Make a pop-up shamrock DIY card for St Patricks day

I always think everyone is a little bit Irish (and/or Italian).  My Mum was born in Ireland, so I think I’m entitled to celebrate St Patricks day by wearing green and getting tipsy (not with Guinness though – can’t stand the stuff)!  Anyway, if you’d like to celebrate the 17th March in a more wholesome way, you could make this easy pop-up shamrock DIY card for St Patrick’s day.

pop-up shamrock DIY card for St Patricks day

To make a pop-up shamrock DIY card for St Patricks day, you will need:

– a card blank and envelope
– a ‘true’ square of colourful (green) wrapping / scrapbooking paper
– a pen/pencil
– scissors
– glue
– this free printable template

COST: pennies
AGE: young kids and up

10 minutes or less

Pop-up shamrock card 1

How-to make a pop-up shamrock DIY card for St Patricks day:

  • Follow steps 1-5 of the pop-up heart Valentine card tutorial (use the photos to help you make the folds)
  • Use the free printable template to mark the shamrock outline on your folded triangle, then cut carefully along the dotted lines (being sure to leave the marked edges intact!)
  • Glue one side of your shamrock shape (still folded) to the inside of the card, with the shamrock’s stem near (but not next to) the crease line.
  • Put some glue on the remaining side of the folded shamrock shape and close the card – this will make sure that your pop-up aligns perfectly.
  • Leave to dry, then check that your card opens and ‘pops-up’.
  • That’s it!  Now you can post it to your Irish friend or relative.  I think I’ll send the one below to GG (Pickle and Chops’ great granny).

Pop-up shamrock card 2

More fun #StPaddys day craft ideas for kids via #GetYourCraftOn:

Rainbow hearts from Red Ted Art
Leprechaun gold salt dough coins from The Gingerbread House
Rainbow paint bleed art from Zing Zing Tree
Felt rainbow cloud mobile from Grace’s Favours – Craft Adventures
Rainbow party fans from Damson Lane
Toilet paper roll shamrock wall-hanging from Crystal’s Tiny Treasures
Rainbow window mosaic from Here Come the Girls
A round-up, including mixed-media rainbow art at Kathy’s Cluttered Mind
Rainbow birthday crown, leprechaun hot chocolate and picture from Domestic Goddesque


'Make a pop-up shamrock DIY card for St Patricks day' has 70 comments

  1. February 20, 2014 @ 5:15 pm Jen aka The Mad House

    That is sooooooooooooooooo clever!


  2. February 20, 2014 @ 6:07 pm Michelle

    What a fun card!
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    • February 22, 2014 @ 9:40 pm Hodge Podge

      Thanks Michelle – I am slightly obsessed with pop-up cards (if you hadn’t guessed)..!


  3. February 20, 2014 @ 6:31 pm mellissa williams

    Cool idea and very effective too!
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  4. February 20, 2014 @ 6:59 pm Mummy of Two

    What a great idea! It looks brilliant.
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  5. February 20, 2014 @ 7:08 pm You Baby Me Mummy

    That’s really effective – looks great x
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  6. February 20, 2014 @ 7:13 pm Jo Bryan

    That is so cool, I may make this and send to my family in Waterford!
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  7. February 20, 2014 @ 7:43 pm laura redburn

    gotta love a pop up card!


  8. February 20, 2014 @ 7:52 pm Priya

    Lovely idea, it looks really good.


  9. February 20, 2014 @ 8:12 pm Clare Mansell

    That’s very impressive! We celebrate Canada Day as we lived there for a couple of years, I think it’s fun to pick your own holidays!


