A St Patrick’s Day Craft: Paper Shamrock Crown

St. Patrick's Day craft from The House That Lars Built

Here’s a fun fact about shamrocks: There are approximately 10,000 three-leaf clovers for every four-leaf clover, and shamrocks and four-leaf clovers are not the same thing. The word ‘shamrock’ refers only to a clover with three leaves. Our St. Patrick’s Day craft includes both shamrocks and four-leaf clovers so that your crown can display the lushness of the shamrocks mixed in with some luck from the four-leaf clovers.

How to Make Your Own Paper Shamrock Crown

St. Patrick's Day craft from The House That Lars Built

Supplies:

18 gauge wire: 2 14″ pieces

Green paper (3 shades, we used half of 3 12×12 sheets for ours)

Small hole punch

Pink crepe paper: 3 inches x 20 inches

Green-yellow crepe paper: 3 x 7 inches

Scissors

Cricut Machine

Shamrock template

White acrylic paint and paintbrush (optional)

Pink acrylic paint (optional)

Floral tape (6 feet is plenty)

Hot glue gun/glue sticks

11 feet of Floral wire

Wire cutters

St. Patrick's Day craft from The House That Lars Built

Instructions:

  1. Download the svg files for the three-leafed and four-leaved clovers.
  2. With your cricut machine, cut out about 30 clovers. Because we used three kinds of paper, we did 8 three-leafed and 2 four-leafed clovers of each color. (You can also cut your shamrocks out by hand using the same template if needed.)
  3. With a small hole punch, put a little hole in the middle of each clover.
  4. Dilute your white paint with water and use a small paintbrush to add a few little lines to your shamrocks for texture.
  5. Bend your 18-gauge wire into a circle and attach them together with floral tape. We had 14-inch lengths of wire and it took two pieces to make an 8” diameter crown
  6. Assemble your shamrocks by following steps 7-9.
  7.  Cut floral wire into pieces from 2.5-3.5” long. These will be your shamrock stems, and it looks nice for them to be varied in length. Bend the tip of each length of wire down about a third of an inch.
  8. Thread the wire through the hole you punched in your shamrock and gently bend it to secure the leaf top in place. Be careful! It’s pretty easy to tear the leaves in this stage.
  9. Put a dot of hot glue on the bottom of the leaf top to secure it in place
  10. After you assemble all your shamrocks, it’s time to make your blossoms by following steps 11-17. We made 7 blossoms, but repeat these steps until you have your desired number of flowers.
  11. Cut a rectangle about an inch and a half tall and about 2 inches wide from the light yellow crepe paper. Stretch the top so that it flutes and roll it into a tube. Secure with a dot of hot glue. This is your flower center. 
  12. Cut small oval petals (about an inch tall and tapered more at one end) from your pink crepe paper. Each flower has five petals. Glue the extra tapered end to the rolled flower center just below the fluted tip. There should be extra paper at the bottom of the flower center. 
  13. Glue the remaining petals to the attached petal so that they overlap. Put a line of glue along the bottom of the petals and wrap them around the flower center so that they meet up at the first petal. 
  14. Gently stretch the petals so that they curve up a bit. 
  15. Use your pink paint to put thin  lines on the petals leading to the flower center.
  16. Cut a piece of floral wire about 3 inches and poke it through the center of the flower, down the middle of the rolled crepe paper. Put a bit of hot glue on the top of the wire before you finish pulling it into the flower to secure it inside.
  17. With floral tape, wrap the bottom of the flower and down the wire. Flowers are done!
  18. It’s time to attach the shamrocks and flowers to your wire crown form. Wind the bottom of the wire stems around the crown to attach them. At this point, some of the stems might be wobbling loosely and not all staying on one side of the crown. Don’t worry! We’ll address this in a few steps.
  19. Repeat for all your shamrocks and flowers, and distribute the colors, shapes, and stem lengths so that it’s nicely varied.
  20. With your wire cutters, trim any wires that are poking out. Don’t skip this step, or your crown will be painful to wear!
  21. Wrap floral tape around the crown to cover all the coiled wire and pokey bits. It is easiest to do this part with sections of tape about a foot long each rather than juggling all of the tape. 
  22. After that, adjust and arrange the stems of all your shamrocks. Voila! You’re done!

