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Created from Galax leaves, these oversized shamrocks are a fun accent for a St. Patrick’s Day gathering.

     Clever oversized shamrocks crafted of Galax leaves spring from beds of natural green carnations in these delightful, affordable compositions. They are perfect as stand-alone tabletop accents, or they can be grouped to create a composite tablescape. And with paper patterns that also act as supportive backing for the shamrock shapes, the whimsical accents are quick and easy to make. Varied shades of green acrylic paint on the sides of the containers are a departure from the natural hues of the botanicals, offering a wee bit of St. Patty’s Day pop.

Download the pattern for these shamrock leaves.



MATERIALS:
carnations and Galax leaves from Asocolflores-member farms in Colombia; ceramic cubes from favorite supplier; Tack 1000 spray adhesive from Design Master Color Tool.

HOW TO 1:
Download a sheet of shamrock leaf patterns and print the sheet in color.
HOW TO 2:
Loosely cut out the paper shamrock leaves, and affix them to the backsides of Galax leaves with spray adhesive. Position each paper shamrock leaf so that its nonexistent stem would align with the Galax leaf stem.
HOW TO 3:
Cut the Galax leaves into faux shamrock leaves by trimming around each paper shamrock pattern. Leave the paper patterns on the backs of the Galax leaves to add weight, body, and differing color and texture to the leaves.

This design concept was excerpted from our newest book, Flowers for the Table. Hardcover. 120 pages. More than 150 photos. FRFT810. $24.95.
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