Beside my front door I have two four leaf clovers framed. I found them in a second hand copy of the book Hermits by Peter France. I like to think of them as the good luck charm for the household.
Four leaf clovers have been known as good luck charms for centuries. In the fifteen century, John Melton wrote, “If a man walking in the fields find any four-leaved grass, he shall in a small while after find some good thing.” In folk belief, each leaf in the four leaf clover stands for something: faith, hope, love and luck. We’re going to put the magick of the four leaf clover to use in making a simple good luck amulet. We’ll also be using the magickal properties of success, empowerment and growth that come from the sun to help energize the amulet.
This is a great project to make with kids to introduce them to spell craft. They can make one to hang in their bedroom window. Making the sun catcher doesn’t require any special materials, although you may have to help littler children with the cutting, but they can decorate the frame on their own if they want.
The project, as laid out below, works with paper to make a four leaf clover. However, if you have one on hand that you’ve pressed you can use that instead.
- Card stock
- Crayons, markers, paint, etc to decorate the frame (optional)
- Contact paper
- Green paper
- Small heart paper punch or the heart template below
- Hole punch
Making the Amulet
Make the frame by making two circles, one inside the other. I did this using a CD and ribbon spool. You want to make sure the inner circle is large enough to hold the clover, at least 2 1/2″ in diameter. The outer circle should be at least 2″ wider in diameter. You can make the frame any size you want. Larger frames could contain more than one clover. You could have three to tap into the energizing power that number brings to spells. Or, use four clovers to bring more balancing energy to the spell, especially if you’ve been dealing with lots of chaos and stress in your life.
Cut out the outer and inner circles.
Decorate your frame if you wish. You can use stickers, paints, markers, ribbons, etc. Let the frame dry, if needed, while you make the four leaf clover.
Use a small heart paper punch or the template to cut out four leaves from the green paper. You can cut out a stem from the paper as well if you want.
Cut two pieces of contact paper the size of your frame. Lay one piece of contact paper down, sticky side up. Position the frame over the contact paper, pressing to make sure it adheres.
Arrange the four leaves on the inside of the frame so that they make the clover. Press gently so that everything is secure.
You can add other decorations–like glitter, confetti, etc.–to inner circle.
Cover the front of the frame with the second piece of contact paper. Press to make sure everything is secure. Trim the excess contact paper from around the outside of the frame.
Using a hole punch, make a hole in the frame at the top. Thread a ribbon through the hole.
Hang your amulet in the window. Charge it with the following instructions:
“Leaves of four, set in the sun,
Bring luck to me, thy will be done.”
Keep your amulet dusted. Whenever it catches your eye, see the good luck that is pouring into your home, energized by the sun. If you ever feel that it has lot its magick, recharge it with the chant.