Shamrock Twirler St. Patrick’s Day Craft

Like most kids, my daughter loves pinwheels. Whenever we buy one at the store I even catch myself blowing it and watching it spin around and around. As a spin off to my daughter’s love for pinwheels, we made this spinning Paper Plate Shamrock Twirler that brought a huge smile to her face. Look for a short video at the end of the post to see the twirler in action.
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Supplies you will need:

1. Start by making a template for your shamrock shape. Fold a paper plate into quarters, and cut a heart shape out of it. When you unfold it you will have a shamrock shape.
2. Use your pencil to trace the shamrock shape onto a new paper plate. Cut out the shamrock.
3. Paint your shamrock green and let it try completely.
4. Use your craft knife to poke a small slit in the middle of your paper plate. Also, make a small slit in your paper straw about 1-inch from the top. Turn the straw over and make another small slit directly behind your other slit. Make sure not to cut through your straw.
5. Poke your metal brad through the holes in your paper straw and then pull it back out. This just helps open the holes more so it’s easier to put together. Now, poke your metal brad through the front of the paper plate and then through the straw. Keep the paper plate a bit loose from your straw and then push down the ends of the brad to hold it in place.
6. Now use your hand and twirl your shamrock around and around! Here’s a little video of one of ours twirling around.
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