Step 1: Cover The Clip
Start by gluing the ribbon to the "top jaw" of the alligator clip. Glue it up over the top of the clip, around the back (pinchers) and then secure it to the underside just before the "bottom jaw" begins. This will make sure that the clip sides easily into your kiddo's hair.
Step 2: Start the Shamrock
Start by securing the ribbon in the center of the clip. You want the ribbon to be perpendicular to the clip. (Note: Personally, when I'm making these, I like to leave my ribbon attached to the spool and trim it off after I'm satisfied with the result. It's a simple enough shape that it will not be cumbersome to work with.)
Step 3: Get Loopy!
Now loop right and up, securing the ribbon as you bring your ribbon back down. Repeat your loop swinging down and right, securing it in the center as you bring your ribbon back to the left. Complete your last loop by bringing your ribbon left and down, securing it back in the center. Your ribbon tail is now hanging off the top where you started. You can either trim it off or if you want a stem, leave it.
Making a Stem:
Dab a but of glue to the underside of the tail, right up near the center. Pinch the tail, folding the ribbon lengthwise in the center. You can repeat this down the stem until you ar satisfied with the look of the stem. If you happen to take it too far, or just don't like the look of it you can always cut it off.
Step 4: Add Button(s)
Use whatever buttons you have around the house. Here I used four simple green buttons that came in an assorted back of buttons.
Step 5: Fold the Leaves
Slide your other index finger into the top of the leaf too and using both thumbs, fold the leaf into itself slightly. You want the top part of the ribbon folded a bit more than the bottom part. This will make sure that the shamrock leaves are visible. Repeat for the other leaves.
Side Note- HD photos are bad for my ego. I swear those glue stands are INVISIBLE to the naked eye!