Shamrock Collage For St. Patrick’s Day ~ There are a lot of things I love about this Shamrock Collage for St. Patrick’s Day. First of all, I love St. Patrick’s Day because it lends itself to making really fun crafts. Shamrocks are so easy to work with. I love making collages and I love projects that are so easy to do and create a fabulous piece of art!
If you had a chance to read my About Page you will know that I worked as an elementary teacher for many years and that sometimes my ‘teacher hat’ will show through on this blog. I made this shamrock craft every year with my students and it is something they loved making.
St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Collage Variations
The example I show here is all made with green colours but I have also made this project with lots of bright colours and it looks fabulous too.
The colouring technique might be too challenging for really young children so they can just trace around the shamrock shapes with lots of different colours and get a lovely effect too!
I used a 12 in x 12 in (30.4 cm x 30.4 cm) sheet of white quality cardstock paper for the collage and another green sheet for the background frame. Again, any kind of paper will work including art paper and construction paper. This collage also looks effective when done on green coloured paper!
Crayons and Glitter
I used wax crayons because I find they work very nicely in this craft but pencil crayons and small felt markers work too.
The glitter is optional but it adds a really nice touch. I do recommend using very fine glitter. I used two different colours of iridescent glitter from the Martha Stewart line of products.
I have provided you with three shamrock sizes. I used all three sizes in the sample I made but you may choose to only use one or two instead.
Here are PDF printable for you to use:
- paper for the collage
- firm paper for the shamrock patterns
- contrasting coloured paper for the background frame
- wax crayons
- shamrock patterns
- white craft glue
- wax paper
- ruler or straight edge paper cutter
- glue dot adhesives (typically used for scrapbooking)
Prepare the shamrock patterns. I first print them out on regular printer paper and used this as a pattern to cut them out on heavier cardstock paper so I had firm tracers to work with.
The colouring technique is quite simple. Place a shamrock on the paper. Colour around the pattern with short quick back and forth strokes. Use one hand to hold the pattern in place and the other hand to do the colouring. Make the strokes go in the same direction and fairly even about 1/4 inch (1 cm) all the way around. It’s helpful to move the paper around as you are working.
Use the large shamrock patterns to fill in the larger spaces and the middle and small shamrock patterns to fill in the smaller spaces. Overlap the shamrock shapes and have them go in different directions.
Place wax paper on the work surface. Lay the shamrock collage on top of the wax paper. Lightly trace around the small shamrock pattern in random places over top of the colouring with a pencil. Follow the pencil markings with white glue. Liberally add the glitter over top of the glue ensuring that the glue is all covered. Let it set for about a minute.
Shake the extra glitter onto the sheet of wax paper and pour back into the glitter bottle to be used for another project.
Let the glue and glitter dry for several hours.
When dry trim about 3/4 in from each side. I used my little straight edge paper cutter.
Mount on the contrasting coloured paper using glue dot adhesives.
Not all projects need to be displayed on a flat surface. This shamrock collage is sitting on my sofa table in the living room using a plate holder I picked up at the dollar store! It adds a creative and attractive touch for St. Patrick’s Day!
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