  10. February 20, 2014 @ 8:28 pm Shell Louise

    My 6 step children are Irish; they’d love getting this card on St Patrick’s Day!
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  11. February 20, 2014 @ 8:46 pm Kate Thompson

    Simple but clever! Love this.
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  12. February 20, 2014 @ 9:01 pm VaiChin @ Rambling Through Parenthood

    How truly creative and cute is that! Easy enough for little ones to make, with a little help.
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    • February 22, 2014 @ 9:53 pm Hodge Podge

      Thanks VaiChin – yep, it’s really simple, especially with the template 😉


  13. February 20, 2014 @ 9:22 pm Jenny

    Cute, have Pinned!
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  14. February 20, 2014 @ 9:34 pm Emmys Mummy

    That looks great
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  15. February 20, 2014 @ 9:41 pm Kirsty

    The best ideas are simple and effective and this hits all those buttons. I love that the design is adaptable for different celebrations too. There is a St Patrick’s Day craft linky running with Kids Chaos at the moment, check out #getyourcrafton on instagram if you fancy joining in :-)
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  16. February 20, 2014 @ 10:21 pm Emily @amummytoo

    Very cute and effective :) Pinned to my craft board x
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  17. February 20, 2014 @ 10:25 pm Healthier Mummy

    This looks brilliant. I’m going to sit down with the girls at the weekend and try this.


  18. February 20, 2014 @ 11:26 pm Annie from UK Parenting

    I love this – what a nifty idea – I wouldn’t have thought of that in a gazillion years!


  19. February 20, 2014 @ 11:27 pm Charlotte

    Such a cute idea! Might have to try it :)
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  20. February 21, 2014 @ 5:26 am Kate Williams

    Super cute! We’re making St Patricks Day cards this weekend :)
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    • February 22, 2014 @ 9:59 pm Hodge Podge

      Oooooh – I look forward to seeing them Kate! x


  21. February 21, 2014 @ 7:58 am Kara

    So got to try and make this myself!!


  22. February 21, 2014 @ 10:40 am Sylvia @ Happiness is homemade

    I was always so bad at crafts despite my grandma telling everyone how talented artist I am 😀


    • February 22, 2014 @ 10:00 pm Hodge Podge

      I promise you can’t go wrong with this one Sylvia! 😉


  23. February 21, 2014 @ 10:42 am Angela Spicer

    That’s a great idea, looks lovely
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  24. February 21, 2014 @ 6:47 pm maggy, red ted art

    Oooh how fun! LOVE IT! Perfect for #GetYourCraftOn ! Lovely!


  25. February 21, 2014 @ 9:48 pm Keri-Anne

    Amazing idea, so clever x


  26. February 21, 2014 @ 9:55 pm lori

    Such a cute craft idea, I hadn’t really thought of doing any St Patricks day crafts with F but I think I will now x
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    • February 22, 2014 @ 10:02 pm Hodge Podge

      I’m pleased you like it Lori! Let me know how you get on..?


  27. February 25, 2014 @ 11:13 am Kirsty

    Thank you so much for the mention, a really fantastic craft and a lovely round up of complimentary crafts


    • March 1, 2014 @ 9:56 pm Hodge Podge

      My pleasure Kirsty! They’re great ideas aren’t they?


  28. February 27, 2014 @ 11:35 am Ali at

    wonderful! :)


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  31. February 18, 2015 @ 11:45 pm Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    This is brilliant, very clever. I know a Great Granny who would love one of these too :) #Pintorials #MiniCreations
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    • February 25, 2015 @ 10:37 pm Hodge Podge

      Yay! All GGs love proper post don’t they?


  32. February 20, 2015 @ 8:30 pm Jenny

    Ahh hunny I love this. What a great craft to do. I think the kids and I will have to test this one out as my mother lands from the usa on st patty’s day! lol Thanks for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme


    • February 25, 2015 @ 10:36 pm Hodge Podge

      Perfect! Let me know how it goes? I’d love to see some photos on Twitter x


  33. February 22, 2015 @ 8:47 pm Nicola - Multicraftingmummy

    Great card! We can’t wait to watch our local parade and visit the fair!
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    • February 25, 2015 @ 10:35 pm Hodge Podge

      Oh that sounds so much fun Nicola – I wish we had a parade here *wonders if I could start one*… 😉


  34. February 23, 2015 @ 8:35 pm kidGLloves

    Lucas says – I love this card. My Dad Dah’s family came from Ireland a long, long time ago so I think I can also say I’m Irish too!! Thanks for linking to #minicreations


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  38. February 22, 2014 @ 9:37 pm Hodge Podge

    Thank you Charly :)


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