Shamrock Angel

By Noreen Doll.

A shamrock angel is a fun idea for a St. Patrick’s Day decoration.

Shamrock Angel by Crafty Journal

It can be used on a mantel or side table, or as a centerpiece on a dining table.  It would be easy to make several for a party.

Shamrock Angel - Crafty Journal

Or you could put a magnet on the back and attach it to your refrigerator.

I dyed a coffee filter green to make this angel, but it could easily be made with card stock or construction paper.

I bought the craft foam shamrock at the dollar store, but you can also make one from a sheet of green craft foam.



Coffee Filter Dyed Green, or Green Card Stock

White Doily

Craft Foam Shamrock

Small Styrofoam Ball

Sparkly Gold Pipe Cleaner

Gold Ribbon, 1/4 inch wide – 8 or 10 inches

Sharpies, Red and Black, Ultra Fine Point

Double Sided Tape, Optional


How to Make a Shamrock Angel.

1. Dye a coffee filter green. I used several drops of green food coloring in about half a cup of water.

When I applied the watered dye to the coffee filter, it wasn’t green enough, so I applied a drop of food coloring onto the filter.


Because the filter was already completely wet, it was easy to spread the dye over the whole filter.

Let dry.  I used a hair dryer to speed drying.

2. Fold the filter in half.


3. Cut the doily in half.


Cut around the edge design on the inside of the doily edge to make a piece that looks like this.


Place it on the coffee filter like this. Use double sided tape or glue to attach the 2 pieces together.

4. Because I wanted less green below the lace, I cut off a strip of the coffee filter along the curved edge.


The doily was smaller than the coffee filter, and this is how it fit.

5. On the back side of the green half circle, put a piece of Scotch tape about 2 inches long, centering it along the straight edge. This will make the point sturdier for attaching the head.


Finish the Shamrock Angel.

1. Shape the half circle into a cone, and tape or glue the edges together in the back.


I over lapped the bottom edges by about an inch and a half.

2. Use Sharpies to make a face (eyes and mouth) on the styrofoam ball. Don’t put the eyes too far apart.


3. In the bottom of the head, hollow out a small hole to put the point of the cone into.


Add a drop or two of glue into the hole, and press the point of the cone up into the hole.


Press the head firmly down over the point and let dry.

4. Make a halo for the shamrock angel with a piece of the gold pipe cleaner shaped into a circle. Twist the end of the circle around the stem and cut off the excess stem.


The circle needs to be about the size of the top of the angel’s head.

5. Glue the halo to the top of the the angel’s head.  Let dry.

6. Make a small bow with the gold ribbon and attach it to the angel’s neck area.

7.  Attach the finished angel to the shamrock, which will be her wings.


Put a magnet on the back of the shamrock angel if you want her to be a magnet.

Or punch a small hole in the top of the shamrock and add a bit of thread to make her a hanging ornament.


If you don’t use a coffee filter you will need a circle that is about 8 inches in diameter.

Instead of Sharpies, you can use another permanent marker.

You can make the shamrock angel larger or smaller by changing the size of the circle, the shamrock, and the styrofoam ball.

© Noreen Doll

Crafty Journal

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  1. What a fun project.

  2. What a cute idea, Noreen! Thanks for sharing it! This looks like a fun one to try with my kids!

  3. These are just way too cute.

  4. so very cute and easy to make love them
    come see what I shared at

  5. Thanks so much for sharing.

  6. Super cute!!! My daughter would love this!!

  7. This little angel is so adorable! I saw it over at I Gotta Create and wanted to stop by to say hello! Thanks for sharing such a cute project.

  8. That is just the cutest thing! Great tutorial too. I’d love for you to share at Transformed Tuesday! I’m a new follower. Hugs, Peggy~PJH Designs

  9. I love your Shamrock angel–super cute! Thank you for the fun project idea.

  10. hi, i’m following the “fluster creative muster” hop. i would love for you to visit my blog and follow if you like it.

    new follower bev

  11. Great idea! Thanks for sharing at The Gunny Sack!

  12. Super Cute! Love your shamrock angel! Thanks for sharing. Hugs.

  13. Awww, this is so cute.

  14. such a fun and timely project that anyone could create. Thanks for sharing.

