How to Make Paper Shamrocks
I’m so excited about how this origami shamrock craft turned out! I do realize these are technically four leaf clovers, and shamrocks are three leaves, but I am using the terms interchangeably for the purpose of this tutorial. These shamrocks look especially modern when “potted” in fun geometric wood planters. I think they make for some chic St. Patrick’s Day decor!
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Supplies for DIY Paper Origami Shamrock Craft
- Origami Paper
- 18 Gauge Floral Wire
- Hot Glue Gun
- Wire Cutters
- Floral Foam
- Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Paints (I used Pesto, Spring Pasture, Pea Shoot, and Gold)
- Martha Stewart Stencil Tape or masking tape
- Foam Brushes
- Wood Planter (the exact ones used in this tutorial are no longer available)
How to Make Origami Four Leaf Clovers
Step 1. Cut out shamrocks
To make the paper four leaf clovers, follow my video above or the steps in the photos below. Each sheet of origami paper will make four shamrocks. You can also cut green card stock into similar sized squares.
You’ll want about 20 shamrocks per pot. I like using a couple different shades of green to add depth to the arrangement.
Step 2. Cut shamrock stems
To create stems for your shamrocks, cut pieces of floral wire into thirds with wire cutters.
Bend the top of each short piece of floral wire to create a base for the shamrock.
Step 3. Glue shamrocks to stems
Add a dab of hot glue to the bent part of the floral wire and attach a shamrock to the glue.
How to Paint Geometric Pots
**Note** These specific wood pots are no longer available but you can still use this technique to paint a geometric design on any wood pot.
Step 1. Use stencil tape (or thin masking or painter’s tape) to section off different parts of your pot to paint. Run the tape right along the line and use your fingernail to smooth down so paint doesn’t seep underneath. If you have a steady hand, you can skip this taping step and just use your foam brush to carefully paint within each section of the pot.
Step 2. Paint a section at a time, switching up the colors used in each section. Apply a second coat once the first coat is dry to the touch (15 minutes or so).
Step 3. Once you have applied two coats, peel off the tape. Wait until the paint is fully dry before taping off the remaining sections.
Step 4. Cut a piece of floral foam to fit your pot and then stick the shamrocks into the foam.