Bright and happy colors have been my thing since I was in elementary school and convinced my Dad (while my Mom was away) to paint my bedroom walls a sunny yellow with a sky blue ceiling and groovy grass green shag carpet! Way out of the box for the 1970s but my rainbow bedspread definitely tied everything together. Rainbows continue to inspire my color choices today, including my lucky rainbow shamrock wreath and I still have those sheets!
Lucky Rainbow Shamrock Wreath
To create a shamrock pattern, trace three hearts of the same size from a template (or freehand) connecting at the base, then draw in a stem. I used the two-inch heart from my Fiskars Template. Cut it out of paper then trace onto chipboard and cut out again.
Trace shamrock four (4) times onto Kunin Classics™ Neon Green, Apple Green, Olive, Pirate Green and Kelly Green with MONOTWIN Permanent Pen. Cut out with scissors. Measure and cut one (1) rectangle three-inches wide by twelve inches long from Kunin Classics™ Red, Candy Pink, Orange, Yellow, Apple Green, Brilliant Blue, Royal Blue, and Orchid. Measure and cut nine (9) rectangles three-inches wide by twelve inches long from Kunin Classics™ Pirate Green.TIP: Remember to cut INSIDE the traced lines for a neat and clean finished project.
Leave the plastic wrapping on the straw wreath form. Wrap a Pirate Green rectangle around the wreath, securing both ends of the felt with hot glue. Trim any excess felt. Wrap a second Pirate Green rectangle around the wreath, angling and overlapping approximately one-half-inch. Secure with hot glue and trim. Repeat with a third Pirate Green rectangle, then begin to add the colors in rainbow order and finish up with six additional Pirate Green rectangles.
Attach shamrocks in a random fashion to the Pirate Green section of the wreath by securing the center of each shamrock with the glue gun. Overlap the shamrocks to give a three-dimensional look.
Attach a green button to the center of each shamrock. Use contrasting colors of green to give the wreath a ton of interest and dimension.
I have been lucky my whole life to have parents that support and encourage my creative endeavors, even though they didn’t always understand what I was doing! My Lucky Rainbow Shamrock Wreath is the perfect project to showcase that creativity. I hope it inspires you to take time out of your busy schedule and make something bright and colorful with your kids today! As Maya Angelou stated in my favorite quote – “You can’t use up creativity, the more you use, the more you have.”