Make a sham­rock wreath

201 Family - - CONTENTS - – TINA MUN­SON

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.

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