Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Four Leafer

Have you ever found a four leaf clover? When I was younger, my sisters and I would spend hours outside in the clover patch looking for that illusive four leafer. Over the years, we probably found a few hundred or so. We would pick them, bring them inside and try to preserve them by entombing the precious clover in Scotch tape. As an adult, I have found only one of these childhood entombed clover, brown with age but oh so full of memories. The next time you find a clover patch take a second look- Irish eyes just might be a smilin' on you!

For those of us who don't want to look like a fool digging through clover patches no longer have the patience, here's a four leafer for you to make!

He is quite the dapper fellow with that little
 derby hat! And yes....that is Patrick in the foreground smokin' like a chimney!

Lucky's hat is simply cut out of felt and glued to a piece of black card stock which was cut a little smaller than the felt. Only cut one piece out of felt and one out of card stock.

The black hat band is just ribbon and a buckle cut out of card stock, glittered and glued in place. His banner has two four leaf clovers painted on.

Shaker is made the same way as all of the other shakers, using the "Elizabeth method". Cut two clover pieces, one for the front and one for the back. Cut the side strip 30" long x 1" wide. Don't let the deep "v"s (area where the clover leafs touch each other) scare you, you should have no problem with them at all! 

His eyes are 10mm safety teddy bear eyes (found at Hobby Lobby in the doll making area). If you cannot find these eyes, just use the half pearls with a sticky back (scrapbooking area). Color the pearls black with a sharpie and then paint the pearls with black acrylic paint. The sharpie makes the paint adhere. The apply thin coat of mod podge. You might want to glue the "eyes" on instead of relying on the sticky back of the pearl. Hard to see, but he is wearing a bow tie made out of ribbon.

The girls have traded in their Valentines for St. Patrick's Day stuff.

The easiest way to decorate your craft room from holiday to holiday is to just add a Valentine, Four leafer, Christmas card, plastic Easter egg, etc to the arms/hands/laps of your craft room friends. You can make your own paper four leaf clovers by cutting out four hearts and taping them together to resemble a clover. Place a half pearl or half diamond in the center.

Have a wonderful, crafty night,