Paint wooden plaque
Paint the unfinished wooden plaque using Americana white chalk paint.
Mark top & bottom
Once the paint is dry, use a measuring tape to measure 3" along the top and bottom of the board. Use your pencil to make marks at the top and bottom.
Tape off stripes
Use painter's or washi tape to tape off the stripes. To make 2 thick gold lines, put the tape on the outside of where those lines will be.
Apply gilding cream & gold leaf
Once your areas are securely taped off, use a paint brush to brush gilding cream over the large gold stripes. Add gold leaf gently on top of the gilding cream. If a spot lifts up or doesn't cover, simply take another piece of leaf and dab it over top to stick. Use about 3 sheets of leaf per stripe, and use your finger to rub the leaf into place.
Brush off leaf
Brush off excess leaf and remove tape.
Cut & place shamrock
Print and cut a shamrock image, or use a cutting machine to create one. Lay it on top of the plaque, positioned in the center.
Hammer nails around shamrock
Gently hammer mini nails around the shamrock. Begin with the major corners of the shape and work around the edges.
Add nails around perimeter
Evenly add nails around the entire perimeter of the shape.
Tie & wrap string
Remove the paper and begin adding string. Tie it to a nail and then wind it back and forth, up and down until the shape is complete. Tie the tail of the string onto the last nail.