Shamrock Pinwheel Craft

by Destri on March 10, 2010

Pipe Cleaner Shamrock Pinwheels

Everyone loves a pinwheel – and when it looks like a Shamrock it’s a fun and easy craft for St. Patrick’s day that the kids will love. You only need a few things to be the coolest mom on the block, and the best part…no pins to worry about. The pipe cleaners hold it all together!

Clover Pinwheel

Perfect for a little St. Patty’s Day celebration. Catch me after the jump for all the details!

Pipe Cleaner Shamrock Pinwheel Craft


  • Green pipe cleaners
  • Green construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Little hole punch if you have one, if not a tack or pin

Fold one piece of paper in half twice as shown.

Now cut out the shape of a clover leaf like shown.  Ours were about 4 inches long, but if we make them again I would keep them at about 3 inches tall.  This should give you four leaves.

Now fold over one corner and slightly bend the leaf to curve as shown.  Use the glue stick to secure.  Next glue them to each other forming a four leaf clover.  I used a little flashlight to hold them together on the table for a few minutes.  Let the glue dry completely.

Use a hole punch or a tack to make a small hole through the center of all four leaves.

We used two pipe cleaners twisted together to make them sturdy.  Just leave an inch at the top of single pipe cleaner to put through the hole.

Insert the end of the pipe cleaner through the hole on the flat side of the shamrock, then bend the pipe cleaner to create a 90 degree angle.

Then simply loop the end on the front to secure…..

Blowing Shamrock Pinwheel


…..and blow!


They really are fun, my 3 year old had a riot!  This was his first pinwheel…can you believe that?  I should be ashamed of myself.

I hope everyone has a safe and festive St. Patrick’s Day!




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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Melissa Howard March 10, 2010 at 5:42 am

Clever and simple.

oh and fund!!


Melissa Howard March 10, 2010 at 5:43 am

Um, fun – I mean.


Amanda Rulong March 10, 2010 at 12:43 pm

very cute and fun idea! thanks! :)


maria March 10, 2010 at 4:10 pm

I know my boys would love those, and I even have everything to make them. Thanks for the idea.


Aubrey March 10, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Poor Hank…I’m glad that you finally introduced him to a pinwheel! He will be excited every time he sees one now.


Suzanne March 10, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Cute idea and simple too!


T March 11, 2010 at 5:36 am

Destri! I have all these supplies! I bet mine will look more like a dead flower though! How fun would these be to take to the St. Patty’s day parade with my tot!


Deborah March 14, 2010 at 8:46 pm

This is such a cute idea!


Aubrey March 13, 2013 at 3:23 pm

I love these!!!
Do you think they would spin if I used a brad and a straw?


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