These shamrock crowns are a fun St. Patrick’s Day craft and can be saved and used for years on end. Be sure to be on the lookout for anyone not wearing green. Instead of a pinch, if you feel so kind, you can crown them with some luck to save for next year.

Other St. Patrick’s Day Craft Tutorials

St. Patrick's Day craft from The House That Lars Built

In addition to our most popular St. Patrick’s Day craft tutorials above, you can also check out our Pinterest here for even more ideas!

DIY Rainbow Lucky Charms Balloon Arch

In true Lars fashion, our balloon arch is BIG and COLORFUL, and made up of Anagram’s wonderful foil balloons. We said this before and we will say it again, we love these balloons because they are deflatable, and therefore reusable which we love, helps the environment and cuts cost since you can use them again!

How to make the balloon arch frame for under $10

We knew we wanted an arch that was much larger than anything we’ve ever done so we had to think BIG! For our pumpkin arch we made one small enough for our walkway and it worked so well. And this time we went double the size!

Here’s what we did to make the balloon arch frame:

  • We used three 10′ PVC pipes connected with their little connectors (all under $10!).
  • We pounded a piece of rebar on either side of the pole into the ground with a hammer and the pipe slid on nicely over the rebar.

Blowing up the Balloons for an arch

This is one of the questions we get over and over again “How far in advance can you blow up the balloons?” Well, it depends on the type of balloon and the weather and if it will be indoors or outdoors. To ensure freshness, I’d recommend 1-2 days. Anything over that is probably fine but you just never know. Some of the balloons even have tiny holes in them and you don’t know that until a few hours when it’s in the arch and starts to shrivel up.

It took us 5 people in one morning to blow up all the balloons for this arch. Mind you, we blew up waaaaay too many because we didn’t know exactly what shape we were going to build yet and we wanted to be sure. We used about 48 balloons here for this 30′ pole.

How to add on balloons to the pole

We know and love using balloon tape, but for something like this, we prefer to attach it to the pole directly with clear shipping tape. We take an 8″ piece and tie it around the end of the foil balloon and around the pole.

We added on more balloons to the base so that they acted more like clouds.

All the colors!

We must have a soft spot for holiday-themed balloons (You may remember seeing them from our favorite Jingle Bell Balloon post?) since we undertook creating this huge Rainbow Balloon Arch! Despite the helium shortage, we were able to use these reusable balloons to make our BIGGEST balloon arch yet, a full 30 feet because they are all air-filled! Perhaps the real treasure at the end of our rainbow was the rainbow itself! We couldn’t believe how great it turned out, with all our favorite colors. We used a mix of pastels and bright, saturated colors because we love the mix together! 

The Lucky Charms!

We added a few smaller rainbow balloons in to make our arch extra charmed with flour-leaf clovers, an X to mark the spot, hearts, and rainbows! Because can you even have enough rainbows?! This arch is even luckier, since these balloons are made of foil we can make this arch again and again for holidays to come.

Like I said, we sure feel lucky to be able to share this Rainbow Balloon Arch with you and even luckier to work with wonderful sponsors like Anagram who made this arch possible! 

DIY Embroidered Shamrock Handkercheif

DIY Embroidered Shamrock

If you’re a beginner to embroidery, check out the Lars embroidery guide for help. We’ll coach you through a handful of simple stitches that will elevate your embroidery into beautiful designs.

Materials: 

see above

Directions:

  1. Separate out embroidery floss strands so you only have two stands. Keep the remaining strands.
  2. Thread your needle and then tie off the ends so that the thread is 4 thick.
  3. Use a simple backstitch to outline the leaves of the shamrock.
  4. Once outlined, use a satin stitch to fill in the leaves starting from middle of the leave and working outward. Once you have filled one half, return to the middle and fill the remaining half.
  5. Once your shamrock is embroidered, use a backstitch to embroider the stem.
  6. Tie off.

After you master the shamrock handkerchief, consider some other fun elements to add to your St. Patrick’s outfit, like our Rainbow Stripe Bangles or our favorite DIY Painted Shoes!

