St. Patrick's Day Craft: Pipe Cleaner Shamrock Rings
These DIY shamrock rings are a fun and easy St. Patrick's Day craft for kids. Each ring takes about 5 minutes to make using nothing but pipe cleaners.
Yield: 1shamrock ring
Author: Debbie Chapman
3pipe cleaners(12 inch)
3pipe cleaners(6 inch)
Line up the ends of the pipe cleaners, then place them behind the finger you want the ring to go on, leaving about 4 inches at the end on one side.
Wrap the pipe cleaner around your finger, then twist it twice. Make sure the loop fits over your finger. Leave about 1 inch of the pipe cleaners sticking out from one end to make your stem.
Twist the 3 short pipe cleaners together several times to make the stem. Point the stem towards the bottom of the ring. Spread out the 3 remaining pipe cleaner ends evenly above the stem.
Pinch the end of one of the pipe cleaners, then roll it in on itself to make a tight spiral.Keep rolling the spiral, as far as you can, until it reaches the ring.
Pinch the end of the second pipe cleaner and roll it into another tight spiral. You should have 2 spirals and 1 pipe cleaner end remaining.
Roll the last pipe cleaner into a tight spiral. You should have 3 spirals and a 1 inch stem. (If your stem is longer than 1 inch just bend the pipe cleaners back to make it a better size).Bend and adjust the pipe cleaners until you're happy with the shape of your shamrock.
Line up the ends of the pipe cleaners, then twist together the ends along 3 inches of the pipe cleaner. This twisted part has to be long enough to have a stem at the end AND go around your finger.
Wrap the twisted part of the pipe cleaners around your finger, then twist them together twice to make the ring loop. Make sure you've left a short, 1/2 inch twisted stem at the end.
Point the stem downwards, then spread apart the remaining three pipe cleaners evenly above it.
Wrap one of the pipe cleaners around you finger. Then twist the end of it onto itself at the other end to make a loop.
Repeat these steps, so you have 3 loops and a stem on your ring.
Press your finger nail into the middle of each loop to make it slightly heart shaped. Your second pipe cleaner shamrock ring is complete!