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Shamrock from Heart Shapes
Mar 15th, 2014 by Craftylocks

 

When I was having a look at some shamrock pictures the heart shapes of it appealed to me.

Paper hearts are easy to make and a handy paper craft technique for children to know. But for younger children you could just have lots of heart shapes of different sizes ready for them to arrange and layer as they wish.

To make the heart shapes fold some paper and then cut the shape as below. To then make lots of hearts that are the same as each other, trace around the first one you made and then cut lots more out.

Arrange three of the hearts to make a shamrock shape, and add a stalk. My stalk is also cut from a folded piece of paper – I did that as I liked the texture the fold were giving to the shapes.

I made some gradually smaller shapes in alternating shades of green, but this does not have to be in just greens – how about a rainbow shamrock?!

Check out some of my other St Patricks day paper crafts for children.

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Rolled Paper Shamrock
Mar 13th, 2014 by Craftylocks

 

Well, this may look more like a rolled paper tree, but the intention was to make a shamrock so we will call it that for now!

I think that the process of rolling the paper to make shapes is great fun. This is a simple little design that did not take much rolling so it is a good example of this paper craft for children to try.

Cut out some strips of paper, you will need three that are the same length and one that is a little shorter. Fold each of the three same length strips in half and then using a thin stick, something like a skewer or knitting needle, roll each end of the paper around it. Do not roll all the way to the fold, leave a little bit of the strip straight, also make sure to have the roll on each end of the paper face each other so that you end up with a heart shape.

Blob some glue onto some paper and arrange the rolled paper into a heart shape and put the three together like pictured. Then use the last shorter strip of paper to make a stalk.

Check out some of my other St Patricks day paper crafts for children.

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Saint Patrick’s Day Crafts
Mar 16th, 2013 by Craftylocks

May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.

~Irish Blessing

 

A lucky craft to find – easy, fun and effective … Saint Patrick’s Day wreath
This Saint Patrick’s Day garland is a great of decorative paper crafts to help you celebrate the occasion.
A great fun and classic paper craft for children. Saint Patrick’s Day seem the perfect time for a lucky guess clover.
Something different for Saint Patrick’s Day, but perfectly applicable – Potato Printing!
A day for rainbows and pots of gold and this Saint Patrick’s Day Paper Plate Door Hanger.
Use some simple paper shapes to make this adorable shamrock from heart shapes.

 

A bit of curling of paper strips is both fun and makes a great rolled paper shamrock or if it is not St Patrick’s day do it anyway can call it a tree!
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Saint Patricks Day Garland
Mar 14th, 2013 by Craftylocks

Super quick and easy paper craft decoration to get the children to do when you suddenly remember the O’Briens are coming round to celebrate St Patrick’s Day at your place!

Start with a green piece of printer size paper and cut it in half lengthways – you will now have two strips of paper. Fold each one into a concertina – folding it into four usually works really well. Draw a shamrock shape on the front, making sure that the edges of the picture go on the edge of the paper.

Cut the shape out and when you open it you will have a row of shamrocks ready to decorate the wall. Repeat on the other piece of paper and tape them together – keep repeating to make it as long as you like.

If you do happen to do this as a leisurely planned activity, you can also have lots of fun decorating your garland with drawings, glitter, stickers and the like.

This is a great paper craft for children to do independently, and to help them I have a Paper Garland Tutorial.

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Saint Patricks Day Wreath
Mar 10th, 2013 by Craftylocks

 

Oh I had fun with this one – and my family heard probably a few too many times how much I like it – but there are so many good things about it …

1. It is easy and effective (I suppose that could be two points but I really like high-lighting paper crafts that cover both)
2. It works for young children, as well as slightly older kids (like me)
3. The children can do most of it on their own
4. It can be adapted to other themes as well
5. No special materials are needed
6. It can even be educational
7. I could use a shamrock shape cutter I found among my mum’s (mom’s) crafting gear.

I really like the idea of something like this at the door to welcome visitors with a celebration wreath. Just change the colors or theme to whatever is relevant. I think this would be great for letting everyone know which local sports team you support.

For the base of the wreath, a pizza box lid or base is a great size. Trace around a large plate and a small one to make the wreath shape and cut it out. You could also make a smaller one using a paper plate. Paint the shape green so that it does not matter if the artist covers all the cardboard with their decorations.

Gather up all sorts of green bits and pieces. This is the educational part, have your young artist help you find things the right color. To add to the mix we roughly chopped up some green paper. I also used a cutter to make the shamrock shapes – thanks mum!

Then just randomly glue things on! You could demonstrate scrunching some tissue up and looping bits of crepe paper – or just leave them to it and see what they think of. I had glitter I was going to add at the end to fill and cover if it was needed, but it had so much on it that I did not use it after-all.

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Saint Patricks Day Lucky Guess Clover
Mar 14th, 2012 by Craftylocks

 

These are lots of fun! If you have not done this paper craft with your children before, this Saint Patrick’s Day craft is a great excuse.

I don’t know what they are called, but I love this idea to use them for Saint Patrick’s Day as a lucky four leaf clover.

Start with a square piece of paper.

Fold it in half and open it out.

Fold it in half again the other way and open it out again.

Fold the corners in to the corners into the center.

Turn it over.

Fold the corners into the center again.

Fold it in half.

Carefully pull out the corners with your fingers pushed into the fold.

Use your fingers to open and shut the center.

Write some words to read around on the outside.

Write some numbers on the center.

And of course, write something on the inside flaps that you open out.

We have written lots of ‘lucky’ things just for Saint Patrick’s Day.

To play it, someone chooses a word which the holder of the ‘clover’ spells out as they open and close the ‘clover’, alternating which center numbers they display. Then the chooser selects a number which is counted out as the holder of the ‘clover’ again opens and closes the ‘clover’. Then finally a number is chosen again and this time the flap is opened and the ‘luck’ is read out.

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