Wee Leprechaun

Even if you can't catch a leprechaun this March 17th, you can still make one.

  • Toilet paper tube
  • Green craft foam
  • Acrylic paints: green, skin-tone, pink, and brown
  • Black permanent marker
  • Tacky glue
  • 4 brown pipe cleaners
  • Decorative button
  1. For this crafty little decoration, first trace around the end of a toilet paper tube onto a piece of green craft foam.

  2. wee-leprechaun-st-patricks-day-craft-step1-photo-150-FF0304ALMCA02.jpgDraw a 2 1/2-inch circle around the first circle, then cut them both out to create a hat top and brim and set them aside.

  3. wee-leprechaun-st-patricks-day-craft-step2-photo-150-FF0304ALMCA03.jpgNext, using acrylic paints, paint the paper tube green. Add a skin-tone face and hands, plus rosy cheeks, as well as a band of brown paint around the back for hair.

  4. wee-leprechaun-st-patricks-day-craft-step3-photo-150-FF0304ALMCA04.jpgOnce the paint has dried, use a permanent marker to draw on facial and clothing details, then use tacky glue to stick on 3 coiled brown pipe cleaners: 2 in the back for hair and 1 around the face for a beard. For feet, fold another pipe cleaner in half, then tightly coil and pinch the ends, as shown.

  5. Place the folded pipe cleaner inside the tube and glue the feet to the edge. Glue on the hat top and brim and a 5 1/2- by 1/2-inch strip of craft foam for arms.

  6. Finally, glue a decorative button to the hat brim.

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