Crumpled Tissue Paper Shamrock (with Free Template!)

Published: January 21, 2022 · Updated: February 22, 2024 by Sacha — This post may contain affiliate links. Read our full disclosure.

Need an easy project for Saint Patrick’s Day? This crumpled tissue paper shamrock craft is simple enough for toddlers to make, and it only requires a few simple supplies. Download our free shamrock template and start crafting with your kids!

I have a tendency to overcomplicated things.

And unfortunately, while some crafts that require many steps are totally worth it and come together beautifully in the end, making those crafts with four young kids can be time-consuming and stressful.

Sometimes the simplest crafts really are the best crafts—which is why I’ve been looking for quick shamrock and rainbow projects that I can throw together to keep the little ones occupied for Saint Patrick’s Day.

And because they’ve had so much fun doing crumpled tissue paper art in the past, I thought, Why not make shamrocks out of tissue paper as well?

So if you’re also busy and looking for something easy to do with your kids, download our free shamrock template and give this craft a try!

Required Materials

Here’s what you’ll need to make this easy tissue paper shamrock craft at home:

Supplies needed to make a crumpled tissue paper shamrock craft.
  • My free shamrock and four-leaf clover template, which you can download using the form below (there’s another form at the bottom of the article if you’d rather keep reading)
  • White cardstock
  • Green tissue paper (also called crepe paper)
  • Scissors
  • Liquid school glue

How to Make a Crumpled Tissue Paper Shamrock (Step-by-Step)

1. Print Template

Start by downloading my free template and printing it on a sheet of Letter-sized cardstock.

The template includes both shamrocks and four-leaf clovers, and each of them come in multiple different sizes. I decided to use the largest shamrock template, but feel free to choose something different if you prefer.

I used white cardstock for the background, but you’re welcome to choose any color you like if you think it would look better. You can even switch things up and choose a different color of tissue paper if you like!

2. Cut Tissue Paper

Next, use scissors to cut the tissue paper into medium-sized squares.

Squares of green tissue paper cut using scissors.

Ours measured about 2” x 2”, but there’s no need to be exact with it. And there’s definitely no need worry if the squares don’t look perfect since you’re going to be crumpling them up anyway!

Tip: Place several sheets of tissue paper on top of each other and cut them simultaneously to speed up the process.

3. Crumple Tissue Paper

Once you’re done cutting the tissue paper into squares, start crumpling them up! No need to do anything fancy with them—we simply crumpled each one up into a little ball using our hands.

This is a great job to give to younger kids who want to participate, and a great way to keep them busy for a while!

4. Glue Tissue Paper

Once you’re done crumpling up the squares of tissue paper, it’s time to glue them onto the sheet of cardstock.

Liquid glue sticking crumpled green tissue paper to shamrock template.

When making crumpled tissue paper art, I like to proceed by section and start with the edges before filling in the middle. I find that this makes it easier to stick to the shape from the template.

If this is your first time making crumpled tissue paper art, I recommend starting with one individual drop of glue per ball of tissue paper. Then, once you get the hang of it, feel free to draw lines that are enough to glue several balls of tissue paper onto the template!

Note: If you have younger kids who can’t squeeze glue out of the bottle, feel free to pour some into a small container for them. They can then dip the balls of tissue paper into the glue or use a paintbrush to apply it to the cardstock.

5. Let Dry

Once the shape on the printed template is completely covered, simply let the glue dry and your shamrock will be ready to display!

Shamrock shape made from crumpled green tissue paper.

I love crumpled tissue paper art because it has a three-dimensional look and it can easily be adapted to pretty much every holiday. Plus, it’s so simple to make that even younger kids can participate.

We made Crumpled Tissue Paper Christmas Art a couple years back and it was SO cute and colorful. And once you sign up the receive my shamrock template, not only will you receive that particular template, but you’ll also receive the password to my free printables library, which contains all my free printables and templates!

That should give you lots of options if you’re planning on making more crafts like this one!

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