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Easy DIY Paper Shamrocks

It’s shamrock time again! I’ve piped shamrock pistachio meringue cookies and now we’re going to make some out of paper.

paper shamrock hanging from green and white striped twine

I’m going to give you two size variations, the small one is perfect for a garland but it’s a little finicky, the larger size is easier to put together and great for a kid crafting adventure. My kindergartner had it mastered by the time she finished her first.

If you can get your hands on a paper cutter this will go much faster, if not you’ll need an xacto knife or scissors and a ruler. The best paper for this is a thick cardstock, the kind you can get at Joann’s in multi-color packs. It’s always on sale. 

Paper Shamrock Supplies:

paper shamrock supplies

If you want to make a garland you’ll also need:

  • Twine
  • Tape
  • 1/8 inch hole punch


two sizes of paper shamrocks

The instructions are the same for both sizes, the only difference is the strips are cut in half for the small shamrocks and left long for the large. You can use any length and width of strips for this project but longer and wider are much easier for tiny fingers. 

folded paper for shamrocks

1. Fold 3 strips in half for the leaves and clip a small section off the 4th strip. The amount you remove doesn’t matter it just makes the stem a bit smaller than the leaves.

adding adhesive for paper shamrocks

2. Apply glue dots to the outside of the folded papers and to one end of the stem piece. 

shamrock leaves

3. Roll the paper inwards so the outsides of the V are touching. This will make a heart shape, do it three times, one for each leaf. 

4. Use another glue got to attach two hearts together. If your strips are uneven like mine glue the pieces together so that the front looks flat. It doesn’t matter if the back is a mess. 

add the stem to the paper shamrock

5. Fold the stem piece in half without making a hard fold. Attach it to the leaves. 

paper shamrock assembled

6. Add the last leaf. Bend the stem so it’s pointing down. You can leave it like this but I like to give the stem a more triangular look to set it apart from the leaves.

shaping shamrock stem

7. Use your thumbs to press up on the bottom and your pointer fingers to press down on the sides. I’m only using one hand here because I was taking the photo but I do both sides at once. 

Make s Shamrock Garland

shamrock garland on striped bakers twine

1. Use the tiny hole punch to put two holes in the top of each shamrock. I made mine on the same half of the heart so they all hung a little crooked. 

2. Wrap the end of the twine in tape and then clip at an angle to make threading easier. 

3. String the shamrocks on the twine and hand up. I’ve got mine strung across my giant wall calendar where I try (and fail) to organize my life. 

Check out my St. Patrick’s Day Page for more ideas or start here:

chocolate coin st. patrick's ay wreath on wooden shelf with white, gold and green sign that says lucky

shamrock shaped Pistachio Meringue drizzled with chocolate and topped with chopped pistachios





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Saturday 29th of December 2012

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Friday 2nd of March 2012

These are lovely! If you are looking for another place to link up, I'd love if you'ld join my St. Patricks Day Blessings Party:

Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper

Friday 2nd of March 2012

I love this project. I hope you will stop by and link up to my St. Patty's Day Project Parade.

Lisa @ Lisa's Craft Blog

Thursday 1st of March 2012

Hey Alicia!!

I just featured this project on my blog!! You can see the feature HERE!!

Thanks so much for sharing and for linking up to my party!!

~LisaLisa's Craft Blog

June Scott

Saturday 25th of February 2012

These are great, Alicia! Thanks for sharing!