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Winking Paper Plate Leprechaun Craft

Winking Paper Plate Leprechaun

Leprechauns are known for causing mischief and hiding their gold coins in a pot at the end of a rainbow. Leprechauns have also become a customary part of the Irish holiday, St. Patrick’s Day, which commemorates the most recognized patron saint of Ireland. Here’s a leprechaun craft that will make St. Patrick’s Day a fun day for children as they try to capture him so that they’ll be granted three wishes. Think you can catch this one?

You will need:

Paper plate
Construction paper: green, black, yellow, orange
Green glitter
Peach paint
1 large googly eye
Pink crayon
Gold pipe cleaner
Black marker
Glue stick and/or white craft glue
Pattern for paper plate leprechaun

Paint the center of the paper plate with peach paint and set aside to dry.

leprechaun printable

Print the patterns. Cut out the hat from green paper, hat band from black, the buckle from yellow and the shamrock from green paper.

green glitter shamrock

Cover the shamrock with glue and sprinkle with green glitter. Tap off the excess and set aside to dry.

St Patrick's Day Leprechaun craft

Tear orange paper into strips and then into squares.

Leprechaun beared

Glue the orange squares around 2/3 of the paper plate.

Leprechaun craft idea

Make sure the hat will cover any white areas of the plate.

Winking Paper Plate Leprechaun

Assemble the hat and glue it to the top of the paper plate. Tear two small strips of orange paper and glue on as eyebrows.

smiling leprechaun craft

Add one googly eye and use a marker to draw a curved line for the winking eye. use marker to add a nose and smile. Color two pink circles for cheeks.


Cut gold pipe cleaner in half and save the other half for another project. Glue a piece of black paper around the end for the pipe.

pipe cleaner hook

Poke a small hole in the leprechaun’s mouth and push the pipe cleaner through to the back of the plate.

finished winking Paper Plate Leprechaun

Bend it over and tape it to the back of the plate to hold it in place.

Project created by Amanda Formaro for Kix Cereal. Amanda is a well-known craft expert and has been writing and crafting on the Internet for over fifteen years. Find out more on her blog, Crafts by Amanda, where she shares tutorials with step-by-step photos for adults and kids alike.