March 8, 2012

Paper Strip Shamrocks

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!


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Mandy is a craft blogger who loves to blog and enjoys all things crafty, sewing, and DIY - she feels that if she can do something, you can too, and provides tutorials to help you along the way. She loves being a mom to 4 awesome kiddos and blogs from the Kansas City Area. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or Google +

18 Fabulous Comments:

Too cute! I love finding things I can hang above my huge kitchen island. :-)

These are super cute!!! I love a craft that you can do for several holidays!

Wow so simple and so cute!

they look so cute! I love that you used a few different colors too. Fabulous!

they look so cute! I love that you used a few different colors too. Fabulous!

Love the shamrocks and the colors you used to make them.

Really great display for your kid's room.

Just wanted to say THANK YOU! I had seen this on Pinterest earlier today and after school, like most days, my kids started fighting, I went to yell...but these popped in my head and instead of yelling, I said "Hey wanna make some shamrocks?!" It turned the entire night around! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

Love these and I just had to make one! I linked back to you for the instructions.

I just love this idea i used Some felt and made some out of felt i have no idea how to send you the pic but they came out great!

I love these! I'm going to make these today with my 5 year old. I may have him decorate the strips a little before we put the shamrocks together.

I love 3d things to hang from the ceiling! These are cute and I just prepped everything for my 2nd graders. SO READY FOR SPRING IN THE CLASSROOM THIS YEAR! Thank you!

I made these last year per your instructions on your blog and loved how simple and yet so very cute they were. They are still looking great this year! I also linked back to you for the instructions - thanks!

I love this idea so much that I put in my St. Patrick's Day roundup and linked back to your blog. Super fun and simple too.

These are SO cute, Mandy! Great tutorial too!

What a great idea! We love this and have included in our St Patrick's Day round up (with a link back to you) x

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