Foam Shamrock Wreath

Foam Shamrock Wreath

Make use of those Valentine heart-shaped cookie cutters -- press them onto some foam to make shamrock shapes, add a little glitter and you have an easy and festive decoration for St. Patrick's Day!

Ages:
2 - 4
Est. Time:
<1 hour

How we did it:

Materials List

  1. foam sheets (3, green)
  2. scissors
  3. heart-shaped cookie cutters
  4. liquid glue
  5. paint brush (for glue)
  6. glitter
  7. cardboard
  8. gold paint (or marker, optional)
  9. glue gun (optional)
  1. First, we gathered our supplies. Choose the size of your heart-shaped cookie cutter according to the wreath size you want. We chose the medium sized one.

  2. Press the cookie cutter onto the foam to make the 3 leaves of the shamrock.

  3. Once I demonstrated this for my 4 year old, he was able to do it himself, with a little help on positioning.

  4. Use scissors or a blunt object to sketch the stem of the shamrock onto the foam.

  5. Cut out the shamrocks.

  6. If you have extra, it's okay, as they make pretty decorations all by themselves. We used 12 shamrocks on a 10-inch round wreath.

  7. Have your child paint each shamrock with liquid glue.

  8. Sprinkle liberally with gold glitter.

  9. My 8 year old helped make the wreath round. He traced a large dinner plate on a piece of cardboard.

  10. He then traced a smaller plate into the center of the large circle.

  11. This is a grownup step: I used a knife to cut out the circles.

  12. This step is totally optional. I happened to have some leftover gold spray paint from another project, so I quickly sprayed our wreath circle while we were waiting for our shamrocks to dry. That way, if there is any cardboard peeking out between the shamrocks on your finished product, it will be gold. You could also have your child paint or color the circle with markers or crayons.

  13. When the glue and glitter on the shamrocks dried, we placed them in a pattern around the wreath circle.

  14. We used a low-temp hot glue gun with lots of parental supervision to glue the shamrocks onto the wreath.

  15. And now we have our wreath adorning our front door, along with some other festive decorations for St. Patrick's Day. Wishing you the luck o' the Irish!