Remembering the Family Shamrock Plant with a Shamrock Banner with Pom Poms
In the cold of winter, a vibrant green shamrock plant became a permanent kitchen decoration.
During my junior high and high school years and vibrant green shamrock plant decorated our kitchen table for almost 15 years. My father Jim Kirchner purchased the plant for my mother in the late 1960s. As it grew he keep replanting it. The beautiful green plant had a permanent place in the center of our kitchen table. During the gray days of winter, it was a beautiful reminder that spring would soon arrive.
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That little plant thrived in our kitchen with the warm flavors of meals being cooked and the warm love of family. Our shamrock plant grew to be the size of a dinner plate and we lovingly watered it and trimmed it every season. My father move from our family home in the 1990s and I am not sure what happened to this huge shamrock plant, however, this year I’m going to start a new little plant. I want the spring green plant to be a member of our home as I remember from my childhood.
My DIY project for the month of March is in memory of our family shamrock. I found this beautiful Cricut image on Cricut design space. I also just purchased a cute quick and easy pompom maker after reading Keystoinspiration.com and this is the perfect project to make a lot of pompoms.
Resources for the St. Patricks Day Banner with Pom Poms:
- Cricut Explore Air 2 Machine
- Yarn (not cotton) in shades of green
- Pom Pom Maker
- Card Stock in shades of Green
- Single Hole Punch
- Cricut Design Space or Free Paper Template
I first started by looking at my yarn supply for all the spring shades of green. I also opened my new pompom maker I purchased from Keys To Inspiration Keystoinspiration.com. Christene has a great post that shows a step by step guide to the Pompom maker you can purchase here.
Next, I started making pompoms. A lot of them as I was not sure how long to make my banner garland and I was not sure at what interval I would place the pompoms between my shamrock 4 leaf clover paper. I make a lot as it was so much fun and quick. After they were made I trimmed the edges to make a perfect fussy ball.
I wanted to cut about 12 shamrocks and I wanted them the same shape but in two sizes ones smaller that I could emboss with my cuttlebug. See how it works here. So the Cricut Explore Air was my first choice to make perfect duplicates.
If you do not have a Cricut Cutting Machine you can get one at a great price at Amazon. Christene at Keystoinspiration also has a beginners guide to using the Cricut that makes is quick and easy. Her step by step guide takes all the stress out of using a new crafting tool.
To make a basic cut on card stock I opened up Cricut Design Space and clicked Creat New Project.
Next, I clicked on “insert image” on the left toolbar and searched for clover. Highlighting my favorite and clicking “insert image”.
Clicking on the image you can drag to make bigger or smaller. I also clicked on the bottom right to make a duplicate and them make the smaller image.
Now that I had my images I picked out three shades of green card stock. I clicked the “Go” button and loaded my first color of paper.
When in the mat screen you can increase the number of cuts per mat and I increased to 5 cuts to get out of each page of card stock the most cuts. You hit go after your load your mat and the Cricut does the rest.
The next step is to make sure you have all of the supplies: different size and color green pompoms, different size and color paper shamrocks, twine, scissors, hold punch.
Once all of the elements were prepared and laid out it was time to assemble the banner-garland. I finalized on an every other one simple pattern and soon was hanging the beautiful spring decoration.
If you do not have a Cricut cutting machine, (Click here ➽) download my free shamrock template. I would suggest tracing the pattern on some heavy cardboard to us as a template to cut out your shapes. The template is in color so you can also just print the pattern on white card stock.
I hope you have as much fun with this project, as I had creating my first spring decoration. The colors bring back fond memories of your family shamrock and I hope my new baby will grow as big as a dinner plate.
Comment your first spring decorating projects: I love to hear your ideas.
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