shamrockGarlands are a simple, quick and festive way to decorate your house.

For St. Patrick’s Day, how about making this easy green-and-white paper ones with your children?

  What you’ll need

  • White cotton string
  • Glue stick
  • A selection of green and white scrapbooking paper

 How to make it

  1. Using the shamrock template below, cut out the shape from the cardstock with scissors. Make sure you create two of each colour from your green or white scrapbooking paper.
  2. Arrange each pair of shamrock shapes in row across a table or countertop.
  3. When you have a pleasant combination of shades and patterns laid out in a row, stretch out a length of string alongside your row of circles.  Leave several feet extra at the beginning, to hang the string later.
  4. Rub glue stick on the “inside” of each pair of shamrocks (the sides you don’t want to show), press the string in the middle of each “bottom” shamrock, pressing the second “top” shamrock firmly on top of the string.
  5. As you continue to glue the rest of the shamrocks to your garland, try to keep a consistent length of string between each shamrock.
  6. When you’ve gone through all of your shamrocks, trim the end of the string, leaving several feet extra for hanging. ..voilà!
  7. Using pushpins, tape or ribbons, hang your garland(s) along walls, mantles, ceilings, or wherever you like…(although always check with your parents first!)

 Shamrock pattern

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