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Lucky Day Shamrock Tutorial

March 15, 2011

I made these on Sunday, and I kind of love how they turned out. Of course my cold is back, so I don’t have a picture of them in my hair (because I’m not one to take pictures of my greasy ponytailed hair) but you can just imagine that they look cute. Right?  Right.

Here’s a quick how-to.  They only take about 10 minutes each to make and cost next to nothing.  Perfect.

Supplies Needed: green felt, a shamrock shape as a guide, alligator clip (or you could put it on a headband), glitter, Elmers glue, hot glue and scissors.  (I actually tried to do one with mixed dark and light green glitter… big mistake.  The light green looked really yellow and not very St. Patricksy.  So keep that in mind.)

Pictures are pretty self explanitory, right?  Cut out your shape and spread Elmers glue all over one side.  I tried three different kinds of glue and I liked Elmers the best for it’s ease of spreading, ease of cleanup and the glitter stuck on pretty well.  When it has dried completely it made the shamrocks rigid which I also liked.  Instead of trying to spoon glitter onto my shape I just turned it upside down in my little pile of sparkles.  Much more effective.

After you are all be-glittered your shape will lose a little definition as you can see in the shamrock on the right.  The shamrock on the left I trimmed with my scissors to get all those glittery stragglers off the edges and give it a clean edge.  (But don’t use your good fabric scissors.)

I like these kinds of alligator clips because I have fine hair and the teeth help them stay put a lot longer.  They were a little longer than my shamrocks were wide though.  Which means I didn’t want to put hot glue along the whole side.  Glue your sparkled shamrocks to the clips and wear with lucky pride.  Maybe I’ll get myself put together enough before Green Day to get a pic of these in my hair.  Maybe.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. March 15, 2011 10:29 am

    Um, j’love.



  2. March 15, 2011 10:32 am

    wowow! I am compleeeeetly loving these. E, you astonish me all the time. You are the best crafter. In the world!


  3. March 15, 2011 5:59 pm

    You’ll be the belle of the green beer ball!!

  4. Kathryn permalink
    February 19, 2013 10:43 am

    These are really cute and look very easy. Perfect for my children! I’ve pinned this. Thanks for the tutorial.

  5. Katherine permalink
    May 16, 2013 1:14 pm

    Great posting! I hope to make these (if I start now, I should be good for next St. Pat’s!)
    I too have fine hair, where did you buy the clips?


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