Paper Shamrock Spinners for St Patrick's Day

These Shamrock Spinners are perfect to make for St Patrick's Day. Made from just 3 strips of paper & a straw they're a fun, simple craft for all ages.

These are so much fun to play with especially outdoors & are so quick & easy to make. All you need are 3 strips of A4 paper (cut widthways), a paper straw, & a glue stick.

To make the leaves for the shamrock fold the strips of paper in half. Then take one & join the outer sides together by folding them over at the top towards each other. (We found it easier to add a blob of glue to one side before we folded them together.) You should end up with a shamrock leaf (heart shape) then simply repeat the process with the other strips of paper so you end up with 3 green leaves.

Before joining the leaves together you need to prep your paper straw by flattening one end (about 4cm along) & then bending it at a right angle. Glue the folded section of the straw & stick one leaf to each side. Finally, glue the remaining leaf onto one of the other leaves.
(I've done it slightly differently below so you can see where we placed the straw.)

To make your Shamrock spin, simply roll the straw between your hands or fingers & then let it go. If you play with them outdoors they'll spin even longer as they catch on the wind. We had lots of fun with ours & were amazed just how far they travelled with a breeze. 

You could set up targets on the floor where you think your shamrock will land, or estimate how far it will travel indoors & outside. However you use them, I hope you have lots of fun & have a great St Patrick's Day.