Mar 06 2010
While looking around the web for St. Patrick’s Day craft inspiration I ran across Pumpkin Petunia’s free lucky penny template. Jo-Ann, a very crafty mom, created the template for her kids to use as a classroom handout for St. Patrick’s Day. Of course, after seeing the template, I knew that it was the perfect background for a little bit of quilling, so I added the quilled shamrocks. This time I made them with 4″ teardrop coils (using 1/8″ wide paper) that I paired into hearts, just like the ones used for the Upcycled Valentine’s Day Quilling project. When you glue three hearts together, you have a shamrock. I added a small flat-back gold crystal for a little extra bling.
I must have had the lucky penny handouts still on my mind when I went to bed because I woke up thinking how fun it might be if the children could pretend that they were the king or queen of the leprechauns handing out the pennies. That, of course, meant that they would need a crown — a crown decorated with quilled shamrocks and precious jewels! The one I made, using 3/8″ wide quilling paper with a gold edge, is for your inspiration only. A child would do a much more creative version. Throw in some crayons, markers, and glitter and this crown would truly be fit for royalty.
Quilling Tip: I found references on the web to a National Lucky Penny Day celebrated on May 23rd in Canada and Great Britain. My international readers might like to make a batch of lucky penny cards to give to friends and family at that time. The crown (minus the shamrocks) would be a fun children’s project for anytime of the year.