Shamrock Royal Icing Transfers

I really like royal icing transfers. I do not use them as much as I should. They are fun and you can do so many thing with them like decorate cakes, cupcakes and cookies. I am going to show you how to make cute shamrock royal icing transfers today so we will be ready for St. Patrick’s Day.

Shamrock Royal Icing Transfers thebearfootbaker.comSee! They are so cute! I want a box full of them.

Shamrock Royal Icing Transfers

Supplies for shamrock royal icing transfers:

Flat work surface- I use a glass cutting board
Wax Paper
Green Icing
Shamrock Transfers

Shamrock Royal Icing Transfers thebearfootbaker.comThe first thing you need to do is print off your template. I used a shamrock I found on a free clip art site. Then I made it different sizes.

Next, tape your clip art paper to a flat surface like a cutting board. It is the perfect size and it was a gift so it makes me happy. I was a high school secretary and the basketball coach gave one to all the secretaries in the office. He was sweet like that and did nice stuff for us all the time! Thanks coach!

Shamrock Royal Icing Transfers thebearfootbaker.comOnce your template is taped down, you need to cover it with wax paper. It is important that you cover and tape it nice and tight so you don’t have wrinkles. We don’t want wrinkles on our face or on our RI transfers. So you and the tape join the Wrinkle Revolution! Get rid of the wrinkles!

Shamrock Royal Icing Transfers thebearfootbaker.comNext, with your green icing, trace the shamrocks. I used my 15 Second Icing for these. Cover as many or as few as you want but make a lot of extras. Sometimes they break when you remove them from the wax paper.

Shamrock Royal Icing Transfers thebearfootbaker.comOnce you get the shamrock royal icing transfers piped, let them dry completely or overnight.

Shamrock Royal Icing Transfers thebearfootbaker.comAre you ready to have some fun? This is my favorite part! Gently remove the tape from the wax paper. Then, carefully peal off the shamrock royal icing transfers one at a time.

Shamrock Royal Icing Transfers thebearfootbaker.comI hate to tell you this but not all of the shamrocks will survive. Some of them will break so that is why you need to make extras.  Don’t cry over spilt milk or broken shamrocks. I mean it. I think it is against the law or something.

Shamrock Royal Icing Transfers thebearfootbaker.comGuess what? You know how to make shamrock royal icing transfers. Congrats! You can store them in an airtight container for several weeks. Not sure how long, but it is a long time.

Now that you can make RI Transfers, go crazy and make things like these cute panda bears that Haniela made.
Want to see my first every Royal Icing Transfers? Click here  and here and please don’t laugh! It was a long time ago!

If you would like to know how I store royal icing transfers, click here.

Happy Creating,



  1. I love transfers! Your first transfers are PERFECT! I love those COOKIES with Madison’s designs… can’t wait to see what you come up with tomorrow! xox

  2. What was I thinking?! I shouldn’t ever throw leftover RI away when I can make something so adorable with it! RI transfers have just been added on my to do list for tomorrow. I have blue and yellow leftovers. I’ll be curious to see what kind of green I’ll end up with and also curious to see what you do with these babies.

  3. Jodi/Wonderland Cookie Company says:

    LOVE them! I’ll be waiting for tomorrow…well, TODAY! (It’s very early in the morning…hehe) :)

  4. I love these, I made shamrock transfers last year and they are so fun to use. I can see these on a cake cascading like flowers.It would be so pretty.♥

  5. I already have a little bowl full of RI shamrocks! I can’t wait to see what you do with them!

    I love transfers. I love having leftovers that you can just pop on any other project when you need something quick. And I LOVE that they let me decorate cookies in shifts!

  6. Michaela says:

    I love making transfers. Great idea. Can’t wait to see what you do with them!

  7. Oh I LOVE, love, love this! Just wish I had seen it sooner! :)

  8. These are so cute!!! I can’t wait to make some. I’d love to put them on mini cupcakes.

  9. Great reminder! Royal icing transfers are great to have on hand! These ones are so cute!

  10. Andrea @ Cupookie says:

    cute CUTE! i always enjoy your blog posts & tutorials. so much fun 😉

  11. I’ve only made royal icing transfers a couple of times and I love them. This post has reminded me to stop throwing away icing and start making some transfers. I love the cutting board idea. I use cookie sheets but if I have baking to do it’s not ideal to use the cookie sheet. Can’t wait to see what you make with your shamrocks!

  12. what a great idea to use the background as a guide! This is where one hits ones head and says…duh, why didn’t I think of that before! HA!

  13. Cute! I liked your original RI transfers too! That Valentine embrace was impressive for a first RI transfer. Much better than my firsts, which I fondly refer to as the “amoeba flowers.” Do you ever have trouble pulling the transfers off the waxed paper? Do you ever use shortening or something similar to make the transfer easier, despite oil’s reputation as the enemy of RI? Thanks a bunch! Kristina

    • I do have trouble sometimes with a few of them but that is why I make extra. I have never used anything on the waxed paper because I don’t want my icing getting all spotty. I make a lot and store them so they are ready when I want to decorate.

  14. These are great! At what point do you place them on the cookie??

    • Place them on the cookie when they are dry. You can store them in an airtight container for weeks before you use them.

  15. Hi! Is there any way to make RI transfers dry faster? I have already tried with a fan and they’re still not completly dry. I was thinking of putting them in the freezer. Will this help or just ruin them? Thanks!

    • The hard thing about Royal Icing is waiting for it to dry. I have never put them in the freezer but, you could make a few and try it. I always wait patiently. hahah

  16. Rivki's Petite Treats says:

    If you dont mind me asking….what # & brand tip did you use?
    Thanks and thanks for the tutorial!

  17. what is the clip art site I need to go there

  18. is there a special way you store your transfers. thanks

    • Hi.

      I store my RI Transfers in a few different ways. I am working on a tutorial now and hopefully will share with in the next week or so.

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