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How to Make a Large Shamrock
There are many websites devoted to printing out pre-made Saint Patrick's Day decorations. Printing out pre-made shamrocks may be fun, but don't forget that printer cartridges are often very expensive and can be used up quickly. Rather than use my printer ink on simple things, I would rather reserve it for important documents and for printing out specialized cards for family and friends.
Drawing my own shamrocks is a creative, economical, and fun activity for the entire family. Making your own is also much easier than you think. Basically, all you have to draw is three heart-shaped leaves stuck to a stem. These are so easy to draw that once you make your own, it will become addicting!
So, grab a pencil and come make some cute clovers for St. Patrick's Day! I made these decorations to tape to the windows, but these would also be cute on cards and in scrapbooks.
Drawing shamrocks is very easy, and the materials I used for this project consisted of the following:
- A drawing pencil
- Colored pencils
- A black sharpie
- Scissors to cut out the shamrocks
Step 1: Draw the Shamrock
The shamrock is easy to draw and is simply three interconnected heart shapes with a stem at the bottom. According to popular mythology, it is believed that St. Patrick used the shamrock to describe the concept of the Trinity, but today this clover is mostly just a fun symbol that stands for the holiday itself.
Step 2: Trace the Shamrock With a Black Marker
There are many ways to decorate paper shamrocks, but I like to trace mine with a black marker to give these a bold and cartoonish effect. I made these decorations with kids in mind, so this is something children would probably find enjoyable. Of course, you can go into more detail and add the veins in the leaves of the shamrock, but I decided to color mine.
Step 3: Color the Shamrock Green
Many people prefer to make their shamrocks out of green construction paper because this is easier, but since I only had white printer paper, I had to improvise. Also, I love to color, and using colored pencils on this project was fun. I loved it, and I know kids will love doing this too.
I also tried using markers to color in the shamrocks, but this did not work so well because the printer paper is thinner and cannot handle the saturation. If you decide to use markers, choose a type of paper that is suitable for this medium.
Step 4: Cut Out the Shamrock
Once the shamrock is colored in, then use the scissors to cut out the large shamrock. Next, we will be making some baby shamrocks to go with the large shamrocks.
How to Make Baby Shamrocks
Baby shamrocks are cute, fun, and just as easy to make as the larger variety.
Fold, Draw, and Trace the Baby Shamrocks
I folded a piece of paper into three columns and then into three rows. Down the middle column, I drew the baby shamrocks and used this pattern to trace them onto the other rows and columns. Watch the video below to get more ideas on how to make these simple baby shamrocks.
St. Patrick's Day History and Culture
The Irish government put a trademark on the symbol of the shamrock and harp as trademarks and official symbols of the Irish government and tourism. In Ireland, Saint Patrick's Day is observed as an official holiday, and many Catholics in Ireland and around the world still observe the day in honor of Saint Patrick.
Saint Patrick's Day in the US is a commercial holiday that people do not get off of work unless they request this day off in advance. On St. Patrick's Day, traditionally, people like to wear green so they do not get "pinched," go to parades, and go to special Saint Patrick's Day-themed parties.
Many people love to go out to Irish-style pubs in LA and drink green beer, but personally, I do not drink and the idea of more people on the road drinking and driving on Saint Patrick's Day just makes me want to be careful when crossing streets.
So, if you live in the United States and your kids tell you that St. Patrick's Day is a school holiday, I would be a little suspicious. Also, if your employee or co-worker calls in sick on Saint Patrick's Day or the day after, I would be a little incredulous as I have heard there are some fun events going on in Los Angeles and other major US cities.
I just had to throw that out there because today I saw several high school students around Starbucks and Vons ditching class, so I know many will use any excuse for an extra day off from school.
prettydarkhorse from US on March 04, 2016:
Easy to follow with the two videos.
Kellyluver on January 22, 2012:
Hey ur shamrocks were good! Good job
SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on March 04, 2009:
I hope you have fun with decorating for St. Patrick's Day JamaGenee.
Joanna McKenna from Central Oklahoma on March 04, 2009:
Well, now I don't have to dig around trying to find the shamrocks from last year! Thanks!
SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on March 03, 2009:
Missed hearing from you marisue, but I am glad to see you back on here. I need to catch up on your hubs too!
marisuewrites from USA on March 03, 2009:
Love your creativity, which I find is a healthy outlet for people. Sorry, I've been so swamped, but trying to read here more!!! =)) how are you doing!!!
SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on March 03, 2009:
Yes shamrocks are fun to make. Thanks for reading.
sciencewithme on March 03, 2009:
Thanks for the St Pattys tip, my kids and I will love to make these for friends.
SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on March 02, 2009:
My brother in law and my niece and nephew are also part Irish, so they love St. Paties day. I love the green colors of shamrocks, and green will always be one of my favorite colors. Thanks for saying you want to share this craft with your kids, I appreciate that.
Thanks for stopping by.
Glad you enjoyed the shamrock craft.
Nancy's Niche on March 02, 2009:
Great idea and very inexpensive--thanks for sharing.
matiskater on March 02, 2009:
Sondra from Neverland on March 02, 2009:
Fantastic ideas! I am not creative at all but my kids are and they always look to me for a start. Also, being Irish we love St Pat's anything. I am going to share this with my 3 girls tonight! :D
SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on March 01, 2009:
I always liked the smell of crayons too, and certain books that have a freshy inky smell. When I was a child I used to love getting a new book that had that brand spanking new fresh of the press aroma.
C.S.Alexis from NW Indiana on March 01, 2009:
I too love all that kid stuff. It is the basics from whence we came .Crayons are one of my favorite and I love the way they smell....LOL... I like the smell of wheat paste and modeling clay too. That is all from my childhood and I find it very comforting in a spiritual sort of way.
SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on February 28, 2009:
This was a fun project to make and I do like to do these things myself. I can tell you are a very creative soul too :).
I think I still love lots of kiddy type crafts and get addicted to making these. You are right about how this would be a great activity for the family to share. My nephew is part Irish because his dad is half I guess, or so they tell me, so I thought I might surprise him by making a special shamrock card for St Paties day this year. Thanks for your lovely comments.
C.S.Alexis from NW Indiana on February 28, 2009:
This is a good one to share with the kids and it is a good way to interact together. I think your hubs, like this one, are great because it allows the interactivity with children at home, is economical and can be educational in a number of ways. Discussions on creativity, Irish History, instructional education and hands on experience, plus setting family values, all fall under the learning that can be utilized here. Great Job!
BkCreative from Brooklyn, New York City on February 28, 2009:
Thanks SweetiePie - you keep my creative juices flowing. Nothing like doing it yourself.