I’ve had a lot of fun thinking up creative ways to craft for St. Patrick’s Day! I’ll almost be sad to see the holiday come and go this year just for that reason. All the green and luck of the Irish seems to have been good for us creatively. One thing we hadn’t made yet, though, were leprechauns.
But we have now!
This simple Handprint Leprechaun craft is made with a handprint and lots of paper. Simply trace your hand then cut it out. You can either cut a circle out from the center of the hand gluing a circle of white paper to back for his face, as we did, or for smaller hands just glue the circle directly to the front. Add his facial features and hat and you have yourself a lucky leprechaun!
I like cutting a circle out from the center of the hand, because then the circle scraps can be used for the leprechauns beard. But if you glue his face to the front, you can always just cut a half circle of the orange paper.
Handprint Leprechaun Craft
- orange, white, green, black, yellow, and red paper
- googly eyes
Trace your handprint on orange paper, make sure there’s just a bit of arm in there, too, then cut it out. Cut a circle from the hand and glue a slightly larger circle of white paper to the back for the leprechaun’s face. Or, don’t cut out a circle and simply glue the white circle of paper to the front. Take a half circle of the orange and cut a slit for his mouth. Glue that in place.
Cut out a rectangle of green paper. Glue that towards the top of the leprechaun’s face, where the arms starts. Cut out a square of green paper, too, and glue that above the rectangle. Cut a thinner strip of black and glue that where the two strips of green meet. Cut a small square of yellow and glue that onto one side of the black.
For his eyes, cut out small circles of green. Glue those on, and glue googly eyes in the middle. Cut a small circle of red for his nose and glue that on, too.
You now have your own lucky leprechauns! May he bring you good fortune and, at the very least, a fun afternoon crafting with your kids!