Lucky charm

Four-leaf clovers may be hard to find, but make your own with this fun project!

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Posted on Mar 01 2017 in For Youth, Power Kids Projects

What you need:

  • Three green pipe cleaners
  • One pair of scissors
  • Assorted beads (We used 16 green and 12 white beads!)
  • Three green pipe cleaners
  • One pair of scissors
  • Assorted beads (We used 16 green and 12 white beads!)

What to do:

  • Cut two pipe cleaners in half, so you have four pieces.
  • String beads onto each pipe cleaner piece. (We added seven beads to each pipe cleaner.)
  • Fold pipe cleaner into the shape of a leaf and twist ends together.
  • Repeat the second and third steps with remaining pipe cleaners.
  • Cut the remaining pipe cleaner into thirds.
  • Arrange the four leaves into a four-leaf clover position.
  • Use two of the small pipe cleaner pieces to connect the four leaves.
  • Wrap the third pieces around the center and pull through the bottom to make the stem.

 

Why are four-leaf clovers considered lucky?

Today, four-leaf clovers are associated with St. Patrick’s Day, but they appeared in early legends as symbols of good luck.

In the early days of Ireland, Celtic priests carried three-leaf clovers, or shamrocks, to help them see evil spirits coming toward them. Thus, they had a chance to escape. Four-leaf clovers were believed to offer magical protection and ward off bad luck.

Children in the Middle Ages carried four-leaf clovers in an attempt to see fairies.

Did you know these fun facts?

  • There are no clover plants that naturally produce four leaves, which is why four-leaf clovers are so rare. About one out of 10,000 three-leaf clovers ends up with four leaves, instead of the usual three.
  • The four leaves are said to stand for faith, hope, love and luck.
  • Ireland is known for being home to more four-leaf clovers than any other place, giving meaning to the phrase “the luck of the Irish.”

Source: Better Homes and Gardens