How to Make a Shamrock Paper Chain

Shamrock paper chain

Those of you that are regular readers of my blog will know that I need very little excuse to get out my craft supplies. So with St Patrick’s Day around the corner, I thought I would make this cute Shamrock Paper Chain. It is currently hanging in the kids playroom, I just need to find a little leprechaun to sit with it!

Paper chains are a timeless classic craft and such a simple thing to make. This Shamrock Paper Chain is just a simple twist on the classic design, using 4 strips of paper to make each shamrock. I decided to use staples to fix my strips of paper together, purely from a time point of view. However, you could easily use glue them or use double sided tape. Just remember if you are using glue, leave plenty of time between each step for the glue to dry, and before you hang up the finished chain.

I also found that lightweight card works better than actual paper. Paper tends not to hold the shapes as well, especially when it is hung up.

So if you would like to give it a go, here’s how you can make your own Shamrock Paper Chain.

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What you Will Need for Your Shamrock Paper Chain

  • Guillotine (You can use scissors to cut your strips of card if you prefer)
  • Scissors
  • Stapler, double sided sticky tape or glue
  • Green and white A4 sheets of lightweight card

How You Make Your Shamrock Paper Chain

  1. First you need to cut your strips of paper. I used a guillotine for this, but if you are good with a pair of scissors and can cut in a straight line then you can do it without. I cut strips lengthways from the A4 sheets, approximately 1.5cm wide. 
  2. Then cut each card strip in half, then fold into a V-shape. These little V-shapes are the building blocks of your paper chain.
  3. Attach 4 card V-shapes together at the base of each, either using a stapler like I did, or use a little double sided sticky tape or glue (just make sure you leave enough time to dry before proceeding).
  4. Make one of the V-shaped pieces of card into a heart shape as shown in the photo, and again secure with either a staple or piece of double sided sticky tape. Do this to only 3 of the V-shped strips, leaving one open.
  5. Once you have turned them all into nearly finished shamrocks you are ready to connect them together by securing the last open V-shape but thread it through the shamrock before as shown in the picture.
  6. You can then carry on the process to make your Shamrock Paper Chain as long as you want it!.

What do you think of our Shamrock paper chain? You can obviously personalise it with perhaps patterned card, different colours or even use ribbon and twine to connect each shamrock rather than looping them through each other.

Shamrock Paper Chain

Shamrock Paper Chain

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