With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, here is a fun and free activity to do with your wee ones! My first-grader was sent home with a do-at-home assignment to make a leprechaun recently. This got my crafty senses tingling, and I remembered making one years ago out of a toilet paper roll (yet another reuse for those this year!).
What you need:
- A toilet paper roll tube
- Construction paper in green, black, yellow and white
- Orange yarn or pipe cleaner
- Googly eyes (optional)
- Black marker
I did this craft without really measuring anything, I just eye-balled things and hand drew the shapes. First, you’ll want to cut the shapes out (you might want to do this in advance, unless your little one can cut well enough to help).
From the green construction paper, cut the following shapes:
- A rectangle that will wrap around the entire tube and that covers about three-quarters of the height of the tube. This will be the suit of the leprechaun.
- Another rectangle that will wrap around the entire tube and is about 2″ high. This will be the hat.
- A circle that has another circle cut out of the middle of it. Use the end of the tube to trace a circle onto the paper, and then draw another circle around this that is about 1/2″ bigger. Cut out the inside circle. This will be the brim of the hat.
- Two rectangles about 1/2″ wide and 2″ high. These will be his arms.
From the black construction paper, cut the following shapes:
- Two thin strips about 1/2″ high that will wrap around the entire tube. One will be his belt and the other the band on his hat.
- Two little half-ovals for his shoes.
From the yellow construction paper, cut the following shape:
- A yellow square that is about 1/2″ on all sides and has a smaller square cut out of the center. This will be the belt buckle.
From the white construction paper, cut the following shapes:
- Another half oval about the size of a half-dollar. This will be the face.
- Two little half ovals about for his hands.
Now, you just grab your little one and get to gluing! I put on some traditional Irish music (available on Pandora radio, believe it or not) and we went to work.
- Glue the largest green rectangle around the base of the tube.
- Glue the second green rectangle around the top edge of the tube, letting most of it rise over the top of the tube. Then, wriggle the green circle down over it to the base of the top green rectangle you just glued, making the hat.
- Glue one of the thin black strips around the base of the hat, and the other in the middle of the large green rectangle that is the leprechaun’s suit to make his belt.
- Tape the little black shoe ovals to the inside of the tube so that the feet stick out from the front.
- Glue the yellow square buckle on top of the belt strip right in the middle.
- Now, take the remaining two green rectangle pieces and glue the tops of them to the leprechaun’s sides and the bottoms to right above his belt, making sleeves.
- Glue the small white half ovals to the bottoms of these sleeves, making hands, and the large white half oval right underneath the brim of the hat to make the face.
- Glue on the googly eyes, or draw them on.
- With the marker, draw on the mouth and a line down the front under the middle of the belt to make his legs.
- Glue the orange yarn or pipe cleaner around the bottom of the face and up and around the base of the hat.
There yee have a Li’l Leprechaun, and an afternoon of fun with your kids—for FREE! Now you can start placing the ornery little guy around the house like the Elf on the Shelf, causing mischief! (Put him in a pile of Lucky Charms on the kitchen counter!) You can even help your kids set traps for him!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!