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Printing shamrocks

I know how much my son loves getting messy so thought we would break out the paints for St Patrick (in honour of our Irish heritage).

We cut an ordinary green pepper in half and dipped it in some green paint. Sounds simple but somehow we ended up breaking the plate – oops! Then the toddler was let loose, creating pretty shamrocks over sheet of paper.

vegetable printing

Four-leafed clover anyone? Our version of the shamrock, symbol of Ireland and associated with St Patrick.

4 leaf clover


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    Domestic goddesque
    March 2, 2012 at 11:06 am

    We did this last year- what made me laugh is that I actually sought out a green pepper. It occurred to me afterwards that you could have used any colour pepper as it was the paint that was green!!

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      March 2, 2012 at 3:42 pm

      I also went to three supermarkets searching for the perfect green pepper!

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    March 2, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    How cool? Very cool!

    oh yes I nearly forgot – TAG!

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    Catherine Burden
    March 2, 2012 at 11:40 pm


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    March 3, 2012 at 12:54 am

    Gorgeous simple and fun TAG!

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    March 3, 2012 at 5:13 am

    FAB idea! #TAG!

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    Leeanne A
    March 5, 2012 at 3:30 am

    Oh I love how that turned out!

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    March 5, 2012 at 7:58 am

    These are so lovely, am I to old for printing like this? I may have to borrow a small person!

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    March 11, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    This is a cute print idea but the Shamrock is the plant associated with St. Patrick and Ireland as Patrick used it to teach the pagan people about the Trinity [God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit] – it has three parts to the one leaf not four as in the clover, which is nothing to do with the celebration of St. Patrick, I’m afraid.
    Lovely ideas on your site though, thank you : )

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