Crafts For Kids

Swirly Shamrocks

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Craft this cute shamrock for St. Paddy’s Day with green paper, glue and a little glitter.

Craft this cute shamrock for St. Paddy’s Day with green paper, glue and a little glitter.

You'll Need:
4 sheets of 8 1/2 x 11 green cardstock or construction paper
White glue
Transparent tape
Green glitter

Here's How:

 1.| Draw a large shamrock shape on one sheet of paper and use scissors to cut it out.

 2.| Next, use a ruler to measure and cut a 1/2” strip off the long side of another piece of paper. 

 3.| To start the paper strip curling, run it along the sharp edge of a table; then wrap one end around a toothpick and tightly roll the entire strip of paper around it.

 4.| Remove the toothpick, loosen the roll of paper to the desired size and use a small piece of transparent tape to attach the end of the strip down to the roll.

 5.| Place the rolled paper down on the shamrock shape.

 6.| Repeat the last 4 steps to make enough swirls to fill the shamrock, making some rolls tighter or looser to create different sizes.

 7.| Arrange all the swirls as desired on the shamrock and then use small dabs of white glue to adhere them one at a time.

 8.| After the glue has dried, outline the shamrock with a thin line of white glue and then cover it with glitter.

 9.| Shake off the excess glitter and find a fun spot to stick the swirly, sparkly shamrock!

More ideas and tips:

• The technique of rolling paper strips to create designs is called quilling, and there are tools available for holding and curling the paper.
• A craft knife can be quicker than scissors for cutting the paper strips, but it is an adult’s job.
• For quicker and easier paper rolling, larger items like pencils or chopsticks can be used instead of toothpicks.
• Make these shamrocks in all different sizes; make the paper strips smaller for smaller shamrocks.
• Use this technique to make other lucky shapes like rainbows and pots of gold.
• Pinch the rolled circle to create teardrop or oval shapes instead.
• Use quilled shapes to spell out a seasonal message on a sign or card.
• Make tiny swirly shamrocks to craft pins, magnets or napkin rings.
• Make a fun mobile with a several of these shamrocks.
• Make a bunch to hang on an indoor St. Patrick’s Day tree.
• Use this idea to make decorations and ornaments for other holidays!

Pamela Maxwell is an artist, author and mother of two growing boys. Her craft and scrapbooking projects have appeared in numerous books and magazines. Photos by Pamela Maxwell.

Published: February 2014