A shamrock cross certainly depicts the Irish spirit since it represents the beautiful wonders of the Emerald Isle and the deep faith that many Irish people truly have.  With spring fast approaching after St. Patrick’s Day, the shamrock cross also represents the renewal of nature after a long winter.  Greenery will fill landscapes and gardens once again.

To celebrate spring and St. Patrick’s Day, I made a shamrock cross using green chenille stems.  For this project, you will need two packs of green chenille stems, glue, scissors and faith.  The green chenille stems must have two different hues of green, so your cross will have contrast.

The first step is to choose the color of your green cross.  It can be light green or dark green.  Take green chenille stems and shape them into a bar to make one side of the cross.  Using the exact measurement of the first bar, make another bar for the other side of the cross.  Connect both bars, with chenille stems, to form a single cross.  Make two more bars to give your cross dimension and link them together.  

Now you have made four bars for your cross. Take the two hollow crosses and link them together, with chenille stems, to form a single cross that has depth. Cut small pieces of green chenille stems to link the two crosses together.  All the open spaces of your cross will be neatly filled in with green chenille stems.  You will need to use your scissor several times to create a nice cross

The second step is to make a round vase for the cross.  Using the green chenille stems, make a small sturdy circle for the base of the cross.  Fill in the circle with chenille stems and leave a space in the center to connect the cross.  After you fill in the base, connect the shamrock cross to the base.  Make sure that it stands firmly when you link it to the base.

Decorating your cross is the final step of this project.  Remember to use a different hue of green to make the shamrocks on your cross stand out. Create each shamrock by making three hearts.  Fill in each heart neatly with green chenille stems and connect them together to form a single shamrock. After you create the shamrocks, you will glue them on your cross and leave adequate space between each shamrock. Even though I decided to add only two shamrocks to my cross, you can add as many shamrocks as you like to your cross. 

After your shamrocks dry on your cross, you can put your cross on display in your home or office. This shamrock cross will not only help you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day but also your Christian faith.

My inspiration to create my shamrock cross came from the Celtic cross.  During the Early Middle Ages, the Celtic cross was popular in Ireland, France and Britian.  Still today, the Celtic cross is a symbol of Ireland.  The Celtic cross is used in jewelry and many other other Irish items.  The Gaelic Athletic Association and the Northern Ireland national football team  both use the Celtic cross in their logos and for marketing.  Ever since 1954, the Church of Wales has used a flag with a Celtic cross.
The oldest Celtic cross in Ireland, located in Carndonagh, Donegal, is known as the “St. Patrick’s Cross” or the “Carndonagh High Cross.” 

Not only is the St. Patrick’s Cross a religious symbol, it is also a tourist attraction conveying Irish Heritage as well as early Christian faith.  Carndonagh High Cross stands on the grounds of a church that was founded by St. Patrick.  Unfortunately, the Church is no longer there, but the cross remains and continues to inspire Christians worldwide.

Since many Irish have been faithful through trials and tribulations, St. Patrick will always guide them.  The shamrocks, so abundant in the Emerald Isle, symbolize renewal and hope.  As I look at my shamrock cross, I am reminded of all of God’s gifts of nature in one of the world’s most breathtaking islands, Eire.