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Saint Patty’s Day Crafts 

Happy Saint Patty’s Day Elon!

Whether you’re a pure-blood Irishman or just celebrating for the day, crafting for the holiday is always a good idea. Here’s the how-to on making leprechaun hat cups to fill with shamrock shakes and lucky paper clover decorations to spruce up your celebrating. They’re both pretty simple.

To make the leprechaun hats you will need:

  • Green plastic cups
  • Black electrical tape
  • Sparkly gold paper.
  • Scissors


Wrap the electrical tape around the middle of the cup, so it looks like a leprechaun’s belt. Then cut up the gold paper into square “belt buckles.” Roll the tape into little circles so they are double sided, and use it to stick the squares onto the cups. That’s it!

To make the shamrocks you need:

  • Green construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Stapler


Cut the construction paper into half-inch strips. Lay 3-4 strips out and cut them so the lengths vary, with each strip a little over an inch shorter than the previous one.   Stack them on top of each other, fold them in half, and staple at the center.  Next, fold the ends underneath, line up the edges, and staple the whole thing together so it looks like a heart.

Do this three times until you have three or four separate heart-shaped objects. Cut an extra strip to be the stem. Staple the hearts next to each other in clover formation, keeping the staples as close to the middle as possible. Put the stem in between two of the heart sections so it sticks out at the bottom, and bend it slightly.  Poof out the leaves to add some finishing touches, and you have your own little piece of Ireland in your dorm room.  


About the author: Selina Guevara

Selina Guevara is a member of Elon University's class of 2019, and a Public Health and Spanish double major. While at Elon she's been involved in reporting and producing for ELN, is the current Tier I Program Director at the Center for Leadership, and the treasurer of the I Am That Girl organization. She loves kayaking, hiking, and arroz con leche, and hopes to join the Peace Corps in Latin America after college.

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