St. Patricks Day is sneaking up quickly and the very last thing I want is to be pinched all day long because I (inevitably) forgot to wear green -- it happens every year. In keeping with our Crafting with Parchment Paper theme for National Craft Month, we are bringing you a fun, quick tutorial on making a Shamrock Necklace charm on parchment paper!
All you need to complete this craft is:
a hot glue gun and glue sticks
some green glitter (optional)
and of course a sheet of parchment paper.
1. Start by sketching out the shape of your shamrock (or whatever other design you desire) onto your sheet of parchment paper.
2. When your hot glue gun has warmed up, carefully fill in the shape that you have made on the sheet. Working with hot glue can be tough, so don’t get frustrated if it takes a couple of tries.
3. Once you’ve filled in your shape, give the glue some time to dry. The glue transforms from clear to having a slightly whitish hue when it is done drying.
4. After the glue has dried, you can peel it from the parchment paper. Peeling the dried glue from the parchment is very easy due to its non-stick nature and allows you to trim any imperfections that may need to be cleaned up. The edges can be trimmed with scissors.
5. When you’ve accomplished the desired shape for your charm, it is time to paint! I used acrylic paint which allowed the glitter to adhere better. I chose green because it would make the green glitter appear more vibrant.
6. Now it’s time to pour your glitter onto your charm (if you so choose). Use a clean sheet of parchment to apply the glitter, that way you can pour the remaining glitter back into its container once you’ve completely covered the charm and you don’t have to worry about it sticking to any potential paint residue.
7. Give your charm about 30 minutes to dry. It probably won’t take this long, but that way you know for sure that it is dry before you punch a hole into it.
8. Once you’ve punched a hole into the top of your charm, attach it to your necklace string and you’re done!
This project is super easy and will save you from a day of full of unpleasant pinches. It’s also SUPER cute and a really fun project to boot! We’d love to see what you come up with for this project, so attach your photos in the comments.