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Clip-Art Craft: Saint Patrick's Day Pins

Martha Stewart Living, March 2006

Irish eyes -- and everyone else's -- will be smiling at the sight of these fuzzy holiday favors. The pin-on clovers consist of chenille pipe cleaners twisted into the shape of shamrocks and adorned with paper medallions. Fasten pins to decorative cards for presentation, then to the lapels of their lucky recipients.

You'll need bump pipe cleaners, card stock, a utility knife, safety pins, and white glue.

Place pipe cleaner on a clean work surface. Bend the top bump into the shape of a leaf, twisting to secure. Fashion leaves out of the second and third bumps. Twist final bump around the center of the leaves once or twice to stabilize, then bend it into a stem. Trim off sharp, pointy end of pipe cleaner. Color-photocopy, or download and print, cards and medallions onto card stock. Cut out with a utility knife. Attach safety pin to back of shamrock, then pin shamrock to card. Glue medallion to shamrock.

Comments (17)

  • Since1982 11 Mar, 2013

    This is one of my all-time favorite "Martha" holiday crafts. People are always so glad to receive one of these pins!

  • cprice1212 15 Feb, 2012

    Super-Duper Easy! I made my own little medallion that said,"Go Green" Very cute!

  • IvyLee 17 Mar, 2011

    I made up a about 30 of these for my friends and colleages. I actually glued them to brooch pins. They were really easy to make and so cute. Everyone loved them and today everyone in my office is wearing one!

  • lillie 10 Mar, 2010

    to carolinfdefran: the card is part of the packaging. The recipient of the gift would take it off the card before they pin it on.

    looks like a cute and easy idea...

  • carolinedefran 16 Mar, 2009

    maybe i'm missing something but if you put the safety pin through the back how do you then pin it on yourself?

  • Syls 16 Mar, 2009

    Wish you didn't wait until the 15th for this. A little late to make and send to friends.
    At least I will be ready for next year.

  • carolinedefran 15 Mar, 2009

    i just made these! cuteness!!!!!! i had left over green pipe cleaners from the christmas crafts suggested by marty! I love you Martha - you rock!

  • carolinedefran 15 Mar, 2009

    i just made these! cuteness!!!!!! i had left over green pipe cleaners from the christmas crafts suggested by marty! I love you Martha - you rock!

  • debyethorne 15 Mar, 2009

    Cute! I think it would be cute with a round green faceted button in the center or a green faceted stone.

  • lilysnana55 15 Mar, 2009

    those enclosed pins with the little wheel are called "functional sharp points" and can be found at most craft stores

  • lilysnana55 15 Mar, 2009

    those enclosed pins with the little wheel are called "functional sharp points" and can be found at most craft stores

  • TiffanyMichaelia 12 Mar, 2008

    Safety pins are good, but I prefer the little pins with the wheel on one side that the pin secures into. I can't remember their exact name, but I think that those pins would give it a more professional look hot glued to the back of the pin.

  • mawani 11 Mar, 2008

    lovely... so creative. it's so easy n simple!

  • CraftTestDummies 11 Mar, 2008

    If you're having difficulty getting the pins through the card, make a slit with an Exacto knife and push it through. Or, use a 1/8 [filtered word] punch

  • karenjknittel 8 Mar, 2008

    I chose not to use pins. Instead I used double sided tape so that the shamrocks were safe for small children to wear. I also used a clear stick on dot over the center decoration. I think they are called "rain dots." The dots gave the completed project a more finished and professional look.

  • medimanager 6 Mar, 2008

    If you can find a way to get the pin through the pin and card stock, tell me your secret! I can't figure it out, nothing I do seems to work.

  • olivemeyer 6 Mar, 2008

    Using what I had to work with at home, plain green pipe cleaners, I twisted two of them together to create one thicker one then twisted them into a shamrock. I had difficulty printing the templates, so I downloaded some shamrock clipart from the web and glued it on the front and now just need to affix the pins. The craft was very easy to do and they look adorable. I plan to send them to family and possibly my daughter's classmates to wear on St. Patrick's Day.