Make a shamrock wreath
Draw a circle that is 4½ to 5 inches in diameter in the center of the paper plate and cut it out. The resulting ring shape is the base of the wreath. Punch a hole at the top edge of the paper plate, and string a short length of ¼-inch wide ribbon through the hole. Tie it off to form a hanging loop for the wreath.
Use the oak tag or the poster board to make a shamrock pattern that is approximately 3 x 3 inches. The easiest way is to trace a heart-shaped cookie cutter for each of the three leaves (not four – that would make it a four leaf clover instead of a shamrock) and a triangle-shaped cutter for the stem. Cut around the outside edge of the oak tag or poster board shamrock to make a stiff pattern that will stand up to innumerable tracings. Alternatives are to download a shamrock pattern from the internet or to sketch a free-hand pattern.
Gather as many different kinds of green paper as possible. Construction paper in different shades of green is good. Textured papers make an interesting variation. Green felt and craft foam work well. Trace and cut out at least 20 shamrocks from the paper and felt.
Use white craft glue to adhere 8 or 10 shamrocks – evenly spaced – around the paper plate ring, keeping the hanging loop at the top. Glue another layer of shamrocks on top of the first, in varying positions and orientations. Try to cover as much of the white paper plate as possible. Glue any remaining shamrocks to the wreath or save for another craft project.
To finish, cut 4-feet lengths of the emerald green and lime green ribbon. Place the narrower ribbon on top of the wider ribbon, and tie them together into a generous bow with long tails. Affix the bow to the wreath, either with craft glue or with a short piece of ribbon. Leave the tails of the bow rather long, but trim to varying lengths as desired.