Have you ever noticed that a shamrock's leaves are shaped like
little hearts? Well, this vintage-look St Patricks Decoration is
assembled from empty heart-shaped candy boxes left over from
Valentine's Day. It's the miracle of green paint and the luck o' the
Irish, of course.
One of the fun things about this craft is
creatively embellishing it. Make it more festive with rubber stamps,
stickers, glitter or whatever you have that is green. We were a little
conservative because we liked the look of just the tiny green scallop
around the outside. By all means, try paper, ribbon or embroidered
fringe around your St Patricks Decoration!.
the FREE Vintage Image Download, we gave you a shamrock stencil design,
in case you want to add some painted green or glitter shamrocks among
Materials for this St Patricks Decoration
(FREE PDF download) printed on matte or glossy photo paper.
Two (2) heart-shaped cardboard candy boxes, 7"
wide, and about 1" deep. (see Tips).
Spray paint, white primer and flat green (see Tips).
Craft paint, light green.
Varnish or polyurethane, liquid or spray.
Natural sea sponge.
Wide brush for varnish.
Tacky craft glue (like Alene's) or spray
Hot glue gun.
Scissors or paper cutter.
Hole punch (1/4" hole).
with the two cardboard candy boxes. Empty them carefully,
eating quickly and discarding any chocolates you don't like. Bury the
little wrapping papers so no one knows you just ate two boxes of
chocolate. If the top trays are embossed, rub the embossing as flat as
you can with a bone folder, use spray adhesive to cover the
tops with heavy paper, and trim off the excess. You should now have
four heart-shaped trays.
one of the trays, draw a line vertically down the center. Measure and
draw a line 1" in from the outside edge, ending at the center line. Cut
out this shape, which will be the stem of your shamrock.
three trays and the stem face-down on wax paper, with the edges
overlapping and the bottom points of the hearts just touching. one by
one, glue the edges together with the hot glue gun. Let the glue dry
paint both sides of the decoration with white primer, letting it dry
Punch two holes in the top rim of the top
tray, for your hanging ribbon.
paint both sides of the decoration green, letting it dry between coats
Use the sea sponge to dab on a mottled pattern of green craft paint
the entire front surface.
Trim the vintage images and arrange them on the
decoration. When you like the arrangement, glue them on with
spray adhesive or tacky craft glue. Be aware that moist craft glue may
buckle the image paper, so you will want to apply even pressure with a
flat weight while the glue dries. (Alternatively, you can decoupage the
images on with decoupage medium.) Add other flat embellishments, such
as stickers or rubber stamps.
Brush or spray on several coats of varnish or
polyurethane, letting it dry between coats.
Use the hot glue gun to attach the fabric
trim around the entire outside edge of the decoration. You'll
have to cut
the trim carefully to fit where the shamrock leaves meet.
Embellish your St Patricks Decoration further with glitter, buttons,
bows or all things green. Thread the green ribbon through the
holes in the top, add a sprightly bow, and hang your decoration on the
We chose the most common heart-shaped Valentine
candy box size we
could find: 7" high, 7" wide, and 1" deep. The box should be
entirely cardboard, not the molded plastic kind. If
the top of the box is embossed, add a layer of heavy paper
with spray adhesive over the top and trim it.
Our nubby trim (what Martha Stewart calls Small
Scallop-Loop Fringe) came from Jo-Ann's
Fabrics, and it was bright green with tiny balls every 1/4".
You may find something you like better, like gold braid, fringe or
sequins. Just keep it small-scale, because it has to get into some very
places where the shamrock leaves come together. 96" of trim is just
enough to go around the entire perimeter of the four 7"-wide
candy boxes. If your boxes are larger, measure around them
before you buy your trim.
White primer spray paint is essential for this
St Patricks Decoration. The primer is necessary for covering the red and printing on the
candy boxes. Also, the primer seals
the cardboard so the addition of other paints and glue do not swell or
buckle the boxes.
We chose to spray-paint the decoration
medium green because we like the even coverage of spray paint. Once
your white primer has dried, you can brush on green craft
paint or enamel, if you prefer.
For your St Patricks Day
trivia-trove, "Erin Go Bragh" means "Ireland Forever," and
real shamrocks have three leaves, not four.
Don't forget: If you have more empty heart-shaped candy boxes (why stop
with eating just two?), take a look at our Valentine Clock craft!