Vessel, Blowing In The Wind.

Place card for Jean.

17 Days of Green – Day 8 – Calligraphy Cut Out Place Card for Jean.

This is my little tower of boxes.

17 Days of Green – Day 9 – Stacking Boxes for the Oregon Chocolate Festival.

Happy Birthday accordion book.

17 Days of Green – Day 10 – Happy Birthday accordion book.

Here the card has been decorated.

17 Days of Green – Day 11 – Another Folded Envelope with Enclosure Card.

This is how the napkin fold card looks when closed.

17 Days of Green – Day 12 – Napkin Fold Card closed.

This is the inside of the above napkin fold card. It says "grandchildren are the dessert in life."

17 Days of Green – Day 12 – Napkin Fold Card open.

Lotus flower made from the Sunday comics

17 Days of Green – Day 13 – Lotus flower made from the Sunday comics.

This Truffle Box was made with one of my paste papers. I cut a slit in the front flap and threaded the ribbon through it, then tied the bow.

17 Days of Green – Day 14 – Truffle Box made from one of my paste papers. II cut a slit in the front flap and threaded the ribbon through it, then tied the bow.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Forest Tapestry, contains 665 pieces of hand folded paper. The green papers are paste paper and include flecks of gold in the paste paper.

17 Days of Green – Day 15 – Earth Spirit Vessel, Forest Tapestry, contains 665 pieces of hand folded paper. The green papers are paste paper and include flecks of gold in the paste paper.

This paper Lotus Flower is made from a heavy paper with some flocking on it. It reminds me that spring is just around the corner.

17 Days of Green – Day 16 – Lotus Flower made from a flocked paper.

My finished garland is about 8 feet long.

17 Days of Green – Day 17 – For St. Patrick’s Day Green Heart Garland which is about 8 feet long.

Enjoy, Candy

DIY Saint Patrick’s Day Paper Garland

I just received an order of paper, paper that claims it won’t fade. I ordered every color available. And when I saw these two greens, I knew they would be perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day paper garland.

While you probably don't think of hearts as being green, I love these colors for my St. Patrick's Day paper heart garland.

While you probably don’t think of hearts as being green, think these colors work well for my St. Patrick’s Day paper heart garland.

I love this elongated heart shape, so I decided, why not make my garland out of green hearts. I think the green hearts worked perfectly. I chose a dark green embroidery thread and put on a few green beads to give my garland a little weight at the bottom (see photo above).

Two hearts are folded together and strung with embroidery thread.

Two hearts are folded together and sewn together with embroidery thread.

I punched my hearts out of the two green papers. I think a combination of green and white papers would work nicely too. Then I folded the hearts and placed two of each color together. Next I punched 3 holes with a needle and sewed the two hearts together. To make the hearts less likely to slip on the thread, I used bees wax on the thread. Waxed linen thread would work well too.

Keep adding hearts to your garland.

Keep adding hearts to your garland.

Keep adding hearts until you reach the length you want or run out of thread. Then tie a loop on the top so you can hang your garland.

My finished garland is about 8 feet long.

My finished garland is about 8 feet long.

Please note that in keeping with trying to keep my paper collection (or stash) under control, I dutifully gave away an equal amount of paper. The paper I gave away was paper that fades rather quickly. I am so excited to have found colored paper that claims it won’t fade.

Enjoy, Candy