Top O’ the mornin’ to ya! Poor St. Patty’s Day has a very short window this year with the Easter bunny nipping at its heels. Fear not! I have a quick St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Craft to share that you can whip up before you can say “Erin go Bragh!” So let’s keep the bunny at bay and make some Shamrocks with Sizzix today…shall we?
These Shamrocks are simple to make with Sizzix Flower Dies and Coredinations Cut & Emboss Cardstock! They are oh so “pinchable” and you’re sure to get a kiss for them…Irish or not!
How to Make Shamrocks
If you don’t have a Sizzix Die cutting Machine you can modify this tutorial to suit whatever crafty tools you have on hand. A heart punch can easily work…in a “pinch”.
- Green Cardstock (Coredinations)
- Embossing Folders (Sizzix)
- Flower Die (Sizzix Flower Layers #5) or Heart Punch
- Thin Ribbon
- Decorative Ribbon
- Hot Glue
STEP 1: Emboss Several shades of Green Coredinations Cardstock (Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Collection). I used The Sizzix Cut & Emboss Series, it’s the perfect size for Sizzix Embossing Folders!
STEP 2: Once your card stock is embossed lightly sand the raised portion with a Tim Holtz Sanding Grip. I embossed with Sizzix Polka Dots and Tim Holtz Alterations “Patchwork” embossing folders.
STEP 3: Cut embossed Coredinations Cardstock with Sizzix Flower Layers #5…if you make templates you should be able to cut a small and large flower from each sheet. Save the embossed scraps for a future project.
STEP 4: Form shamrocks by cutting a slit in between each petal. Fold petals in half and snip a small notch with scissors. Gently curl petals with a stylus to add dimension.
STEP 5: Add stacked buttons to center of Shamrocks and attach with Hot Glue.
STEP 6: Attach Shamrocks to kitchen Skewers by curling the 5th petal around the skewer and adhering with hot glue.
*TIP* Depending on the size of your skewers and your container you may need to snip the ends. I snipped my skewer ends to vary the height of my shamrocks.
STEP 7: Add a drop of hot glue to the back of your shamrock and wrap thin ribbon all the way down your skewer leaving 2-3 inches from the point. Secure end of ribbon with another drop of hot glue and trim off excess.
STEP 8: Cover the paper seam and any hot glue gobs by tying on a small piece of decorative ribbon. Snip ends to prevent fraying.
STEP 9: Add a small foam block to a container (my floral foam is from Dollar Tree). Trim the edges with a steel ruler to fit inside the Leprechaun Hat Container.
STEP 10: Arrange Shamrock Skewers to your liking and add glass gems, gold coins etc.
How to make a Ribbon Rainbow
You will need a rainbow if you want to find your pot O’ gold. You can easily make one with ribbon and some Frosted Film!
- thin ribbon
- Tim Holtz Idea-ology Frosted Film
- Flower Die Cuts (Tim Holtz Tattered Florals)
- Distress Ink
- Floral Pins
STEP 1: Cut a piece of Tim Holtz Idea-ology Frosted Film the size you want your rainbow to be. It will be very curly so keep some paper weights or rocks nearby to hold it flat. Gently peel the backing off and adhere pieces of thin ribbon to make a rainbow. Trim off any excess frosted film.
STEP 2: Die cut or punch small and large flower shapes to form a cloud. I used Grunge Paper Scraps leftover from the Paper Lily Tutorial and cut with the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Sizzix Die.
STEP 3: Edge “Clouds” with Distress Ink…I used Salty Ocean.
*TIP* Be sure to cut doubles for each side.
STEP 4: Hot Glue Ribbon Rainbow to first set of die cuts. Cover with Second set of die cuts taking care to match up the lines.
STEP 5: Pierce a hole through the center of each cloud and add a decorative floral pin.
STEP 6: Embellish with buttons and add to your arrangement
The irish are counting on you to give St. Patrick’s Day its moment in the sun! I hope you will give this St. Patrick’s day Shamrock craft a try before succumbing to Easter fun!
Speaking of which, I hate to sweep the Shamrocks under the rug but the bunny beckons! I’ll have some Easter Fun projects to share with you soon.
Confession time- I’ve already had 4 Cadbury eggs since the beginning of February….Cadbury eggs are my Kryptonite! What’s yours?
PS I may have had a bag of mini eggs too…but who’s counting?
Have a lucky day!