to Make an
Shamrock & Headband
This origami shamrock headband is a great St.
Patrick's Day project for a child
and adult to do together.
By the way, in reality, the Irish shamrock only has three
leaves, so this is technically a four-leaf clover. It's your lucky
Sarah made and decorated the origami shamrock while her Grandma Boxster prepared the fabric strip.
Together, they wrapped the band. Sarah was thrilled with her new
This shamrock can also be displayed in a display
stand. (That's a piece of Celtic-design origami paper on the orange
Or, wear it as a pin:
Attach a large safety pin horizontally on the inside of your
garment. Then slip the shamrock's stem behind the wire.
Tip: To get
ideas for decorating your shamrock, take a look at these
pictures of real
four-leaf clovers. You'll also learn what each of the leaves
symbolizes and other interesting facts.
- Embellishments for the shamrock, such as
glitter glue, sequins, and jewels
- 1 yard of St. Patrick's Day print fabric (or less if
you don't mind piecing a bias strip)
- Fabric scissors, iron, and yardstick
- Pencil or fabric marker
1: Decorate the shamrock.
Allow the decorations to dry
thoroughly. A display
stand is ideal as a drying rack.
We used glitter glue and a jewel on one, and glue with loose gltter on
Task 2: Cut a bias strip of
2. Fold the fabric in half corner-to-corner.
This important because you want the strip to be stretchy.
3. Using an iron, lightly press the
4. Mark a line about 1½ inches in from
the folded edge. (Based on the pattern on your fabric, you might
want to adjust the width of your strip.)
5. Cut along the line.
6. Unfold it, then fold in the edges of
the strip to meet in the middle and press with an iron.
Task 3: Wrap the headband.
When your shamrock is
dry, you're ready to wrap the headband.
7. Apply adhesive to one tip of the
8. Insert the tip of the headband under
one edge of the fabric, leaving extra fabric to fold over.
9. Glue down the end of the
fabric. Hold, allowing it to dry a minute or two.
Begin wrapping the head band,
stretching the fabric tight. Overlap each section about halfway
over the previous section.
wrapping past the midpoint of the headband.
When you reach the place where
you want to place the shamrock, wrap the fabric tightly
over the stem.
Finish the other tip of the headband like the first.
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