Monday, January 21, 2013

Hershey’s Shamrock Tutorial

When I first heard that some of you wanted me to design a Hershey’s shamrock, I thought you were kidding. I have always loved creating things for ALL holidays, but I thought I was one of the only ones that liked creating for St. Patrick’s Day. Well now that I know that you were serious in your requests, I have designed a Hershey’s shamrock just for all of YOU who asked.

I was told that shamrocks are traditionally 3-leaf clovers, so I have stuck with that concept. However, I know what the next request will be: Can you design a 4-leaf clover too? No worries! I’ve got you covered. Just scroll down to Step 15 and I will show you how to make a 4-leaf clover too!!

All the supplies you'll need for this project are available for purchase HERE!

Hershey’s Shamrock Step-by-Step Tutorial
(a VIDEO TUTORIAL is available HERE)

Step One

1. Cut a piece of 9-½” x 1” Lucky Limeade card stock. At the 1-½” and 8” marks cut a thin slot halfway up the card stock. On the 4- ¾” mark cut a slightly bigger slot halfway down the card stock. Tip: Draw your slots with a pencil first.

Step Two

2. Use your bone folder to curl the card stock slightly on both sides from the middle slot to the side slots on either side.

Step Three

3. Bend one side of the card stock around so that it fits into the middle slot.

Step Four

4. Now bend the other side around so that it also fits into the middle slot. Set aside.

Step Five

5. Next cut a piece of 6- ¼” x 1” Lucky Limeade card stock. At the 1-½” and 4- ¾” cut two thin slots halfway up the card stock. Tip: Draw your slots with a pencil first.

Step Six

6. Use your bone folder to curl the card stock from slot to slot.

Step Seven

7. Make a loop with the strip, making sure that the slots line up. Insert the loop between the loops on the first piece.

Step Eight

8. Adhere the stem pieces together. There will be three places for you to put adhesive to make sure the stem pieces stay together.

Step Nine

9. Cut a piece of 4” x 3” Certainly Celery card stock. On the 4” side, score at the 1”, 2” and 3” marks.

Step Ten

10. On the 3” side, cut into one inch strips.

Step Eleven

11. Fold all three strips into triangles as shown.

Step Twelve

12. Insert one triangle into each of the three loops.

Step Thirteen

13. Pop a Hershey’s kiss into each space.

Step Fourteen

14. Decorate the rest of the shamrock as desired. I added a 10” length of Lucky Limeade baker’s twine and embossed “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” in white on the stem piece.

Step Fifteen: 4-leaf Clover

15. To make a four leaf clover, Cut TWO pieces of 9-½” x 1” Gumball Green card stock. At the 1-½” and 8” marks cut a thin slot halfway up the card stock. On the 4- ¾” mark cut a slightly bigger slot halfway down the card stock. Tip: Draw your slots with a pencil first.

Step Sixteen

16. Use your bone folder to curl the card stock slightly on both sides from the middle slot to the side slots on either side. Line up both pieces together, so that the slots face the same way.

Step Seventeen

17. Bend one end around and fit it into the middle slot.

Step Eighteen

18. Take another end and bend it into the middle slot.

Step Nineteen

19. Then take one of the remaining outside ends and bend it around and fit it into the middle slot.

Step Twenty

20. Bend the remaining end and fit it into the middle slot. Also, adhere the stem pieces together (for a photo see step eight).

Step Twenty-one

21. For the insert pieces, start with a 4” x 4” piece of Certainly Celery Card Stock. On one of the sides, score at 1”, 2” and 3”.

Step Twenty-two

22. On the other side, cut into one-inch strips.

Step Twenty-three

23. Fold the four strips into triangles as shown in step eleven. Insert the triangles into the loops.

Step Twenty-four

24. Pop in four Hershey’s kisses into the spaces and finish off with a 10” length of Baker’s Twine.

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Shamrock Color Suggestions*
  • Traditional Green Combo: Garden Green with Wild Wasabi
  • Yellow Green Combo: Old Olive with Pear Pizzazz
  • Blue Green Combo: Emerald Envy with Mint Macaron
*The colors that I originally used for this tutorial retired. The above color combinations would make great alternatives.

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  1. Thank you for the great tutorials and for sharing so freely! Can't wait to see what you will come up with for Easter!

  2. Oh Brenda, you are a genesis!! These are just as cute as your Christmas Trees and the Valentine Hearts, thank you so much!

  3. SO stinking cute!!! Really love these. Hope you sent them to SU! for their monthly contest :-)

  4. Thanks! They are great! I am going to use these as favors for our March crafters meeting! Really appreciate your willingness to share.

  5. I love it Brenda!! Thank you so very very much for sharing!!!

  6. Oh my this is just Fantastic !! thank you for the easy to follow directions

  7. Wow cool Idea.

    Greetings BAstelfeti

  8. WOW these are so great, I can't wait to see what you design for Easter!! Thanks for sharing!!

  9. Oh my gosh Brenda! The clover and shamrock are absolutely adorable! You've out done yourself girl! Now I just need to get some of these sweet treats made! Thanks as always for sharing so generously!

  10. Oh you are so very clever....I think the shamrock might be my favourite now. :-)

  11. You are AMAZING, and THANK YOU for the tutorials! Can't wait to see what you come up with for Easter and Spring.....and Easter Egg, A Hersey cross?

