How to Make an Origami Shamrock Bouquet in a Leprechaun Hat
This is a fun and festive paper craft project for St Patrick’s Day.
The Shamrock bouquet is made from construction paper and pipe cleaners. The Leprechaun Hat is made from construction paper and a cardboard toilet tissue tube.
**Scissors and hot glue aspects of this project require adult supervision**
- green, black and yellow/gold construction paper
- cardboard tp tube
- green pipe cleaners (any stiff wire will work to)
- glue stick or tape
- hot glue gun
To Make the Shamrocks:
- Cut 10 or more little squares from green construction paper. We used six 1 ½” squares and six 2” squares for our bouquet. You can make them any size you like as long as they are a perfect square. (We made a few shamrocks in a lighter shade of green construction paper to add dimension to the finished bouquet.)
- Fold the square crosswise to make a triangle. Crease the edge and fold in half again. Crease the edge and fold in half again.
- Cut a rounded end on the triangle. We practiced with scrap paper first until we got it just right and used the best one as a pattern.
- For the stems, cut the green pipe cleaners in half and bend a tiny hook in one end, just big enough to hold a dab of hot glue.
- Put a dab of hot glue on the little hooked end of the pipe cleaner and attach it to the centre/bottom of the paper shamrock.
To Make the Leprechaun Hat:
**Younger kids will enjoy making the Leprechaun Hat by itself, use white glue in place of the hot glue.**
- Cover a toilet paper tube with green construction paper.
- Cut a hat band from black construction paper (6” w x 1 ¼” h)
- Cut the buckle rectangle from a piece of yellow or gold construction paper (1 ¼” w x 1 ¾” h)
- Put 2 slits in the buckle to weave the hat band through. Joint the ends of the hatband together at the back with tape or a glue stick.
- Cut a circle for the hat brim from green construction paper (3 ½” diam)
- Put a ring of white glue or hot glue around the bottom rim of the toilet paper tube and fasten it in the centre of the hat brim circle. We traced a lid for the circle. (The brim helps keep the shamrock bouquet from tipping over when the shamrocks are placed into it.)
- Arrange the Shamrock bouquet in the Leprechaun Hat until they look just the way you like them.
Tadda! Your St Patrick’s Day centrepiece is complete.
Get your creative on!
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