Easy Peasy St. Patrick’s Day Coffee Filter Shamrocks & Celtic Knots

ebruary is packed away and all the hearts and cupids that came with it. We’re enjoying an early Spring in Denver and I’m more than happy to bring out all our Springtime things. Since Easter is coming so early this year, I also put out our Easter decorations including several colored eggs on ribbons and a small Easter tree. Did I mention that I grew up in a 100% Jewish home? We also eat glazed ham on Christmas Eve.

With Easter happening the last weekend of March, St. Patrick’s Day is definitely at risk of being overlooked. Fear not wary wifey! We will not let the day go by without doing one St. Patrick’s Day craft. These easy peasy St. Patrick’s Day Coffee Filter Shamrocks and Celtic Knots are a close cousin of coffee filter snowflakes and a great way to use up some of the extra coffee filters you bought to make said snowflakes in December. Because K-cups of course.

What You’ll Need

  • White coffee filters
  • Green food coloring (or green liquid water-color)
  • Plastic plates (or another non-porous work surface)
  • Scissors
  • Cup of water
  • Paintbrushes
  • Glitter (optional)
  • Hairdryer (optional)

Step 1

Using a paintbrush, saturate a single coffee filter entirely with water. All wet areas will be translucent when complete.

Step 2

Apply drops of green food coloring or watercolor to the wet coffee filter. Use additional  water to push the color around with the paintbrush. Now is the time to sprinkle with glitter if you are using it.

Step 3

Allow the coffee filters to dry completely. Here is where a hairdryer comes in handy to speed things up. Takes quite a while otherwise. When dry, fold the filter in half to make a taco shell shape.

Sprinkle with glitter if using.

Step 4

For the shamrocks, here is where you can start cutting. Hold the folded side with your non-cutting hand. Starting 1/2 inch away from the fold, Cut 1/3 of the way up from the bottom. From there cut a half circle on the side away from your hand, ending 1/2 inch back to the fold. Cut another half circle at the top. Using the tip of your scissors, cut a small triangle at the top center of each half circle. These make the leaves of your shamrock. For guidance, picture a real shamrock folded in half. When you unfold your shamrock it will be whole with three full leaves.

For the Celtic knots, fold your filter in half again so you have a half taco shell. Now you may cut with wild abandonment along the folded edges. Just don’t cut it completely through to the opposite side. For the knot design, try cutting deep triangles instead of circles. When satisfied with your cuts, unfold the coffee filter and you’ll have your own version of a Celtic knot.

For a bonus activity, learn about all the different symbols of St. Patrick’s Day and why it’s celebrated!

Here’s to health, peace and prosperity. May the flower of love never be nipped by the frost of disappointment, nor shadow of grief fall among your family and friends.

Easy Peasy St. Patrick’s Day Coffee Filter Shramrocks

Ingredients

  • White coffee filters
  • Green food coloring (or green liquid water color)
  • Plastic plates (or another non-porous work surface)
  • Scissors
  • Cup of water
  • Paintbrushes
  • Glitter (optional)
  • Hairdryer (optional)

Instructions

  1. Using a paintbrush, saturate a single coffee filter entirely with water. All wet areas will be translucent when complete.
  2. Apply drops of green food coloring or watercolor to the wet coffee filter. Use additional water to push the color around with the paintbrush. Now is the time to sprinkle with glitter if you are using it.
  3. Allow the coffee filters to dry completely. Here is where a hairdryer comes in handy to speed things up. Takes quite a while otherwise. When dry, fold the filter in half to make a taco shell shape.
  4. For the shamrocks:
  5. Here is where you can start cutting. Hold the folded side with your non-cutting hand. Starting 1/2 inch away from the fold, Cut 1/3 of the way up from the bottom. From there cut a half circle on the side away from your hand, ending 1/2 inch back to the fold. Cut another half circle at the top. Using the tip of your scissors, cut a small triangle at the top center of each half circle. These make the leaves of your shamrock. For guidance, picture a real shamrock folded in half. When you unfold your shamrock it will be whole with three full leaves.
  6. For the Celtic knots:
  7. Fold your filter in half again so you have a half taco shell. Now you may cut with wild abandonment along each of the folded edges. Just don’t cut it completely through to the opposite side. For the knot design, try cutting deep triangles instead of circles. When satisfied with your cuts, unfold the coffee filter and you’ll have your own version of a Celtic knot.
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