These St Patricks Day lights look great on a dinner party table, but they make cool St Patricks Day party favors, too.
The instructions for making the basic tea light holders are here.
The paper strips for the St Patricks Day shamrocks need to be exactly as wide as the sides of the tealight cups, and about 4½in/11.4cm long.
Fold, curl and glue the shamrock leaves. To get a nice round shape for the top of your 'hearts', try quilling the card strip around a pen or pencil:
After gluing, hide your mistakes. Maybe it's just me, but I've found that gluing those shamrock leaves can get a bit messy, what with glue squishing out and edges not exactly aligned. However, you can hide most blemishes by cutting the pointy end of the notch back two millimeters or three. (That will give you a prettier heart shape, too.)
Now just rinse & repeat until you have produced the necessary number of shamrock leaves to assemble your St Patricks Day lights:
Begin by gluing a trefoil together. Make sure it has dried completely before attaching it to the tealight cup (you don't want the leaves to slide around and ruin the shamrock shape).
Always place the glue in the middle of the paper strips to keep it out of sight. You can even hide the seam of the tealight cup by placing one side of the shamrock right over it, for a totally flawless look :-)
Just scatter the tealights across your table, or arrange them in a long row (as shown in Step 7b).
If you're pressed for time or don't want the fuss of making entire tealight holders, these four-leaf clovers are a quick & easy St Patrick Day decoration. They'll look even better when you make them in different sizes (i.e. with strips between, say, 4½ and 6½ inches long).
Finally, here's how to do a proper shamrock in my paper strip technique: Cut a strip the same width as the hearts, fold and curl it to create the look of a stem, and fold the top ½ inch out on either side. Then glue the top ends of the stem together, leaving the 'flaps' free.
These two flaps are where you attach the three hearts.
Special thanks to craftgossip.com for inspiring me to come up with the ideas for these St Patrick Day crafts!
Happy Saint Patrick's Day ... Enjoy!