St. Patrick’s Day is just one short week away, and people will be happily engaged in all sort of Irish themed fun whether they are actually Irish or not. New York boasts of the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade, Chicago famously dyes the Chicago River a vibrant green, and Seattle has an entire Irish Week Festival right downtown. All across the US, there will great St. Patrick’s Day festivities to enjoy with family and friends.
Although my heritage is more Scottish than Irish, I still really enjoy the holiday. It’s fun to see people in green and some of my red headed friends joke about being constantly asked if they are Irish (but they aren’t). They do look awesome in green though. 🙂
I wanted to show my love for Ireland, but since it’s still early spring, coats are still required and cover up cute green fashion. So I thought of making a hair accessory. In true American fashion, I decided to blend different cultures to create something different and adorable: a Kanzashi Shamrock Hair Clip.
Kanzashi are Japanese hair ornaments made up of fabric folded flowers. I’ve been in awe of the beauty and variety of hair ornaments and flowers. After searching the internet and books, I found one of the more simple ways to create a petal and knew it would create an adorable shamrock.
Isn’t it so cute?! I just loved how it turned out. Once you get the hang of it, it’s easy to create a bunch of petals while watching TV. Would you like to make one too?
Luckily, this week’s DIY is this adorable Shamrock Hair Clip!
What you need to make your own Shamrock Hairclip is:
- Fabric (in green of course, and if has Shamrocks on it that’s even better!)
- Green Thread
- Hand Sewing Needles
- Marking Pencil or Chalk
- Hair Clip (with you can find one that’s also a pin it makes it really versatile)
- Hot Glue Gun with Hot Glue Sticks
- Ruler (I prefer clear rulers or clear quilting square rulers)
- Green Button or Button Maker
First you need to choose the fabric you would to make your shamrock out of. You can use a variety of fabrics and at the end of the post I’ll show you how a few different kinds of fabrics look as shamrocks hairclips.
For this shamrock, I’ll be using a solid green fabric that’s a little on the stiffer side.
With two layers of fabric together, mark out a 4×4 inch square.
Cut out the square and repeat 2 more times. You should end up with 6 – 4×4 inch squares.
Now it’s time for some fancy fabric folding.
Use the picture above for reference:
- Fold the fabric in half by bringing together two opposite corners.
- With the longest edge up, take the right point and folding down the middle of the triangle place it on top of the middle point at the bottom.
- Repeat with the left side as well so that you end up with a smaller square.
- Turn over the square over keeping the collected points facing down.
- Bring both the right and left corners to the middle of the square
- Fold in half so that the halves mirror each other.
- Turn petal over and stick a pin through the middle to keep folds in place.
Repeat the steps until you have six folded petals.
Taking two of your petals, let’s make a Shamrock leaf.
Cut a petal at the lowest fold at the back of the petal. Line up the top of the other petal and trim it so that both petals are the same length. Insert a needle with thread about half an inch from the bottom. Pull the thread taut and tie a knot at the bottom of the leaf to secure the petals together. Next just use your fingers to expand the petals, and you have one of the shamrock leaves!
Repeat steps with the other petals until you have three leaves ready to make into a Shamrock Hairclip.
Nearly done! You just need to assemble all the pieces.
First you need to figure out which of the leaves you want where. Then get out your trusty hot glue gun and apply a generous amount of glue to the back of the leaf toward the bottom. Press it into the metal of the hairclip. Once that has cooled a bit, apply glue to the hairclip where you want to place the next leaf and press that leaf into place. Repeat with the last leaf also pressing all of the leaves into each other and the center as much as possible.
(You could also glue the petals onto a round of sturdy felt and then attach it to a hair comb or pin if you’d rather, but I’d rather avoid that extra step) 🙂
It’s looking so cute! All it needs is a finishing touch to cover up those ends mushed together in the center.
Either you can glue a pretty green button in the middle, or you can make one using a button making kit from your local fabric store.
Just follow the direction on the package to make a button using leftover fabric from the shamrock. After the button is finished, apply a generous amount of hot gun to the middle of the shamrock and push the button into the center and wait for it to dry.
And that’s it! Now you have your very own adorable shamrock hair clip!
The finished shamrock ends up quite close in size to the original fabric square. So feel free to experiment with different size fabric squares.
I made a couple of different sizes which turned out really cute.
They are made using a variety of fabric, and I tried to make a four leaf clover but it looks more like a flower. 😀 Also I was able to get hair clips that were also pins so I can use them in my hair or on a scarf or shirt.
I can’t wait for St. Patrick’s Day so I can wear my cute shamrock hairclips and pins.
What are you planning for St. Patrick Day? I’d love to hear about the fashion or even food that you enjoy. Just leave a comment below. 🙂
I have seen some awesome recipes on the internet for all kinds of St. Patrick’s Day treats. If you come across a great green ice cream recipe, why not try it out with an Oster Ice Cream Maker now available at Heartland America!
It even comes in green! So it will fit in perfectly with all your St. Patrick’s Day decor. 😀 It is also available in peach and black.
All of us at Heartland America wish you, your family and friends a great and safe St. Patrick’s Day.
Next week we will start getting ready for Easter. Come back and check it out because you are always welcome at Home with Heartland.