Chipper Recycle Craft: Saint Patrick’s Day Leprechaun

March 12, 2013 at 2:15 pm 1 comment

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Celebrated as a recognition of the Irish and Irish culture in America, Saint Patrick’s Day is observed through the prominent wearing of the color green, parades, fun, and religious observance! Saint Patrick was a Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. For those who religiously observe St. Patrick’s Day, they attend mass to thank God for their patron saint.

In honor of Saint Patrick’s Day, connect with your children to make a fun paper plate leprechaun this week! A leprechaun is a type of fairy in Irish folklore, usually depicted as a little old man, wearing a coat and hat, who partakes in mischief and magic! Made out of simple materials you can find around your house, this craft is the perfect low-maintenance activity for you and your little one.

What you need:

Screen Shot 2013-03-08 at 12.48.07 PM To make this cute paper plate leprechaun, first take a sheet of green construction paper and cut out a top-hat shape. The size of the hat will vary depending on the size of your plate.


Secondly, cut out a strip of black construction paper and an empty yellow square and glue (or tape!) them on to the hat. These will be the embellishments on the hat.


Next, take your red construction paper and cut out 1mm wide strips. IMG_0665

Next, glue the red strips on the outside perimeter of the paper plate like so:



With a marker or chopstick, roll each strip from the outward most point to the plate. Your goal is to curl the red strips so that it becomes a fun beard for the leprechaun!



Glue the hat onto the plate. IMG_0673

Using markers (or crayons or colored pencils) draw on a face!


You’re in Luck! Now you have an easy, fun, and cute decoration for St. Patrick’s Day! Try hanging it in your little one’s room in celebration of this holiday or let them wear it to school and teach their friends about the magic of leprechauns.

Now, what will you make this happy leprechaun for dinner? Irish Stew? Share a lucky moment with us on Facebook.

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