Last month, I made a large Valentine’s Day heart using dyed coffee filters and a foam board. It looked AMAZING. So, as I started decorating the house for St. Patrick’s Day, I knew I would have to try a shamrock. In fact, I will probably make one of these for every holiday…I’m kind of in love with coffee filter decor right now. So, the shamrock…it turned out very nice. Would I do a few things different? Yes. Will I tell you what to do to make your shamrock equally amazing as the heart? Absolutely! Keep your eyes out for my “NOTES” along the way in green.
If you are looking for something easy and inexpensive yet super high impact for this St. Patrick’s Day, you have to make one of these!
Let’s get started.
You will need:
- 2 (18×24) Foam core boards
- 225 Coffee filters
- Green food coloring or dye
- Hot glue gun
A shamrock is basically three hearts connected at the base and a stem. Take a look at the pictures below to see how I laid out the pieces to make the shamrock. NOTE: If I were to do this again, I would make the hearts longer and really exaggerate the humps. See photo below. The reason: Once you start putting on the coffee filters, you lose the shape a bit.
Once you have your hearts drawn, cut out the hearts on board #2. Board #1 will be your base…do not cut anything on this board yet.
Place the two sideways hearts where they look good and trace as much as you can onto Board #1. Draw on the stem. Cut out the shape drawn onto board #1. Glue the two hearts from Board #2 into place. NOTE: In the pictures, you can see where I glued mine. You should space yours out more than this to avoid it looking like a big blob. I think my shamrock turned out ok…but it could have gone really wrong, really fast.
Using a knife, make two small holes in the top and attach your twine or string. This is how you will hang your shamrock…so make sure you like whatever you use.
Dying the coffee filters: I used food coloring…a ton of food coloring…and it didn’t even come close to the color green I was envisioning. NOTE: If I had to do it again, I would probably use a different type of dye. Maybe a fabric dye.
How many coffee filters? For this shamrock, I used about 215.
I went through the same process to prepare the filters. You can see that in my post from last month, Easy Holiday Decor. I separated them, put a bunch in a pot/bowl of colored water and let them sit for a while. I took them out, one by one, and let them drip dry a bit in my sink. Once they were not dripping wet anymore, I took them to my dryer and let them go for about 5 minutes. Then, I started folding…in half…in half again and then fold the corner up for the glue.
Get your glue gun and start gluing. It is best to pick a spot on the edge and work your way around the shape. Then fill in the middle. You actually don’t need that many filters for the middle if you create a nice perimeter.
Glue. Glue. Glue.
Then start opening the filters. Again, pick a spot and work your way through the shape. Open and fluff until you like how it looks.
Hang somewhere everyone can see it.
I hope you love it!