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How to make a paper fan Shamrock for St. Patricks Day

Inside: We are showing you the cutest paper shamrock and how to make a paper fan DIY!

Saint Patrick’s Day has long been a beloved holiday to dress in green and enjoy a Guinness at our local Irish Pub. I’ve always enjoyed decorating with shamrock paper and adorning the color of the day. Since the twin’s have started preschool the holiday has become so much more! They have a leprechaun who visits their class and turns everything green (even their milk!) It was basically the best day of the school year for a 5-year-old.


How to make a paper fan

To help with this year’s celebration, we created these fun shamrock paper fans. They are a fabulous way to gussy up the wall for the day, and they look great as bright green treat toppers. Giving each kid (or co-worker) A shamrock paper fan to open, close, and fan themselves with will definitely be a St. Patrick’s Day hit!

Shamrock Paper Fans

Shamrock Paper Fans

Shamrock Paper Fans DIY

The shamrock paper fans are so easy to make, the kids could even be involved in the process.

You will need:

  • Two 12×12 pieces of green scrapbook paper for each shamrock
  • 2 wooden sticks
  • glue
  • scissors
  • A bit of ribbon to pretty up the ends


paper fan diy

How to make a paper fan Shamrock

To make the shamrock paper fans:

Cut each piece of scrapbook paper into a long oval, then accordion fold the paper vertically (here is a photo tutorial on how to accordion fold paper).

Once the accordion folds are set – fold each paper in half, gluing the long ends together.

Repeat the process with another sheet of paper, and glue the two sheets together along the long end of one side. To finish off, glue the sticks onto both outside ends, and (optional) glue ribbon to the bottom. I prefer to use hot glue for this project as it dries super quick.

Paper shamrock fans


Gather a few different shades of green to end up with a field of shamrocks that will make any classroom or office feel Irish loving for the day!

PS. The easiest St. Patrick’s day garland and more accordion fold paper projects right here.

(Photography by Jocelyn Noel Photography for A Subtle Revelry).

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