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