Easy Way to Make a Shamrock

By Noreen Doll.

Shamrocks can be a bit tricky to make look nice and even, but here’s an easy way to make a shamrock.

How to Make a Shamrock Pattern by Crafty Journal

All you need is one heart, and you can make any size shamrock depending on the size of heart you use.

Easy Way to Make a Shamrock - Crafty Journal

Here’s how you do it.


1 Heart (How to make a heart pattern.)

1 Sheet of Paper

Pencil with Eraser

An Easy Way to Make a Shamrock.

1. The best heart to use is one that isn’t too wide or puffy.

Place the heart on the paper, centered, near the top of the sheet.

Easy Way to Make a Shamrock - Crafty Journal

2. Draw around the heart.

3. Place the heart on the left side of the traced heart with the point overlapping the point of the first heart.

Easy Way to Make a Shamrock - Crafty Journal

Trace the second heart.

4. Place the heart on the right side of the traced heart with the point toward the center and overlapping the first heart.

Easy Way to Make a Shamrock - Crafty Journal

Trace the third heart.

5. Remove the heart and gently erase the overlapping lines in the center of the hearts.

Easy Way to Make a Shamrock - Crafty Journal

6. Adjust the outer edges if necessary. You may need to make the vee at the top of each heart more shallow, so it’s not so pointed.

7. Draw a stem as shown.

Easy Way to Make a Shamrock - Crafty Journal

8. Cut out the shamrock and trace it onto cereal box cardboard or milk jug plastic.

Easy Way to Make a Shamrock - Crafty Journal

It is ready to trace, and can be used over and over.

Easy Way to Make a Shamrock - Crafty Journal

Use a larger or smaller heart to make a larger or smaller shamrock.


Noreen Doll

Crafty Journal

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  1. Genius! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Very tricky :) This is great, I will be using this for sure for my St. Patty’s Day wreath. Thanks so much!

  3. I have used this trick to help kids make shamrocks for many years. It really is genius!!! Thanks for reminding me to get this on the lesson plans!

  4. You’re so right! That IS easy! Thanks for sharing. I love it, and it caught my eye at the ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com party–I had to stop by!

    Your fan,
    ~Cathy Mini

  5. Oooo! I love this technique. It’s so simple. I’m going to show it to my teens. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Great tip! Will definitely come in handy over the next few weeks.

  7. I remember this in elementary school! Thanks for the reminder! Thanks for coming over and sharing at the Happiness is Homemade link party. Hope to see you back on Saturday!

  8. thanks for sharing! I will be using this trick to make decorations with my kids for sure :)

  9. So much easier this way! LOL Thanks for sharing. Found you via Sew Much Ado linky party.

  10. Great tip! Thanks for sharing it at our All Things Thursday Blog Hop! Have a great week.

  11. What a great tip. I always knew that you could make shamrocks from hearts, but this makes it looks so simple that I might actually use this tip instead of freehanding it and mostly failing. :)

  12. Great tip! Thanks for sharing it. This will be great to use with my kids.

  13. This is great. I loved your Tip Me Tuesday link this week. {thanks girl!} ~ Laurie {a.k.a. the Tip Junkie}

  14. How cool is that! Thanks for sharing at TTF!

  15. Simply fantastic!! Can’t wait to make them and sew a bunch into garland! :)

  16. Oh wow! That is easy. Mine always end up lopsided so this is an excellent idea! Thanks so much for linking it up to Snickerdoodle Sunday!

  17. I know you had me in mind when you shared this tip. Thank you! Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday on Organized 31.

  18. You’ve done it again, Noreen! Thank you for sharing this at DIY Showcase on VMG206. I’m featuring your post today in my 10 St. Patrick’s Day Ideas Round Up!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  19. Great idea love how easy you make it! Thanks for sharing @DearCreatives Hope your week is going good. Theresa

  20. Noreen we always love your projects! This is so fun! Thanks for sharing it with us in the crafty showcase. Guess what? Yes you are being featured today in our Feature Friday post!

    have a super weekend and keep on crafting.

    susie @bowdabra

  21. What a great way to do it. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

  22. SMART! St Pattys is my favorite holiday so I’m always excited about a perfect shamrock! Thanks for sharing! (found via Awesome Things)

  23. So smart! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty:)

  24. That’s such a great trick! That’s for sharing your tip!

    Thanks for sharing at Inspire Me Mondays!

  25. How easy! Pinning and sharing. Thanks for sharing this at Totally Terrific Tuesday last week! I can’t wait to see what you have to share this week!


  26. Jann Olson says:

    I have used a heart for a shamrock template before. Works fabulously well! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  27. This makes it so easy. Great tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing with last week’s Adorned From Above Link Party.
    Have a great week.

  28. Great Tutorial!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday – Link Party!! Hope you come back tomorrow and share some more…I love having you!! Pinned!!

  29. Of course! That is so clever and I never would have thought of using a heart. Great idea. :-)

  30. Thank you for sharing a super easy way to draw a shamrock on SYC! Joj

  31. This is so cute! I came over from Craftymomsshare link party. Have a lovely day!
    X Annemarie

  32. Ah, great idea. I never thought of this. Perfect. Thank you for linking up to Tips and Tricks. Hope to see you again this week.

  33. How did I never think of this?! Thanks for the post!

  34. I teach Library at our local Christian school tomorrow. I will be using this! Found you through the Life of Faith Mommy Moments!

  35. What an easy cute way to make a Shamrock! I’m sure we can do this at home for fun!Thanks for linking up at the #HomeMattersParty!

  36. I would never have thought to use hearts to make a shamrock.

    Thanks for sharing this great tip.

  37. Jann Olson says:

    That is how I make a shamrock as well. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  38. Super simple and fun DIY way to make your own shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday this week! :)

  39. A very nice and easy tutorial. I love how you showed this to us otherwise I’d be lost. Thanks for sharing at the share it link party!

  40. So cute…thanks so much for sharing at Share The Wealth Sunday! I’m going to go make a shamrock now! xoxo, Lisa

  41. Wow…so easy! Thanks for sharing with us at Share The Wealth Sunday! xoxo

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