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You can make your summer luck last for years, add natural accent to scrapbook pages, and make really cool crafts with laminated clovers. It’s shockingly easy! It’s a common belief that 4-leaf clovers are a genetic mutation in the root, so if you find one in a patch, chances are you’ll find another, so keep an eye out! :)
- Freshly picked clovers
- Very clear tape, such as scotch tape or packing tape
- Pick your clovers on a sunny day. Laminating wet clovers will make it so the tape doesn’t seal as well, which might cause them to mold.
- Allow your clovers to sit out on a counter for a few hours, until they are somewhat wilty. This makes them easier to work with.
- If you were lucky enough to find some 4-leaf clovers, leave those until last, when you’ll be much more comfortable with the laminating process through trial and error.
- Cut a piece of tape about 2 times the length of your clover. If you’re using small clovers, you can use the scotch tape. For larger clovers, or for more laminated space around your clover to allow for cool shaping, use clear packing tape.
- Carefully lay your clover the tape, one leaf at a time, starting with the top leaf. The tweezers come in handy when you want to manipulate a leaf or stem and place it exactly where you want. You can curl the stem in artful ways if you’d like!
- Once your clover has been placed on the tape, align a second piece of similarly sized tape over it, starting with the middle of the clover, then smoothing it out towards the edge of the leaves, then finally to the edge of the tape. You’ll have more room for edge error using wider packing tape.
- Trim the excess tape from your newly laminated clover, keeping at least a quarter inch border around it on all sides, including the stem, to make sure your seal stays tight.