St. Patrick's Day
Shamrock Flag Banner
What you will make:
Show off your St. Patrick’s Day spirit with a shamrock banner. Make this
easy paper flag banner using construction paper and the printable
shamrock pattern in this craft. Hang the banner in a doorway, over the
mantel, or in the window—anywhere you want to show your Irish
is great for family, classroom or group craft time. It uses simple materials,
and with a little preparation by the adults or teen leaders, this project is fast and fun.
Here's what you need:
- Construction paper or craft paper: Green and white
- Hole punch
- Ruler or paper trimmer
This project is rated VERY EASY to do.
How to Make a Shamrock Flag Banner
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Project Preparation
Determine the size and number of flags in your banner and pre-cut
the paper blanks. The flags can be made in four different sizes: 2"
by 4", 3" by 6", 4" by 8" and 6" by 12". Decide which size will work
best for your banner keeping in mind that a banner can have from 3
to 12 flags, depending on the size of the flags.
From a 9" by 12" sheet of white construction paper, cut twelve 2" by 4" rectangles, six 3" by 6" or three 4" by 8" rectangles
for the flag blanks. For 6" by 12" flags, cut three rectangles
from a 12" by 18" sheet of white construction paper.
Cut square blanks for the shamrocks from the green
construction paper. Cut squares sized to the smaller dimension of
the flag blanks—2", 3", 4" or 6". For best results, the blanks
need to have straight sides and square corners. The sizes can vary a
- Step 2: Print Template Pattern
Print the shamrock template pattern on white cardstock. Select
the half-shamrock template that fits your flag size and cut it out.
These shamrock templates are placed along a folded edge and traced.
Tip: If you prefer, use the full-size green templates
on unfolded paper. These templates can also be used to size the
shamrock square blanks.
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 3: Make Flags
The flag banners can have from 3 flags to 12 flags. For each flag, fold a flag blank in half lengthwise. Cut
on a diagonal from one corner toward the fold. Punch two holes next to each other on the opposite end and away
from the fold. Open the flags and smooth the paper flat.
- Step 4: Cut Shamrocks
Cut a shamrock for each flag (or two if both sides of the banner will be seen.) For each
shamrock, fold the
green square blank in half, place the shamrock template along the
folded edge, trace, and cut out. Open the shamrocks and smooth them flat.
Tip: Keep the shamrock cutaways and use them to
make St. Patrick's Day cards like those in the Easy Valentine Cards
- Step 5: Glue
Glue a shamrock on each flag or two shamrocks—one on each side. Glue them horizontally or vertically,
depending on how the flag banner will be displayed.
- Step 6: String the Flags
Cut a length of yarn long enough for the number of flags and where it will be hung — usually 4 to 6 feet
(1 to 2 meters.) Weave the yarn through the punched holes on the flags (children may need help here).
A blunt yarn needle can make the job go faster.
- Step 7: Hang the Flag Banner
Hang the banner using tape, tacks or whatever is appropriate for the place/surface being decorated with the banner.
That's it! Now hang your banner!
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