Shamrock Stencil Painting

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March 10, 2017

Shamrock Stencil Painting - shamrocks on white paperFor St. Patrick's Day in my pre-k class, students learn the history of the shamrock. They get to study these three-leaf clovers outside on a nature walk and in the science center. There are also numerous art activities that I let them choose from. One of the easiest is a shamrock stencil painting. The children get to help make their own stencils and have fun painting with a new art material.


Total Time: 10-15 minutes

Yield: 1 painting


  • finger paint (yellow and green)
  • 2 small paint brushes (not pictured)
  • 1 empty paper towel roll
  • scissors
  • 1 paper plate
  • hot glue gun or tape
Shamrock Stencil Painting - supplies


  1. Cut three roughly equal pieces from the paper towel roll. Two inches long is plenty. Cut a third piece at least an inch long. Make sure one end of each piece is an even circle. Hot glue the longest three pieces together to form a shamrock.
  2. Shamrock Stencil Painting - cut three pieces of paper tube the same length and one shorter
    Shamrock Stencil Painting - hot glue the three longer tubes together to make a shamrock shape
  3. Dip the even side of the circle cluster into the green paint. Press it onto your paper to create any number of shamrocks. Use a paint brush to fill in any gaps and draw the stems. You can leave them like this or fill in the leaves, like my main photo.
  4. Shamrock Stencil Painting - create shamrocks by dipping stencil into green paint and stamping on the paper

  5. If you feel the page needs more color, add some gold coins with the smaller piece of paper towel that you cut. Once again, use the paint brush to complete the gaps in the circles. Leave them hollow or fill them in.
  6. Shamrock Stencil Painting - fill in with a brush if desired
    Shamrock Stencil Painting - the short tube can be used to make gold coins if desired
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