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Shamrock Project: Puffy Paint Thumbprint Clover Flower Jars

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As a mom to two school-aged kids, I am always looking for fun things to do around the holidays. For St. Patrick’s Day, my girls made a cool clover / shamrock project – thumbprint four-leaf clover vases from old sauce jars we’d saved. Easily switched to shamrock vases if you prefer only 3 leaves, we found these flower jars took a little trial and error effort on our part.

I’m happy to share our process and invite you to share your own ideas, feedback, and questions in the comments.

Personally, I think this thumbprint shamrock project turned out adorable! My kids weren’t in love with the shamrock clover vases at first, but I think they came around.

Shamrock Project 4 Leaf Clover Jar Vase
My girls made this Shamrock Project – a 4-Leaf Clover Flower Jar / Vase for a St. Patrick’s Day craft in 2022.

What are some good shamrock project ideas?

With St. Patrick’s Day in mind and at heart, you can try a bunch of different shamrock projects to celebrate the holiday. Making a shamrock with paint and handprints or thumbprints / fingerprints is classic mommy and kid craft to help capture a moment in time. You can also try flower pressing techniques with shamrocks or a four-leaf-clover if you’re lucky enough to find them. Press them inside parchment paper or between two pieces of clear contact paper.

How to Make Thumbprint Clover Flower Jars

We enjoy fresh-cut flowers in our home throughout the warmer months. It’s nice to make a few sentimental crafts over the years, showing off our kids’ handprints, fingerprints, or thumbprints. Those finished crafts become treasured keepsakes for a lifetime.

Here’s how to make thumbprint clover vases as flower jars for a St. Patrick’s Day shamrock craft.

Materials:

  • Empty, clear glass jars
  • Green puffy paint
  • Paper towels
  • Cotton tips (Q-tips)

Instructions:

Here’s how we made our thumbprint vase shamrock project:

  1. Start with a clean, empty glass jar and make a small dot of green puffy paint where you want the first shamrock or clover to be.
  2. Press your thumb into the paint to flatten the dot.
  3. Make another dot of green puffy paint next to the first dot.
  4. Flatten that dot with your thumb as well.
  5. Make a third and final dot on top in between the two for a shamrock thumbprint design. For a four-leaf clover thumbprint design, repeat the process with two more dots and thumbprints directly below those you’ve already made.
  6. Make a line of puffy paint from the bottom of the thumbprints downward for the stem.
  7. If desired, gently flatten the stem with your thumb.
  8. Repeat steps 1 through 7 for as many clovers or shamrocks as you wish to include on your flower jar.
  9. When done, allow the shamrock project to dry in a safe place out of the way for at least 24 hours before handling it.
Fingerprint / Thumbprint Shamrock Vase / Flower Jar
Fingerprint / Thumbprint Shamrock Vase / Flower Jar

Shamrock Project Recap

Both our girls made their own shamrock jars with puffy paint thumbprint clovers. I will treasure these handmade St. Patrick’s Day vases for all the future years to come.

In fact, I can’t wait to put some green zinnias and maybe some bells of Ireland in the jars this summer!

Making these four-leaf-clover / shamrock vases only took a few minutes once we got past the squabbles and fusses that sometimes erupt in our home.

By the way, here are a few tricks we figured out, since the jars didn’t work out perfectly on our first tries:

  • A little bit goes a long way! A small dot less than the size of a pencil eraser should be just plenty!
  • Dot the puffy paint directly on the jar instead of onto your thumb or fingertip.
  • Press firmly and lift thumb straight up and off the jar.
  • Use a paper towel to wipe away large areas that you don’t wish to keep.
  • Touch up small areas with a Q-tip.
Shamrock Clover Vase from Inside Out
Shamrock Clover Vase from Inside Out

This shamrock project is one of our first keepsake crafts made with fingerprints or thumbprints for the St. Patrick’s Day holiday. I am really thankful to have these clover flower jars made by my kids. (Along with the other vases made from empty candle jars and other crafts they make for me!)

Do you have any other cool shamrock project ideas or thoughts on making clover vases? If you have any feedback, ideas, or questions to share, please leave us a comment and we will be sure to get right back to you in the comments section!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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