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Paper Leprechaun Craft

If you’d like a little luck of the Irish on your side, you may want to make this easy paper leprechaun craft. This is a fun craft to make with kids or to give as a gift for St Patrick’s day!

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This paper leprechaun craft is easy for little leprechauns of all ages to create.  And if you’re a teacher, these would look great to put on a bulletin board!

Place these paper leprechauns around the classroom or your home to get into the festive spirit for St Patrick’s Day!

Wiggly Paper Leprechaun

Supplies Needed to Make Wiggly Paper Leprechauns

  • Gold and Green Glitter Paper
  • Black Cardstock
  • Green Cardstock
  • Brown Cardstock
  • Large Orange Pom Poms
  • Paint for the leprechaun hands or you can use colored paper instead. We used this color for our leprechaun.
  • Photo – you want a photo where nothing is in front of the face (like hair or hands). We printed on white cardstock on our computer or you can print on photo paper.
  • 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 


Watch the full tutorial video here before you get started!


Steps to Make a St Patrick’s Day Paper Leprechaun

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. Make the body by tracing around green glitter paper for the body and black cardstock for the belt. Glue the belt to the body.

Make wiggly leprechaun body

3. 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.

Add Buckle to Belt

4. Make the accordion legs and arms. Cut out 4 strips of paper. Make the arms slightly smaller than the legs.

Then accordion fold the pieces.

Make wiggly paper for arms

5. Glue the arms and legs to the body.

Add Wiggly Arms and Legs to Leprechaun Body

6. Trace around brown cardstock for the boots. Glue the boots to the back of the wiggly legs.

Add Paper Boots to Leprechaun

7. Trace around colored paper for the hands or use paint to color the hands. Then glue the hands to the wiggly arm paper pieces.

Add Hands to Paper Leprechaun

8. Make the hat for the head.

Trace around green glitter cardstock for the hat. Add a strip for the brim of the hat from black cardstock. Make the hat buckle with gold glitter cardstock. You can bend the center of the buckle to cut it out.

Glue the hat to the photo.

Make Leprechaun Hat

9. Finally, glue large orange pom poms around the face.

Add Pom Poms to Paper Leprechaun

Then glue the face to the leprechaun body.

St Patrick's Day Paper Leprechaun

Now your wiggly paper leprechaun craft is complete! Kids will love playing with their finished leprechaun or you can put it up on display to enjoy!

To get the template, subscribe below and it will be delivered to your inbox as a free gift. Please make sure to check ALL folders for the confirmation email. 

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