  12. These are so adorable! Thank you for the tutorial!

  13. I have several people who all share my birthday - St. Patrick's Day! This, I gotta try! These are wonderful! Looks like a great tutorial too! I can't wait to try one out! Not only are they cute they will taste yummy if someone would dare to take them apart! Thanks so much for sharing with us!

    Chris R. from Iowa

  14. This looks awesome! What a great idea. Thanks so much for sharing your tutorial.

  15. Once again, you are simply amazing and oh so sweet to share your tutorials with us all. Thank you for your generosity and talent!

  16. Brenda, I made your Christmas Trees for several people at my school, and THEY WERE A HIT!!!! I am currently making your Hearts, and now... you have created a Shamrock!!!! Thank you for giving me a way to bring a smile to so many who need it. Blessings, MaryS.

  17. WOW Brenda you are amazing, I am now waiting to see what you come up with for Easter!!
    Thank you for being so inspirational x

  18. Hello!

    You are so wonderfully creative! I love this project - once again the results of you skill are awesome! Thank you for another great tutorial! Wishing you a happy weekend!


    Barbara Diane

  19. I made the trees for my co-workers and have the hearts made for Valentines Day. As I created the hearts, I thought that you needed to design something for St. Patricks Day and Easter. Here is the next thing I will be making for my co-workers and I hope to see an Easter egg soon. You are truly talented and I appreciate you sharing the tutorials. I love crafting with candy because it a treat they can eat part of and keep part. Thanks again.


  20. You are too talented, my friend! I can't wait to make this for my Irish hubby!

  21. Your creativity knows no bounds! Thanks for designing and sharing the shamrock. Hershey's should be sending you an endorsment check since I am sure sales of their Kiss candy has shot up since you first shared your Christmas tree design.

  22. I made it and attached a tag and it turned out great! Thanks for sharing :)

  23. Absolutely adorable! You are one smart cookie!

  24. I LOVE this! Never seen anything like it....I have to make this! Thank you for the excellent tutorial.

  25. Hello!

    You are SO good at this! Thank you for another wonderful tutorial! Wishing you a happy day today!


    Barbara Diane

  26. Marilyn in MichiganFebruary 5, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    This is so clever (just like the tree and the heart!). Thanks for sharing your instructions.

  27. Brenda, thank you for your tutorials, they are available and useful! Very, very much, I will be happy to read your blog!

  28. Thank you so much for these wonderful tutorials! I have made the Christmas tree and the heart now I need to make the clovers! GREAT job!

  29. Hi Brenda,

    You are so very kind to share your tutorials with us!!! I received the Christmas tree as a gift from my upline at our Christmas party. I made the hearts as gifts to my customers that met the Early Bird deadline for my Valentine stamp camp. I will make the shamrocks as gifts for them in March!!! I just love your projects. Thanks again for your generosity of spirit in sharing these tutorials!

    Peace, Love & Joy,

  30. Unfortunately, I have never heard of your blog before (I found this through Pinterest)-- but my birthday is St. Patrick's Day! So I'm obviously a huge fan of the quirky green stuff, clovers, & all the other things that go with the holiday- and I'm always on the lookout for things that will make each St. Patty's day different and unique. If I can get the hang of this using the tools I have at home, this will make a really great party favor! Thanks! :D

  31. Your trees, hearts, and now shamrocks are the cutest things I have ever seen! Thank you!

  32. thank you. very cute!

  33. amazing !!!! thank you

  34. I am going on a Scrapbooking retreat this weekend and made these for my fellow scrappers. They are so cute and easy! Thank you for sharing the tutuorial!

  35. You really ARE the "Queen Bee" of creativity! You create such cute stuff, and add to that the fact that you share them FREELY....WOW! Thank you so much! :)

  36. my daughters birthday is on st pattricks day so im always on the look out for cute simple irish things for her class treat. i just found this years. thank you. :)

  37. Your could get the Easter Hershey kisses and just use the green ones to make this craft even greener!

  38. How cool that Shelly Gardner used your idea with her grandkids!

  39. Such a cute project - and how cool is it to be 'cased' by Shelli? WOW!

  40. Hello Brenda,

    I love your projects and how easy you make it with your tutorials.
    I did the Hershey Shamrocks for my co-workers and they just loved them.
    And I also did the Heart for Valentines Day.
    So thank you so much for sharing your work.

    Ilona :-)

    P.S. how can I send you pictures of it?

    I am now on SCS ( I.M.creations )

  41. Hi Brenda,
    I just had to have something Irish for St Pat's Day and I thank you so much for sharing your shamrock tutorial. You are awesome! Missed you at Leadership. Will you be going to convention? Hugs, patti

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  43. Love this Hersheys shamrock! Thank you so much for your clear step-by-step instructions. I just have one question -- how do you keep the Hershey's kisses from falling out?

    1. Hi Mary, Thanks for your comment. The kisses stay in there without adhesive. The tension caused between the filler strips and the foil wrapper of the kiss keeps the kisses in the holder. Try it out and see for yourself. :)

  44. Hi Branda,
    How many shamrocks can I make with one sheet of card stock?

    1. Hi Amy, If you budget about a half sheet of card stock per shamrock, you will have more than enough. You can get better mileage out of your card stock if you plan how you are cutting.