Near misty stream in Ireland in the hollow of a tree
live mystical, magical leprechauns who are clever as can be.
With their pointed ears and turned-up toes and little coats of green,
the leprechauns busily make their shoes and try hard not to be seen.
Only those who really believe have seen these little elves
and if we are all believers we can surely see for ourselves.
Leprechauns are practically synonymous with St. Patrick's Day. Celebrate these wee magical tricksters with a simply holiday craft.
What You Need:
- Styrofoam Plate
- Orange Paint, Marker, or Crayon
- Green, Yellow, and Black Construction Paper
- Orange Yarn
- Glue or Glue Stick
- Wooden Craft Stick
What You Do:
- Paint or color the foam plate with orange, almost all the way around. Let dry.
- To create your hat, use the plate to trace a semi-circle on green paper, leaving it straight on the bottom. Cut a strip out of yellow paper for the hat band. Cut a square from the black paper slightly larger in height than the yellow band. Fold the square in half and cut a smaller square out of middle; the outside piece is your buckle.
- Glue the strip and buckle together, then glue them to the green hat.
- Cut the yarn into 6-inch pieces. Then poke holes in the plate with a toothpick. Guide the yarn in with the needle or a toothpick, pull through enough to tie at other side. Turn the plate over and tie each piece of yarn in a knot so it won't pull through. This is your leprechaun's beard.
- Cut a circle out of middle of the plate. This is a good job for a parent because you need to use sharp scissors for a clean cut. If the edges get rough, use tape to smooth them over.
- Glue or tape the hat onto the plate. Then attach a craft stick to the bottom so the child can hold the mask.