Remembering the Family Shamrock Plant with a Shamrock Banner with Pom Poms
Creating a St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock & Pom Pom Banner is an easy and fun March craft to enjoy with your kids. Children of all ages can join in making pom poms and helping find the perfect location to hang the garland.
In the cold of winter, a vibrant green shamrock plant became a permanent kitchen decoration for my childhood. During my elementary school & high school years and a 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.
The cherished Shamrock plant was the inspiration for my fun kid friendly St. Patrick’s Day craft. All different colors of green paper, cut on my Cricut Cutting Machine, or cut by hand alternate with fun poms poms of all sizes.
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 in 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.
Supplies Needed For A St. Patricks Day Banner with Pom Poms:
If you do not have a Cricut cutting machine Grab this Free Shamrock Printable Template: Click Here for the All Access Pass to the Printable Library.
How To Make Pom Poms Quick & Easy With A Pom Pom Maker
I first started by looking at my yarn supply for all the spring shades of green. I also opened the 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 beginner’s 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 Create 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 it to make it bigger or smaller. I also clicked on the bottom right to make a duplicate and then make the smaller image.
Now that I had the images I picked out three shades of green cardstock. 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 cardstock 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 sizes and colors green pompoms, different size,s and color paper shamrocks, twine, scissors, hole punch.
Once all of the elements were prepared and laid out it was time to assemble the banner-garland. I finalized on 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 cardstock.
I hope you have as much fun with this project, as I had to create 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.