  15. She’s adorable. It’s funny how we always refer to angels as girls. Thanks for sharing.

  16. I remember making these angels when I was a kid, but for Christmas. Wow, I hadn’t thought of them in years.

  17. An adorable little angel. Great craft idea for kids.

  18. HI! Thanks for sharing this – I’m featuring it on a round-up post up on the blog today! ;o) Happy Weekend!!!

  19. How cute! Thanks so much for coming to party at Super Saturday Show & Tell :) I hope you’ll come again next week. xoxo~ Ruthie

  20. I thought it was made from a peg at first. Very good indeed

  21. Hi Noreen, Your little shamrock angel was one of the most viewed, I featured this week at A New Creation! Thanks again for sharing; she is too cute!

  22. So cute! Thanks so much!

  23. What a cute and fun craft project! Thank you so much for sharing with Saturday Spotlight. Have a great week and come back soon!

  24. What an adorable idea and way to use coffee filters. My daughter would enjoy this craft. Thanks for sharing on Thursdays Treasures.

  25. CUTE!!! ORIGINAL!! Those are two words about your project! See you soon. Linda

  26. I just LOVE this! I can’t wait to make it with my daughter for my grandmother. I know she’ll adore it (she’s very Irish Catholic). I am so happy you shared this at my link party – I never would have been able to come up with it on my own!


  27. Oh this is cute! & something you can make with the kids too. Thanks for sharing & linking up @ Hope your having a great week!

  28. Featuring YOU today! Thank you so much for linking up to {wow me} wednesday!

    Ginger @

  29. How sweet is that! It has been a very busy week for me so, I am just now catching up from last week’s party. Sorry to be so late! Thank you for sharing at TTF

  30. Thanks for sharing an awesome project with us. Come by again next week and share another cool project with us!

    Have a great week!

  31. Super cute! Thanks for sharing at March Madness

  32. So CUTE!!! I have a couple ideas I could have used this for THIS year, but will keep it in mind for next year… I might even make a slightly flatter, one-dimensional version (maybe a button for the face?) to make an angel for a junque/art journal page I’m working on… Thanks for sharing such a cute idea!

  33. You could make the angel the same (substituting a flat circle for the head) and just flatten the doily body.


  34. This is such a cute idea. Thank you for sharing. Can’t wait to try it.

  35. Jann Olson says:

    This would be a fun project for kids. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  36. I’m visiting from the Pin Junkie -So cute!

  37. Super cute craft for St. Patrick’s Day! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again next week. :)


  38. That is adorable!! I always make cross-stitch angels, now I can add a little extra to them!! Love it!

  39. so sweet and easy to make! this would be fun to make by crafters of all ages!

  40. That is adorable – and no one knows it’s a coffee filter.

  41. I love this idea! Such a creative project! Stopping by from the A Round tuit 246 Link Party.

  42. I love this Shamrock Angel! So sweet and so cute! I featured it on my page and it was popular! Thank you very much for joining in, we enjoy having you each week. I hope to see you on Thursday at 8PM, EST through Sunday night. ~Cydnee

  43. This looks incredible! Super cute. Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for taking the time to party with us. We hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. It wouldn’t be a party without you! Lou Lou Girls

  44. A really lovely idea, we may well give this a go!

  45. Super cute and easy idea. I don’t have everything to make these, but I think this craft is easy to adjust. Thanks for sharing. Pinned.

  46. This is super cute! can make it with the kids, they will love to try.

  47. This is so adorable!! I love that it’s a coffee filter for the dress, I wouldn’t have guessed! Thank you for sharing this at Motivational Monday! We’d love to have you back on Sunday at 6pm. Hope your weekend is going great! :)

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