If you’re looking for a fun St Patrick’s day craft – try making this cute clothespin leprechaun craft! What we love most about it is that kids can play with their little leprechaun when they are done. And it’s easy to make with our free printable.
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Clothespin Leprechaun Craft for Kids
This clothespin leprechaun craft is easy for little leprechauns of all ages to create. And if you’re a teacher, these would look great placed around the classroom for decoration.
Place these leprechauns around your home to get into the festive spirit for St Patrick’s Day!
Supplies Needed to Make a Clothespin Leprechaun
- 2 mini clothespins
- 2 regular clothespins
- Gold and Green Glitter Paper
- Black Cardstock
- Brown Cardstock
- White Cardstock
- Large Orange Pom Poms
- Small Orange Pom Pom
- Paint for the leprechaun’s face or you can use colored paper instead. We used this color for our leprechaun.
- Pink paint for the cheeks
- Green paint for the clothespins
- Small googly eyes
- Free Printable Template – you can get the template at the bottom of the post on the email form that shows a preview of the template
What kind of glue should I use? For paper you can use regular white glue. For pom poms or googly eyes we like to use an extra-strong glue, like this one.
Watch the full tutorial video here before you get started!
Steps to Make a St Patrick’s Day Clothespin Craft
1. First, print off the template. You can get the template at the bottom of the post on the email form that shows a preview of the template.
2. Trace around the body circle on green glitter cardstock or regular green cardstock.
Trace around the head on white cardstock and then paint the head. Alternatively you can use colored cardstock for the head.
Paint the clothespins green. You’ll need 2 mini clothespins for the arms and 2 regular clothespins for the legs.
3. Make the belt.
Cut out the belt strip from black cardstock and glue to the body.
Trace around the belt buckle template on gold glitter cardstock. Bend the buckle slightly to make a mark with scissors in the middle so you can cut out the center.
4. Make the leprechaun hat by following the same steps for the body.
First glue a strip for the brim of the hat. Then add the buckle by bending it slightly to make a mark with scissors in the middle so you can cut out the center.
5. Make the leprechaun face.
Add two small googly eyes. Glue on a small orange pom pom for the nose. Add a smirk with a sharpie. Using the back of a paintbrush, add two small pink dots for the cheeks.
6. Glue large pom poms around the face to make a beard.
7. Cut out the boots from brown cardstock and glue to the regular clothespins. Glue to the part of the clothespin that does not open up. Leave a little space at the bottom so that the paper will not hit the ground when the leprechaun is standing up.
Glue the head to the body. Then attach the clothespins to the body.
Now your clothespin leprechaun craft is complete! Kids will love playing with their finished leprechaun or you can put it up on display to enjoy!
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