Last year's calendars make great craft supplies. I used Trevor's 2022 Americana-themed calendar to make this shamrock.
It is a shamrock and not a clover. If you're not clear on the difference, this article does a great job of explaining the difference between shamrocks and clovers. It also explains why the Christian missionary St. Patrick is associated with shamrocks and not clovers.
I started making my shamrock just before 5:00 pm. Steve was at work and Trevor had an online meeting, so I thought I'd have an uninterrupted hour to finish, which was more than enough time. (Spoiler: I'm a mom. A mom can never count on her time being uninterrupted.) I mention this because my step-out photos show it getting progressively darker in my craft room, until I finally realized I was crafting in the dark and turned on a light. (The story behind the story...). As much as I hate Daylight Savings Time, I do look forward to crafting with natural light in the evenings.
The first thing I did was draw a shamrock on my paper. I cut it out and flipped the paper over, though that wasn't necessary. The calendar bits will cover pencil lines.
I hadn't looked through the calendar before starting. I assumed there would be plenty of green. As it turns out, there was absolutely no green on January or February.
Fortunately, March and April both had a bunch.
I went through the whole calendar harvesting green. There was not as much as I expected, but fortunately it was enough.
I struggled to sort my green bits from lightest to darkest. That's when I realized I was working in the dark.
Turning on the light helped a lot. I cut my lightest greens into small pieces. I decided that the light source on my shamrock would be from the upper left, so I started arranging the lightest greens there. I used Tacky Glue to adhere them.
I continued moving diagonally toward the lower right, adding increasingly darker greens.
Then I was interrupted. (See spoiler above.) I finished the rest of the project the next morning with natural light.
The final step was trimming off the excess bits that hung over the edge of the shamrock. I love how it turned out.
There are so many possibilities with a recycled calendar. Or any recyclables, for that matter. Definitely give your castoffs a second glance before you get rid of them!