March 7, 2014

Wired Shamrock for St. Patty's Day

Wired Shamrock for St. Patty's Day

Who could resist smiling when greeted by a large, green shamrock at the door.  Calvin and I worked together on this fun project for St. Patrick's Day.  Well, he did most of the work.  I just did the prep stuff. 

I saw a similar idea in Jean Van's book entitled the artful parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family's Life with Art and Creativity . Thank you, Jean, for the inspiration.


  • Since we wanted to make a large shamrock, I had to piece six pipe cleaners together. I twisted them, end upon end, making one long, straight pipe cleaner. 

  • Then I bent the giant pipe cleaner into a shamrock shape.

  • Next, I cut a piece of clear contact paper big enough to fit the shamrock.  I placed it on the sticky side of the paper and cut around the edge leaving a quarter inch margin.

  • Calvin's job was to 'cut sticks'.  That's what he calls cutting strips of paper into tiny pieces.  

  • He still needs help getting his fingers positioned on the scissors, but he's trying to figure it out.  You can see some of his attempts in the photos below.

  • He also needs help holding the paper.  That's tricky for little ones.  If they don't hold the paper taut and at the right angle, it bends when they try to make the cut.   With a little more experience, he'll be cutting independently.  

  • Once the paper was cut, it was time to cover the sticky side of the shamrock with green confetti.  I think that was Calvin's favorite part.

  • And then it was my turn again.  I placed a second piece of clear contact paper on top of the shamrock, sticky sides together, encasing the green confetti inside like a contact paper sandwich.

  • I trimmed around the shamrock again leaving a quarter inch edge.

I can't decide if I like our shamrock better on the door on in the window.  For now I've got it 
in the window.

We hope this has helped get you in the mood to make some St. Patty's Day art.  Stay turned we have more leprechaun magic up our sleeve.

Do you have a comment or a suggestion?  I'd love to hear from you.

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