We can’t wait to see the way you are wearing green this coming St. Patricks day! Be sure to tag us with #luckylars!

Going Green: Using green in decor

Green Style

Find your shade! Are you a chartreuse kind of gal, or a deep emerald? Minty fresh or bright as a lime? This post is filled with every shade of green you can imagine, and we know you can find the shade that matches your personality best!

 

Maybe you don’t normally go all out on St. Patrick’s Day the way we like to here at Lars (we’ll take any and all reasons to celebrate!) Even so, we are handing you the perfect excuse to splurge a little and treat yourself! Is your closet already 50 shades of green? If it isn’t, you’ll be surprised how much adding in this fun color puts a spring in your step! Freshen your closet with these mint woven sandals. Grow your confidence with this forest green blouse. Embrace Grace Kelly vibes with this kelly green sweater. Step into the lime-light with this beaded clutch. This puff-sleeve sweater will have you sea-foaming at the mouth?? Too far? Oops!

 

Green in Decor

Let us give you some sage advice, this dining set is the perfect soft pop of color without taking over your kitchen. We promise, your old room decor will be green with envy. (Ok ok! We are done with the puns this time!)

 

Room Inspo

How to recreate some of our favorite rooms, using green as your inspiration color.

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You can find all the mood board photos on our Pinterest, here!

DIY Celtic Knot Pillow

DIY Celtic Knot Pillow Tutorial

You can find the Celtic Pillow instructions in our e-book here.

If you don’t feel up to sewing, though, you’ll want to check out a few of our favorite pillow picks from our roundup! There, we’ll walk you through selecting the perfect pillow accent for any room design. We are ALL about keeping as many cozy, pretty pillows on hand as we can!

Shop the look:

Mustard futon  |  Blue and green artwork by Abby Clawson Low  |  Teal Tea set 

Be sure to tag us with #Luckylars so we can see your celtic pillows!

St. Patrick’s Day coloring pages

St. Patrick’s Day coloring pages

You are definitely going to be ready for St. Patricks day with these coloring pages on your tables! For the young and young at heart everyone is going to love this activity!

You can find the coloring pages here.

Be sure to tag us with #luckylars so we can see all of the luck and charm you are creating for this St. Patricks day!!

DIY Shamrock Pom-Pom hack!

DIY Three leaf and four leaf pom hack

We have both a three leaf and a four leaf version, depending on how lucky you aim to be. You can find the directions and supplies in our Shamrock e-book.

Plus! Look at all these amazing green colors!

 

You can find the Shamrock Pom Pom hack in our e-book here.

Green yarn we love!

We want wait to see how your Shamrock Pom-Poms turn out! Make sure to tag us with #Luckylars!

DIY Paper Shamrock Plant

DIY Paper Shamrock plant

You can find the materials above
Find the shamrock template here

Directions: 

  1. Download the Shamrock Leaf PDF or SVG
  2. Prep your paper by following the white washing instructions (steps 2-5).
  3. Cut out the shamrock leaf file with craft cutting machine. This step can be done by hand with a pair of scissors if you don’t have a machine!
  4. Cut out enough pieces to create your shamrocks. We cut out somewhere around 120 pieces to create 30-40 three-leaf clovers and a few four-leaf clovers for luck!
  5. Once your pieces are cut out fold them in half to create a crease between the two arches.
  6. Mix acrylic paint with a few drops of water to create a thinner paint.
  7. Once thinned, gently paint the leaf from the stem up and out to thin points at the middle of the leaf. Repeat this action several times until you are pleased with the appearance of the leaves.
  8. Once all leaves are painted you will begin assembling them as clovers.
  9. Cut pieces of wire 3-5 inches long, we cut ours long and cut them to adjust height when we placed them into the plant.
  10. Once your wires are cut you will take a leaf and place it at the top of the wire, while holding the leaf in place you will take the floral tape and wrap down just far enough to secure that leaf.
  11. Cut the floral tape.
  12. Repeat step 10 two more times until you have three of the leaves attached.
  13. If you would like to make a four-leaf clover just add in an addition leaf and repeat step 10 again!
  14. Once you have your clovers made you can begin to place the clovers into floral foam until its full!

