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Party Decorations St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day
Shamrock Centerpiece

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 Paper Flowers.

Related crafts: Checkout St. Patrick's Day crafting for more shamrock crafts and downloads.

Here's what you need:
  • White or green computer paper
  • Empty toilet paper tube
  • White glue (Elmer's or PVA)
  • Optional: Markers, chenille stems
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Toothpick

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.

Shamrock Centerpiece

Printable pattern for shamrock centerpiece

Plain Vases

Printable pattern for plain vases

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 Cut out shamrocks, stems and vase parts

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.

Glue vase bottom and 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.

Reinforce base of vase with cardboard ring
  • 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 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 Arrange shamrocks in vase

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!
Shamrock Centerpieces

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Before you start:
  • Make a place to work.
  • Read all of the directions.
  • Gather everything you need to do the project.
  • Think about the project. Imagine how it will look and what you will do with it.

Are you ready?
Okay, get started!!!

Plain Vase with paper flowers

Tip: The vase in this project can be used for other occasions. Print the Plain Vase pattern on white or colored paper, and fill it with Paper Flowers.

Shamrock Centerpiece with paper stems

Tip: It is easier to arrange the shamrocks if the stems fit snugly in the vase. Open the stems wider, or add a short length of pipe cleaner or soda straw to ensure a tight fit.

Shamrock Centerpiece with chenille stems (pipe cleaners)

Tip: You can make the shamrocks with chenille stems (pipe cleaners) instead of folded paper stems.

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Thanks to...

Thanks to Janet LaFara for creating the original version of this craft for Aunt Annie's Craft Page in 1997.

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