This simple shamrock wreath is a great craft for St. Patrick’s Day to do with several children, or to occupy your little one for a longer period of time. Although this St. Patrick’s Day craft is pretty easy, it requires a lot of drawing, cutting and gluing, so parents might need to help younger children with this shamrock wreath.
What you need:
- Cardboard – this is a great way to recycle old cereal boxes or in my case an empty diaper box
- Construction paper in different shades of green
- 2 Plates – one large, one small (optional)
- Cut out hearts, lots of them. We use three hearts to make one shamrock, so depending on the size of your hearts, you will need quite a few of them to cover your wreath in shamrocks.
- To make our hearts, we first folded a part of the construction paper and then drew one half of the heart on it, with the opening of the heart touching the crease. After you cut out the half of your heart, you can open the construction paper and end up with a complete heart. Another advantage of using this technique is that your shamrocks have more of a 3D look to them, rather than being completely flat.
- Next, take three hearts of the same color and arrange them to make a shamrock, letting the tips overlap a bit. If you are satisfied with your shamrock, glue the hearts together at the tips.
- Once you made a bunch of shamrocks this way, it’s time to cut out your wreath from a piece of cardboard. To get a perfect round shape, we first used a large plate and traced around it, then placed a smaller plate into the center of our circle and traced around it as well.
- Depending on how much the plates vary in size is how thick your wreath will be. Keep in mind that you have to cover all that cardboard with shamrocks, when you decide which plates to pick.
- Finally, arrange your shamrocks on your wreath and glue them to the cardboard.
We alternated darker and lighter colored shamrocks for our wreath and used double sided tape to “hang” it on our door.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!