Thank you to Terrain for providing us the most magical scalloped pot, we can feel our luck increasing just being around it! Be sure to tag us with #Larsmakes so we can see how you’re catching luck this month! Stay tuned for even more ways to make this St. Patty’s Day the biggest hit yet!

Here are some more pots we love for this project!

 

DIY rainbow earrings

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! How are you celebrating? We consider this time of year Rainbow season (well, all year, but particularly now) so it’s the perfect time to share some of our favorite rainbow projects. These DIY Rainbow Earrings crafted from paper are perfect for just that! It’s when you need a quick solution without spending too much.

You might remember one of our previous This Girl posts where we showed you how to make your own paper earrings. If you made those, then you know how absolutely easy they are to make! All you need is cardstock, string, and jewelry hardware. We’ve provided the Cricut files too so you can easily cut out the few shapes that you will need. With these earrings, you can be sure to make a statement while keeping yourself from getting pinched!

DIY St. Patrick’s Day marbled shamrock party hats

DIY marbled shamrock party hats for St. Patrick's Day

How are you celebrating St. Patricks’ Day this year? With a party? Do you need some hats? We got ’em! These DIY St. Patrick’s Day marbled shamrock party hats are surprisingly easy to make and you’ll never guess how we made them. Hint: someone in your house probably has it in their medicine cabinet.

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DIY marbled shamrock party hats

Materials:

    • green card stock
    • foam shaving cream
    • green food coloring
    • craft sticks
    • wax paper
    • scissors
    • green tissue paper
    • green crepe paper
    • green covered floral wire
    • wire cutters
    • glue
    • glue gun
    • hole punch
    • ribbon or elastic
    • template or SVG file and craft cutting machine
    • iron
Steps:
Step 1. Marble your green card stock. To do this, lay out a sheet of wax paper and cover the surface with foaming shaving cream (the cheap stuff works great). Drop green food coloring onto the shaving cream and drag a craft stick around in the shaving cream to create a marbled pattern with the food coloring. Press the craft paper into the shaving cream. Peel craft paper back and wipe excess shaving cream off of the paper with the edge of another craft stick. You can use the same shaving cream and add more food coloring for several sheets of card stock. Allow card stock to dry completely. If card stock ripples you may want to iron it on a low setting to flatten it.
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Step 2. Use template or craft machine to cut party hats out of marbled card stock. Assemble hats using hot glue to keep tab in place.

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3. Cut and fringe 1.5 inch strips of tissue paper and/or crepe paper. Glue fringed strips around the bases of your hats (2-3 times around looks best). Ruffle the fringe with your fingers to give it some dimension.

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4. Cut shamrock shapes out of folded squares of crepe paper. Cut 2 inch segments of covered floral wire. Hot glue one end of a segment of wire to the back of each shamrock. Hot glue a shamrock to the top of each party hat.

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5. Punch a small hole into either side of each hat. Thread elastic or ribbon through the holes to keep the hats in place on your head.DIY marbled shamrock party hats for St. Patrick's Day

Photos and crafting by Ashley Isenhour

DIY rainbow welcome mat

rainbow rug tutorial

Clearly, I can’t get rainbows out of my mind after the St. Patrick’s Day rainbow fest! And I don’t know if they’ll end anytime soon.

As you know, I love dressing up Ikea rugs each season (like these fruit mats and this donut rug) and now instead of coming in a full circle, Ikea sells them in half circles—score! One step easier! So, I turned it into a rainbow welcome mat to brighten the entry.

Rainbow Rug and Rainbow Shoes DIY Rainbow Rug

 

Photography by Trisha Zemp  |   Crafting and styling by Brittany Jepsen

Click below for the full tutorial (and shop the post!)

Rainbow flower wreath for St. Patrick’s Day

rainbow wreath for st. Patrick's day
Rainbow paper flowers
photography by Trisha Zemp 

Green for St. Patrick’s Day can be awfully obtrusive to a non-green lover. I do love the color but sometimes it can come in the most non-lovely colors. SO, we turn to rainbows! And I think we can agree on a mutual love of rainbows, right? I decided on a paper flower wreath, because why not?! It’s sitting on my door right now.

Click below for full instructions!