St. Patrick's Day
What you will make:
Use the printable pattern in this project to create a small centerpiece
for St. Patrick's Day that consists of several sizes of paper shamrocks
and a shamrock vase. Make several of these cute little vases as party
favors, or as gifts for St. Patrick's Day. The plain version of the vase
can be used for other occasions and be filled with
Here's what you need:
- White or green computer paper
- Empty toilet paper tube
- White glue (Elmer's or PVA)
- Optional: Markers,
This project is rated EASY to do.
How to Make a Shamrock Centerpiece
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Choose a Pattern and Print It
Choose a Shamrock Centerpiece pattern to print. Use the color
pattern with white paper, and the black & white pattern with green
paper. For another holiday or occasion, or for the most creative
flexibility, print one of the plain vase patterns.
Patterns are Adobe PDF files. The
Adobe Reader is available for free.
All of Aunt Annie's project patterns are designed to be printed on standard letter-size paper (8.5"x11" or A4).
When printing from Adobe Reader, you may need to select Auto-Rotate and Center or
Choose paper source by PDF page size to ensure the best fit.
- Step 2: Cut
The Shamrock Centerpiece patterns include pattern pieces for
three sizes of shamrocks, stems and one vase. Cut out each pattern
piece on its black outline. Also, snip the two tiny lines at the top
of each stem.
Tip: If you printed the black & white
pattern on white computer paper, use a green marker to color in all
of the shamrock and stem pattern pieces before cutting them out.
- Step 3: Glue Vase
To form the vase's base, put a small amount of glue on the glue
tab. The glue tab is marked by the dashed line. Form a cone
shape by overlapping the other edge to the dashed line. Do the same
for the vase top.
Place the base with the large end down. Put a bead of glue around
the top edge of the base, and insert the small end of the top piece
into the base. Tip: Use the
toothpick to spread the glue.
- Step 4: Reinforce Vase Base
Add a ring of cardboard cut from a toilet paper tube to make a
more stable vase.
- Set TP tube on end and place the vase over it.
- Mark a pencil line on the TP tube at the bottom of the vase.
Cut on the line.
- Test the ring to see that the vase fits snuggly over it
without any TP tube showing. Trim if needed.
- Apply a bead of glue around the top of the TP tube ring and
place the vase over it.
- (optional) To keep the shamrock stems in place when you lift
the vase, cover the bottom of the vase's cardboard ring with
tape or a circle cut from cardboard.
- Step 5: Assemble Shamrocks
Carefully fold all of the stem pieces lengthwise. The wider end
will be the bottom. Unfold the stems slightly and insert a shamrock
into the tab cuts on each stem. Apply a dab of glue with the
toothpick to secure the shamrock to the stem.
- Step 6: Create Arrangement
Insert the shamrocks into the top of the vase. They should fit
snugly in the vase's small hole. If they don't, it will be
harder to make a pleasing arrangement. To ensure a snug fit, you can
open the stems wider, or cut a length of chenille stem to insert
alongside the stems.
Rearrange the shamrocks so that the one with
the greeting on it shows, and the others look pleasing.
That's it! Now enjoy your little centerpiece!
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