a tutorial on Paper Strip Shamrocks – yeah, you probably saw this coming….
because I had Paper Strip Ornaments hanging all through the holidays, then I went with Paper Strip Hearts, and when they came down it felt empty – like I needed something hanging over my dining room table.
And I got to thinking how shamrocks are just a few hearts put together – – so, start with hearts using the Paper Strip Heart Tutorial – this time around I let the center part extend down through the heart but you could do either way. So make 3 like this (we got together and made a bunch at playgroup while the kiddos played):
Then you can see how when they push together they make a shamrock. I trimmed the stem part of the hearts as close to the staple as I could (of course I did that after this picture was taken):
Then to hold them all together I just squirted a big old blob of hot glue in the middle of the 3 heart ends and then held them all together as the glue cooled. I also folded a strip and shoved it into the hot glue to make a stem:
I think I’ve mentioned before how tricky these are to take pictures of – my table has a mirror by it, plus I take pictures right when I hang them so they’re still spinning…and now you can see me and my empty bed spring that needs decorated….
Eventually I gave up and grabbed one to hold it still for a photo opp:
I feel like this is a craft even for the noncrafter – you can do this! Grab some colored paper and a stapler and go for it!