Since the real thing is way too small and scarce this time of year, let’s get crafty for St. Paddy’s Day with some construction paper shamrocks!
So without further ado, back by popular demand… wait for it… heart garland (audible cheers!) in its CLOVER configuration!
If you made heart garland you know that it is super easy and just the kind of therapeutic activity a busy mom like you needs after a long crazy week.
What you’ll need…
- Lots O’Green construction paper (it’s great to have different packs for different variation of the same color)
- Stapler (and lots O’Staples)
- Scissors (or Xacto-knife and straight edge)
- Ruler (I like the C-THRU rulers for measuring and simultaneous cutting)
- Start by cutting one inch strips the short way of green construction paper. This will give you eleven strips per sheet. I cut some light green and dark green. You might want to cut stacks ahead of time quickly (but carefully) with an Xacto-knife.
- For garland, fold 3 strips in half and staple the ends. Then invert the strips and hold all the ends together in a bunch. Then sandwich the bunch in the crease of another strip. I used an alternating color which becomes the middle lobe of your next shamrock.
- Staple 2 more folded strips, invert these strips and add them to either side of inverted center strip and hold the stack securely. Now you are ready to sandwich the bunch in the crease of another strip and staple.
- Repeat these steps until you have the length you like. Do not make chains too long; because of the extra lobes they are a bit heavy.
Singles are fun to make and decorate with too!
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